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Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale: Your Perfect Beach Escape

Take a historic mid-century modern hotel, renovate with contemporary furnishings and hand-painted graphics and you get the beautiful Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale.

Kimpton Shorebreak Courtyard Pool
Kimpton Shorebreak Courtyard Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Guests have two heated outdoor pools to choose from – the courtyard pool and the rooftop pool with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. For swimmers who prefer the ocean, Fort Lauderdale Beach is one block away.

Kimpton Shorebreak Guest Room
Kimpton Shorebreak Guest Room photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Kimpton does a great job of maxing out the charm at each of their unique properties and The Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale is no exception. The three-story boutique resort has 96 well-designed guest rooms on airy breezeways and scenic courtyards filled with lush tropical flora

Kimpton Shorebreak Courtyard
Kimpton Shorebreak Courtyard photo credit: John Cameron

When it opened in 1949, the original Escape Hotel was the first Fort Lauderdale hotel to feature a swimming pool near the beach and operate year-round. Just off the lobby is the Shorebreak’s signature restaurant, La Fuga, meaning “the escape,” a nod to the original hotel.

La Fuga at Kimpton Shorebreak
La Fuga at Kimpton Shorebreak photo credit: John Cameron

La Fuga chef Michael Mayer’s contemporary menu successfully combines South Florida staples with Italian favorites. For starters, try their amazing Polpo Alla Griglia – grilled octopus, cannellini beans, cracked olive salad. Or the Cozze E Calamari, mussels and calamari, perfectly grilled in a pizza oven.

Polpo Alla Griglia
Polpo Alla Griglia photo credit: John Cameron

Lastly, finish with a great rendition of a favorite Italian dessert – panna cotta – large enough for two to share. Try one of the specialty cocktails, like their finely crafted Negroni Bianco, at La Fuga’s happy hour, Monday to Friday from 5 til 7pm.

Thoughtful Kimpton amenities include a yoga mat in every guest room and complimentary gourmet coffee and tea in the lobby. Guests have access to a well-equipped fitness center, complimentary bikes and oceanside loungers. Additionally, the evening social hour from five until six offers guests the opportunity to mix and mingle over complimentary drinks.

Furry friends are welcomed at the Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale with pet-friendly amenities like water bowls, doggie waste bags, leashes and treats at no extra cost.

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.