Pretty in Pink on St Pete Beach

Pretty in Pink on St Pete Beach
Loews Don CeSar Hotel - known locally as the "Pink Palace" since it was constructed on St. Petersburg Beach (recently voted one of the best in the world) in 1928 - blends romantic legend with European grandeur, promising a perfect honeymoon haven.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places - the only such historic site along the Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Keys to the tip of Texas - the "Don" boasts 277 beautifully appointed seaside rooms and suites.

Enhanced by breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay, pastel furnishings, marble accents - and possibly the most comfortable beds you’ll ever sleep in - pave the way for an unforgettable experience.

Once reigning as the "hot spot" for glitterati - from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow and Lou Gehrig to Al Capone - the resort has played host to generations of privileged guests with its "Great Gatsby"-style ambiance.
Surrounded by a tropical paradise of palms and oleander, you can plunge into two over-size heated beachfront pools with underwater sound systems or shape up with water yoga or Zumba.

Complimentary non-motorized water sports are available, while wave runners, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented to glide you across the gentle waves. For a seagull’s view, try parasailing or explore the Gulf in depth on a scuba day trip. Landlubbers can stay close to shore from the perch of comfortable day beds, lounges, beach cabanas and a full service Fitness Center.

Dining options abound with choices such as the signature restaurant, the Maritana Grille - recipient of the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating - which dishes up delectable "Floribbean" cuisine, the chic Sea Porch restaurant serving local fare overlooking the beach or lush garden, the Beachcomber Grill with light bites or Uncle Andy’s Ice Cream Parlor, reminiscent of a 1950s ice cream parlor.

When the sun goes down - or even earlier - Sunsets Bar is the place for refreshing "designer" drinks, while the Lobby Bar specializes in glittering views of the Gulf as well as chilled cocktails.

The pampering continues at the luxurious award-winning Spa Oceana with signature treatments ranging from rejuvenating scrubs, massages and wraps. The Whisper Lounge - with its soothing waterfall - and the tranquil rooftop garden with breathtaking views of the Gulf set the tone for your spa journey.

A stroll through the Retail Collection at the Don uncovers wonderful “shop ops,” featuring everything from aspirin to resort wear, fine jewelry, local memorabilia and more.

Should you decide to "tie the knot" at the Don, a wedding planner is on hand to help you select your wedding venue from several elegant ballrooms, a unique boardwalk or romantic beach pavilion.

Day trips to nearby attractions include: Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, the Salvador Dali Museum, Sea World, Silver Springs, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center and Disney-MGM Studios.

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