We travel each October for 5 days, and Lago Mar was our pick this year based on the reviews. We have a 4 and 7 year old, and Lago Mar was the perfect place for our family! The room was very comfortable, the staff was great, and the beach was spectacular! A very quiet, family friendly atmosphere with awesome views of the pool and the beach from the cheapest rooms. Very upscale feeling, and with a fresh renovation outside, it's very comfortable to lounge around by the pools, on the beach, or at the tiki bar.
If you are coming with your kids -
DO: rent a car. There are plenty of attractions within 20 or 30 minutes of the resort for the family. Plus, you can run down to the local Publix or Winn Dixie to get food and drinks to stock the kitchen (a total plus). I
DO: ride the Jungle Queen boat tour. It's about 3 hours of relaxation, and your kids will see a great alligator show! This tour runs at 1:30 every afternoon and is about 60 bucks for a family of 4, but totally worth it. If you don't have a car, a cab would cost about 10 dollars each way to get there.
DO: book a photo session with Michael, the resident photographer. He has a great eye and knows the great places to get fantastic pictures for your family! You can find him bartending at the tiki bar when he isn't behind the lens.
DO: leave some room to bring back sea shells in your suitcase. My girls brought back 7 lbs!
DON'T: bring towels. They provide plenty of towels in the room and turndown service is daily. There are clean, fluffy towels available for the pool and beach, too!
DON'T: get a two bedroom unit. The one bedroom unit comes with a big couch that has two separate twin pullout beds. Those worked perfect for our kids! I wouldn't recommend these for older kids or adults, though.
DON'T: buy beach toys for the kids when you get there (offsite, of course). There are plenty of people (like us) who have donated toys over the years, so there are plenty to go around!
Obviously, we were big fans of the resort, and we will go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort that is decidedly, and purposefully, different. Understated, not loud. Gracious, not pretentious. Deferential, not presumptuous. In short, a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500 foot private beach and secluded location emcompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club invites you to discover one of the best vacation resorts to stay in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lago Mar Resort And Club Hotel Fort Lauderdale
- Lago Mar Hotel
- Ft Lauderdale Lago Mar
- Mar Lago Hotel
- Lago Mar Fort Lauderdale