PINEAPPLE POINT, FORT LAUDERDALE

 

While visiting the ‘gayborhood’ of Fort Lauderdale we decided to try out a day pass at one of the gay guest houses and Pineapple Point came highly recommended. Rated number one by TripAdvisor for gay accommodation in Fort Lauderdale, this luxury resort was certainly a relaxing and unique day out during our vacation and the staff couldn’t have made us feel more welcome.

 

 

We contacted the guys at Pineapple Point and they said they would love to have us visit. Day passes are available every day of the week from 10am to 5 pm, for $25US per person. This covers you for bottled water, towels, use of the heated pool, hot tub and gym. They also provide free non-alcoholic beverages, a fully stocked refrigerator of snacks, and an assortment of juices and other edibles in the main check-in area.  On Saturdays they host a barbecue with chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and an open bar of beer, wine and soft drinks. For all this the day pass goes up to $50US per person.

 

 

As a day visitor you don’t feel like the poor cousin, you are treated just like an honoured house guest and have full access to all facilities. Massage therapists are on site but day visitors need to book in advance to guarantee an appointment. Unfortunately your day pass does expire at 5pm, just before the happy hour happens for the regular guests at 6pm.

 

 

During our five, delicious hours at Pineapple Point we experienced amazingly attentive staff. Nothing was too much trouble, periodically checking everything was OK, offering popsicles in the pool, taking orders for lunch, straightening beds and collecting used towels, always with a genuine smile.

 

 

The guests we met here were from a variety of places in the USA and mostly staying at the guest house for a few precious vacation days. They were all very friendly and chilled out, relaxing in the sun and shade and, when the mood took them, swimming naked in the pool.

 

 

We met Allan, a Pineapple Point regular and asked him what he thought was the best thing about the place. Without hesitation he said, “Here it’s not a beauty contest and I always feel relaxed”. And why not? The dense leafy gardens, the peaceful ambience, in a clothing optional, all male environment made for a perfectly tranquil day.

 

 

We asked to see around the property. This lush tropical resort is comprised of six unique buildings, set on more than two acres. There is a variety of rooms from elegantly appointed Deluxe King Suites to the opulent Grand Villa with a rooftop deck which includes a luxurious master bathroom featuring a roman soaking tub.

 

 

The Villa also boasts a private courtyard with its own pool, jacuzzi and tiki bar. Two guys who decided to splurge and stay in the Grand Villa said, “Honestly, it’s something you need to see for yourself”.

 

 

Around the grounds there are pleasant nooks for relaxation. The two hot tubs are always popular. For the more energetic the lap pool is available and hammocks strung around the garden make for a comfortable, restful option. The bungalows all have outdoor porches which are perfect for sharing drinks and entertaining new friends.

 

 

The proximity to the beach and Wilton Manors is another reason this property appeals. A quick Uber ride in either direction has you in the middle of some ‘hot action’, one way or another. However, as we chattered with people in the pool we heard one clear message over and over, that this place sets the bar incredibly high when it comes to comfort and customer service and many were quick to point out, “You never need to leave the property”.

 

 

When we visit Fort Lauderdale next time we certainly will stay a little longer than just a day at beautiful Pineapple Point, just to get that all over tan all over again.