Travel Guide to Florida

2017 Travel Guide to Florida

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2017 TRAVEL GUIDE TO FLORIDA 37 A ll you need is love. Florida supplies t h e r e s t — s u n s h i n e a n d s e a breezes, bouquets of tropical flowers and resorts that excel in celebrations. Here is a look at Florida's diverse and dazzling choices for heavenly honeymoons, wondrous weddings and leisure for the modern family: straight, gay, blended or other. Look for perks such as a complimen- tary suite on the big night and entertaining features from swimming with manatees to bonfires with Champagne and s'mores. THE ATLANTIC COAST The sophisticated Lago Mar Resort and Club is part of Fort Lauderdale's Luxe Collection. Traditional and secluded, Lago Mar excels at white-glove service and ceremonies on the beach or in the ballroom. At the southern end of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the exciting Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a tropical beach party with posh interiors and fabulous photo ops on a spectacular glass terrace with a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean. The Hollywood Beach Marriott also has a spectacular oceanfront, but traditional interiors with mahogany panelling and brilliant chandeliers. The Vow to Get Away promotion, when available, offers triple Marriott Rewards points. The classic queen of Hollywood Beach, The Diplomat Resort & Spa is one of Florida's largest resorts, with two pools, a sublime spa, a kids' club—and weddings to remember. The rainbow spirit is strong in Fort Lauderdale, the No. 1 LGBT resort destination in the US, with nearly 20 gay hotels and hundreds of LGBT-owned businesses. The Grand Resort & Spa is a haven for gay men who love its terrific spa and clothing-optional pool. Several mainstream hotels also are strong on same-sex unions, including the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, which has a private swatch of sand, and the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, popular for its penthouse ballroom and oceanfront terrace. The cool town of Delray Beach is more intimate. The deluxe Seagate Hotel & Spa is a PERFECT PAIRINGS BY ROCHELLE LASH W E D D I N G S A N D H O N E Y M O O N S TOP: A matrimonial oceanfront setting at The Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach. ABOVE: A chickee hut at the luxe Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Orlando.

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