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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

unnamed.jpg1200 North Ocean Boulevard
Pompano Beach FL 33062
954-782-0100
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When deciding where to stay for a fun getaway, there are certainly lots of good hotels and condos available along the shores of South Florida, which I personally believe have some of the best beaches in the world. But, why settle for good when you can have great?

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is really a bit of a hidden gem, and is actually more of a boutique style resort that caters to leisure and business travelers alike. While no two Marriott properties are the same, this location really delivers the best of the resort lifestyle with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living.

During my stay here, I really kept asking myself if I was at a hotel in Florida, or had I been mysteriously transported to a resort in the Caribbean? The resort is set on the oceanfront in Pompano Beach, a city that is ripe for discovery and one that has recently been named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor. So if you want to venture outside of your little slice of paradise, there is more than enough to keep you occupied. If you need something for your business, you can utilize a grand total of nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting space for a customized event that will have guests talking for years.

Guests of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach can enjoy fresh local fare and speakeasy style drinks at McCoy’s Oceanfront where you can enjoy a classic cocktail menu that features fresh pressed juices and dark spirits paired with seasonal seafood in a casual setting. If you want to be pampered, you can treat yourself to a well deserved massage, facial, manicure/pedicure, body scrub or waxing as you hear the therapeutic waves crash outside of SiSpa. Of course there is the poolside relaxation with two pools and a hot tub and beach access with water sports.

What's really impressive is the fact that private balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean are afforded to all of its generously appointed 194 guest rooms and 25 suites. This was my view.

Speaking of those guest rooms and suites, after you're done indulging in stunning ocean views from your private balcony, you can get a peaceful night's sleep on pillow top mattresses, in a very spacious room. After your beauty rest you can wake up to a Florida sunrise and start the day with a newspaper delivered to your room upon request.

If you want to keep in shape and keep up that beach body, Marriott Pompano Beach has you covered there as well. Not only do they have the latest in top of the line cardiovascular equipment, with free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, but the fitness center also includes a stunning view of the ocean skyline.

All work and no play makes for a dull day, so you must go outside and play. There are two very nice swimming pools and a fantastic hot tub on the property with plenty of lounge chairs and towels for all. If the beach is calling your name, you can enjoy private access to a gorgeous beach with Jet skis’ available, Surfing and Volleyball, or you can just relax and chill in a private cabana.

Night time is the perfect time to hang out with family and friends, and Marriott Pompano Beach has plenty of things to keep the conversation going all night long. The fire pit was a hot spot, literally and figuratively during my stay and many people seemed to enjoy drinks from McCoy’s and conversation by the fire with a cool ocean breeze at night. The pools and hot tub are also open at night.

If you are planning on making a charming holiday escape with the comforts of home, look no further than Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort as they have a special “Home Away From Home for the Holidays” package available now.

Available for stays from November 1, 2015 through January 2, 2016, the Home Away From Home for the Holidays package includes overnight accommodations (based on a two-night minimum stay), daily buffet breakfast at McCoy’s Oceanfront, a special delivery of a gingerbread house kit for in-room family fun, Kids Club access for one-half day for up to two children, a 15 percent discount on all treatments at SiSpa, and a Shopper’s Savings Book courtesy of The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. Rates start at just $199 per night. For reservations call 954-782-0100 or visit www.pompanomarriott.com.

I was really impressed with this Marriott property and was sad to leave. Everything here from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave is first rate, and they have done a wonderful job of transporting guests to a unique slice of paradise. In case you don't take my word for it, the resort just received the 2015 Orbitz Worldwide “Best in Stay Elite Award” fronting the area’s finest beach and providing its guests with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living.

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Taste Of The Holidays at Reunion Resort

Tastes Of Orlando7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407-662-1000)
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The Reunion resort is always a spectacular place to visit, especially for the holidays. I mean who wouldn't be interested in spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or what ever holiday you and your family celebrate playing golf on one of the three signature golf courses designed by golf’s greatest legends? If golf is not your thing,  the resort also boasts 10 swimming pools and a water park as well, so you can spend the day splashing around the water park, or play tennis on one of the six lighted tennis courts.

With Reunions central location between its sister Grand Golf Resorts of Florida properties, and only a short 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and six miles from Walt Disney World, Reunion Resort is an ideal place to spend the holidays. With an exclusive 2,300-acre community that has the space, amenities and accommodations to bring together families, golfing buddies, social events and meetings, Reunion is already a great destination, but what can make it better you ask?

Food...and lots of it.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve and Day, all of the restaurants on the resorts property are serving up some pretty awesome food, and the best part is...No slaving away in the kitchen, and more time to spend with family.

Lets start with Thanksgiving:

The Thanksgiving Grande Feast is held in the Grande Ballroom and is $45.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 4 -12.

The Thanksgiving Grande feast includes a selection of salads with local field greens, seasonal fruits and berries, cured meats, breads and condiments, potato salad, and a quinoa & kale salad. The carving station will feature buttermilk brined turkey, and herb crusted prime rib with herbed celery and onion stuffing. On display in the chilled seafood section guests will find house smoked salmon, spicy New Orleans shrimp and a crab and tortellini salad. Additionally there will be an offering of lemon thyme roasted pork loin, butternut squash bisque, herb roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, and maple rosemary sweet potatoes. 

The little ones are not forgotten as they will have honey fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and macaroni and cheese. Desserts will include the following: pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, spiced carrot cake,mini creme caramel, chocolate fudge peanut butter cake and a pear upside down cake. 

The other restaurants on the resorts property will also be offering dining options as well like at Eleven Restaurant. At Eleven, you will have the choice of two entrees in oven Roasted Turkey Breast for $21.00 with candied sweet potato, haricot verts, onion celery and sage dressing and cranberry sauce, or the Pan Seared Salmon for $28.00. The salmon comes with a wild mushroom ragout, grilled asparagus tips, cranberry chutney and a port wine sauce. For dessert the Spiced Pumpkin Caramel Creme will be offered for $9.00

The Clubhouse will be offering a dinner only deal for $34.95 for adults and $19.95 for children, that features a choice of soups or a salad and a choice of one of four different entrees as well a choice of dessert.

At Forte Grill guests can go for a more traditional dining option and enjoy a three course meal for $49.95 that includes your choice of braised kale and Linguica sausage or arugula and fennel salad for a first course, slow roasted maple glazed tom turkey, grilled fillet of beef or a pan roasted halibut for a second course. The dessert featured will be the white chocolate cranberry bread pudding.   

The Christmas Grande Feast is held in the Grande Ballroom and is $45.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 4 - 12

The Christmas Grande Feast includes a selection of salads with spinach & Mandarin orange salad, Caesar salad, pate's and cured meats and a truffle fingerling salad. The carving station will feature herb roasted turkey and a horseradish and herb crusted strip sirloin. In the chilled seafood display area, guests will be treated to citrus dill Atlantic salmon, poached gulf shrimp, and marinated green lip New Zealand  mussels. other offerings include smoked tomato and shallot bisque, braised short ribs, chive mashed potatoes, creamed spinach & artichoke hearts and sauteed shrimp & fennel with a tomato pernod sauce.

Deserts will feature pecan pie, yule logs, snicker doodles, Christmas cookies, turtle cheesecakes, mini cream puffs and peppermint meringue.

As with the Thanksgiving dinner festivities, the resorts other restaurants...The Clubhouse, Forte and Eleven will also be featuring separate  Christmas eve and Christmas day dinner specials as well as New Years eve and day dinner specials individually. Of particular note is the New Years Eve special at Forte that has roast lamb loin as a choice for the second course.  

Of course the wonderful people at Reunion were kind enough to invite me out to sample just  about everything, so enjoy all of the pics....and yes it was all very delicious. 

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The first thing I sampled was the Herb Lamb Chop with rosemary mint jelly and fresh gnocchi with basil cream sauce. Very tender lamb chops and a delicious gnocchi made this hard to stop eating. 
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Next up was the Seared Duck Breast over arugula salad with sweet potato, caramelized pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. Moist tender medallions of duck cooked to perfection.
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For Christmas, The Clubhouse will feature a Winter Salad with mixed greens, poached pears, candied pecans, herb crusted goat cheese toasted walnuts and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
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One of my favorite dishes was the Pan Seared Grouper over brown rice risotto served with ginger cilantro sauce and citrus salsa. Very delicately cooked fish with a touch of heat and sweet.
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The Smoked Tomato Shallot Bisque will be featured on the Christmas Grande Feast buffet. This had a very nice flavor profile and was delicious.
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One of the more unique offerings was the Grilled Linguica Sausage served on white bean cakes topped with onion rings. This was a rich dish, but it comes with a sauce to even it out. Unique and flavorful.
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Of course no holiday feast is complete without turkey, so Reunion has a Sliced Buttermilk Brined Roasted Turkey that is off the charts good. It is served with stuffing.
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Guest who dine at The Clubhouse will be treated to a superb Pork Loin with wild mushroom confit.
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The Braised Short Ribs with coffee demi-glace will be featured on the Christmas Grande Feast buffet. These short ribs were tender and had nice depth of flavor and taste.
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The dessert selections started with Dark Chocolate Cream Pies. These are pretty simple in concept, but provided a wallop of chocolate flavor.  
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To finish out the evening we were treated to Spiced Pumpkin Creme Caramel that will be featured at Eleven on Thanksgiving. This was almost like a flan in texture, but much more delicious.

So there you have it...lots of great food to choose from at a great resort for the family. If you are considering dining at any one of the resorts restaurants or at one of the Grande Feasts, it is recommended that you make reservations and plan ahead.

Grande Feast:   (407) 396-3184
Forte:                (407) 396-5285
Clubhouse:        (407) 662-1320
Eleven:              (407) 622-1170

  
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