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The best of Florida is brought to­gether at the Fort Laud­erdale Mar­riott Har­bor Beach Re­sort & Spa.

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PALMS AND RE­LAX­ATION … KEY LIMES and neon dreams … water­front es­capes and re­fined ex­u­ber­ance. What­ever im­pres­sions trav­el­ers hold, your opin­ions un­dergo a trans­for­ma­tion as soon as you re­lax into the real­ity of Florida re­sort life. And few places are as truly Florid­ian, in all the best senses of the word, as the Fort Laud­erdale Mar­riott Har­bor Beach Re­sort & Spa.

A World Within

There are 650 guest rooms (in­clud­ing 32 suites) in this 16-acre sea­side re­sort, mak­ing it prac­ti­cally a small town in its own right within the city of Fort Laud­erdale. It’s within five miles of Port Ever­glades and within easy reach of the Saw­grass Mills out­let mall and the bou­tiques and restau­rants of Las Olas Boule­vard, but there’s so much to do on the premises, it’s hard to find rea­sons to leave.

Fam­i­lies will thrill to the kids’ club; the gi­ant, tree-lined main pool; and wa­ter­sports equip­ment for use on a mar­velous pri­vate beach. But if you’d like to keep a good dis­tance from the lit­tle ones, there’s an adult-only pool, a full-ser­vice sa­lon, and seren­ity of dis­tinctly grown-up na­ture in the yoga classes at the fit­ness cen­ter or at the smart ca­sual 3030 Ocean Bar. For a lit­tle ex­tra ro­mance, try the Bare­foot Din­ing at Har­bor Beach pack­age, which in­cludes dishes paired with som­me­lier-picked wines served as the sun sets.

Body and Soul

The restau­rants at Mar­riott Har­bor Beach make the most of the lo­ca­tion as well, serv­ing fresh, lo­cal seafood at 3030 Ocean Restau­rant and Bar, and Amer­i­can fa­vorites over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean at Sea Level Restau­rant and Ocean Bar. There’s also Riva, the ca­sual break­fast buf­fet and lunch venue that serves din­ner sea­son­ally, and a sump­tu­ous brunch on Sun­days with chilled crab and bot­tom­less Bloody Marys and mi­mosas.

There are also ca­sual op­tions for pool­side or beach­front snacks and sips, whether it’s cof­fee and bis­cotti from the on-site Star­bucks or a cold-pressed juice and frozen yo­gurt from HB Fresh on the beach walk.

Sus­te­nance of a dif­fer­ent kind can be found at the 22,000-square-foot re­sort spa, which of­fers ser­vices from fit­ness coun­sel­ing to fa­cials, and even a body-scrub bar for cus­tomiz­ing your own ex­fo­li­at­ing treat­ment. Classes in­clude Zumba, water aer­o­bics, yoga, Pi­lates, and spin­ning. Or just re­lax in the sauna or the Jacuzzi to soothe sore mus­cles. The spa is a cell-phone–free en­vi­ron­ment, so be pre­pared to take your re­lax­ation se­ri­ously. You’ll come away a whole new per­son. Mar­riott.com

— Greg War­wick

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