Fort Lauderdale’s Oasis for Gay Travelers
Plan Your Stay at The Grand Resort and Spa
by Kwin Mosby
From the moment you open the door at the front entrance to The Grand Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll immediately feel the stress of everyday life melt away. The friendly staff welcome its guests with beaming smiles and extra care to help make your stay unforgettable. You may already be familiar with this popular resort. It has been a proud sponsor of RuPaul’s Drag Race for more than a year and it’s only one of approximately a dozen gay owned and operated resorts located in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
“What is exciting about Fort Lauderdale is that we are becoming the #1 vacation destination in the Southeast U.S. for all LGBTQ travelers,” said Edward Otto Zielke, Marketing and Operations Manager for The Grand Resort and Spa. “As Fort Lauderdale Beach’s tourism begins to grow from upcoming events like the newly announced Pride of The Americas for 2020, we strive to be the #1 spa-resort in the country for men.”
Set to celebrate its 20th Anniversary next January (2019), the owners are banking on years success and looking into opening a second location in the future. But for now, here’s why men should consider staying at this classy clothing-optional resort an unforgettable beach getaway as VIP honeymooners.
Luxurious Accommodations Fit for a King… or a Queen!
More than 4,000 guests – 1,000 for the spa – flock to the Grand Resort and Spa every year. And solo travelers, couples and groups have their pick of 33 luxurious rooms and suites, including the Pool View Guest Room (300-369 square foot space) overlooking the heated pool, where skinny dipping isn’t allowed. But for guests who want to go au naturel, reserve a room in the courtyard like the recommended Two Bedroom Patio Suite (605 square feet) with a full kitchen and an outdoor shower. And if you’re planning a mini-moon or gay honeymoon… go ahead and splurge! Stay in the Grand Penthouse (1867 square feet) that includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an outdoor living room and a private sundeck that features an outdoor shower and jacuzzi. No matter which spacious room or suite you choose, these luxe accommodations are just one of several reasons why you should stay here.
Never Leave the Resort Thanks to These High-End Amenities
In addition to the clothing-optional courtyard (with an oversized cabana), 10-man hot tub, sundeck and heated pool, the Grand provides a number of amenities that make it hard for guests to leave. Okay, some exceptions may be to feel the sand between your toes on Sebastian Street Beach, to try a variety of tasty restaurants along A1A, or to experience the gay nightlife in Wilton Manors – only a 15-minute drive away. The resort and staff make every guest feel at home thanks in part to the amenities featured here. For example, after a late night of bar hopping, guests can wake up to a delicious catered breakfast buffet that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, muffins, cereal and more! But don’t sleep in too long… its first come, first served. Or sweat out those extra calories you picked up the night before and head to the fitness room – manned with free weights and cardio equipment. Hey… you need to stay beach-body ready, right?
Well, it is vacation time! So, order a beer or a glass of wine while catching some rays by the pool or indulge in Sundown Happy Hour, which features complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages starting 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. And sometimes the resort collaborates with local businesses, such as Stork’s Bakery & Café and The Spice Lab, to provide guests with unique happy hour experiences and a fun opportunity to socialize with other guests. Now, that’s how you get the weekend started!
Prepare to Be Pampered at The Spa
Of all the amenities offered at The Grand, its award-winning spa is an amenity is one of the major reasons why guests enjoy staying here. Who doesn’t like to get pampered while on vacation? It’s part of the rejuvenation process while you’re on vacation. And this full-service spa offers the regular, go-to services, including different types of manicures and pedicures, but it also features unique treatments, such as the Age-Defying Facial, Warm Mud Massage, Seaweed Gel Therapy and the Grand Signature Scrub – a body treatment that starts with a Dead Sea salt exfoliating scrub and Japanese citrus oils to polish the skin. And if you’re staying at The Grand and spending time with that special someone, consider a relaxing side-by-side Swedish massage for two. With manager J.D. Greene at the helm, and a team of therapists and technicians, like Paula, this spa is the quintessential way to unwind.
The Spa is rolling out a new booking app called MindBody - an app to help clients book their spa appointments...
The Spa has great reputation among locals, too. So, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment (online or via phone) prior to your stay to lock-in a day to get the spa treatment and therapist you want. And by the end of July 2018, there’ll be an app for that! “The Spa is rolling out a new booking app called MindBody – an app to help clients book their spa appointments right from a mobile device or tablet,” said Zielke. “Many of our therapists are in high demand, so this will give their clients an easier way to manage their time for The Spa.” App users will be able view each therapist’s background, and check out their calendar for availability. And returning guests and clients can also sign up for the new Spa Membership, which includes a Spa Day at The Grand for a discounted price, discounted room rates and more! Plan your spa treatment now, you’ll thank us later!
Perfect Honeymoon, Mini-Moon or Getaway for Couples
The Grand Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for couples, including newlyweds. And the staff here love to help couples celebrating their honeymoon with spa-resort packages to make a couple’s stay extra special. For example, the Romance by the Sea package includes a two-night stay in one of the resort’s luxe accommodations, champagne or wine upon arrival, two Grand Resort robes for keepsakes and a choice of either a couples’ 50-minute massage or a signature facial. The resort also offers gift certificates, which can be purchased for those newlyweds you might know. Couples can celebrate with a post-nuptial vacation or just plan a couple’s getaway to reconnect relax and reconnect with one another in the luxe setting of The Grand Resort and Spa. It’ll be so worth it!
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