SPRING GETAWAY TO … Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa!By Delaina Dixon | April 6, 2017 | Travel
The DivaGals have been waiting for Spring all season. And now that it’s here, we’re ready to get our travel on!
If you’re near our home base of New York City, you know that the warmer weather is taking its sweet time to make an appearance. We say head to where the sun shines virtually year round!
For New Englanders, sunshine is only a two-hour plane ride away in Florida. And while Miami may be the first stop on your trip for an afternoon of bikinis, booming tunes and Sex on the Beaches, when you’re ready to spend an evening relaxing away from the hustle and bustle, we say hop in an Uber to the welcoming destination of Pompano Beach!
This sleepy beach city is edged by the Atlantic Ocean, which means that a trip to the beach is rolling out of your hotel bed, which is exactly what we did at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Arriving at the hotel on 1200 North Avenue Blvd., we noted that the Pompano Beach Resort is located directly on the beach. Checking into our guest room, which had a terrace view of the ocean, we prepped for dinner at McCoy’s Oceanfront, the hotel’s onsite inside/outdoor restaurant right next to the ocean. With an outdoor cocktail bar, loungy fire pit and attentive staff, McCoy’s makes it easy to enjoy a night right on the hotel grounds.
We started with two of McCoy’s signature cocktails: the coconut rum pineapple mojito and Spring 44 Old Fashioned, made with Old Tom barrel-aged gin, garnished with brandied cherries made on site and oranges. McCoy’s takes its name from the Prohibition Era and pays homage to its roots with its signature drinks.
The Tuscan Kale Salad was crisp, tart and sweet with bourbon cherries and lemon vinaigrette (we skipped the goat cheese).
McCoy’s offers a full option of meat and fish options sourced locally. We decided to try two favorites: the Land and Sea featuring Wagyu flat iron steak and seared scallops. And of course, the Florida Pompano, the fish after which this adorable town is named, paired with fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus and wilted greens. Both dishes were seasoned and dressed to perfection. Of course, no night would be complete without dessert. Our suggestion? Try the key lime pie!
The night was spent by the fire pit sipping wine and making new friends. The next morning, we arose early for a jog on the beach and made another – though decidedly smaller – new pal. The hotel also offers a full spa and two outdoor pools for even more activities.
McCoy’s also serves a full breakfast, which we enjoyed at one of their outdoor tables.
We closed out our stay with a trip to the hotel’s onsite SiSpa for a relaxing rubdown.
Ready for your time to relax and recharge in sunny bliss? Enjoy the beach, great dining and a service or two at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa!