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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.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

Overlooking Fort Lauderdale beach, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel features 240 modern guest rooms, many with panoramic ocean-front views. Guests of the hotel can savor daily treats from the kitchen, such as spicy peel and eat shrimp. Pair with a happy hour Coco Loco cocktail and you’re on island time.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Lobby
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Lobby

The Sonesta Lobby has been refreshed, the groovy waves with a colored light show have been upgraded to simple wooden panels and contemporary lighting.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Pool
Sonesta-Fort-Lauderdale-Beach-Pool

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is an AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel providing accommodations for all group sizes. Business travellers looking for breathtaking views can book their event in the Penthouse level, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic Ocean.

Steelpan Restaurant at the Sonesta

While there are no shortage of Jamaican restaurants in other destinations, Carribean fare hasn’t made the same impact in South Florida. Sonesta has brought in Jamaican-born chef, Kevin Baker to bring a taste of the Caribbean to South Florida in the new on-site restaurant Steelpan.

Steelpan’s vision is to make sure everyone gets to experience the culture of the Caribbean infused in American cuisine, says Executive Sous Chef Kevin Baker.

Coco Loco at Steelpan, Sonesta Beach Hotel

Rum is the spirit of choice in the Caribbean and Steelpan’s Coco Loco is the perfect cocktail, a tasty blend of coconut cream, Mount Gay rum and orange juice, served in a giant blue cocktail glass, complete with a paper parasol.

Burrata Salad at Steelpan, Sonesta Beach Hotel

Starters like chicken wings get the traditional jerk spice treatment accompanied by a papaya and jicama slaw. A burrata salad starts with a large ice cream scoop of burrata topped with a pomegranate glaze and placed on a bed of heirloom tomatoes.

Ceviche at Steelpan, Sonesta Beach Hotel

Shrimp and fish ceviche is served in a coconut shell and yes, you can even eat the fresh coconut meat, possibly as a palate cleanser for the next course, a perfectly baked whole snapper served on a banana leaf with mixed potatoes and pickled vegetables on the side.

Also open for breakfast from 6:30am and lunch from 11:30am, Steelpan has a cool indoor/outdoor feature – you can sit outdoors at the bar near the pool or inside at hi-top tables.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach  

999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
On the corner of Sunrise Blvd and A1A,  across from the tranquil Hugh Taylor State Park.