Visitors flock to Fort Lauderdale in Florida for the pristine white sandy beaches, azure blue ocean water, and year-round sunny weather. After a long day of swimming in the sun, retire to one of these resort hotels and take in a decadent spa treatment while looking out over the white-foam topped waves of the Atlantic.
Smell the salty breeze and admire the uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean views at this grand beachside property. The coastal-chic rooms come with views of Fort Lauderdale or the ocean, sitting areas, rainfall showers, and lush pillow-top bedding. Unwind in the serene Pure rooftop spa with its gorgeous ocean views from the indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, which use natural products by Maria Akerberg. The fitness centre has a full selection of state-of-the-art equipment, such as ellipticals and rowers.
Located on a golden strip of private beach less than a 10-minute drive from the lively restaurants and shops of Los Olas Boulevard, is the Marriott Harbor Beach. After a day soaking up the Florida sun in the lagoon pool, recharge with a dusk yoga class or a workout in the fully equipped gym. Those preferring a slower pace might want to design a custom body scrub at the Scrub Bar, take in a Thai massage, or loosen up in the steam room.
The Ritz is a name synonymous with luxury. This full-service spa is no exception, with offerings such as the indulgent intuitive ocean treatment, which uses sea salts to exfoliate the skin and finishes with a warm marine mud wrap. Take a dip in the ocean-view pool and maybe splash out on a private cabana. The elegant neutral-toned rooms have private balconies to appreciate the ocean or views of the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as marble baths, waffle robes, and goose-down pillows.
A 25-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale is the vibrant Margaritaville. There’s tons of fun to have with eight restaurants, two pools, and a resort shop. After a day of activity, pamper yourself at the St Somewhere Spa with treatments using aromatic tropical elements. The Coconut Body Bliss polishes your skin with a coconut oil crystal exfoliation and rejuvenates with a decadent facial and foot massage. Afterwards, relax in gender-specific lounges or the co-ed wet lounge with a hot tub.
The upscale Diplomat is a 30-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale. The spacious, modern rooms have large windows with views over the Intracoastal Waterway or Atlantic Ocean. The oceanfront Diplomat Spa and Wellness Retreat will soothe your body and mind with treatments like the vegan and organic Holistic Hydration Facial, or detoxify in the eucalyptus steam room or sauna. The impressive two-story fitness centre features an elevated cardio deck, weekly fitness classes, and yoga on the beach.
The lavish Conrad is an all-suite resort, each with a balcony and kitchen, four refined on-site restaurants, and an outdoor pool with views of the ocean. At the serene Conrad Spa, choose a signature experience like the Sea Spa escape, or have the trained beauty therapists tailor one specifically to meet your needs. The sixth-floor fully equipped fitness centre is open 24/7, or take advantage of the sunrise beach yoga and complimentary cruiser bicycles.
The stylish W has several options to focus on wellness. Hop on a Beach Cruiser for a ride while admiring the sea views, or start your day with Beach Bootcamp or Sunrise Yoga on the shoreline. The 24/7 FIT gym has free weights, workout equipment, bikes, treadmills, complimentary towels, and bottled water. Start your experience at the vivid Away Spa with a healthy Bright Elixir shot. Along with facials and massages, the spa offers a Glam Station, Quick Fix Massage Booth, manicure bar, and pedicure station.
The spacious condo-style rooms at the Atlantic come as Studios or Suites with kitchenettes, pillow-top beds, ergonomic work desks, plush robes, and luxurious soaking tubs. The airy European-style Spa Atlantic uses deluxe Babor products for treatments such as the Hydrate and Plump Facial, or a detoxifying Mud Wrap. Unwind in the sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, or hot tub afterwards. Take in a delicious meal at the Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery and then sip on cocktails at the fifth-floor pool terrace SKY Bar.
Set on a 500ft private beach, the classic Lago Mar, with its homey rooms, has been run by the Banks family for sixty years. Families will love the large oceanside pool, children’s playground, live entertainment, and games such as tennis, basketball, foosball, and beach volleyball. Parents will appreciate the European-style spa; the Fiji Coconut Hot Oil Scalp Massage is a pleasant deep-conditioning treatment, while the Anti-Aging Caviar Facial will leave your skin revitalised.
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