By Steve Pike
As he sat near the lobby of the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel, Chintan Dadhich summed up the 290 all-suite oceanfront resort this way, “Every hotel has its own soul. This hotel, from the very first day, had the soul of hospitality”.
Of course, Dadhich can be expected to say such things, he’s general manager of the resort located on Fort Lauderdale’s exclusive North Beach. But Dadhich also is correct. The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is everything you want in a beachside resort and then some. Spacious and comfortable, the resort feels like it belongs next to one of the world’s most famous beaches.
For example, each suite features nautically-designed variations with full galley kitchens and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterways. Guest suites range from a large 650 square feet to three bedrooms. Suites can be combined for up to five bedrooms.
The resort is home to the city’s only 20,000 square foot, ocean facing Sky Deck that features a fresh water pool and whirlpool, plenty of seating, cabanas, and entertainment programs. There is plenty of room to move around from the Spinnaker poolside bar to the pool to the lounge chairs that overlook the beach.
The resort also has 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting and event space, including a 4,524 square-foot Ocean Ballroom with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Conrad’s Terra Mare restaurant serves a broad range of locally sourced seafood and beef. It’s a great venue for sharing plates. Tableside preparation of large dishes highlights a communal dining experience.
“Terra Mare’s menus have food from a lot of places around the world,’’ Dadhich said. “That speaks to a lot of customers because they’re not forced into making a decision. And with the large and small plates, guests have a lot of options.’’
The Conrad’s Atlas Lounge serves an outstanding selection of cocktails (try the Basil Mule), as well as a deep “snacks’’ menu that includes an outstanding cheese and charcuterie plate and duck confit “tostada.’’
Want something poolside from Spinnaker? Try the shrimp kabobs or the grass fed burger.
“We have such a versatile hotel on the beachfront and all the elements that go with it,’’ Dadhich said. “We’re here to make sure everything is curated for each guest. We are able to find just the right spot for each of our visitors.’’