Fort Lauderdale is often overlooked as a get away destination as holiday seekers head straight to Miami, but Fort Lauderdale is just as beautiful and attractive for young gay holiday seekers, without being as busy and touristic as Miami South Beach which is only a 40 minute drive away.

Located directly across from the beautiful strip of white sand beaches that make up the coastal Fort Lauderdale; The Atlantic Hotel and Spa resort could not be in a more idyllic position. Only a short drive from Fort Lauderdale airport, moments walk from the main strip of trendy bars and quality restaurants and the Galleria Mall is just a few miles away for high end shopping. Fort Lauderdale beach park is also in close proximity where there are boating attractions and water sports to partake in.

The 103-room hotel is modern and spacious on entering, dimmed lighting creates a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The interior decor is warm and welcoming with large couches and plush furnishings. Extremely polite and friendly staff were happy to assist me, making sure I was checked in and escorted to my room within moments of arriving.

My suite is super spacious, light and airy. Crisp and cleanly decorated with large patio doors that lead to a large private balcony that has the most exquisite panoramic view of the beach. The sound of the waves fills the room and its heaven.

A beautiful large marble bathroom with more than adequate ammendaties makes me feel at home. A rain shower large enough for two and a soaking jacuzzi tub instantly washes away the tiresome journey and gives me the energy to explore the rest of the complex.

The Atlantic Hotel and Spa boasts a decent size pool perfect to splash about or swim lengths. Great sunbathing area with beds and bar and lounge for poolside drinks and food.

A decent 24 hour fitness centre with ocean view has all the necessary equipment to squeeze in a quick work out.

But the main selling point of the hotel is the citrus and sea inspired spa located on the 5th floor. All guests receive complimentary access to all thermal areas, including, relaxation spaces, a meditation room, saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy tub.

Dining specialties for the hotel include signature pastas, hand pulled mozzarella, local seafood and handmade desserts made daily. The hotel is known for its Sunday brunches and daily oceanfront happy hour. The dining area itself has a very charming beach house vibe with distressed wood surfaces and nautical props which compliment beautiful the stunning view of the sea which you an enjoy as you eat.

An extremely enjoyable stay at a beautiful hotel which has particularly high standards for a reasonable price point; double rooms from $269. A perfect place to stay for young couples and families.

For more information about the The Atlantic Hotel and Spa Fort Lauderdale or to book your stay, you can visit their official website here.