Pelican Grand Beach Resort for the Best Ocean Views


Overlooking the ocean, Pelican Grand Hotel is an upscale resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida, roughly a 20 or so minute drive from the airport. If you’re coming in from Miami, expect anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

The Grand Pelican not only overlooks the ocean, but it sits on the ocean, literally….does it get much better than this?

 Above is a view of the beach from my hotel room balcony and below is a view of the property from the beach, which is worth strolling down, any time of day. Blissful right?

Oh so glorious – I had an incredible three days here.

There were no shortage of people taking advantage of beach side lounging, reading novels, relaxing and even taking a nap. Children played in the sand and some even went swimming, meaning it was warm enough to dive in despite the fact that it was still only late March.

The open porch that faces the ocean is one of the most magical things about this luxury property. When I first arrived, I immediately flocked to the porch even before I offloaded my luggage. It was hard to wait, as if I was an overly excited child who hadn’t seen the sea before.

The wide open porch reminded me a bit of New England, although the swaying palm trees and people sipping on Margaritas were immediate reminders that we were far far away from Newport and Boston.

It’s especially incredible during sunset.

The Rooms

Their rooms are elegant and colorful rooms and come with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, microwaves, fridges and coffeemakers. I had a suite which included a balcony with ocean views, as well as a living area with a sofa, coffee table and separate TV area, a great option if you’re traveling with kids in tow.

Inside room photos: Pelican Grand

While there is a restaurant (scroll down to Dining) and the ambiance is glorious, I’d also recommend ordering room service at least once, particularly if you have a balcony with a view of the sea. Open a bottle of wine (or champagne), and order a plate of cheese, fruit and nuts or if its still too early for alcohol, then brew a pot of fresh coffee.

I love the energy of the hallways as well — rich, warm colors that both brighten your mood and make you relax.

Below, the view from my room and from the spa respectfully.


And from my lap….

The Pool & Lazy River

Yup, they’ve got a pool and it’s heated, so regardless of what time of year you’re there, you can swim. Below is the view of the pool from the spa on the 11th floor – stunning, right?

I’m not sure if you notice the wonderful lazy river that wraps around the outside of the pool. Both kids and adults alike will enjoy this – I passed other women in fabulous sunhats with a cocktail in hand as they floated down the river as well as giddy children who couldn’t stop laughing.

 Below, a view of the property from one of the lounge chairs.

And then, there’s the pool at sunset.

Photo credit: Pelican Grand

Dining & Bar Scene

Morning coffee and breakfast on the veranda is a must. They serve a wonderful breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and you can sit inside or out — I’d recommend the latter if the weather is nice, which is almost always the case in Fort Lauderdale.

Now for lunch. Imagine a cold glass of Chardonnay and a healthy salmon salad on the veranda with palms swaying over you and breathtaking views of the ocean in front of you. Seagulls. Children playing in the sand. Laughter. The sounds of the waves crashing up against the shore. ALL of this, while you’re having lunch. Exquisite right?

You can also get fresh oysters on the half shell, there’s an ice cream parlor on the ground floor, a trendy lounge/bar and the porch is beautiful any time of day. When I arrived, they had a live musician playing, a perfect time to sit down, relax, take it all in and order a Margarita.

The O2K lounge overlooks their pool and the ocean. Other resort amenities include business and banquet facilities, the outdoor pool and lazy river shown above and a fitness center, which I used every day. It’s small but it has what you need and of course, an ocean view like everywhere else on the property.

Pure SPA

Their spa is located on the 11th floor which means sweeping views of the ocean from their massive wrap around windows. See my stand-alone spa review for the details.

They have these fabulous hanging chairs with great views of the beach where you sit and sip on champagne while you wait for your appointment to start.

Two thumbs up! We’d return in a heartbeat and I’d suggest this property as both an option for a romantic getaway and as a suitable place to bring your family given the size of the suites.


2000 N Ocean Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
(954) 568-9431
Note: I was hosted by the hotel but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Renee Blodgett
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