Fort Lauderdale luxury resort for gay men with a clothing optional courtyard
By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular gay vacation destinations on the planet. In the past several years, many gay resorts have been sold to developers who have rebranded them as family accommodations.
If you are looking for luxury resort and spa accommodations, The Grand Resort and Spa is still going strong and still – in our opinion – one of the best kept and best managed resorts we’ve visited.
Do you enjoy lounging poolside? The Grand Resort and Spa offers a private courtyard with an oversized heated pool. Bathing suits are required.
Do you prefer clothing-optional sunbathing? The Grand Resort and Spa also offers a beautiful clothing-optional Tropical Courtyard featuring a 30-foot fountain and 10-man Jacuzzi.
Unlike many nearby resorts where the staff leaves the premises after 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., the staff of The Grand Resort and Spa is on-site 24 hours a day!
Every morning, the staff serves a complimentary continental breakfast in The Grand Resort’s Club Room. During our visit, options included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, breakfast potatoes, biscuits & gravy, bagels and more.
Every afternoon, chilled, flavored water is available around the pool with complimentary cocktails offered during certain hours.
Where some local resorts charge a $10 to $30 nightly fee for on-site parking, overnight parking is complimentary at The Grand Resort and Spa.
Wi-Fi access is also complimentary.
We asked The Grand Resort and Spa Operations Manager Edward Otto Zielke about the resort.
How would you describe The Grand Resort & Spa in one sentence?
The Grand Resort and Spa is Fort Lauderdale’s premiere, gay owned and operated, men’s spa-resort – guaranteed to exceed your expectations.
What makes The Grand Resort & Spa unique in the gay accommodation marketplace?
As Fort Lauderdale’s first gay resort with its own full-service day spa and hair studio, we can offer our guests an experience that is unique and wonderfully indulgent. From a relaxing Swedish massage to a haircut before your night on the town, we can accommodate all your needs right here.
At The Grand Resort and Spa, you will experience first class service from our elite staff members providing guests vast knowledge of the Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Some of our fantastic amenities include:
* Beer & Wine poolside service
* Onsite Fitness Center, Ocean-View Sundeck and Tropical Courtyard
* A full Continental Breakfast, including hot and cold meal selections
* Complimentary Happy Hour socials on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
* Sunday’s complimentary mimosa hour.
* Impromptu scented towels and frozen treats are served poolside
* Complementary Wi-Fi and beach bags
* Free parking to registered guests
* Beach chairs & umbrellas for guest use
* In-room safes, iron and ironing board
* Coin operated washer and dryers, detergent sold at the front desk
What is the history of The Grand Resort & Spa?
The Grand Resort and Spa has been in operation since 1999. With 33 well-appointed rooms and suites, we are located just steps from the beach and convenient to all of Fort Lauderdale’s attractions and nightlife.
Where do your guests come from and what have they told you about their visits to The Grand Resort & Spa?
Our guests come from all over the world. We have a huge client presence domestically as well as in UK, Germany, South Americaand Canada.
Do you have any special rates or packages coming up?
We are running 2 specials. Now until Sept 30th, buy three nights and get the 4th night free.
Also we have 2 LOTTO WEEKENDS coming up for September and October
(see newsletter http://r.news.grandresort.net/6p4ztvfhijcrf.html ).
Also as always, we have Mid Week Spa Specials that run every Tuesday – Thursday (15% OFF selected services).
The Grand Resort and Spa is located at 539 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale FL 33304.
Phone : 800-818-1211 or 954-630-3000.
For more information, visit www.grandresort.net
Article and photos by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing
PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956