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

  • France Macron and France Yellow Vests

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Yellow Vests crisis reveals the existence of a two France nation that many oppose: Principles, history, beliefs, ambition. Neither will yield. And the outcome of the crisis may be in the disappearance of one of the two.

     
  • THE MARINE 3: HOME FRONT Review: Director Scott Wiper and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin Score the Win

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE MARINE 3: HOMEFRONT, from WWE Studios and FOX Home Entertainment, is the third installment in the successful THE MARINE franchise and brings World Wrestling Entertainment star MikeThe MizMizanin to the big screen.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, Guns and The America People, Charlie Hebdo; Election 2016, El Chapo Captured

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama moved ahead this week announcing his strategy during an emotional speech that turned from his usual objectivity to humanizing the victims remembering each of them, including the first graders of the Sandy Hook Massacre.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Returns to Washington to Battle Boehner; Hurricane Sandy Pork Package; Newtown Begins New Year

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama returned to Washington earlier this week, cutting his holiday break short, to meet with lawmakers in a last ditch effort to avert the ever looming Fiscal Cliff that would end the Bush Era Tax cuts.

     
  • World News: David Rubin Talks Trump's Middle East Peace Breakthroughs (Q&A)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump's Middle East policy successes are by far the most progressive of any previous administration, defeating ISIS, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and effectively handling Iran, and must be considered when looking at his overall record.

     
  • UK’s Christmas Number One – Let The Countdown Begin

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Birmingham UK based band Corvus have launched their bid for international Christmas chart domination with 'Can You Hear the Sleigh Bells Ringing?' a classic rock infused Christmas single in the same vein as The Darkness' hugely successful 'Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)'.  

  • Nairobi Mall Standoff Enters Fourth Day

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The four day standoff that began Saturday with Al-Queda linked militants storming into Nairobi’s Westgate Premier Shopping Mall, tossing hand grenades and firing indiscriminately in the crowded high end plaza, has been neutralized.

     
  • Georgia and The Vintage Youth - A Jazzy, Big Band, Sound is Crossing the Pond

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Georgia and The Vintage Youth, big vocals, stunning jazz and lots of strut and swagger, presents a collection of tracks from her debut EP 'The Girl' and the follow up EP 'El Reco' featuring Neville Staple.

     
  • Stronger Review - Inspirational, Emotional, A Solid Bio-Pic

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Stronger, from Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, presents the story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the aftermath of his recovery, challenges, hopes, his family, and how he went from ordinary to extraordinary.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Pelosi Reopen Gov’t, SOTU, All the President’s Men, Brexit, Venezuela, Hillary Clinton

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump announced both houses had come to an agreement on a bill that would reopen government for an interim period providing immediate relief to the more than 800,000 government employees who were forced to work without pay.

     
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble Review – Bravo, Magnifique, A Masterpiece

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, from The Orchard and Participant Media, debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival, to rave reviews of the power of music, in all its forms, to bridge cultural differences and divides.

     
  • Money News: North American European Markets Split; Asian Markets Close Down

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average managed to escape the grasp of the Bear and closed up as the world economies fought back against the unsettling financial news reverberating from the Eurozone with the default of Greece and the banks deciding to stay closed.

     
  • Critique: The Traitor, Mob Drama se Dirige Vers Les Oscars, Ouvre en Novembre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Traitor, entrée officielle de l'Italie à la 92e cérémonie des Oscars, présente la véritable histoire de Tommaso Buscetta, premier chef de la mafia sicilienne, qui a franchi la barrière de la confiance et accepté de devenir un informateur travaillant avec le procureur.  

  • Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    2018 is a big year for Mickey Mouse, who celebrates his 90th anniversary this year, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing the celebration to the pages of the fall issue of Disney twenty-three.  

  • September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2013 Gets Bigger and Better

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A bigger and even better September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair (September Fair awaits exhibitors this year, fair organiser UBM Asia announced.  With the Fair occupying 135,000 square metres of exhibition space, it is the largest edition ever.