Most of my weekends are spent catching up on laundry and yard work, running errands and maybe getting together with friends or family for a casual dinner or cookout. Not last weekend, though. On Saturday morning I gave Scott a quick peck on the cheek as I ran out the door to meet up with my fellow bloggers for brunch and a tour of The Diplomat Beach Resort and Spa. I know, it’s tough work…
I met up with my posse at the Point Royal restaurant located just off the atrium of the hotel lobby. It was just after ten o’clock and I was starving. Within moments I was welcomed with a selection of coffee, juices (freshly squeezed) and tea.
After greetings, our group made our way to the buffet, which offered a lovely selection of breads and pastries, salads, charcuterie, fruit, yogurt as well as hot items like Malted Belgian Waffles, Chicken Apple Sausages and a made-to order egg and omelette and station!
I chose the mushroom gruyere omelette with a sprinkle of crispy bacon and then began building the rest of my plate.
One of the highlights from the buffet came from the charcuterie station. Aside from a beautiful display of lox with all the fixings and shaved cured meats, the chef made his own salmon rillettes. I smeared a spoonful on a bite of everything bagel and swooned! If they sold this by the jar, I would have taken a crate home with me.
We munched and gabbed all through brunch and then it dawned on us what a beautiful space we were in. There were comfortable booths with tons of tropical greenery, soaring ceilings with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the patio and the ocean beyond. The staff was genuinely friendly and they chuckled as our group commandeered a nearby marble cart to use for food photography.
When we were finally satiated and had good shots of the restaurant and the food, Melinda Filstrup, the F&B Marketing Manager and Christina Gil joined us to tour of the rest of the newly renovated resort.
Just beyond Point Royal is Counterpoint – A spot to find a quick portable bite before venturing out to the pool or beach.
Walking through the breezy, open atrium, our group oohed and aahed over the 20 foot palm trees dotted throughout the interior. There were casual conversation areas sprinkled throughout the space which led to The Hotel Bar, where, of course, there’s a natural buzz of activity. The Hotel Bar is an indoor-outdoor bar highlighting classic cocktails from historic hotel bars around the world and famous local bartenders in the South Florida region. I would have loved to plant myself there for an hour or so, but we were touring…
A few years back (in my “real job” days) I stayed at the Diplomat for a work conference. It was a beautiful resort back then, but now they’ve really taken things to a whole new level. The resort spans from the Atlantic ocean on one side to the Intercoastal Waterway on the other, maximizing the waterfront views and outdoor entertaining options!
Portico and Bristol’s Burgers are located on the Intracoastal side. Portico is an outdoor bar and patio area with a water fountain focal point, quaint seating and covered bar. This happening spot often has live music for the guests.
These are my peeps, hamming it up at Portico.
Bristol’s Burgers is a casual waterfront dining experience with a free arcade for kids and teens offering a welcome respite to their parents who can relax and sip a libation while enjoying lunch.
Located off the lobby of the main entrance, Diplomat Prime is the luxury boutique steakhouse and dining experience at the resort.
Dark, polished wood, starched tablecloths and an enviable wine cellar will make guests feel especially pampered.
We took an elevator ride to check out a deluxe guest room and I was particularly impressed with its appointments. This two room suite had a large, comfortable living room space, a high topped dining table (not only can you order room service but you can also have delivery from any off property restaurant right to your room), and a spacious master suite and bath.
Most notable was the wrap around deck providing stunning views from every room! The outdoor space overlooked beautifully manicured grounds, a lively pool deck and expansive views of the Atlantic.
Of course ballroom and convention space are also hallmarks of this hotel, but after thinking back on so many convention booths I’ve manned in my career, my brain was fast-forwarding to the outdoor spaces with chaise lounges, patio umbrellas and froufrou drinks with a spear of tropical fruit. The Diplomat doesn’t disappoint here. There are plenty of lounge chairs to sink into and soak up the sun, not to mention cabanas — fully loaded with sofas, mini-fridges, flat screen televisions and helpful waitstaff to make your stay stress free and enjoyable.
Whether you’re conferencing, hosting an event, escaping the chilly North, or planning your next stay-cation, The Diplomat Resort and Spa will welcome you with their friendly, knowledgeable staff and incredible amenities. And if you just want to come for the day to enjoy the pool and beaches, sip some boat drinks and enjoy a leisurely meal, parking is complimentary!
Check out their website for more details!