A Peek into my Stay at The Grand Resort and Spa, aka Paradise

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend more time at The Grand Resort and Spa in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. This time was even more fun-filled, special, and relaxing because I got to spend four full days and three nights there. The last time I enjoyed two days and was able to experience the truly top notch spa, lay by the pool, and explore the area. This time I was able to really RELAX, make some truly amazing new friends, enjoy the pool and the property, and of course that ridiculously luxurious spa.

As I mentioned last time I stayed, the staff at the Grand Resort and Spa is so attentive from the moment you arrive. And I’m not saying that because they invited me. I continually witnessed them interacting with the same kindness and attentiveness to every guest from the moment they checked in right up until they check out. This is not a place where the hospitality has limits. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to Edward, Kevin, Chris, Jay, Tommy, and the entire team who took care of us throughout our stay.

There are so many desirable things about the Grand. The location is so close to the beach and restaurants, the property itself is a secluded paradise, and the rooms are luxurious. Even the smallest room is larger than my apartment in NYC. Of course, the spa is the icing on the already delicious cake. The staff in the spa is so knowledgable, have won many awards, and are constantly learning new techniques to keep up with what is healthy, hot, and beneficial.

One of my favorite parts of the spa is talking to them. I’ve never walked out of there without some new insight or information about my body, skin, hair, and wellbeing. JD is particularly talented and well versed in such things so I get great suggestions about what to do on a regular basis to improve my overall beauty routine (and YES, men should have a beauty routine!).

My original intention was to spend my days by the pool, enjoy the spa, and then explore the area. I only ventured out one night for dinner and one day to hit the beach. The rest of the time I literally spent playing card games, talking to people, and just chilling out among friends. I met this adorable, sweet couple named James and Brian who delighted me with their company. Of course, in true Teeco fashion, it turned out James went to school with one of my very good friends so there was a common connection that leads back to social media!

What made this stay so outstanding was the promotion we did prior and during. Matt Martin and I promoted the weekend so if you stayed, you got your room at a discounted rate AND the best part was that there were lottery drawings each day to give away two and three night stays, drink vouchers, and more. It was a great way to get to know everyone staying there and for them to get to know us. As I stated, I made fast friends with one couple in particular and it was James’ birthday. When I was drawing the winner for the three night stay on Saturday, my intentions were for it to be a special win for someone. I had no idea at the time that it was James’ birthday until I announced his name and he revealed that he was there to celebrate his day. You all know how I feel about things happening for a reason and from intention. The next prize was a $25 drink voucher and James’ husband Brian was the winner there! So, I actually felt like I was a winner too because the whole intention thing worked to make a special weekend a little more special.

Some of the Staff at the Grand Resort and Spa

The last time I stayed at the Grand Resort and Spa I got my haircut, had a facial and enjoyed a massage. The facial I chose in October was an age smart facial, which is an 80 minute rejuvenating and relaxing experience for your skin. This time, I decided to do a 20 minute Microzone Facial to target some of the damage I inevitably do to my skin by shaving and from exposure to the sun. I don’t think we actually realize how much stress plays a role in the health of our skin too. I learned that the moisturizer I am currently using is a bit too thick and therefore, not exactly the healthiest for my pores.

This time around, I also decided to try the Swedish massage since I had already received a deep tissue massage in October. I figured it was a good way to be able to sample more of the work they do here. Both massages are completely relaxing from the music, to the temperature of the room, and the smell of the oils used. An hour goes by so fast that you are left wanting more time to just “be”. I have to say that before my trips to the Grand, I didn’t really understand the need or desire for massages on a regular basis. Now, I totally get it! They are so necessary to promote healthy circulation, to calm you, and to remove much of the stresses or our daily lives.

If you are a gay man or a gay couple, I highly recommend a trip to the Grand Resort and Spa. Most airfare to Ft Lauderdale is affordable on any budget, depending on the time of year and the rooms are actually less than a room in a hotel that doesn’t offer spa services or a resort atmosphere.

Again, there is so much to do because you are so close to the beach and the strip. I can tell you first hand that Rocco’s Tacos, The Foxy Brown, and the Drunken Taco are all fantastic places to enjoy a good drink and fabulous food. Plus, with Uber Eats, you are pretty much open to everything in the area. My new friends Brian and James had a red velvet birthday cake delivered for James’ special day. What did we do without apps?

I hope that you will consider the Grand for your next vacation experience and continue following me for my next trip there, you never know what specials we will make available and you never know what you could win during a weekend I am around! If you have already enjoyed a stay there, please feel free to comment here and if you are considering going, definitely reach out to me to let me know. You can get me on Twitter and Instagram at @Teeco71 and on Facebook too! Visit The Grand Resort and Spa for even more information on their services, prices, and specials.

 

TwitterTakeover at The Grand Resort and Spa

I have been very lucky to be able to enjoy wonderful trips, restaurants, spas, and entertainment and now I get to pass along some savings to YOU so you can join me in one of my latest adventures. And more importantly, you can share in a relaxing, fun experience. Sorry, ladies, this one is only for the guys.

Do you want to vacation with guys who know what’s hot and happening? Join me (teeco71 – Tommy Geraci) and Matt Martin at the Grand Resort and Spa for a relaxing and intimate gay vacation in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Enjoy poolside happy hours, spa treatments, tranquility and have the opportunity to vacation with me and Matt.

I wrote about my last trip there and you can read all about it here

This time, I’d really like to see some familiar faces there this time around. Let’s have some champagne toasts by the pool and enjoy the amazing spa services all day!  It’s located so close to the airport, it’s a quick Uber ride away and there are plenty of amazing restaurants  right there to satisfy any appetite.

The best news is that it’s also a lotto weekend! ALL ROOMS ARE $179 and with a confirmed reservation you enter to be upgraded!!!

GRAND PRIZE: An upgraded stay in The Grand Penthouse! (Their spectacular 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with its own kitchen, terrace, outdoor shower, and jacuzzi).

THE OTHER PRIZE IS THAT ALL PREMIUM ROOMS ARE JUST $179.00! You can pick ANY room (including our Patio Suites, 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom Penthouses that is available) EXCLUDING our Courtyard Guest Rooms and The Grand Penthouse for $179.00/night + tax: May 15th–May 23rd, 2017.

All reservations to be entered for the upgrade for the upgraded stay in The Grand Penthouse must be made by Friday, May 12th. First come first serve on room selections. The winner of the upgraded stay to The Grand Penthouse will be contacted by Saturday, May 13th. The minimum stay requirement is a 3-night stay.

Other opportunities to win include other prize giveaways:

A FREE future 3-night stay
Vouchers for our famous poolside beer & wine service
A FREE Spa service
Other surprises will also be waiting for our guests to make them ALL winners–play our GRAND LOTTO” and book your stay today!

Make your reservation by visiting their  website or call us at 1.800.818.1211. *Certain restrictions apply. New reservations only.

For further information, please contact Edward Otto Zielke from The Grand Resort and Spa.

My Grand time at The Grand Resort and Spa

I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Grand Resort and Spa in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I was invited to go around the same time I was invited to go to Grail Springs, just outside of Toronto, Canada. I thought they would be two ENTIRELY different experiences but actually they turned out to be very similar. The Grand Resort and Spa is a resort for gay men but I should point out, the spa accepts appointments from anyone and there is a separate entrance from the street. I would recommend their services to anyone. I had a great haircut, an amazing massage and the most fantastic facial. The staff is very experienced and knowlegable about what they do. I was even privy to a conversation about classes they were taking to keep up with their massage skills and education.
Let me tell you more about the resort itself. Upon arriving I entered by the pool, which was just as magnificent as it looks in the pictures. I could totally see contestants from Ru Paul’s Drag Race lined up on the two staircases leading from the sun deck to the pool as they make a grand entrance. I was greeted and checked in very quickly an my name was on a scrolling screen at the front desk to welcome me along with the others that were checking in that day. When I got to my room, I was very pleasanlty surprised. It was like my very own apartment with a full living room, kitchen, and luxurious bedroom. I could absolutely live there and would probably pay top dollar if it were an apartment located in NYC or Los Angeles.
Needless to say, I slept very well so I was read for my Saturday and my three hours at the spa. I headed down for the complimentary breakfast around 9 (ok, maybe closer to 10, the bed was too comfortable). I was once again pleasantly surprised to find out there are coffee stations set up all over the property with Starbucks coffee, which is also part of the breakfast in the common room along with juices, cereal, hot breadfast, fruits, and yogurt.
After breakfast, I toured the grounds a little to find out there are peacful areas all over where you can relax, take the sun, read, or whatever you want. There is also a hot tub in addition to the pool and a clothing optional area for those who enjoy the freedom!
I then got ready for my spa appointment and was notified there would be a BBQ during that time but not to worry, they would come to get me. Sure enough, in between my treatments, I did get to enjoy the food and then headed back for my facial. A guy could get used to be attended to like that and I can definitely get used to feeling relaxed and confident that I look my best.
That evening, I left the property to meet friends for dinner and we happened upon an art show in the area. There is so much to do around the spa because it is located in one of the best areas possible. The choices of food were too much for me to decide so I let my friends pick and we ended up an Rocco’s Tacos and I had NO complaints about that.
Sunday was a day to take in some sun and then head back over to check out the rest of the art show and then head to a friend’s house before my flight home. Everywhere I needed to go outside the spa was very easily accessable by Uber without being overly expensive.
If you are looking for a place to go to relax, the Grand Resort and Spa is the place for you. If you like to party, it’s still a place for you. They do have events and theme weekends, there is always a great group by the pool or by the hottub, and the staff is so helpful when it comes to suggesting things to do in the area if you want to explore a bit. The spa services are a must and completely comparable to services I can receive in NYC or LA for a much highter cost. If you’re a gay man, book a weekend, a week, or however long you’d like. If you are not a gay male, I still suggest you check out the spa, I haven’t been treated that well at a spa in the states in a long time.

Meet Some of the Hearts behind EnchantaCon

I have been bringing you updates about the FIRST EVER convention with the stars of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, EnchantaCon, for a while now. The event will take place in Orlando Florida on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.  I was pleased to be the first to announce the convention earlier this year and I am shocked at how fast time has gone by.  We are very close to this weekend of fairytales, fantasy, and fun! Now I am equally pleased to let you know that everybody’s very favorite Emcee, Joshua Reid-Davis, has joined the team.  I am so thrilled that Josh and Laurie Mahoney, VP at EnchantaCon, had some time to sit and chat with me about the upcoming weekend.  I wanted to give you all a better idea of what it will be about and the hearts behind this event.  Please go to the EnchantaCon website to find out even more and book your trip!

For Laurie: As we get closer to EnchantaCon weekend, how are things progressing for you?

Laurie: We are in the process of getting all of the final touches done. We are in the home stretch now. I really think the fans are going to have an amazing time and we have some surprises in store. One surprise I would like to share with everyone is we will have Eden Sirène, who is a local Mermaid putting on a performance in The Doubletree’s pool.  She has worked extensively to have her designers replicate the Mermaid Costume from the Season Premiere of Once Upon A Time.

For Laurie: I was SO pleased that you got our friend Josh (Joshua Reid-Davis) to be the emcee for the event! Was that a no-brainer?

Laurie: We didn’t want to interfere with Josh’s EyeCon schedule and are very thankful to Kenny and Autumn for letting us borrow Josh for our event.  Anyone who has ever attended an EyeCon event knows that Josh is an amazing Emcee and makes the fans feel special, each and every one of them. He gets to know them and by the end of the weekend he has introduced new friends to each other and made new friends himself. He will bring a lot of energy and fun to the event. As for it being a no-brainer, of course it was…there is no better Emcee than Joshua Reid-Davis.

For Josh: What did you think when they asked you to emcee EnchantaCon? Are you a fan of Once Upon A Time?
Josh: I was very flattered that they asked me to host the convention for them.  I am a huge fan of Once Upon A Time.  I am a huge nerd when it comes to fairy tales and it’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I would love to be in Neverland.

For both: What can people expect when they attend EnchantaCon?

Laurie: Fun and more FUN! Especially with the addition of Josh as our Emcee. I have spoken with our Celebrity Guests and they can’t wait to interact and mingle with the fans for the weekend.

JoshConventions are a whole world within itself.  Some people don’t understand what a convention entails.  They see things in the media and think it’s just a place where peole go and dress up to have a good time.  But in reality it’s so much more than that.  A convention is a place where people from all walks of life come together for the love of a show that they enjoy.  They get to meet celebrities from the show that they love and enjoy.  Conventions are a place where people can leave whatever problem that is in the world around them at the door and come in and have a good time.

For both: What are you most looking forward to about the convention?

Laurie: I often refer to this convention as my baby. I, along with the EnchantaCon Staff have spent a year planning and putting this event together. So, for me, it is definitely going to be watching the end result, which is the entire weekend. Watching the fans have fun interacting with their favorite celebrity guests, watching the celebrity guests having fun with their fans…and of course the Fairy Tale Ball.

Josh: I am very excited about this convention because my favorite thing about hosting conventions is meeting the fans.  I have worked in the convention wold since I got out of the Navy, with each show or movie that I MC a convention for I get to meet so many amazing fans.  It’s going to be great!  I am looking forward to the Fairy Tale Ball because let’s face it…. Who doesn’t want to go to a Fairy Tale Ball?

For both: Who are you most excited to see?

 Laurie: I am most excited to see all of our fans and celebrity guests.  I have been interacting with most of the fans attending for the last 9 months or so. Finally being able to put a face to a name is going to be very special for me. And of course David Anders…I have worked with or for him several times at other events, so seeing him is going to be a kind of reunion of sorts.

Josh: Once again yes, the Fans are my favorite I can’t wait to see them all, It will be a good time.  I am very excited about the whole line up.  I have seen each cast member in various projects that they have done so it will be a great honor to meet and work with them.

For both: What is your favorite part about Once Upon A Time?

Laurie: My favorite part is Fairy Tale meets Real World. Every girl loves the Fairy Tale, and I am no different. I really enjoy how they intermingle the two.

JoshI also love how they intermingle between the reay world and fairy tale world… I interviewed Josh Dallas a while back on our show that I host on Variety Radio Online and I told him way back then that we need to see Peter Pan.  For anyone who knows me they know that I am a fanatic about Peter Pan… I have seen the movies, the movies about it, and also a mini series about the boy that will never grow up.  I do like how Once Upon A Time has turned the tables and made Hook the villain yet good guy, and Peter Pan as the villain.  I really enjoy the Evil Queen.  She has my heart, I have the biggest crush on her and I love seeing her inner battle between good and evil.

Exclusive! Official Press Release: EnchataCon Gets Grumpy

A few months ago, I was so pleased to announce the upcoming EnchantaCon convention that will be taking place in Orlando, Florida in November. EnchantaCon will be the very first convention dedicated to featuring  the stars we all love from the ABC hit series Once Upon A Time all on their own. I believe this will create a much more intimate experience for the fans and give everyone ample time to enjoy the company of this amazing cast in a way we haven’t been able to experience at other conventions which include multiple shows.    At that time I also promised that I would give you updates as more celebrities from the show would be signing on and today I am excited to announce that Grumpy will be in attendance.  I know how passionate the fans of OUAT are about their favorite characters and Lee Arenberg has done an amazing job portraying Grumpy with humor, compassion, and relate-ability.  I recently attended the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia where I was happy to answer questions about the upcoming EnchantaCon and thrilled that you all knew so much about it already!  Here is the official press release from my good friend and the heart behind Enchantacon, Laurie Mahoney:

 

LEE ARENBERG has confirmed appearance at EnchantaCon presents A Weekend with the Stars of Once Upon A Time

By Laurie Mahoney

Orlando, FL- EnchantaCon is pleased to announce that Lee Arenberg has committed to appear at their inaugural Weekend with the Stars of Once Upon A Time Convention scheduled for November 22-24, 2013 at The Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.  Lee portrays fan-favorite Grumpy of the 7 Dwarfs, as well as his Storybrooke alter ego Leroy.

Lee has demonstrated his unique talent and diverse range acting career that spans two decades.    He has appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Pintel, along with memorable roles on television shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Scrubs, Pushing Daisies, The Iceman Chronicles, The Cape, Good Luck Charlie and Californication. Other notable roles include appearances on Arliss, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. 

In addition to acting, Lee has a passion for writing and producing.  In 2011 he fulfilled that passion by writing and producing In the Gray. 

When he is not acting, Mr. Arenberg spends his leisure time playing golf, cooking, playing the blues harmonica, playing video games and playing poker.  He is also involved with numerous animal rights organizations, as well Jay Nolan Community Services, which helps autistic children and their families

EnchantaCon, LLC is a Celebrity Convention Company based in Tampa, Florida.  EnchantaCon and its Weekend with the Stars of Once Upon A Time convention are not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with ABC Productions or Disney Enterprises, Inc.  Other confirmed guests include Tony Amendola, Raphael Sbarge, David Anders, Michael Coleman, Chad Michael Collins, Keegan Connor Tracy, Faustino DiBauda, Beverley Elliott, and David-Paul Grove.

To learn more about this event visit www.enchantacon.com.