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Paradise in Fort Lauderdale at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort

By Pamela Sosnowski

When one thinks of Florida destinations, bustling Miami Beach with its nightlife and energy often comes to mind. But for those who would prefer a quieter yet luxurious way to experience the beauty and attractions of the sunshine state away from the busy A1A highway, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale offers the ideal vacation alternative. In just two years since its opening, the resort has been recognized with numerous travel awards including the AAA Five Diamond Award and Tripadvisor's Certification of Excellence, and was named one of the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale by U.S. News & World Report.

Catherine Cumings, Director of Sales and Marketing, explains its enormous appeal. "Pelican Grand Beach Resort is Fort Lauderdale's luxurious hideaway found off the beaten path," she explains. "It is close enough to enjoy all Fort Lauderdale and South Florida has to offer, yet far enough away to quiet the sound. We are one of the only beachfront, all suite room, boutique resorts on Fort Lauderdale beach, without busy traffic between the rooms and the water."

The resort offers more than breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. There's no shortage of amenities; the hotel has oceanside dining, a zero entry pool, a Lazy River tubing ride, over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and even a 1950s-style ice cream parlor, offering coffee and lollipops among other sweet treats.

"In addition, the on-property spa, PURE Spa, located on the 11th floor rooftop with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, brings the exotic Scandinavian feeling of well being to South Florida," says Cumings. "PURE Spa is the only spa in the United States to carry Maria Akerberg's full line of 100% organic pharmaceutical grade skin care and offers guests the ideal rooftop retreat from an elite suite featuring three-indoor treatment rooms and two-outdoor spa cabanas."

Besides the Emporium Ice Cream Parlor, the resort offers two main dining options: the signature waterfront restaurant OCEAN2000, and the O2K lounge. The restaurant's "Toes in the Sand" dining gives guests an intimate, romantic dining experience on the beach whether by day or under the stars, while the O2K overlooking the pool focuses on cocktails and tapas style meals.

Pelican Grand just completed a multimillion dollar expansion that includes the creation of a 12th floor Sky Suite penthouse and 11th floor Ocean View Suite offering unparalleled views of the ocean. Other additions include the new Atlantic ballroom, the Atlantic Terrace located directly above it, and the Ocean View Ballroom featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Cumings feels that Fort Lauderdale makes the ideal location for the resort, which is in close proximity to many attractions. "There is no shortage of things to see and do," says Cumings. "From Las Olas Boulevard with boutique shopping and chic cafes, to fine art museums and breathtaking gardens, Fort Lauderdale provides high fashion, historic homes, an exhilarating nightlife and miles of white-sand beaches, just steps outside the resort." Water activities such as snorkeling, swimming, sailing, yachting, and deep-sea fishing charters are available.

With so much to experience and enjoy, Pelican Grand is sure to keep attracting guests- and travel awards.

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