Fort Lauderdale Resort Hotels

by Mary Freeman

Sometimes knows as the Venice of America after its sprawling system of canals, the city of Fort Lauderdale is the essential city of the South Florida metropolitan area. It receives more than 10 million visitors each year, who stay in the hundreds of accommodations, including a variety of resort hotels. These resorts resonate with the city's tropical setting with potted plants, warm color palettes and tropical drinks.

Marriott's Harbor Beach Hotel

Marriott's Harbor Beach Hotel is located on a half-mile of private beach that provides opportunities to snorkel and dive. The green hotel has many energy-efficient programs: they use Energy Star certified appliances and use organic produce. The AAA four-diamond resort, which is on 16 acres of beachfront property, provides 32 meeting rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. For families, Harbor Beach offers a two- or four-hour Surf Club for children, which includes lunch, a t-shirt, video games, a surf simulator and beach activities. Guests can indulge in aesthetic spa treatments or yoga or Pilates classes at the hotel spa. Dining options include the family-friendly Riva, the reservation-only 3030 Ocean Restaurant, the Sea Level and Ocean Bar, or 3030 Raw Bar -- which serves seafood and shellfish.

The Atlantic Hotel

Expect space at The Atlantic Hotel; their guest rooms start at 600 square feet and their suites range from 800 to 3,500 square feet. Each has a balcony, and all feature dark woods, BOSE sound systems, and modern décor. The resort's 10,000-square-foot European-style spa offers deep-tissue massages; facials; and Asian, Indian and Mediterranean-inspired treatments. Ft. Lauderdale Magazine named the Atlantic's restaurant, Trina, "Best Restaurant with an Ocean View" in April 2009. The poolside Ocean Terrace Café and Bar serves guests cocktails and light fare. The Atlantic offers three packages: the Florida Resident Package, the Bed and Breakfast Package, and the Spa Package.

Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa

The Diplomat offers two distinct experiences: 898 of the rooms and 100 of the suites are oceanfront, while 54 guest rooms and six suites are set back amidst the 7,000 yards of golf course, away from the crowds. Guests can choose between seven dining options that serve either American or Asian cuisine. The 22-room spa at the Diplomat uses a mixture of Asian and Western treatments and has a fitness center with daily classes. Tennis enthusiasts may enjoy the resorts 10 clay courts, one of which has stadium seating. The resort also has a marina and yacht club.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway and among tropical vegetation is the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. The hotel's 384 guest rooms and suites are decorated in a beige, brown and white color palette with potted tropical plants. Among its types of rooms is the Hyatt Smoking Room, in which guests may smoke cigarettes while numerous air filters make the air palatable. Dining options at the Hyatt include Grille 66 and Bar, specializing in fine steak, and the lobby restaurant Mariners, serving breakfast foods.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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