Checking in: Westin Beach Resort a treat for the senses

The Westin Beach Resort

321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;; 954-467-1111

Back story: A Starwood property, The Westin Beach Resort was formerly known as The Sheraton Yankee Trader. A recent multimillion dollar transformation upgraded the property with an eye to elevating the senses while rejuvenating the body.

From the Westin's signature white tea scent to the spa's fruit infused waters and different colored mood lighting, the resort's ambience is well thought out and beautifully executed.

A popular spot for business events and social occasions, the property features 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The ballrooms boast 20-foot high ceilings and can be arranged in a large variety of configurations. The Sky Terrace is a favorite spot for weddings.

Just for fun: The Heavenly Spa provides in-room treatments in addition to the wide range of options available in the 8,100 square foot facility. Check out the Rollerssage, a 50 or 80 minute massage in which heated crystalline spheres, selected for their energy enhancing qualities, are rolled over the body.

A range of unique water therapies are available, including the heavenly soak, in which you choose the scent, a sports soak designed to eliminate soreness, water detox and hydrating soak.

Sleep well: The Westin Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath are featured in each of the resort's 433 guest accommodations. From signature bath amenities to luxurious linens and bedding, the program is so popular that many guests order the products from Westin for home use. In room features include 32-inch flat screen televisions and high-speed Internet access. Most guest rooms offer views of the ocean or of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Going green: Recycling bins are in guest rooms, paper products are being switched to green and a new super food option is available on the menus featuring organic fruits and produce, grains and whole wheats.

Eat, drink and be merry: Not only is the beach view at Shula's awesome, but you can enjoy Shula's Steak Maryanne made with a secret blend of spices and flash fried lobster. Wash it down with an Absolut Perfect Martini.

Attractions: There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Westin, including H20 Café and Casa Blanca Café. The Galleria Mall and upscale boutiques and restaurants of Las Olas Boulevard are nearby, as is the Las Olas Riverfront and Beach Place. Grand Oaks Golf Club and the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center are also nearby.

More about pets: Dogs and cats under 30 pounds are welcome. A Heavenly Pet Bed is available upon request, at no charge.

Prices: Summer rates begin at $149 a night, while peak rates start at $259 a night. Valet parking is $25 per night.

Tracey Broussard

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