First 'On the Sand' Resort Opens in Florida

The first Residence Inn by Marriott in the state of Florida to be situated "on the sand," just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, has opened in Fort Lauderdale. The Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach hotel was converted from the recently built Ocean Sands Resort & Spa and has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that further upgraded all suites and public space. The property is owned by a joint venture that includes Aztec Group, Inc., Mercury Investment and Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. Concord oversaw the renovation and will continue to manage the property.

The hotel is located at 1350 North Ocean Blvd and is approximately 20 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Airport and five minutes from nearby Pompano Beach Airpark, which caters to private airplanes.

The property, which is within 100 steps of the water's edge, offers a combination of luxury over-sized studios and one- and two-bedroom suites ranging in size from 560 to 981 square feet, all featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. The resort also inclu a luxury, 20,000 square-foot spa, Ocean Sands Spa, salon, spacious, fully-equipped fitness center with more than 20 pieces of sophisticated work-out equipment, and two swimming pools. Other on-site amenities include a business center, sundries shop, valet parking and wired and wireless Internet throughout the property.

The lobby, which is wrapping up its renovation, features unobstructed, wall-to-wall views of the ocean. Oceano (Portuguese for Ocean), a new, full-service bistro and lounge, will open later this month and will offer a wide-ranging menu that includes a number of Brazilian signature items. The bistro and connecting lounge offer pool-side service.

Suites were upgraded to include 37-inch flat-panel TVs, full kitchens, full-size washers and dryers and upgraded bathroom fixtures and furniture.