FORT LAUDERDALE’S PELICAN GRAND OFFERS THE ULTIMATE LAZY BEACH HONEYMOON
If the stress of your wedding has you longing for a honeymoon that doesn’t involve much more than going from luxurious hotel suite to comfy beach chair, try a trip to the beachfront Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Direct flights from Denver to the southern Florida city mean you’ll arrive in just a few hours. Here’s how to make the most of your honeymoon:
SLEEP IN STYLE: With a recent multi-million renovation, the 156 rooms feature spacious accommodations. An oceanfront suite with a separate living space and balcony is the perfect place to laze, doors flung open, champagne chilling, room service ordered. Or, for ultimate luxury, book a stay in the 12th-floor Sky Suite penthouse. Starting at $1,900 per night, the private retreat comes with a 1,100-square-foot balcony, complete with rooftop shower and tub and sunning area, a marble steam shower and a wet bar.
MAKE LIFE A BEACH: Read a book, take a dip, walk along the waves hand-in-hand, watch for manatees, order lunch and a cocktail, snooze a bit, rent a stand-up paddleboard, snooze a little more. Repeat.
EAT (AND DRINK) WELL: For breakfast and snacks, head to the Emporium for coffee, muffins and ice cream. For lunch and light bites, there’s the O2K Lounge (salads, burgers, flatbreads and specialty cocktails). And for dinner, opt for the excellent Ocean2000. Sit outdoors under a starlit sky at a table set atop sand dunes, surrounded by tiki torches. A romantic moonlit walk afterward is a must.
TREAT YOURSELF: Housed on the 11th-floor terrace overlooking the ocean, the Pure Spa is serenity personified. Start your experience with a nosh of chocolate and a shot of banana-infused water while perched in a swinging chair gazing at the ocean waves. Then disconnect from—well, everything—with a customized treatment. The Maria Åkerberg organic luxury facial, $185, is 80 minutes of bliss.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
2000 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale
AMENITIES AND SERVICES: Pure Spa, oceanfront pool with lazy river, fitness center, stand-up paddleboarding, in-room dining, concierge, Ocean2000 fine dining, O2K Lounge, The Emporium, extensive on-site wedding planning