In Miami and Fort Lauderdaleno hotel lets you wake up, open your balcony door and go straight to the beach in seconds, but go north to Lauderdale-By-the-Seaand this privilege exists at Diving Beach Resort. Here is our expert opinion on the Plunge Beach Resort.
Diving Beach Resorta former budget hotel completely rebranded in 2017, is a resort sanctuary in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a quiet seaside town in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, and Miami is just adjacent.
The rebranding was thoughtful and even brave: Plunge has an edgy, ultra-modern vibe in a city other hotels (lovely as they are) are playing it safe.
In fact, with its new makeover, Plunge Beach Resort aims to appeal to millennials and young, hip families who typically vacation in South Beach — and now it has the allure to make it happen. Plunge Beach Resort guests can expect Instagram-ready backdrops and eye-catching aesthetics, such as hand-painted murals and chalkboards in hotel rooms, colorful, modern furnishings, and designer accents. contemporary works of art in public spaces.
But the design detail that really sets Plunge Beach Resort apart is that it’s the only one-bedroom hotel in the area that offers Direct access to the beach.
Plunge has three buildings for accommodation: the Island, Beach and Bungalow residences, each with its own style and identity. Guests who want direct beach access will need to specifically book the “Island View Bungalowin the Bungalow section and it’s surprisingly affordable. Keep reading.
It’s extremely rare for me to stay at a resort that caters to families, but I read about Bungalow Residences, a self-contained adult-only section of the resort with its own pool, and checked in for two nights with Ruby (yes, the Plunge Beach Resort is very pet friendly!).
The two-level Oasis Bungalow has 20 rooms surrounding the pool, though the best rooms are those directly facing the ocean.
I booked the Island View Junior Suite Bungalow on the ground floor. It was ideal, as it was equipped with a private green courtyard (ideal for Ruby). The bungalow is steps from the adult pool, but the real highlight: it’s right on the beach. You don’t have to ride in an elevator, cross a street, cross a resort, or take a bike like other resorts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to get to the beach. Once on your private lawn, the only thing separating you from the sand is a glass partition.
Being directly on the beach is a rare privilege that you will find in few places in the world (like the Maldives and Thailand) due to existing zoning laws, especially in the United States. It’s true. There are very, very few hotels in America that have hotels with rooms right on the beach (not even in Hawaii), so it’s a real treat for guests, and that’s why we had to do a review of the Plunge Beach Resort.
The Island View Junior Suite Bungalow has two separate bedrooms, each with its own king bed, 50 inch TV and respective private bathroom. Anyone booking this suite will have their own designated bedroom, rather than two beds in one space, which is a nice surprise if you’re booking with a friend or family (tell them about our Plunge Beach Resort review to get them excited! )
The suite is also equipped with a kitchen (with dining table, microwave and refrigerator), a living room with sofa bed and sliding glass doors that open onto the courtyard, the entrance to the swimming pool for adults and the beach. The “Ocean View Junior Suite Bungalow” is located directly above the Island View Suite, which offers a direct and unobstructed view of the sea.
I was impressed with the design of the suite. It was cheerful, colorful and fun, and I loved the octopus artwork on the walls. I can say Plunge Beach Resort put a lot of time and thought into making the rooms stand out, and it was appreciated.
I should also mention that these bungalows are a phenomenal bargain, selling for around $330 a night. There’s real value in that, considering you get *two* bedrooms with *two* bathrooms, not to mention it’s right on the beach. In Miami or Fort Lauderdale, a $330 room will be a single room, likely in a high-rise hotel, and probably won’t include a kitchen, adult pool, or proximity to the sand.
If you want to stay in the Bungalow Residence without direct beach access (but still close enough), the Bungalow Rooms are still affordable, but you’re not doing it right if you’re not traveling in style. This Florida sun is HOT, and when you squint all day, you’re going to get wrinkles! So definitely bring sunglasses. In fact, I splurged on it amazing pair at Bloomingdales. I think they have the best selection, and I found some that were surprisingly affordable.
Diving Beach Resort features a small 24-hour fitness center, main pool, hotel bikes, free Wi-Fi, and several food and drink outlets, like Backflip Beach Bar, Octopus Lobby Gastropub ( serving breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a cafe serving bite-sized goods and sandwiches.
Also, it was obvious to me that the staff were happy to be here, which is a good sign for a hotel. While there, I met a server/bartender who previously worked at Montage Deer Valley (an upscale resort I stayed at while vacationing in Park City, Utah), and he moved to Florida. Rather than work at a similar five-star resort, he chose to work at Plunge Beach Resort. This says a lot about the level of service sought by the resort.
And, of course, the sunsets are as good as they come!
Want to add to our Plunge Beach Resort review? Let us know what you thought of it in our comments below.
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