Conrad Tokyo – Japanese Luxury at Its Best

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Conrad Tokyo and can’t say enough about the accommodations, the service and the amenities of the Tokyo luxury hotel. Prior to arrival, I was able to use the Hilton Honors app to communicate with the concierge team and to secure various activities during my stay, including reservations at Michelin starred restaurants I couldn’t have booked on my own.

Conrad Tokyo Exterior

Immediately upon arriving in the lobby, we were warmly and professionally-greeted by the staff. Service at this property is likely the best we’ve encountered of any hotels we’ve ever stayed at. Throughout our vacation, we enjoyed the help of the concierge team who was incredible and took great pride in the service provided.

About the Hotel

Conrad Tokyo occupies floors 28 through 37 in the Shiodome skyscraper in the Shimbashi business district overlooking Tokyo Bay and the picturesque Hamarikyu Gardens.

The hotel offers direct Shiodome station access making it very convenient to move around the city. We could also easily walk to the fashionable Ginza neighborhood and to the outer market of the famed Tsukiji Fish Market (the commercial fish auction relocated, but the outer market is vibrant and we could have spent a day there).

The luxury Tokyo hotel encompasses 290 luxury rooms and suites featuring a contemporary Japanese design and high tech capabilities.

About the Accommodations

There are four categories of king and twin rooms and 13 categories of suites. All accommodations boast a minimalist Japanese design, the latest technology and panoramic views of Tokyo. There are also four types of executive rooms. Executive rooms and suites offer private check-in and Executive Lounge access.

King Executive Suite Bay View Bedroom
King Executive Suite Bay View Living Room.
King Executive Suite Bay View

We stayed is a beautiful King Executive Suite Bay View with a king bedroom with a separate living room, walk-in wardrobe and spacious bathroom with rain shower and modern bathtub. The suite measured over 775 sq. ft. which is sizeable for a Japanese room.

King Executive Suite Bay View Bathroom (vie from bedroom)

The living room featured a sofa and armchair and a desk with a work chair smartly-placed by the floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of Hamarikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay.

Coffee-lovers will enjoy the Nespresso machine in the living room and the very well-stocked mini bar featuring premium liquor, including Japanese whisky.

Mural Over the Bed

The suite was so large that it took us until the end of our second day to realize there was a powder room right off the living room – what a nice perk!

The bathroom could be accessed from the living room or the bedroom and had pocket doors to close off the bedroom if guests in the living room need to use the primary bathroom. There was a marble double vanity, a wonderful rain shower and a modern freestanding tub. There was even floor heating, which is a nice touch after coming out of the shower.

Walk-In Wardrobe

Since we were in an executive suite, we had access to the Executive Lounge which serves complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks and evening cocktails. We enjoyed before-dinner-drinks in the lounge where the staff made us feel very pampered.

Guests staying in an executive suite also have access to the full buffet breakfast experience at Cerise, the all-day restaurant off the hotel lobby. The breakfast buffet is extensive with high-quality food made using pristine ingredients. The offering ranges from pastries to western options and Asian favorites. Each diner was also able to order a breakfast entrée from the à la carte menu, but we were completely satisfied with the buffet. Service at Cerise is very polished and incredibly helpful.

About the Food and Drinks

Cerise is the perfect choice for all-day casual dining from breakfast, lunch and dinner to a ‘quick bite’ or late night meal. There are a variety of options ranging from salad, soup and sandwiches to pasta, steak and masterly-prepared desserts.

China Blue is an award-winning modern Chinese restaurant situated in a dining room with skyline views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. China Blue is open for lunch and dinner nightly.

Collage is an innovative interpretation of modern fine French dining combining the very best of European culinary style and ingredients with exceptional presentation. Collage is open for dinner nightly and for lunch Saturday and Sunday.

Kazahana treats diners to traditional Japanese dishes with a contemporary twist. Specialties are innovative sushi, kaiseki and teppan dishes.Kazahana is open for lunch and dinner nightly.

TwentyEight Lounge

TwentyEight is the hotel’s lounge situated off the main lobby on the 28th floor. The popular Tokyo bar has an extensive selection of cocktails, beers, spirits and whiskies. In the evenings, there’s live music, a large fireplace and amazing city views. In the afternoons, tea service is offered with a tempting selection of scones, sandwiches and desserts.

About the Spa and Fitness Center

Mizuki Spa is a 15,000 sq. ft. haven on the 29th floor of the Conrad Tokyo. There are 10 private spa rooms where guests can indulge in massages, facials or body treatments.

There’s also a fully-equipped fitness center with the latest Technogym equipment.

Mizuki spa offers a range of classes including yoga, Pilates and ballet.

Conrad Tokyo provides one of the best luxury hotel experience we’ve had anywhere in the world.

Conrad Tokyo – 105-7337, Tokyo, 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Japan. https://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/japan/conrad-tokyo-TYOCICI/index.html

Happy travels,

Veronique

I’m a travel industry veteran currently employed by Hilton. The views and contents of this post are my own and in no way in partnership with my employer. I wasn’t compensated for writing about this subject and these accommodations weren’t complimentary.

Paradise Found Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

We recently stayed at the gorgeous Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort and can’t say enough about the hospitality, the amenities and the services provided. For those who’ve heard about the wild nightlife and overly touristy side of Phuket, this isn’t it. The resort is located 45 minutes south of Phuket airport in a quiet and secluded area that’s ideal for a relaxing stay.

Tamarind Outdoor Seating.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.

About The Hotel

The resort boasts a beachfront location on Makham Bay. This luxury Phuket hotel blends contemporary design with understated Thai accents, making it a perfect leisure or business resort. There are 211 spacious contemporary rooms, including 28 suites and 29 villas with a private pool. Many of the rooms offer breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, and all feature a balcony or terrace. Free high-speed wireless internet is one of the amenities that help keep business travelers connected and vacationers able to share Instagram-worthy photos.

Pullman Phuket Panwa has its own private beach featuring water sports and lounge chairs and three freeform pools with both quiet and livelier areas to please all travelers.

The Rooms

There are six room types at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort ranging from ‘deluxe’ to ‘pool villa with Andaman sea view’. Our YOLO (you only live once) mentality had us book the pool villa with Andaman sea view and we’re so pleased we opted for the upgrade. This was the nicest room I’ve stayed in, and I spend over 100 nights a year in hotels – this was THE room. Mind you that the deluxe room is nicer than most suites at other hotels.

Villa Bedroom.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
Villa Bathroom.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
Villa Private Pool.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
View of Villa from Private Pool.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.
Outdoor Terrace at Villa.
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.

The spacious villa with modern-yet-Thai-inflected-décor offered separate living and sleeping areas and measure 1,614 sq. ft. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provided sweeping views of the sea and of our private infinity pool. We spent a good amount of time on the covered patio and in the private pool enjoying the peace and quiet of the adjacent private garden and beach.

There was also a large work space and desk for guests needing to do some work. We used the space to map out our excursions. There’s also room service 24/7 and we would have opted for dinner on our private terrace if we’d had an extra day – the villa was that special.

The Food & Drinks

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort features two full-service restaurants, Tamarind and Aqua, and two bars, one offering food – The Edge.

Tamarind serves authentic Thai cuisine, presented with contemporary flair with beautiful views of Makham Bay. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and we decided to take advantage of the air conditioning on the warm evening we dined at Tamarind.

We’d opted for the included breakfast for our stay and the international breakfast buffet at Aqua restaurant was outstanding. The variety of the food, the modern and creative presentation of the dishes and the friendly staff made Aqua a perfect place to start our day. There was an abundance of western and Asian dishes including breads, pastries, cereals, cheeses and fruit are accompanied by rice and noodle options and eggs made-to-order.

Aqua also serves lunch from 11AM – 4:30PM and dinner from 6PM – 10:30PM.

The Edge Pool Bar (See In-Pool Bar Stools).
Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort.

When we visited the resort’s common areas, our favorite spot was The Edge, the poolside bar with barstools in the pool. There were great happy hour specials on drinks and food and the staff was friendly and funny.

The Spa

Talay Spa is a quiet, relaxing space designed to rejuvenate and re-energize guests with a variety of western and Thai services. The spa is open from 10AM until 9PM every day. See full review of our experience here.

Talay Spa Entrance.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is an amazing resort in a quiet area of Phuket that’s ideal for leisure and business travelers alike. I can only wish to visit again someday.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Vichit, Muang, 83000 Phuket , Thailand. https://www.pullmanphuketpanwa.com.

Happy travels,

Veronique

Talay Spa at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

Located within the gorgeous Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Talay Spa draws inspiration from the aqua waters of Makham Bay and the natural elements surrounding the resort. Spa treatments are based on traditional Thai and Chinese concepts of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

The Walk to the Spa. Photo by Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

The menu of services isn’t extensive and I believe that creates an environment where the therapists are experts at the treatments they perform. Thailand is renowned to offer inexpensive massages and the prices for treatments at this luxury resort were modest compared to similar services in America or Europe. I opted for a 90-minute deep tissue massage and it was an affordable 2800 Thai Bhat (approximately $85 USD). My husband chose the 90-minute Thai massage and it was 1900 Thai Bhat (approximately $60 USD).

Couples’ Suite

Spa treatments use natural products made with ingredients from well known Thai herbs, plants and flowers. When we arrived for our appointment, we were offered scents to be used in our treatment. Our options were Champa Massage Oil with Michelia alba flower (used to relaxing, de-stress), Jasmine Massage Oil (used to calming, anti-septic, de-stress), Lemongrass Massage Oil (used to balancing, anti-septic, skin toning) or Ylang Ylang Massage Oil (used to calming, de-stress). I opted for the lemongrass oil as I associate those aromas with Thailand, and also because they claimed it’d be calming.

We were escorted to a spacious couples’ suite where we showered and were given a traditional foot bath by our therapists. We then started our services which were expertly-performed. My super fit husband had never experienced a traditional Thai massage and left the treatment sore and incredibly relaxed from the gentle stretching of ancient Thai techniques. My deep tissue massage provided the perfect balance of deep pressure and relaxing movements.

A nice touch is that a bowl of water with floating flowers is placed below each massage table so that when a guest is laying face down, he/she has something pretty to look at versus the wood floor – Thai attention to details at its best.

Traditional Foot Bath
My View Face Down on the Massage Table

Talay Spa says it endeavors to “restore the balance and harmony between mind, body and spirit to relax, rejuvenate and re-energize” and it delivered on that promise. This was one of the best spa experience we’ve had.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 09.00pm.

Talay Spa at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort – 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Vichit, Muang, 83000 Phuket , Thailand. www.pullmanphuketpanwa.com/spa-lifestyle/talay-spa

Here’s to more awesome spa experiences!

Veronique

Amazing Spa Experience – Panpuri Wellness Bangkok

Panpuri Spa Lobby

I’ve visited many spas around the world and can easily say that Panpuri Wellness (https://www.panpuriwellness.com) in Bangkok is one of the finest.

First, it’s located in the very exclusive Gaysorn luxury shopping center, so one can do some shopping then slip right into the spa to unwind.

Panpuri Couple’s Suite

Second, from the moment one enters the spa, the staff is ultra-attentive and welcoming. We enjoyed a couple’s “Pure Relaxation Body Ritual” – 30 minute onsen (hot bath), 30 minute body polish, signature 90-minute massage and 30-minute foot massage. The couple’s suite we were placed in was immense and modern with a huge onsen hot water bath. The services, provided by therapists with years of experience, were top notch.

Panpuri Spa Lounge

A nice perk – it was a mere $275 for both of us for nearly 4 hours of pure luxury and pampering. See the spa services menu here.

Panpuri Wellness – Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand.

Cheers,

Veronique

Power Lunch at Portland’s Jackrabbit

 

Jackrabbit (https://gojackrabbitgo.com), situated inside one of Portland’s top hotels, The Duniway, is the new restaurant concept by celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino. Chef Cosentino’s nose-to-tail philosophy is evident at Jackrabbit.

The restaurant specializes in sharable foods and some of the best house-cured meats I’ve had. The bar is staffed by true professionals who shake well-made craft cocktails for restaurant patrons and folks sitting at the adjacent bar.

I stayed at The Duniway for four nights so I had an opportunity to eat at Jackrabbit several times. After the long flight to Portland from New York, I headed straight there for lunch.

The lunch menu offers enticing options, all priced under $25. I opted for the Power Lunch “20 in 20” which allows for a soup/salad/bruschetta with a choice of daily fish, Italian dip or grilled cheese and cookies to go (three courses for $20 served in 20 minutes). I chose the French onion soup with bone marrow and the appropriate amount of quality cheese and the grilled cheese, to keep with the cheesy theme. Jackrabbit uses Taleggio and honey on perfectly buttered and grilled bread – simply outstanding.

I highly-recommend lunch at Jackrabbit. It’s not only a bargain, it’s a good meal prepared with pristine ingredients.

Address: 830 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204.

Happy travels,

Veronique

The Duniway Portland Oregon

 

About The Duniway

Duniway Lobby
Duniway Lobby. Photo by The Duniway.

The Duniway, located in the center of one of the nation’s most creative cities, gets its name and flair from the audacious essence of American pioneer Abigail Scott Duniway. The popular boutique hotel personified all that is Portland – art, authenticity, creativity and independent spirit.

Ideally situated in downtown Portland’s business and entertainment district, The Duniway is within a few steps of the MAX light rail makes it simple to discover the city.

Suite. Photo by The Duniway.

I had an opportunity to stay at this Portland boutique hotel and truly enjoyed the spacious king room I was offered with a 65-inch HDTV with StayCast technology, a seating area with a sofa and a Vittoria Coffee espresso machine. The bath products are by C.O. Bigelow and the linens are of the highest quality, bedding is 500 thread-count on Waldorf Astoria beds and robes are extra plush.

About Onsite Amenities

King Room. Photo by The Duniway.

The Duniway’s complete transformation includes the newly renovated heated indoor swimming pool, a fitness center equipped with top equipment and the already-popular rooftop patio, Abigail’s Hideaway. Abigail’s Hideaway features events including live music, wine tastings and various games. There’s even complimentary yoga classes every Saturday morning outside on the Hideaway.

Note that the hotel is pet-friendly with food/water bowls, beds and other pet amenities ($50 deposit).

Self-parking is $33.00/night with in/out privileges and valet is $50.00/night with in/out privileges.

Guests who stay at The Duniway can enjoy all the benefits of Hilton Honors.

About the Food and Beverages

Jackrabbit. Photo by The Duniway.

Guests should be ready to be wowed with the food and beverage program at The Duniway. The hotel’s lobby restaurant, Jackrabbit Restaurant, is by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino and specializes in sharable foods and divine house-cured meats. There are also well-made craft cocktails available in the restaurant and at the adjacent bar.

The hotel also offers 24-hour room service also by Chef Chris Cosentino for those who prefer to dine in the comforts of their spacious rooms or suites.

The Duniway is redefining luxury in the heart of Portland.

The Duniway Portland (click here to visit the hotel website) – 545 SW Taylor, Portland, OR 97204

Happy travels,

Veronique

 

 

I’m a travel industry veteran currently employed by Hilton. The views and contents of this post are my own and in no way in partnership with my employer. I wasn’t compensated for writing about this subject.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Reveals Ultimate #WorkPerk: Travel

 

I just read this info and find it fascinating. I bring workout clothes when I travel for business but use it every time. I made a commitment a few years back that for every night I spend in a hotel, I’ll work out one time in the hotel gym. Two nights…two workouts. I can’t wait to be able to secure a room at a Hilton property with the Five Feet to Fitness equipment!

According to new research conducted by the Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Communications and Marketing team, many of today’s young business travelers look forward to earning the ‘road warrior’ moniker, and 75 percent of young professionals in the U.S. see business travel as a major work perk.

How much do they love it?

  • Travel or bust: 39% of young professionals wouldn’t take a job that didn’t allow them to travel for business
  • Give me a break! 62% of parents create reasons for business travel, with 75 percent saying it gives them a break from life at home
  • Points, points, points: 74% say airline miles and hotel rewards are one of the best perks of business travel, a “Bonus Point” for our Hilton Honors members – no matter the tier level. 

But that doesn’t mean that traveling for business always comes easy. Some top stressors include:

  • Maintaining a wellness routine: 65% of business travelers regularly pack workout clothes and shoes, but end up not using them, making programs like Five Feet to Fitness especially relevant to this group.
  • Figuring out what to pack: Over a third (36%) are stressed by making sure they pack the right clothes for any situation
  • Taking advantage of being in a new city: 54% want to extend a trip, but aren’t sure how their boss will react  

Happy travel,

Veronique

 

I’m a travel industry veteran currently employed by Hilton. The views and contents of this post are my own and in no way in partnership with my employer. I wasn’t compensated for writing about this subject.

5 Top Charleston Cocktail Bars

 

There is no shortage of opportunities to imbibe in Charleston, a city known for its fun atmosphere.

These are just five top places to enjoy a great cocktail, glass of wine or beer in the Holy City – there are many, many more.

Bar Mash is a beer and whiskey bar with an extensive list of domestic whiskeys, wine, beer and specialty cocktails. There is also a bocce ball court, shuffle board, old school arcade games and a jukebox for folks needing some entertainment along with a quality drink. Happy hour is from Monday through Friday, from 4pm until 6pm and offers wine and well liquor for $6 and beers specials as low as $2.

King Street Dispensary honors the historic South Carolina dispensary legacy with one of the widest selections of local and craft beer and liquor in the southeast. To match the extensive list of libations, a gastropub style menu is offered.

For a proper cocktail prepared by a professional mixologist, look no further than Prohibition. Reminiscent of a classic 1920s speakeasy with its old-fashion décor and bourbon barrel ceiling, Prohibition’s cocktails crafted by Beverage Director, Jim McCourt, are anything but classic.

Rooftop at the Vendue is the perfect place for an al fresco cocktail in a fun, hip spot with sweeping views of Charleston. Happy hour is offered Monday through Thursday from 4pm until 7pm and draws an energetic crowd of locals and hotel guests.

The Gin Joint offers “balanced cocktails alongside defiant bar food”. Monday through Thursday from 5pm until 7pm The Gin Joint features a $5 cocktail hour menu, a bargain for the sort of expertly-prepared drinks this place offers.

Happy imbibing!

The Reimagined The Diplomat Beach Resort

 

Photo by The Diplomat.

I recently spent a leisurely weekend at The Diplomat Beach Resort (www.diplomatresort.com) and had an outstanding stay. I’ve always loved staying at the property located in Hollywood Beach, Florida (between Ft Lauderdale and Miami) because of its prime beach location, great food outlets, world-class spa and great rooms with amazing views. The hotel recently underwent a $100 million remodel and the results are spectacular – new, grandiose lobby, modern, chic rooms and award-winning food outlets.

The Venue

This is a large property with a 200,000 square foot conference and events center attached. The Diplomat completely overhauled its food and beverages program and offers 10 food outlets ranging from the award-winning Monkitail to casual Bristol’s Burgers (see my recap on that here).

Lobby Level Pool. Photo by The Diplomat.

There is a 14,000 square foot spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with a variety of indulgent services.

There are two beachfront pools at the Diplomat and the property offers The Ocean Ambassador’s Kids’ Club with Kids’ DIP + SLIDE. One pool is located at lobby level depicted in the image I’ve included here. The pool I typically sit at is on the lower level and adjacent to the pool bar (coincidence?). I love sitting at a pool and looking out at the beach and ocean. This pool is ideal for this.

For more active, adventurous guests, the hotel offers Jet Ski, ocean kayak, paddle board rentals and volleyball. There’s a private marina with water taxis and city trolleys for local exploration.

The Rooms

Presidential Suite. Photo by The Diplomat.

The resort has 1,000 guestrooms including 96 suites. The style of the accommodations is bright and coastal contemporary. Each room and suite offers views of the Atlantic Coast and/or the Intracoastal Waterway (see a video of the gorgeous accommodations).

We stayed in the north tower in connecting rooms: a king room and a double bedded room decorated in shades of creams and blues. Some of the features of the rooms are floor-to-ceiling windows, vintage-inspired art, plush bedding, luxe robes and Bigelow bath amenities. The hotel offers several types of rooms with ocean front, partial ocean front, Intracoastal and partial Intracoastal views. Rooms are approximately 400 square feet and suites range up to 2,500 square feet.

King Room. Photo by The Diplomat.

The Diplomat Beach Resort is part of Curio by Hilton so guests can earn Hilton Honors points for their stays.

With easy access to Ft Lauderdale and Miami Beach, The Diplomat and its prime beachfront location and great beach and Intracoastal views is a fantastic accommodations option for both leisure and business travelers.

Happy travels,

Veronique

 

I’m a travel industry veteran currently employed by Hilton. The views and contents of this post are my own and in no way in partnership with my employer. I wasn’t compensated for writing about this subject.

The Art of Dining at The Diplomat Beach Resort

 

Diplomat Prime. Photo credit: The Diplomat.

I recently spend an R&R weekend at the newly re-imagined The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida and must say that the food program has been taken to a whole new level. The resort boasts a variety of food outlets to please everyone from families to couples to groups.

The 10 food venues range from the signature steakhouse Diplomat Prime to celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Coastal American restaurant Point Royal to award-winning Monkitail to grab-and-go spots and waterfront casual places.

Knowing the outstanding restaurant lineup would draw a crowd of local foodies, the resort smartly extends four-hour complimentary valet or self-park at Point Royal, Diplomat Prime or Monkitail and four-hour complimentary self-park at Bristol’s Burgers and Portico Beer & Wine Garden. For those arriving by boat, all dockage at Diplomat Landing, where Bristol’s Burgers and Portico Beer & Wine Garden are located, is complimentary for up to 4 hours.

Point Royal

Point Royal. Photo credit: The Diplomat.

Point Royal is the popular Geoffrey Zakarian-backed Coastal American Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with approachable food and the property’s only raw bar. In the mornings, Point Royal offers a buffet with an array of breakfast and lunch favorites (an a la carte menu is also offered). For dinner, the buffet transforms into a bar serving fresh juice-based cocktails and one of the largest wine lists on property. Point Royal is open for breakfast and dinner daily. View the various menus here.

Diplomat Prime

Diplomat Prime is the resort’s luxury steakhouse by Executive Chef Nicolay. The restaurant boasts a dinner menu of prime beef aged in-house, some of the freshest seafood dishes in the area and signature dishes. The wine list showcases old world and new world wines by the glass and by the bottle and a creative offering of classic cocktails.

Monkitail

Just a few months after opening, Monkitail was voted Best Hotel Restaurant 2017 by USA Today and Best New Restaurant 2017 by the Sun Sentinel. The accolades are due to celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson’s take on modern Japanese food. The menu features classic ‪izakaya with a modern flair‪, sharable small plates and sushi. There’s also an open robatayaki kitchen with a 15-seat sushi bar and a private dining area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Located near the Monkitail entrance is Nokku, a discreet cocktail lounge with four private rooms, each outfitted for karaoke. NOKKU is open Thursday to Saturday – 9PM – 2AM.

Playa

Playa. Photo credit: The Diplomat.

Playa is a fun, casual poolside and beachfront Nuevo Latino restaurant by chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone. Playa’s popular bar highlights Rum and Tequila specialties to compliment well-executed tacos on house-made tortillas, an array of fresh salsas, guacamoles and more. View Playa’s menu here.

Counter Point

Open all day, every day, Counter Point is an extension of Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal offering various coffees, fresh juices, smoothies and a daily selection of house baked breakfast pastries, salads and sandwiches for dine-in or take out.

Canteen

The Canteen is a market offering convenience food and beverage items to-go. The market sells beer, wine, fruits, chips, nuts and other snacks as well as prepared salads and sandwiches, cookies and brownies and more.

Bristol’s Burgers. Photo credit: The Diplomat.

CANDY AND CONES

CANDY AND CONES features freshly-churned ice creams that can be folded into sundaes or one of hundreds of varieties of ice cream sandwiches and pops. There’s also a modern penny candy wall with dozens of candies sold by the pound.

Bristol’s Burgers

Bristol’s Burgers is located at The Diplomat Landing Marina overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The menu features world-class burgers made using a proprietary signature blend of beef, addictive shakes and an extensive selection of shareable appetizers. Bristol’s Burgers is a modern take on a fast-casual burger restaurant with an open kitchen, red leather booths and tables indoor and outdoor. The space also has a free arcade near the entrance to amuse big and small kids.

Portico Beer & Wine Garden

Portico. Photo credit: The Diplomat.

Portico, also located at The Diplomat Landing, is a waterfront beer and wine garden that serves sharable, light-Italian favorites with an exclusively on-tap beer and wine program. Seating is both covered and uncovered with canopies draped throughout the area. Several styles of seating are available including Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and round tables. View the Portico menu here.

Note that private dining is available at all food outlets making it convenient to entertain in a variety of settings from casual to upscale.

Room service is available from 6AM – 11PM from any of the restaurants.

For your next getaway where you simply don’t want to have to leave the hotel, The Diplomat Beach Resort is a delicious option.

The Diplomat Beach Resort – 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida, 33019. http://www.diplomatresort.com/

Happy travels,

Veronique

 

I’m a travel industry veteran currently employed by Hilton. The views and contents of this post are my own and in no way in partnership with my employer. I wasn’t compensated for writing about this subject.

Tales of a Road Warrior