Wilton Manors, Florida. The Cabanas, Wilton Manor’s only guesthouse and spa, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. What started out as a derelict, transient, weekly rental motel called Sante Fe Landings, is now a sprawling and luxurious all male retreat. Over the ten years, owners John Dorry and Bill Barnish have transformed the property into an oasis for gay men visiting Wilton Manors, the heart of gay Fort Lauderdale.
As soon as guests enter the property, they are immediately immersed in a lush, tropical setting. Like walking into a modern day Garden of Eden, Palm trees of every variety, ferns and tropical flowers line the walkway. The rooms are sleek and well appointed, complete with flat screen TV’s and modern bathrooms. The tranquil sounds of waves from the intracoastal and the two pools join in orchestra to create a serene environment. The Cabanas is clothing optional but for those who choose to remain clothed, the atmosphere is still inviting and non-intrusive.
As the only guesthouse that’s located on the water, guests can take advantage of the complimentary kayaks and explore the picturesque intracoastal waterways up close. Complimentary bicycles are also available for those who want a two-wheeled tour of the city.
The Cabanas is perfectly located so that guests can enjoy the myriad of shops, restaurants and nightlife Wilton Manors has to offer. During the day, visitors can stroll down Wilton Drive and shop the clothing stores as well as the upscale and casual boutiques lining the drive. Numerous eateries offering Thai, Japanese, Italian and Mexican fare stipple both sides of the road. After a full day of shopping and sightseeing, guests can retire back to their rooms to relax in the salt water heated pool, hot tub or steam room. Minutes away from Wilton Manors, guest can return to the strip as the nightlife start to sizzle.
Over the ten years, The Cabanas has undergone vast improvements. The latest being the addition of the full service day spa. The Cabanas is the only resort in Wilton Manors that offers this luxury. From massages to hair removal, this European style day spa pampers its guests from head to toe. It’s a retreat within a retreat.
Sticking to their tried and tested campaign of offering value and outstanding customer service, The Cabanas has been a favorite destination for gay men around the globe. From a rundown hotel to luxurious get-away, The Cabanas continues to re-invent and redefine the notion of a gay guesthouse. It’s the reason why they have not only survived, but thrived for the last ten years.