The Sky Suite Getaway

The exclusive oceanfront Pelican Grand Sky Suite Penthouse in Fort Lauderdale is a romantic summer haven for two

By Gina Woods

Pelican-Grand-AerialFor a spellbinding bird’s-eye view of the yachting capital of the world, the Sky Suite penthouse at Pelican Grand Beach Resort overlooks 500 feet of pristine Fort Lauderdale oceanfront in an unrivaled 12th-floor private couple’s retreat.

On the weekend we visited Pelican Grand, arriving from suburbia just 20 minutes north, we felt as if we were worlds away. Upon checking in, the manager escorted us to our private elevator. Within moments, the elevator doors opened directly into the luxurious dining room of the breathtaking penthouse. Instantly, we were swept away by the inviting, opulent home away from home. French doors beckoned us into the living room, which opened onto an expansive private balcony with a glassed rail and a seemingly endless view of the azure sea. Nearly as large as the interior, the balcony was decorated with multiple chaise lounges, an outdoor dining table, a Jacuzzi tub and an outdoor shower.

Back inside, the eco-contemporary appointed penthouse presented a lovely master bedroom with an enormous en suite bathroom featuring a state-of-the-art marble steam shower (larger than most people’s closets). It had two rain showerheads and multicolored lights that danced in sync with the classical music playing from the embedded stereo system. The kitchen-nook within the living room included a wet bar, stocked Nespresso amenities, soft drinks and juices – all the comforts of home.

Basking in the glow of an extensive multimillion dollar re-imagination – Pelican Grand combines Old Florida grandeur with seaside elegance. From watching the stunning sunrise on our private balcony to floating down Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river, to enjoying culinary creations seaside at Ocean2000 Restaurant, and indulging in personalized pampering at the all new PURE Spa (turn the page to read more), the property – especially the Sky Suite Penthouse – is an authentic jewel of the beach.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort is located at 2000 North Ocean Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale. For reservations, call 954-568-9431 or visit


Pure Spa, Pure Ahhhhhh…

Pure-Spa-Pelican-grand-20Indoor-outdoor-PURE-SpaJust one floor below our 12th-floor Sky Suite at Pelican Grand resides the environmentally friendly PURE Spa. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean in a luxury spa co-created by industry veteran and Spa Director, George Powell-Lopez, whose vision brings the exotic Scandinavian feeling of well-being to South Florida.

The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. spa offers a relaxation room with hanging chairs, two oceanfront manicure/pedicure stations and locker rooms, in addition to an outdoor shower – all touting unobstructed oceanfront views. Whitewashed wooden floors, green accented walls with wooded boxed décor and floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout complete the well-appointed Swedish style.

With a mantra as wholesome as “You Are Beautiful,” PURE Spa provides an assortment of signature treatments including PURE You, where no two treatments are alike as the therapist and guest work together to personalize the service performed – whether it be a massage, body scrub or facial. The spa also offers roof-top yoga along with a delectable variety of massage therapy, facials and skin care essentials, body treatments, nail care, waxing and makeup services including the Royal Bathing Ritual.

When you visit PURE Spa, be sure to request your esthetician use products by Maria Åkerberg. I loved them – and Pelican Grand is the only spa in the United States to carry Maria’s full line of 100 percent organic, pharmaceutical grade skincare and makeup.


Seaside Dining at Ocean2000


Executive Chef Michael Bloise

If you’ve never truly dined just steps from the ocean’s tide, then you must visit Ocean2000 at Pelican Grand for an unforgettable romantic evening. Our table rested on a private platform inches from the sand.

This signature waterfront restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Michael Bloise, offers an emphasis on organic ingredients and regionally influenced fare, blending local produce and character into a refined menu ranging from fresh, locally sourced seafood to the finest grass-fed Florida beef, and most everything in between.

Chef Bloise stopped by to say hello. He has an impressive heritage that he proudly reflects in his menu. Originally from Tampa, with a mother from Vietnam and a father from Italy, Bloise learned to cook as a boy with his Italian grandmother. “I designed the menu to combine the sensible freshness of local ingredients (like my mother does in her Vietnamese dishes), along with hearty dishes cooked with passion (like my Italian grandmother taught me),” said Bloise, whose American-with-a-twist menu is meant to be served family style and shared.

For reservations, call (201) 730-4888.


The Sky Suite Getaway