Southern Florida Marinas: Southern Florida could easily be named the capital of yachting, as it is flanked by waterways from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Ranging from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern tip of Puerto Rico, the marinas and resorts of LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels is a network of decadence rarely experienced.
LXR affiliated luxury hotels and resorts are found along the East Coast and the West Coast, the Caribbean Islands, Florida and New York City. The desire of many is the indulgence of the most-privileged minority- yachtsmen, jetsetters and world travelers.
Here is a six-pack of Southern Florida's most popular marinas.
The Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center is the host of the most prestigious Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show The floating dock has 250 slips, with 100 slips capable of holding megayachts up to 250 feet. This is a full-service marina with repair and fuel stations. Shopping, restaurants, and nightclubs are all within walking distance. Additionally, there are chartered fishing fleets, sightseeing boats, and water-sports adventures aplenty.
The 44-acre mixed-used luxury development has oceanfront rooms and suites and three restaurants. The resort has a fitness center and a spa, four tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. There is a concierge desk, a children's center, a business center, and a pet center. Several championship golf courses are located near the resort too!
The Ft. Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club is part of the Hilton family of worldwide-renowned hotels. The Yacht Club's marina is a full-service 33-slip inlet with independent phone line and Internet access or docked boats. On-yacht dining options are available from the three restaurants at the Grande.
Some of the hotel's plentiful luxuriant amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a full spa, a fitness center, and a water taxi. Water sports found along the marina include deep-sea fishing, jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. There are nearby pubic and private championship-level golf courses, too.
Pier 66 is a 127-slip marina capable of accommodating yachts as long as 225 feet. It is adjacent to the Port Everglades Inlet. The marina staff is on duty full-time, and there is 24-hour uniformed security. The marina is full-service with a repair station and a fueling dock. Docked boats have Internet access and phone services. Food orders can be placed through the resort's room service and delivered to onboard.
The Hyatt Regency's concierge desk imparts an insider's perspective to guests on the area's nightlife, entertainment, and restaurant. There are three pools, two tennis courts, and a full spa and fitness center. Grille 66 is among the finest steakhouse in Ft. Lauderdale by foodies near and far.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club's 32-slip marina accommodates yachts up to 175 feet. Boca Raton is part of the yachting community of Palm Beach County. This is a true port of luxury at its finest. Deep-sea fishing and sailing charters for half- or full-day bookings are offered.
There are two championship golf courses, tennis courts, a full-service spa by Spa Palazza, three fitness centers, and six swimming pools. The resort has family activities as well as numerous dining options and nightlife on the marina. The Yacht Club is the newest wing added on to the venerable Boca Raton Resort. It increases the resort's accommodations by 110 guestrooms. The palatial vista of refinement has been a staple of the Palm Beach community for more than 80 years.
The full-service marina offers dockage for boats up to 125 feet. A full-time marina staff is on duty to offer boat-side assistance. Telephone, cable TV, Internet access, and freshwater hookups are provided for docked boats. There are boat rentals, fishing guides and trips as well as a trailer boat launch. Certain South Seas Island Resort's amenities are extended to patrons of the marina.
The South Seas Island Resort has a fitness center, a full-service spa, a private beach, a championship nine-hole golf course, and 19 tennis courts. There also is a championship-level 18-hole course at the nearby Dune Golf & Tennis Club. Sailing lessons and nature excursions are but two of SSIR's many amenities.
Located on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico, the 25-slip private marina of the El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa is set in an intimate tropical setting. High-speed catamarans take guests to the resort's 100-acre private paradise of tropical decadence, Palomino Island. Deep-sea fishing trips and plenty of water sports, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, and sailing are found at the marina.
The Golden Door Spa is a 26,000 square-foot full-service facility with 25 private treatment rooms. There also are tennis courts and a fitness center on the premises. The resort's casino features more than 220 slot machines and blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker tables. The resort's Arthur Hill-designed 18-hole golf course was ranked most favorably by Condé Nast, Golf, and Travel + Leisure Golf. A splashy, heat-beating, giant-size water park is being added in early 2008. See Video
Written by the staff writers of JustLuxe