Miami, we’re the first to say it: we love you, you’re loud, proud and overall great but sometimes we need a little breather. Enter Fort Lauderdale—the more tamed counterpart of Miami, only about forty-five minutes away offering delicious dining destinations, picturesque beaches and an unmatched liveliness, where you’ll want to escape.
Disconnecting is essential, especially if it comes with room service and those chocolates under your pillow. Take a break from the kids, cats & dogs, and tune into Stay Baby Stay, an original staycation series by The Hungry Post. This one goes out to all those that aren’t hopping on a plane anytime soon but still need some downtime. We’re taking a closer look at four Hilton hotel properties in Fort Lauderdale. Check out our recommendations and tips for where to stay, depending on the occasion. Want to hang out by the pool, lounge around, hit the treadmill, have a spa day, wear a robe all day? Here’s where.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
For those looking for a laidback bonding experience
Good for: A relaxing group trip with friends or family
Address: 505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
What you need to know: Looking for a 180-degree view of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach? You’ll find it at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Book a one-bedroom suite for a group of friends or the fam with floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate living room for hang sessions. You’ll want to use the suite’s modern kitchen for a wine and a cacio e pepe night, once the kiddos are tucked in bed. For the early-risers, room service will be key to fueling you up for a day out in the sun. We recommend you opt for the Eggs Benedict and the Belgian Waffles for a sweet and savory take on breakfast. You’ll want to chill poolside in a cabana: ocean and taco views are included from the deck.
What you need to order at Sunrise Terrace:
- Cocktail Shaker – filled with your choice of cold drink!
- Mango Pina Colada
- Beach Tacos with the catch of the day with the cilantro-lime slaw
- Turkey Club with house-roasted turkey
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
For those looking to pretend they live in a penthouse by the ocean.
Good for: A luxurious couples getaway or girls/guys weekend
Address: 551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
What you need to know: Looking to escape reality and indulge your bougie side? Book your oceanfront suite at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, complete with your very own private balcony with comfy sofas and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. After you’ve settled in, brew yourself an espresso to jump start the fun. If this a couples trip, we recommend you visit the Conrad Spa for a seventy-five-minute massage, specially priced at $99 until the end of September. Came with a group of friends? The Spinnaker pool bar awaits. Grab a couple of day beds and a few Key Lime Martinis to get the party started! If you’re more of a champagne kind of guest, don’t miss Clicquot on the Clock at Atlas, the lobby bar. Every day from 5 pm-10 pm, they’re offering bottles of Veuve Clicqout starting at $50 at 5 pm and going up with the hour. With all the bubbly, you’ll need to put something in your stomach. Head over to Cornucopia Gourmet Market, grab a pizza, sandwich or salad and relax in their Italian-inspired cafe.
What you need to order at Cornucopia Gourmet Market:
- Margherita pizza with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil – simply perfecto!
- “Port of Spain” pizza with Iberico ham, tomato jam, manchego, garlic aioli and olive dust
- Ancient grain bowl with sweet potato, squash, avocado, tomatoes, radish, greens, seeds, & house vinaigrette
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach
For those looking for a casual getaway
Good for: Friends looking to get out and explore Fort Lauderdale
Address: 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
What you need to know: Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach is all about the location (although we do love the nautical-inspired décor throughout the property)! Situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach, you are just minutes away from the beach, restaurants and nightlife. We recommend grabbing a drink with your friends and enjoying playful game of pool or ping pong at the High Tide Lounge, Bahia Mar’s new rooftop bar and lounge. Choose from a selection of local craft beer, cocktails and munch on mini New England lobster rolls or the chimichurri chicken wings with mango habanero sauce as an appetizer.
Take advantage of the hotel’s awesome location, and head out to our favorite Indian gem from Miami, Bombay Darbar. They have recently opened a second location on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s bustling spot for boutique shopping and restaurant hopping, and we’re here for it!
What you need to order at Bombay Darbar:
- Vegetable pakora
- Tandoori lamb chops
- Vegetable samosa
- Lamb basmati rice cooked with Indian herbs, nuts, raisins and spices
- Butter chicken marinated and cooked in a creamy tomato cashew nut sauce
The Diplomat Beach Resort
For those looking to leave their car with valet all weekend long
Good for: A mini-moon or birthday weekend
Address: 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
What you need to know: The Diplomat has EVERYTHING you could imagine. By everything, we mean that they’ve got all activities covered from morning to dusk and you won’t want to leave the vicinity. We promise there won’t be any cabin fever — just a well-balanced weekend mixing fun, fitness, relaxation and world-renowned food.
Start your morning with an open mind, body and heart with Beach Yoga. You’ll never go back to indoors yoga after this one. To continue with relaxation mode, we recommend you step into The Diplomat Spa for a holistic healing massage, cleansing facial followed by eucalyptus steam. Enjoy $99 spa specials through the end of September.
The pool and cabana experience are calling your name and saying, “Hey you, come on over to this infinity pool.” With panoramic views of the ocean from the pool, you’ll want to stay here for a few. Hang by the waterfalls that cascade into the 240-foot lagoon pool below while cooling off and surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. That’s not all –the poolside cabanas are straight out of our dreams, think of it as glamping by the pool. These cabana experiences come with HDTV, cooling fan, mini-refrigerator, and Playa food and beverage service. If you’re saving room for brunch, then head over to Point Royal by Geoffrey Zakarian, an indoor-outdoor restaurant, featuring approachable American cuisine and a lively raw bar and cocktails with local flavor. Order the smoked salmon platter, the chopped salad and the ugly burger with remoulade, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, aged American cheese.
Your night will have a strong finale with dinner at Monkitail. Famed Chef Michael Schulson at the helm of this modern Japanese kitchen showcases a contemporary take on the classic Izakaya, featuring shareable small plates and sushi as well as an array of specialty cocktails and sake. Pro tip: after you’ve wrapped up dinner head to Nokku, Monkitail’s hidden cocktail lounge with private rooms for karaoke.
What you need to order at Monkitail:
- Seabass with Truffle Oil
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Big Eye Tuna Special Roll
- Edamame dumplings