Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale

Recommend Travel: Fun Florida Hotel Packages

Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

Plan an over-the-top escape at a Florida hotel with everything from martinis and mega yachts to the ultimate guys’ golf getaway.

Sometimes boys just want to have fun and The Vinoy Renaissance is offering a package for a “mancation,” whether it’s a birthday celebration, bachelor party or just a guys’ getaway.

The 2-night Lines & Links package features luxury accommodations for four in two double rooms; one round of golf for four at The Vinoy Golf Club; a Sailing Florida fishing trip for four, which includes fishing licenses, bait and a captain; and a $400 food and beverage credit, valid toward all five restaurants and bars at the resort.

The 361-room Vinoy is set in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg and originally opened in 1925. The historic hotel features a private 72-slip marina, 12 tennis courts, a fitness center with classes, a salon and day spa, and a pool with waterfall.

Rates start at $1,399, and the package is available through Dec. 30. For more information, call (888) 303-4430 with promo code ZJL or visit For more on The Vinoy Renaissance, see Resort-Style Getaway in St. Petersburg, FL.

Fort Lauderdale is known as the yachting capital of the world and the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is giving you a chance to experience this first-hand with the luxurious Mega Yachts & Martinis package.

The 3-night package for two, available through Jan. 31, 2014, includes a 2-night stay in an oceanfront suite and a 1-night stay on a private chartered yacht. You will be taken to and from the yacht via sedan service; receive a Sun Yourself kit with tanning oil, lip balm and bottled water; and enjoy catered meals and snacks by the resort’s OCEAN2000 restaurant, as well as a magnum of Moet & Chandon. Guests will also receive bottomless martinis from O2K Lounge at the Pelican Grand.

The resort is set on a 500-ft. beach in Fort Lauderdale and rooms feature private balconies with ocean views. Pelican Grand also features the city’s only lazy river, as well as an oceanfront pool, beachside dining at OCEAN2000 and onsite paddle board rentals.

Rates start at $13,000. For more information, call (954) 568-9431 or visit For more on Pelican Grand Beach Resort, see Old Florida Charm at Fort Lauderdale Hotel.

If you are heading to Key West for Fantasy Fest 2013, which takes place Oct. 18-27, Parrot Key Resort is offering the Fantasy Fest package placing you in the center of the action.

The package requires a minimum 4-night stay and features a 10 percent discount on accommodations and $50 per night valid at Cafe Blue. The 10-day festival will feature costume competitions (including one for pets), promenades, street fairs and a parade with bands and floats.

At the 148-room hotel, guests can choose a waterfront or gardenview room, suite or villa with a patio, porch or balcony; swim in one of the four pools; dine al fresco at the tiki bar at Cafe Blue; relax on a white-sand sunbathing terrace; or go on an excursion, such as kayaking through the mangroves.

Rates start at $329 per night. For more information, visit For more on Fantasy Fest, visit

Discover Casa Palopo, a lakeside getaway in Guatemala

Recently introduced to the North American market is the luxury boutique hotel Caso Palopo in Guatemala, perched above the wondrous Lake Atitlan. Transformed from a private home to a luxury boutique hotel, Casa Palopo is an intimate property able to accommodate no more than seven reservations a night.

The hotel’s bright stucco walls boast a collection of original Guatemalan paintings and artifacts for guests to appreciate, and outside, guests can’t escape the panoramic views of the lake and its three majestic volcanoes across it—the only thing more breathtaking is riding a helicopter in and out of the property, which the hotel staff can help guests arrange.

History and culture merges with this boutique hotel as twelve indigenous Maya villages line the shore of the lake, each named after an apostle and known for its unique offering—San Antonio for ceramics and Santiago for the historical cathedral, shops and vendors.

The hotel has launched its Discover Casa Palopo package, which 3-night accommodations; welcome cocktails and local Guatemalan bites on the main terrace; daily breakfast; private car transportation to and from Guatemala City; boat tour to Lake Atitlán towns of Santiago and San Antonio Palopo; and helicopter transfer to and/or from hotel available for an additional fee

Rates start at $413 per night based on double occupancy (taxes and tips included, for minimum three night stay). To book, e-mail [email protected] or call 1-888-479-6026.

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