Summer Travels At Diplomat Beach Resort

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Ever since my 13 year old was two years old, we have been vacationing at the Diplomat at least once a year—in the winter, and many summers, too. It's a beautiful resort that's so familiar to us now, it feels like our home away from home.

Fresh from a $100 million dollar renovation, the Dip is now better than ever, with new rooms featuring a fun beach vibe. You can choose sunrise rooms, with oceanfront balconies and spectacular sunrises, or sunset rooms, where you can enjoy city views and a killer sunset from your balcony.

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here's why a stay at the Diplomat Beach Resort is an excellent idea:

Outdoor paradise

The best thing about the Diplomat Beach Resort can be found outside. As soon as you walk out the doors passed the main lobby and hotel bar, you'll be in lush, tropical surroundings, surrounded by never-ending ocean views, comfortable seating around fire pits, and an outdoor bar.

The infinity pool is breathtaking, and the perfect place to start your day. There is also a great water park called Dip and Slide for the children to enjoy, with an enormous dump bucket, water slides, and water cannons.

Below the infinity pool, you'll find the resort's large lagoon-style pool, complete with waterfalls. To make the most of your stay, rent a pool-side cabana—this will give you extra privacy. The cabanas come complete with a mini-refrigerator, flat-screen television set, indoor and outdoor seating, and personalized bar service.

Sip a pina colada, take a dip in the pool, and walk over to Candy N' Cones for an afternoon ice cream cone—all home-made—and totally delicious. Of course, the best part about being outside in south Florida is spending countless hours on the beach—swimming in the warm Atlantic ocean, relaxing on the lounge chairs, and playing in the sand with the kids—there is nothing more enjoyable than hearing those ocean waves all day long. You can also rent a jet ski or banana boat, play beach volleyball, and take part in early morning yoga on the beach.

Dining options

The Diplomat has excellent restaurants to dine at, from Diplomat Prime, one of south Florida's most famous steakhouses, to Monkitail. Monkitail was recently voted the best hotel restaurant in America by USA Today. I loved chef Michael Schulman's delicious Japanese cuisine, and especially loved the fried chicken, Kobe beef, sea bass sushi and edamame.

You can also enjoy Counter Point, a bakery and coffee shop in the main lobby serving breakfast and lunch, Point Royal, for some seafood, and Playa, for beach-side eats and drinks. Right across the street, at Diplomat Landing, you can eat Italian at Portico, or enjoy burgers and fries at Bristol's Burgers. There is something for everyone, really. (And if you're looking for a late night snack or a bottle of wine, head to the resort's grocery store, called The Canteen—it's always open late).

Spa and Fitness Centre

If you like to keep up your workout routine on vacation, the Diplomat has a beautiful two-story fitness centre with all the equipment you need to break a sweat: elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bikes and free weights, and personal training and group fitness classes. You can also enjoy yoga on the beach.

The Diplomat Spa is where I prefer to spend my time, indulging in full-body massages before venturing out to enjoy the ocean. You can choose from a variety of massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures at the spa.

No matter what you love to do on vacation, there truly is something for everyone at the Diplomat Beach Resort, and we can't wait to be back.

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