Best Resorts in Fort Lauderdale

Settle in for Your Stay at a Popular Fort Lauderdale Resort

Step it up a notch. Your stay in Fort Lauderdale deserves an experience unlike anything you may have had  before. Think beyond just a hotel room. The high-end resorts in Fort Lauderdale offer luxurious amenities for complete unwinding. Some offer all-inclusive rates which include everything from food to entertainment. Fort Lauderdale is fortunate to have the Ritz-Carlton on its list of hotels. Check in and be treated like royalty! Another exception property is The Atlantic Resort & Spa. Guests return here again and again to take advantage of the excellent service and the ultimate luxury. For an experience right on the beach itself, you can't go wrong with the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, with its old world charm and even rocking chairs facing the ocean – just right for lazy afternoon! Relaxing in style is what residents do best at the Lago Mar Resort and Spa. This legendary property has welcomed visitors to Fort Lauderdale for years, and they're experts at accommodating and meeting expectations. Check in at the glamorous W Fort Lauderdale, and feel like a star. This property recently arrived here, and you can be sure, it's here to stay. Of course, there are the legendary Bahia Mar Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, two of Fort Lauderdale's finest and talked about resorts that have become a part of the very fabric of the city itself. 







Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
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Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort Fort Lauderdale in the city's Galt Ocean Mile is a full-service hotel offering comfortable and spacious accommodations and the luxury amenities guests have come to expect. With a name Ocean Sky, it is, of course, located right on the beach and offers that true South Florida experience people come here for. Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades (perfect place to stay before or after your cruise), and only minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale with its fine dining and shopping options, Ocean Sky is ideal to be your home away from home.

Recommended for Resort because: Having recently completed a $1 million refurbishment of guest rooms, suites and public areas, this is a top-notch resort.

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Sitting on Fort Lauderdale's exclusive pristine waterfront is the Bahia Mar Beach Resort. Surrounded on three sides by the Intracoastal Waterway, this hotel enjoys a unique location and offers excellent accommodations and services to all guests. For yachting enthusiasts, walk the docks of the oceanfront marina to see up close and personal many of the finest luxury yachts in the world. A stroll across the convenient skywalk over A1A to the world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a day of soaking up the sunshine and getting that tan you came for. This legendary property offers each room equipped with coffeemaker, dataport, and cable TV. The hotel features a bar and restaurant, a private beach, tennis courts, a 330-slip marina, and several shops. Located just 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Meeting space to accommodate 2000.

Recommended for Resort because: Right in the very heart of it all and best known for its above-board accommodations and service, and beautiful location.

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
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One of the biggest draws for those visitors looking for the absolute finest in beachside accommodations is the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Standing like a beacon on this coveted beach, this hotel's world-class amenities and international style await, ready to impress, ready to serve. Sophisticated travelers appreciate the luxurious spa options, heated infinity pool and private poolside cabanas at this 25,000-square-foot tropical enclave. Personalized transportation services, Italian marble bathrooms and in-suite dinners with a private chef help the hotel earn a four Diamond rating from AAA. Make plans for a sunrise breakfast in a private oceanfront cabana for a special start to the day.

Recommended for Resort because: You can't go wrong with the Hilton as its exceptional staff delivers on its well-known service and excellence.

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This contemporary, 17-story resort hotel encompasses twenty-two acres and is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway. Located only three blocks from the beach and three miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed and well equipped with TV, hair dryer and private balconies for exceptional city views. The hotel also features a convenient 142-slip marina, complete fitness center, full service spa, tennis courts, and three pools. Several restaurants, bars and lounges are also provided on site. Guests receive privileges at the nearby Grande Oaks Golf Club. 22 miles from Miami International Airport. Meeting rooms to accommodate 1100.

Recommended for Resort because: Right on the glamorous Intracoastal Waterway with views that cannot be beat. Staying here is an out-of-this world experience!

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W Fort Lauderdale
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To outstanding fanfare and high expectations, W Fort Lauderdale recently opened its doors on Fort Lauderdale Beach and offered a new, high standard of the beachside resort. Dubbed by the press as a more modern and urbane resort than what the beach is used to, W Fort Lauderdale appeals to guests who enjoy its playful yet sophisticated atmosphere. From the two infinity pools to the 315 feet of golden sandy beach, this superstar in hospitality is anything but ordinary. Treat yourself to the sensory indulgences of the spa, make a cabana your second home, or dance the night away in one of the area's hippest nightclubs. Gorgeous guest rooms offer unexpected surprises and sophisticated style.

Recommended for Resort because: A sophisticated property that projects glamor with its very design, amenities and service.

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The legendary Lago Mar Resort and Club is beautifully situated on thirteen tropical acres between Mayan Lake and the Atlantic ocean. This spectacular Fort Lauderdale resort offers guests contemporary and comfortable rooms, numerous amenities and a friendly and efficient staff. Guest rooms contain kitchenettes, wet bars and amazing views. On-site facilities include spectacular, sparkling pools, of which the Olympic-size is the smallest, tennis courts, a near-by private beach and a popular fitness center, as well as complimentary miniature golf, beachfront volleyball and shuffleboard. Complimentary parking and valet service is available. A contemporary and spacious meeting space is equipped to accommodate 350.

Recommended for Resort because: This property has been a part of Fort Lauderdale for many years, and continues to meet guests high expectations.

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort - A Noble House Resort
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Just take a glance at the beautiful Pelican Grand Beach Resort and immediately you will begin to relax. This amazing property exudes Old Florida grandeur and welcomes you to one of the premier hotels set directly on Fort Lauderdale beach. Offering 156 rooms including 106 oceanfront suites with balconies offering spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to the 500-foot private beach, this is just the spot to enjoy complimentary chairs and umbrellas as you lunch. Kids love the area's only lazy river and the beautiful zero-entry pool, while a relaxing massage in the beach spa cabana appeals to adults. Veranda rocking chairs provide the perfect place to unwind after a day of family fun.

Recommended for Resort because: Old world charm right on the beach. Take a seat in one of their rocking chairs and relax!

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The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
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For undisputed class and elegance right on the beach, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale has set a standard that many have chosen to follow. Offering uniquely designed and furnished suites with million-dollar views, and such amenities as a rejuvenating spa and fitness center, serene oceanfront pool and an endless assortment of water sports, all easily arranged by the hotel's concierge, The Westin is an all-inclusive resort for the entire family. A special treat is the on-site restaurant Shula's On The Beach, the well-known steakhouse that is part of the Shula's family of steakhouses, and which offers diners incredible seating that looks out over the ocean. This incredible property will, no doubt, become your home away from home just steps from Fort Lauderdale's beautiful blue wave beach.

Recommended for Resort because: Well-known for its exception service and place on Fort Lauderdale's famous beach.

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Private Residences at the Atlantic Resort and Spa
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The Atlantic Resort & Spa is exactly the property people think of when they picture ultimate luxury, ultimate service and ultimate Gold Coast seaside views. From the spacious oceanfront rooms to the penthouse suites, the contemporary luxury of this Fort Lauderdale resort will take your breath away. The stunning views from the balconies are only matched by the resort's sophisticated style and world-class service. Airy rooms vie with the spa, golden beach and outdoor pool for your attention. Don't miss an award-winning meal at one of the area's best restaurants with an ocean view while you're there. Conveniently located just six miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, and just minutes from world class shopping, galleries, theater and dining.

Recommended for Resort because: Right on the beach, a stellar reputation and all the luxuries guests expect.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
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Who says you can't have it all? Just think of the name Ritz Carlton and your mind immediately goes to its glamorous and legendary properties in New York and Paris and London. Now you can enjoy the exclusivity of the Ritz Carlton with its world-class amenities and stellar service right here on Ft. Lauderdale's famous beach. The Ritz Carlton's elegance and Old World charm are a few of the reasons guests have come to love this Fort Lauderdale beach hotel's accommodations. The 29,000-square-foot tropical pool deck and heated infinity pool on the seventh floor offer everything from poolside service to exclusive cabanas. The polished design extends to the lavish rooms, luxurious spa and the dramatic oceanfront setting. You may never make it to the beach because the hotel offers so many appealing features! And yes, you really can have it all!

Recommended for Resort because: A landmark property that is world-known for its world-class. Where better than right here in Fort Lauderdale?

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