Dynamic Variation:

Dine and Unwind in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Angela Caraway-Carlton

Pampering spa treatments and decadent dining at a majorly discounted price? Yes, please! August and September in Greater Fort Lauderdale mean a dynamic duo of outstanding dining and spa deals. Restaurant Month and Spa Month both kick off in August, with the deals extending until the end of September.

Locals have the chance to sample restaurants or spas they haven’t tried before, and visitors the opportunity to have a different experience every day of vacation. Here is a look at six hotels where you can indulge in both promotions. We promise you may not want to return home.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

View of pool and exterior of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Situated on Fort Lauderdale Beach, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is a tranquil escape boasting a new restaurant and a revamped spa menu. Gaze at those stunning ocean views from the new Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery where dishes have an unexpected twist like maple-bourbon bacon with jalapeño cheddar cornbread where the bacon whimsically hangs from a wire above the cornbread or a cream of corn dish that’s topped with popcorn. “We wanted to create an exceptionally wild experience for our guests with a beachside twist,” says Steven Dapuzzo, a culinary expert with Society 8 Hospitality Group. During Restaurant Month, go for the $35 pre-fixe menu that offers three courses: think apps like coconut conch fritters, mains like the crispy seafood box stacked with mussels, shrimp, calamari and fries, and don’t miss their famous milkshakes for dessert. At Spa Atlantic, you’ll find an oasis of relaxation thanks to his-and-her sauna and steam rooms, and there’s even a full-service hair and nail salon where you can leave with sultry beach waves for a night out. Spoil yourself during Spa Month with $99 deals like a Hydrate & Plump Facial, or an Atlantic Massage with an added Moroccan oil hair and scalp treatment.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Aerial view Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach & Spa on the beach

At the stunning Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, nestled along a quarter-mile stretch of private beach, it’s easy to sink into vacation-mode. At the sprawling spa, one of the largest in the area, indulge in $99 treatments like a Massage Medley with a triple-threat combo of aromatherapy, deep tissue and Swedish massage; the Royal Body Treatment, which will leave you with baby-soft skin thanks to an exfoliation, body masque and nourishing lotion that comes with a decadent scalp massage or foot rub; or choose the Nuface Facial, which involves a micro-sculpting technology that lifts and tones the skin. When you’re done being pampered, retreat to the private pool or enjoy the whirlpool, fitness center and sauna. The resort’s tropical tranquility extends to 3030 Ocean, a trendy restaurant well-known for serving up ocean views and fresh fish dishes; from Sunday through Thursday, opt for the $45 three-course menu that features top favorites like heirloom tomato Panzanella, roasted grouper with creamy polenta, and Homestead mango cobbler.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Exterior of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort with ocean view

Find more dining and spa bliss at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort located on North Beach, known for its coveted ocean views and scenery pool on the sun deck. At Spa Q, self-care is everything with unique treatments like a four-hand massage or rubdowns with hot stones; during Spa Month, classic massages and essential facials are slashed to $50, so you can afford to splurge on extra pampering. At signature restaurant Ilios, in addition to their popular weekly specials like a Thursday All-Night Happy Hour and Monday Burgers & Brews, guests can expect two chef’s choice tasting menus priced at $39 and $49. To bask in ocean breezes and hang with the locals by the firepits, head to S3 restaurant for their popular Sunset Happy Hour.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Beach facing exterior of Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood Beach FL

Take a cue from Jimmy Buffett and head to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort on lively Hollywood beach where bright beachy décor reigns supreme and there’s always a laidback party going on. At St. Somewhere Spa, a sprawling spa fitted with steam rooms, rainfall showers, and a hot tub, rejuvenate tired muscles with the Muscle Mender Massage ($99 for 50-minutes) where your therapist will soothe tired muscles with hot stones, then exfoliate your feet with a scrub and reflexology. Or choose the Sun Soother Facial ($99 for 50-minutes) for a facial that will calm and hydrate skin, with the added bonus of a micro-current brow lift. Once you’re relaxed, make dinner reservations at upscale JWB Prime Steak and Seafood to enjoy a three-course meal for $45 per person (September only), choosing from appetizers like ceviche made with local fish, tenderloin steak medallions in a peppercorn sauce, and decadent desserts like banana cream pie. What would Buffett do? He’d try it all!

Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Pool at Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston FL

The lush oasis of Bonaventure Resort & Spa, located in the center of Weston, offers 23-acres of fun with four beautiful swimming pools, four restaurants, and a peaceful spa. At Spa aLaya, it’s all about mind, body, spirit with four different packages to choose from and the opportunity for the spa guests to attend one of their popular Hot or Chill Yoga classes then hit the steam room, sauna, indoor whirlpool or simply sunbathe at the private swimming pool. Choose the Cloud 9 Tranquility Massage & Foot Treatment ($129 for 80 minutes), a blissful 50-minute Swedish massage enhanced by warm CBD oil with an additional 30-minutes entirely dedicated to your feet; or get a taste of fall with the Muscle-Melt Massage & Plumping Pumpkin Facial (100 minutes for $159). When it comes to dining, elegant Ireland's Steakhouse is a vacation or date-night dream thanks to prime cuts of beef, incredible seafood like stuffed lobster tail or crispy yellowtail snapper, and the OMG-worthy truffle mac and cheese.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Beach facing exterior view of the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Pompano is always popping, and at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, new restaurant AND Fish Kitchen + Bar is making its Restaurant Month debut. The heart of this oceanfront restaurant is fresh-caught seafood, and during Restaurant Month guests will start with roasted oysters or local burrata with strawberry compote; move on to entrées such as swordfish a la plancha and spaghetti squash Bolognese; and end with tropical dessert options like Florida key lime pie. Continue with salt-life pampering at SiSpa, where you can hear the relaxing sounds of the waves crashing and choose from two $99 treatment offers, a 50-minute anti-aging massage or a 50-minute orange peel facial. If that’s not enough time (is it ever?) guests can upgrade to 80-minutes at $149. Best part? Spa guests have access to the pool area with a whirlpool tub, sundeck, fitness center and spa relaxation room fitted with curved lounge chairs, and valet parking is complimentary. Park it for the day and sink into spa mode.

Don’t miss all the great dining and spa deals during happening throughout the months of August and September. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and spas.


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