Staycation at The CURRENT Hotel Tampa

Staycation at The CURRENT Hotel Tampa

CURRENT Hotel Staycation

Do you ever staycation? It’s one of my favorite things to do in every city we have lived in, including my hometown of Tampa Bay! It’s the feeling of vacation- relaxing and fun, but just a short drive home. The perfect quick getaway! I also love checking out new hotels and resorts in our area! Last weekend we had the pleasure of visiting The CURRENT Hotel a brand new boutique hotel that just opened in Tampa that’s part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott. Let me tell you from the second we pulled up, we were blown away by the decor, ambiance and the service! The hotel is modern but still feels inviting and let me tell you, there are photo ops everywhere! The CURRENT hotel also houses a lot of local Tampa Bay artists’ work. There are pieces displayed throughout the lobby and on every floor right off the elevator. My artist husband really loved this!

After checking in we headed up to our room and were in love with what we walked in to! Not only is the room spacious and beautifully decorated but THE VIEWS!! Every guest room offers waterfront views of Tampa Bay! We’re talking floor to ceiling windows friends! We stayed in a corner room and could not get enough of the 90 degree water views (insert all of the heart eyed emoji’s here). See my Instagram stories highlight for the room toor!
Fall-Floral-Dress

We quickly changed and headed up to the rooftop bar Rox which has both indoor and outdoor seating with views all the way around!! This is such a great option since Florida weather is so unpredictable! This is also nice if it’s too hot/cold out but you still want to enjoy the view. We got lucky and the temps finally dropped last week a little so it was gorgeous out! We ordered a couple of specialty cocktails which were delicious, found a cozy spot on a lounge and watched the sunset over the water. THIS is how you do Fall in Florida. I also found out this is Tampa Bay’s tallest rooftop bar! You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy it either, it’s open to the public:)

ROX Rooftop Bar Tampa

After the sun drifted into the sea we headed downstairs to Julian the restaurant on property. Their menu is internationally inspired small plates made with locally sourced foods and this is right up our alley. We love small bites and trying different menu options so were drooling over the options and got to ordering! Our favorites from the menu were the Crispy Blossoms, Bao Mi, and OMG the Cavatelli (hello black truffles)! The Churro dessert was amazing too! We were so excited to try everything and it was so good I forgot to take pics of some items but I was able to get a few! You’ll just have to go see and taste for yourself now;)

Always have to stop for a night cap! We loved this bar- and the cocktails!

Leopard Dress

We then headed back up to our room for bed. Normally we close up the curtains as tight as we can so no light peeps in when the sun comes up but this time we left the curtains wide open and it was so worth it!! We woke up to the most incredible sunrise coming in through our huge windows!

CURRENT Hotel Tampa

Living on the west side of Florida I am typically a sunset girl but man these sunrises are pretty amazing too. Especially when you can watch from your bed! And also cuddled up in a robe in the corner to get even closer;)

CURRENT Hotel Tampa

After enjoying the sun coming up over Tampa Bay we got ready and headed downstairs to find the cutest coffee shop Buddy Brew (another local company!) and they were serving freshly baked pastries! YUM!

While having our lattes and muffins we walked around the lobby checking out the local artwork and browsed through the hotel’s shop which was curated by Tampa’s own Oxford Exchange! We popped into the workout room too- definitely didn’t work out but if I were to this is the place to do it! The gym has the same huge windows looking right out into the bay!

Current Hotel Oxford Exchange

We also checked out the infinity pool that overlooks the water but sadly forgot to bring our suits. This is for sure on the itinerary for our next stay!

CURRENT Hotel Tampa Pool

Not only were we impressed by the design, decor and views, but every employee was so kind and very helpful which goes a long way for me- (if you’re new here, I worked in a Las Vegas hotel for almost 9 years!). I love the support of so many local Tampa Bay businesses and artists too! We truly had an amazing staycation at The CURRENT Hotel and can not wait to book another stay. Like SOON! This time we’re going to bring some friends and make it a party on the rooftop! Who wants to join?

CURRENT Hotel Tampa

If you want to see even more from our stay, check out my instagram I have added all of my stories to the highlights at the top! We highly recommend a stay here whether you’re local and want a nice staycation or you want to fly in for the fun!

Thank you to the CURRENT Hotel for hosting us. We had the best time!!

You can shop all of my looks from our stay here below!

Staycation at The CURRENT Hotel Tampa

2019-11-08T03:40:15+00:00Travel|0 Comments

Baha Mar

SLS Baha Mar

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This year for our 6th Anniversary my husband and I decided to head down to the Bahamas and stay at the beautiful Baha Mar. We like to go somewhere different every year to celebrate, but its been tricky since we have moved across country the last 4 years! Now that we are finally settled and are NOT moving again (I swear!) we wanted to take a nice relaxing trip to paradise. Friends, let me just tell you Baha Mar is a tropical pastel dream located on the beach with the prettiest turquoise water!

Baha Mar

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Baha Mar has 3 resorts on their property, the Grand Hyatt, the SLS, and the Rosewood. After getting a few recommendations we decided to stay at the Grand Hyatt which is centrally located and has amazing views of the pools and the ocean! As soon as we arrived we felt like we were pulling up to the Wynn in Las Vegas. Everything was so grand and breathtaking!

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Baha Mar

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THE ROOM

We stayed in an Ocean View Deluxe King with a Balcony and it was perfect for us. The decor was mostly blues and whites and had a modern coastal vibe. The beautiful marble filled bathroom had great lighting and an amazing bath tub, the best part was you could open up the large sliding doors and see the view outside. The bed is perfectly placed facing the ocean and the view was amazing! Definitely worth upgrading to have a balcony, it was the perfect size for the two of us. My favorite parts of the room were the whimsical mirror in the hallway, the modern doors and the mermaid sconces! There is also a coffee maker and coffee in the room and you receive 2 complimentary bottles of water daily.

SLS Baha Mar

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THE PROPERTY

The day we arrived we started to explore and neither of us had any idea how large this property was! Everywhere you turn there is another pool, restaurant, bar, or beautiful view. Baha Mar has the largest casino in the Caribbean and is very clean and has a ton of machines and tables! Oh and they have a sports book for those wondering too! The grounds were filled with all of my favorite tropical plants and flowers and impeccably kept. There are multiple pools- I think we counted 10 total (including SLS and Rosewood). There is a pool with a swim up bar, one with a cliff jump, quite a few for lounging and a grotto where you can swim under a waterfall to get a close up view of the sharks and sea turtles! Every pool had such a different vibe and we had so much fun experiencing each one! I just loved the SLS pool- it was so colorful! If you are up for a party there is also the Privilege Pool at the SLS which has a DJ daily. There were plenty of lounge chairs available at all of the pools with food and beverage servers. There is also a long stretch of private beach behind the hotel with lots of chairs and umbrellas. There are kayaks and paddle boards for guests use as well as huge floats anchored in the water to float on too! There is also a long pier that you can walk out on to get a better view of that amazing water!

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THE FOOD

We had soooo many amazing meals! Like the pools, we kept finding new restaurants everyday! Here is a breakdown with some of our favorites 🙂

Fi’lia– We stopped in this Italian restaurant on our arrival day for a few bites and they were delicious! Our favorite was the Grilled Octopus! We also tried the spicy pepperoni pizza and the meatballs, yum! We meant to go back for a full dinner but ran out of time. We heard the pasta dishes are amazing!

Costa– We found this beautiful Mexican Coastal restaurant on day 3 while walking around behind the Rosewood. We saw the open-air cabanas overlooking Rosewood’s lush gardens and pools and knew we wanted to check it out! Before dinner we had a drink at the outdoor bar right at the entrance of Costa. The bartenders were super friendly and knowledgable and made amazing drinks! For dinner we split the guacamole and decided to try all of the tacos! Our favorite was the Asado Con Chorizo. We loved the atmosphere here, sitting outside it the cozy bungalows was so romantic!

Cleo– A Mediterranean inspired restaurant -Our favorite on the property! We celebrated our Anniversary dinner here and they really made it so special for us. We absolutely loved the ambiance and the food but the service just made it such a special night. For dinner we ordered the feta & lebaneh, the spicy cigars, the mushroom flatbread and the lamb shawarma. Everything was sooooo tasty! For dessert we decided on the sticky toffee pudding and it was delivered by most of the staff signing and dancing! And even a special little solo afterwards! It was so much fun! We enjoyed Cleo so much we decided to go back on our last night for dinner too! The 2nd time around we reordered most of the same plates but tried the skirt steak kabob and it was just as great as everything else.

Since most of the day we were out by the pool and beach we went for more casual lunches. Baha Mar has the cutest retro style airstreams food trucks! We tried El Jefe– taco and specialty margaritas, Sandy Dog– gourmet hotdogs, and Sliderz for some awesome sliders! A few of the places were temporarily closed while we were there so when we go back we hope to try the Da Poke Bowl and Flame to Smoke. There is actually a list of places we want to try when we go back, including the cutest Cafe Madeleine that we didn’t find until right before leaving, The Swimming Pig, and Katsuya which were all recommended to us but we ran out of time!

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We kept it super light for breakfast with a piece of fruit from the gym and a Starbucks 🙂 But I hear they have some awesome breakfast options!

Every night after dinner we would gamble a little and then head to The Blue Note– a jazz bar with great drinks and awesome service. They have nightly live music, while we were there it was the Jazz Trio who played a variety of fun songs and even took special requests! They were so good! You can lounge and listen or get up and dance, we did a little of both! A perfect night cap to end our fun filled days.

Baha Mar

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THE SPA & GYM

ESPA was beautiful! Reminded me a lot of the Canyon Ranch and M Resort spas in Vegas! Everything was very grand, it was light, bright, clean and modern- so stunning! Perfect for a relaxing treatment! There is also a state of the art fitness facility with amazing views of the property and the ocean. They even have a couple of spin bikes on a balcony so you can ride outside! All of the machines were new and they offered towels, water and fruit too. It was the perfect way to start our morning in paradise everyday!

Baha Mar

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THE SHOPPING

Baha Mar has some beautiful high end stores and a couple cute little shops but I was most excited that they recently opened a LILLY PULITZER!! My sweet hubby even bought me this fun fish dress in the pic below from there- yay!

Baha Mar

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THE SERVICE

From the second we pulled up to the property we were blown away by the service. I spent 10+ years in the hospitality industry in Vegas and can really appreciate great service and friendly, kind employees (fun fact- I’m still on the website of the hotel I worked at for years ;). Anyway, every person we came in contact with from the door men, the front desk agents, to the security guards and the pool bartenders, everyone was so accommodating and provided excellent service. This made the trip!

Baha Mar

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Baha Mar

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We really had the best time on our Anniversary trip and can’t wait to come back again!! I highly recommend the Baha Mar 🙂 Thinking about booking? Let me know if you have any questions!! I’m always happy to help!

You can find more of our experience over on my Instagram Stories Highlights!

Baha Mar

2018-11-06T22:04:48+00:00Travel|0 Comments

Zota Beach Resort Daycation

Zota Beach Resort

Hi friends! Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key for a “daycation”. If you follow me over on Instagram you may have seen that I brought along one of my best friends, Michelle and we had such an amazing experience! My husband and I love staycations from when we lived in Vegas to now in St. Pete, but this is my first ever daycation. A lot of hotels that we’ve stayed at allow guests only for the pool and private beaches, so to be able to have access to the amenities for the day without having to book for a full night was awesome! Here’s what is included in the daycation:

  • Access to the oceanfront infinity pool and huge hot tub as well as lounge chairs with towels and umbrellas with poolside food & beverage service.
  • Access to the private beach- including 2 beach chairs.
  • Guest room for the day (10am-4pm)- perfect to take a break from the sun, rinse off, nap, change clothes.
  • Complimentary valet and parking.
  • Use of hammocks and recreational games (including giant chess and corn hole).

The cost is $99 for the day per group, which is such a great deal for all of this!

Zota beach Resort

The drive was only about an hour from where we live in St. Pete and most of the way was scenic over bridges and by the water. We arrived at Zota Beach Resort and pulled right up to the complimentary valet with 2 attendants ready to assist us. We walked in to the beautiful lobby and were greeted by the hotel manager, we checked in to our room for the day within minutes. The resort has a modern, luxurious vibe and everything is clean, bright and beautiful. Our room was on the 4th floor with an amazing view of the pool and the beach!

Zota Beach Resort

The guest rooms are very spacious and reflect the natural beauty of the beachfront paradise. We just loved the bathroom -seriously major inspiration on our next bathroom remodel at home! The bed was comfy too! We didn’t nap on it but used for a fun bestie pic in our fav Honeymoon Hats 🙂

Zota Beach Resort

Next we headed down to the pool area to get a lay of the land. There were several lounges and large sitting areas as well as open hammocks to relax on all surrounded by palm trees. They also have a life size chess board and corn hole. The whole area is just steps to the beach!

Zota also offers poolside cabanas which come complete with large comfortable couches, a big screen TV, a safe for your valuables, a fan, and a refrigerator stocked with water that has room to store anything else you need kept cold. They vary in size and would be perfect for a group! There is an additional charge for these, but would be well worth it, especially with a family or group of friends. We got to try one out for the day and loved it!

Zota Beach Resort

After touring around the property we decided it was time to take a dip in the infinity pool! This was my favorite part of the day! We ordered a couple tropical cocktails and just relaxed in the sun:) Perfect for some catching up with one of my long time friends. Not only did the server stop by for drink refills and waters but they also offered to take a few pics too! Our favorite drinks were the Zota-Rita, the Blueberry Mojito, and the Strawberry Mo-Tito!

Zota Beach Resort
Zota Beach ResortZota Beach Resort

Now we were starving, so time for lunch! The resort has two restaurants, Cascades Pool Bar, which has appy’s, bites, salads, and sandwiches and there is Viento, which offers a “Floribbean” culinary concept influenced by Florida, Caribbean, and Mediterranean cooking techniques and flavors. Since we were just out of the pool we decided to sit at the pool bar and get a couple of bites. We split the crab cakes and the quesadilla and both were so tasty! The bartenders were also very attentive and gave us so much info on the property and surrounding area.

Zota Beach Resort

After our relaxing lunch we headed out to the beach where they have the cutest striped umbrellas and lounge chairs overlooking the golden sand and a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach was not crowded at all, even for a Saturday! This is my happy place.

Zota Beach Resort

We spent the rest of our time back in the pool with sunshine and good times! I can not say enough amazing things about our daycation experience and the service at Zota Beach Resort. Every employee was so hospitable and really went above and beyond, the property is beautiful and the location is perfectly placed in paradise. Whether you are looking for a tropical getaway, a staycation, or a daycation I would recommend this resort. We are already planning our next trip back with our husbands and friends! Hope to see you there!

You can shop some of our outfit details from our fun day here: Zota Beach Resort Daycation Style

Zota Beach Resort Daycation

2018-10-25T19:52:05+00:00Travel|3 Comments

Sunrise on St. Pete Beach -Ombre Dress

Ombre Dress

Ombre Dress

Ombre Dress

Ombre Dress

Ya’ll I am in love with this Ombre Dress!! It actually comes in 2 other colors and I may just have to order them both! So perfect for the summer or if you live in Florida like me, all year! I live on the West Coast of Florida where we are known for the sunsets, but I have to let you know a little secret- our sunrises our pretty incredible too. You can see more St. Pete Beach sunrise pics HERE 🙂 The rising sun casts an almost cotton candy like sky over the water, seriously worth waking up early for! Plus, not a lot of people are out that early, so it’s like you have your own private beach 🙂

You can now get 15% off this dress and everything else in the store with this code: thelovelyflamingo15 from now until July 31st!

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Ombre Dress

Banana Leaf Pajamas at the Don Cesar

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don cesar pool

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banana leaf pajamas

Have you ever been to the Don CeSar Hotel? It has been my favorite “pink palace” since I was little! I grew up about 10 minutes away from this dreamy pink hotel and it seems to get more beautiful every time we visit. You definitely need to add it to your list next time you visit St. Pete Beach! Not only is the exterior beautiful but the interior is as well! And the pool/beach area… insert alllll of the heart eye emojis here! I mean how cute are these lounges and towels?!? And when your banana leaf pajamas match everything, there needs to be photos! Everyone working here is soooo nice too which is the cherry on top! Between the beauty of the hotel and another magical sunrise, it was a perfect morning at the Don.

I got these PJ’S for less than $20!! They will probably sell out fast so I have linked a few other options for you:) I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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Banana Leaf Pajamas at the Don Cesar

2018-10-25T19:54:54+00:00Travel|1 Comment