Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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Drive north on Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Boulevard (Route A1A) and it’s hard to miss the navy blue striped awnings over the windows. Adorning 500 feet of Fort Lauderdale's pristine beachfront, Pelican Grand Beach Resort couples Old Florida grandeur with seaside elegance to offer a coastal-chic waterfront retreat.

Built in 2005, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a Noble House Resort channels a Victorian beach house, and the elegant lobby marries a casual island vibe — coral table lamps, paintings of tropical locales, palm leaf ceiling fans — with an air of sophistication. For anyone seeking an unforgettable experience, the  and several unique oceanfront meeting/event venues. Two roof top areas offer magnificent skyline shore views of Fort Lauderdale beach.

Pelican Grand offers 156 guest rooms including 105 oceanfront suites; 18 offer city vistas and brilliant sunsets. All have cast iron King beds, pineapple desk lamps, wicker chairs and flat-screen TVs; some have private balconies. The suites also feature a living area that’s separated from the bedroom by a wall of French windows. When the patio doors are propped open, the sounds of crashing ocean waves lull guests to sleep. The bathrooms offer a separate shower and tub and high-end toiletries.

Beach level options include a poolside deck, covered ocean front veranda and Parlin Tent - all just steps from the Atlantic Ocean! One of few hotels that is directly on the beach. The sweeping waterfront veranda provides guests with a front row seat that can’t be surpassed! Each of the guestrooms are designed in Key West décor. The zero entry level pool is heated and has the only lazy river ride around.

The light and airy O2K Lounge offers crafted cocktails and lunch bites (think turkey clubs) to guests lounging on the patio, the beach or in the pool area. The more upscale Ocean2000 restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an award-winning Sunday brunch. In the evening, dine alfresco amid flickering tiki torches on such fare as broiled Atlantic swordfish with papaya salsa. For a quick daytime snack, the Emporium is a throwback to an old-fashioned soda shop, with milkshakes, specialty coffees and 15 flavors of ice cream, plus beach gear and souvenirs for sale. For some relaxation, take a dip in the zero-entry pool or float in Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river. A full-service spa and additional outdoor patios are slated to open in early 2015.

The area surrounding the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, A Noble House Resort is quiet, but many attractions are easily accessible by car or shuttle. Beach Hopper Tours offer open-air transportation (and guided tours) and is an ideal way for visitors to get their bearings. A short walk away is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a hidden gem nestled between the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, and across from it is the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a historic artist’s estate. For a casual lunch or dinner, head north to Greek Islands Taverna or south to bustling Las Olas Boulevard, the main strip, which has numerous dining, shopping and nightlife options.