Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale Review - Oceanfront Elegance

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

As the first and only AAA Five Diamond Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I had decidedly high expectations for my vacation experience at the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale. From the moment I arrived and was graciously greeted by the valet personnel who eagerly escorted me to the registration area to be checked in by equally affable front desk attendants.

 

With this first interaction, coupled with the litany of stellar staff interactions that ensued, it became quite clear my expectations would likely not only be met, but also readily exceeded at this property where a mandate of guest service excellence clearly reigns supreme.

"We pride ourselves on creating unique, memorable, and personal experiences for all of our guests," said Michael Chiusano, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale. This is a lofty goal the property achieves on a daily basis, as attested by the hotel's consistent exceptional ratings. Among other accolades, the property has, in fact, been the recipient of the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star rating and the "Top New Hotel" on Condé Nast Traveler's "Hot List."

Chiusano describes the award-winning hotel as "refined luxury" with a "contemporary" ambiance and further explains the staff is "here to assist our guests with making The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale a home away from home. "But, far beyond a homespun sensibility, this respite comes with an elevated array of creature comforts, such as a property-dedicated sommelier. It's understandable why this is Chiusano's personal favorite hotel feature given the sommelier offers private wine and food pairings in the on-site Wine Room, which impressively houses over 5,000 bottles of wine from around the world.

The hotel sits on a prime beachfront location that was once the site of the infamous Candy Store, a spring break fixture in the 1970s and 1980s. Also of note is the structure itself.  The 24-story hotel boasts tiered and glass-walled architecture that is reminiscent of a luxury cruise liner, designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, while the Hirsch-Bedner designed interior plays homage to the seascape with stunning murals. Seashells and other beach-themed decor as well as neutral sand, wood, and wave-inspired interiors throughout set just the right tone.

Offering an unforgettable escape, the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale offers 192 1940s-inspired guest rooms and suites, full-service spa, championship golf at the nearby members-only Grande Oaks Golf Course, sweeping Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal views, and a plethora of top-notch amenities.

All of the guest rooms and suites feature private balconies with a water view. There are seven Oceanfront Executive Suites and 15 Intracoastal Junior Suites as well as 26 Residential Suites, including one, two, and three bedroom options. No expense has been spared when it comes to the accommodations, including 400 thread-count Frette linens and goose down pillows, marble baths, and elegant, leather-wrapped and mahogany furnishings.

All the latest technology is available with wireless high-speed Internet access, computer and fax hookups, multi-line telephones, data port connections, fully-integrated electronic guest control system, and a state-of-the-art DVD theater entertainment system with a 37" LCD panel TV and LCD panel TVs in each bathroom. Guests also enjoy the fully stocked refreshment cabinet, complimentary morning newspaper, and twice-daily housekeeping service. 

 

The property is rife with options to stay entertained and pampered. There's the heated zero-entry pool located on a 29,000-square foot elevated tropical pool deck replete with full service bar. Lounge like a VIP by snagging one of the 10 Oceanfront Cabanas that feel as though they are suspended over the ocean. Each comes with its own "Cabana Captain" who remains at-the-ready to serve drinks, food, or advice as a personal concierge. There are many cabana packages to choose from that offer varying amounts of time and service, depending on what suits each guest's fancy.

The spa, with its minimalist décor and soothing color palette, is a great place to unwind. With 8,500 square feet of refined relaxation, including 10 treatment suites and one couples' suite, separate lounges for men and women, and a gift boutique, it behooves you to find time to partake in some of the spa's signature 99 percent organic treatments.

It's the only spa in the area that offers natural, "chiral" anti-aging facials. This superlative spa has a wide range of European and contemporary spa treatments, including those utilizing organic botanicals. The fitness center is fully stocked with nautilus equipment, free weights, and cardio machines that allow you to work out while overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway and downtown skyline.

The on-site oceanfront restaurant, Via Luna, is an elegant Italian eatery that focuses on grilled meats from a local butcher, fresh seafood, and Italian favorites as well as scrumptious desserts. Visit the Via Luna Bar for signature libations and small bites, or eat on deck at the Poolside Café where specialty fruit drinks complement a fresh menu that highlights local staples, including ever-enticing conch fritters.

Perhaps my personal favorite feature of the property is the Club Lounge, the only one of its kind at any luxury hotel in the city, which is included in all Residential Suite and a limited number of oceanfront guestroom reservations. Located on the 8th floor and boasting both  Intracoastal waterway and ocean vistas, this 2,200 square-foot sanctuary provides access to exclusive amenities, such as complimentary gourmet breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner buffets with libations and other beverages, a private TV and computer station, and a Club Concierge eager to tend to a guest's individual needs. This enclave also has an expansive balcony to enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and sunset.

With its perfect location to the beach and popular area attractions, unsurpassable guest service, and impeccable accommodations, the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale is oceanfront elegance at its best.

~~~
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions can be seen  at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

Republished by permission of and provided to Haute-Lifestyle.com by author.

 

 

Haute Tease

  • HL Tech: London Technology Week 2016 To Host Record Number of Events Set to Take Place Across The Capital

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With just two weeks until launch of London Technology Week, 2016, more events have already been registered than in previous years, highlighting London’s position as a global tech hub and the growth of London Technology Week as an international festival for business.

     
  • Chilling with The Iceman Star Danny Abeckaser

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Danny Abeckaser, co-star of the shocking real life story of Mafia contract killer, Richard Kuklinski, one of the most notorious hit men in history,  recently participated in a phone interview during the media day for "The Iceman" which is now playing in select U.S. markets.

     
  • HL Education: College Campuses with The Highest Crime Rate

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

     

    When choosing a college most students consider academics, sports, college life, comfort, and post graduate placement percentage, few look at urban campuses verses city life and even less review crime statistics or allow the rise in campus crime to affect the final determination.

     
  • HL Health Exclusive: Dangerous, Dirty Water – From Flint, Michigan to the Rio Olympics a Health Threat Around the World

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A putrid stew of untreated sewage, trash and bacteria, Rio's Guanabara Bay -- the site of Olympic rowing and sailing events -- still falls drastically short of sanitation levels promised for the games.  

  • The Academy To Screen Festival Standout "Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger"

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen the documentary “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.  Director Joe Berlinger, who received an Oscar® nomination for the 2011 documentary “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” will be in attendance for a conversation moderated by documentarian Ondi Timoner.

Crime

  • Phoenix Demon Dad Murders Infant Son

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, has been charged in the murder of his six month old infant son on December 19, 2017 after he admitted to authorities of using approximately 65% of his strength to silence the baby.

     
  • One Week With The NYPD (Reprinted with Permission)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With the rise in excessive and deadly force, a blog in 2007 began with "And Justice For Sean," written when a Queens County Grand Jury handed down an eight count indictment show justice, elusive, is still possible.

     
  • Yellowstone Cold Case Remains Unsolved

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Scarface, the once 600lb grizzly bear known to roam free in the vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park was shot and killed last November near Gardiner, Montana, after wandering just north of the Park's boundaries.  

  • Eight Dead, including Six Children, in Texas Home Invasion Mass Murder

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Six children and two adults have been found shot to death, execution style, inside a Harris County, Texas home after a twelve hour standoff that ended after hostage negotiators talked the suspect into surrendering.

     
  • Sandy Hook Massacre: The Slaughter of the Innocent

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    20 children and six adults were slaughtered, Friday, when a lone gunman fought his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, armed with enough ammunition to murder every student in this small New York City suburb.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • HL London: Mick Jones Opens Library; Releases Limited Edition Instrumental Album

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Mick Jones of The Clash, one of the most established and respected figures in British pop music, has opened his Rock and Roll Public Library as part of the 56th Venice Biannale releasing a very limited edition of up tempo instrumentals called 'Ex Libris'.

     
  • Billy Blake: Images From The Ashes The Story of Triumph over Tragedy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Billy Blake, 71, in a flash, a moment, woke up to a raging fire rising up over the Malibu hillside and marching down the canyons engulfing his home, thirty years of work and almost everything, including his wherewithal, his hope, all lost.

     
  • Broadway's Best: Celebrating the Music of Ron Abel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Birdland, the legendary Manhattan Jazz Club, played host for two nights only to celebrate, one of Broadway's best and Hollywood's hottest talents, composer and musical genius Ron Abel.

     
  • The Orphan Keeper Review – Astounding, Inspirational, Remarkable

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Orphan Keeper, from Shadow Mountain Publishing, tells an epic story of a boy kidnapped from India, sold to an orphanage and adopted to the United States over 8,000 miles away and the miracle that would follow.

     
  • Season of Salt and Honey Review - Charming Depiction of Twists and Turns Life Serves Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Season of Salt and Honey, a novel by Hannah Tunnicliffe, is another page turner penned with her skillful artistic strokes adding layers of human emotions intertwining untimely heartache and natural healing process with the magic remedies of culinary creations.