August 06, 2009

Honeymoon Series: Westin Diplomat &

Right down the road from Miami is Hollywood, Florida. If the glitz, glamour, and prices of Miami are too much, Hollywood is the next best thing. You can enjoy the nightlife of Miami and then take a short 20 minute ride back to the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

The lobby is nothing short of spectacular. The open air feel makes you instantly feel like you are in paradise.

The resort has 898 guest rooms and 100 suites. The hotel was recently refurbished and many eco-friendly products were used during construction. One restaurant you don't want to miss at the resort if Hollywood Prime. It's a steak and seafood restaurant with a very extensive wine list. My personal recco is the filet mignon. It was so good that I had it twice during my stay at the Diplomat!

The pools at the Westin Diplomat are out of this world. They cover a ton of ground so there's never a problem finding a chair. You have the option of private cabanas with butler service if you're looking for a private, intimate pool experience.

It's tough to see from up above, but the pools are actually layered. The circle in the center is glass, so when you are in the lower pool, you can watch the people swimming above you. At night, the pools light up in brilliant hues.

When you are ready to leave resort grounds, head straight across the street to Nikki Marina. The restaurant features an awesome menu of seafood and sushi. You can opt for outdoor seating right on the marina or inside, where the tables have plush pillows for your comfort. The back level of seating is full sized beds. Your dinner will be delivered to you in bed.

In case you needed any more convincing that the Diplomat is a great honeymoon destination, the Westin Diplomat was the venue where the lucky recipients of Us Magazine's Dream Wedding was held in 2008.

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