How lucky are we to have not one but five Ritz-Carlton properties in South Florida? Though vastly different, all hold the promise of indulgence amid the most discreet and tasteful surroundings. The summer, when you can snag your favorite cabana without reserving a year prior, is the perfect time for a Ritz-around. Check out what’s new.
Miles from Naples: 108
Gazing at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale for the first time, you are likely to think of an ocean liner. The curvilinear shapes and glass balconies are reminiscent of floating on water.
The Arquitectonica-designed building stands out on Fort Lauderdale’s crowded strip, but it’s what’s within that makes this property such a gem. Sleek, open spaces with acres of marble exude luxury. Ideal for families, the oversized residential guest rooms are essentially oceanfront apartments with hotel amenities. And the spa, whose massive renovation will complete this summer, will lure guests with new facilities and signature treatments like the Sapphire Sea.
Also this summer, the restaurant is being transformed into an indoor/outdoor concept with an extensive rum menu, and a marketplace café is being added. These, plus a new retail experience and lobby-level entertainment area, will be finished by fall.
Miles from Naples: 133
We love Key Biscayne for so many reasons, but nothing lures us more than the sprawling Ritz-Carlton property. With its dynamic Ritz Kids program, it’s so family-friendly, yet it is exciting enough to warrant a weekend sans kids.
Even if you’ve been going there forever (guilty!), there is always something new to feast upon. The latest addition is Key Pantry, a café located just off the newly renovated lobby. Grab a cup of Wynwood’s Panther Coffee, roasted in small batches locally, and peruse the marketplace for well-edited gifts: cocktail accessories, interesting cookbooks, kitchen essentials, and picnic baskets. Bet you can’t walk out empty-handed.
The Rumbar lounge has a new look and a seven-piece band that delivers sultry Latin sounds. The transformation is a fresh combo of authentic 1940s Cuba and modern lounge, where interesting mojito variations are served alongside small plates like ropa vieja sliders. The atmosphere is always supercharged.
Miles from Naples: 120
We wondered why it took so long to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to posh Bal Harbour. Located at the inlet point on a spectacular piece of beach, the newest South Florida Ritz-Carlton beckons to those who come to the “square mile of style” for a weekend of shopping or who want to relax away from the South Beach crowds.
The suites are designed in high style (think exotic woods and shagreen surfaces) and have some of the best views in Bal Harbour. The service is typical Ritz-Carlton, including such indulgences as tub therapy. A bath specialist can create a soaking environment to relax, revive, nourish, or even boost immunity.
For shoppers, a new Couture Concierge—celebrity stylist Elysze Held—offers a personalized consultation and shopping experience to curate a look or a closet full of them.