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Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Hollywood

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood is at the top of upscale resort destinations in South Florida. Situated on the beach between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal waterway in Hollywood, the Diplomat is a member of the Curio Collection, a select group of luxury hotels under the Hilton imprimatur.

By the Pool at The Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa
By the Pool at The Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa photo credit: John Cameron

The AAA Four Diamond  Diplomat features 8 different culinary destinations and 209,000 square feet for meetings and events, the largest hotel convention space in South Florida. The Diplomat was voted one of the top 10 resorts in Florida by Condé Nast Reader’s Choice, 2019.

Diplomat Fitness Center
Diplomat Fitness Center

The compact, fully equipped two level fitness center is adjacent to the spa which features floor to ceiling windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.  Try a Diplomat Spa + Wellness signature massage –  any massage from the menu at the Diplomat Spa is available for couples.

Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Governor Suite
Diplomat Beach Resort & Spa Governor Suite

All 1000 rooms have a warm, contemporary palette with a nod to surfer culture – a pleasing blend of upscale with casual. Guests have a choice between rooms facing east with beautiful views of the sunrise over the Atlantic or facing west with a view of sunsets over the Intracoastal waterway. The corner suites have 180 degree views of both.

Diplomat Beach Resort pools
Diplomat Beach Resort pools photo credit: John Cameron

If the ocean is too rough or too cold, swim the Diplomat’s two beautiful pools, a shallow rectangular infinity pool with a unique glass-bottom window and a large, elongated kidney-shaped pool at beach level.

Where to Eat

Monkitail Sushi Bar at The Diplomat
Monkitail Sushi Bar photo credit: John Cameron

Whether you’re staying at the Diplomat or just come for a meal, you have great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Restaurants Point Royal from celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Monkitail from Chef & Restaurateur Michael Schulson complement the luxury steakhouse Diplomat Prime and beachfront patio cafe Playa.

There is also Counterpoint, an all day grab and go, featuring specialty coffees, sandwiches and pastries, open seven days a week, Candy & Cones for your sweet tooth and a secret, intimate karaoke bar, Nokku, where you can drink and sing your heart out until 2am.

Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort
Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort photo credit: John Cameron

Point Royal has an appetizing array of breakfast buffet choices and a custom omelet chef. Choose your ingredients and the chef will magically create one of the best omelets you have ever tasted. Tip: if you’re not that hungry, ask for a one or two egg omelet. Point Royal is also open for lunch and dinner.

Michael Schulson & Chef Taek Lee
Michael Schulson & Chef Taek Lee at Monkitail photo credit: The Diploma

Michael Schulson’s Monkitail has a beautiful Japanese themed sushi bar, main dining room and private speak-easy karaoke, all conceived by design team Rohe Creative.

Start your meal with a cocktail – the Monkitail – a great variation on a Manhattan with extra visual pizzaz – our waiter placed cinnamon and cloves on a barrel stave, torched it until it smoked, then captured the smoke in an overturned glass. Once the glass was filled with smoke, our waiter filled it with the cocktail. The smokiness remains for the entire drink and takes the ordinary Manhattan to another level. 

As it was our first visit, we chose the chef’s tasting menu – a perfect introduction to Monkitail’s take on the classic Izakaya.  Some favorites: the big eye tuna special roll, the lobster tail, neatly split in two, the Duck Scrapple Bao Bun – duck confit with maple teriyaki syrup wrapped in a home-made steamed bun covered in black sesame seeds. Ice cream sushi was the perfect finish to our meal.

When you want to celebrate a special  occasion head to Diplomat Prime, featuring both steak and seafood. Stone crabs, found only on Florida’s gulf coast, make a great appetizer. Two large claws, perfectly cracked, arrive at the table. Eating them is 100 percent satisfaction, zero effort. Tip: Florida stone crabs are only in season from October to May.

Diplomat Prime at The Diplomat Beach Resort
Diplomat Prime at The Diplomat Beach Resort photo credit: The Diplomat

We enjoyed a crisp wedge salad followed by the walnut crusted halibut and a buttery melt-in-your mouth salmon.  And since this is one of the best Miami steakhouses, we couldn’t leave without tasting the delicious Japanese certified A5 Kobe NY Strip. Attentive service and a great sommelier with spot on wine pairings made this dinner a memorable one.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

If you’re looking for a luxury boutique hotel suite, steps from Fort Lauderdale Beach, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Atlantic Hotel & Spa could be your destination. Our spacious suite, decked out in masculine browns, featured classic marble bathrooms with his and hers sinks – always a good idea.  Leave your patio doors open and wake up to the sounds of ocean waves on the beach.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Pool
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Our fully-equipped kitchen had pots, pans, stemware, dishes, a built-in  glass-top stove, sink, fridge, dishwasher and a Lavazza coffee maker for perfect espressos . The balcony with an ocean view is the perfect sunny spot for breakfast coffees.

The Atlantic Hotel Ocean Terrace
The Atlantic Hotel Ocean Terrace photo credit: John Cameron

The Atlantic Hotel’s 5th floor ocean front terrace is the go to spot for amenities: The SKY Bar, a sizable heated outdoor lap pool, a 24-hour gym with ocean views and the Spa, are all conveniently located here.

Atlantic Hotel & Spa Gym
Atlantic Hotel & Spa Gym

The signature spa treatment, the Atlantic Swedish Massage, uses long, light  strokes to relax the body. Moroccan oil is massaged into the scalp, to relieve dryness, while leaving the hair healthy and shiny.

Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are all provided for guests in the lobby. Beach cruiser bicycles are free of charge for as long as you like, from early morning until sunset.

Wild Thyme at the Atlantic Hotel

Oceanfront views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and a creative chef-driven menu make Wild Thyme a popular restaurant.

Charred Octopus at Wild Thyme
Charred Octopus at Wild Thyme

The delicious charred octopus on a bed of gigante beans is a tasty appetizer.  We enjoyed the delicious warm beet stuffed with 3 cheeses sitting on a bed of pine nuts and arugula pesto followed by a whole roasted head of cauliflower.  For our entree, we had the scallops, placed on a puree of homemade cream corn.

Stuffed Beet at Wild Thyme
Stuffed Beet at Wild Thyme
Key Lime Tart at Wild Thyme


The key lime tart with the Oreo cookie crust and coconut gelato makes a great finish.