Anyone who says taking a cruise is relaxing has never been on an all-gay cruise. There’s a party every day, non-stop eating and drinking, and dances until the wee hours of the morning. Plus, all that sucking in to make sure your stomach doesn’t hang over your swimsuit can really be exhausting.
So it’s important to plan a little time before or after the cruise to truly unwind. But even if you’re not going on one of the upcoming gay cruises out of Fort Lauderdale, there’s a resort that’s a must-visit when you’re in the area.
We love The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida. (Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale pretty much run into each other on the map, so don’t be fooled by the location. It’s not far at all.)
The property is loaded with activities in case spending the days lying by the pool drinking piña coladas isn’t your thing. (We can’t imagine why, but still.) Enjoy a few rounds on the 18-hole golf course, a tennis match or two, time in the stunning infinity pool with two waterfalls and lagoon below, or get a luxe spa treatment at the 30,000 square-foot spa (getting a major upgrade this spring). Of course, this property right on the beach, so there’s plenty to do there besides simply soaking up the sun.
As for the spacious rooms with great views, enjoy both their signature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths. Guests in club level rooms enjoy evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as complimentary morning breakfast. Or simply order food from the 24-hour in-room dining program.
Then call down and ask to borrow a pair of New Balance running shoes, shorts and a performance t-shirt. Yep, there’s no excuse for not working out at this resort.
Besides, the more you run, the less you have to suck in.
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
Exterior Hotel Photo: Munozphotography.com