Article by: Doreen Hemlock
Featured in: Sun Sentinel
The nation’s first full-service gay resort opened its doors April 11 in Fort Lauderdale, and so far, bookings are better than expected at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, thanks to Facebook offers, said hotelier Richard Gray.
The sleek, white-marbled ambiance of The Royal Palms' brand new boutique hotel doesn't just make for the perfect place to stay on your South Florida vacation. It's also the brilliant backdrop for superb dining and Ft Lauderdale's hottest new gay bar.
Everyone who passes through the portals of The Royal Palms Resort – or crosses the sleek marble threshold into the brand-new boutique hotel – is struck by a perfect-pitch service. It's an enveloping aura of personal care and attention to detail – harmonious as a Japanese tea ceremony yet unobtrusive.
Fort Lauderdale has long been number-one among gay travelers for its casual, laid-back, inclusive vibe -- and its hot all-male resorts and gay guesthouses, where the excitement builds behind closed doors. As the gay Ft Lauderdale scene evolves, the famous beach city is developing a new set of urban amenities and drawing a younger crowd of sophisticated and trendy travelers.
Freezing up north? Tired of shoveling snow? Ready for a sunny mid-winter gay getaway?
You could go anywhere. But Ft. Lauderdale has become the obvious destination for gay travelers seeking sun and fun. Why? Because not only is it beautiful, warm, and welcoming -- it's so easy and convenient to get to.
A marriage of luxury and excitement
The new Royal Palms is a vision of luxury. This gay Fort Lauderdale resort has always been famous for its attention to detail, together with the care and personal attention lavished on guests. “We know our customers, we know what they want, and we deliver,” says founder Richard Gray. As the clothing-optional resort completes a major expansion — adding 53 rooms in two neighboring properties to the existing 12-room guesthouse’s all-male accommodations — guests will appreciation a new vision of luxury built right in to the completely new, bespoke interior.
With The Royal Palms on the cusp of a major expansion and redefinition into a 62-room luxury boutique gay hotel, let's look back over all this classic resort has accomplished.