Live the luxury lifestyle while on vacation in Greater Fort Lauderdale, and experience everything from blissful days filled with full-service spas and time on superyachts to nights taking in fine dining and cocktails on rooftop bars. Check-in at beach-elite hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, ultra-elegant Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, or The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, and enjoy the suite life. Wherever you stay, we’ve created a three-day itinerary meant for lavishing you in luxury.
After your bags are delivered to the room, it’s time to unpack all that travel stress with a blissful spa treatment.
The sprawling relaxation room that feels like a posh living room at a private home and spacious sauna at the always-classy The Ritz-Carlton Spa is calling your name. When it comes to massages or body treatments, go big with their featured treatments that harness the ocean’s healing powers and oh-so-Florida citrus. End your treatment with a blow-out or mani-pedi to prepare for a night on the town.
Another option is the eco-chic Auberge Beach Spa which is located in an oceanfront private residence, but its stunning spa is open to guests. Start in the sound meditation room, then indulge in the salt cave and the infrared sauna before choosing a results-driven treatment.
Wrap up your spa day with lunch at the beachfront DUNE by Laurent Tourondel restaurant which impresses with its breathtaking ocean views, Napa-inspired wine list, and gorgeous plates.
When the sun goes down, those with an appetite for high-class meals and attentive service should make reservations at one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s elegant restaurants. For Old-World Italian that would make Nana proud, longtime favorite Casa D’Angelo boasts a sophisticated ambiance with white tablecloths and soft lighting, world-class service, delicious food, and an extensive list of fine wines.
For seafood and prime cuts of meat with a side of scene, choose Mastro’s Ocean Club where locals on yachts pull up for dinner on the regular for Japanese grade A5 Wagyu and Australian tomahawks, impressive seafood towers full of stone crabs, king crab, and oysters, and desserts like their famous warm butter cake.
Another exquisite meal can be found at the upscale 3030 Ocean, tucked away inside the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa nestled along a quarter-mile stretch of private beach. Chefs churn out beautiful plates that are seafood-centric and packed with local ingredients, and you’ll want to spring for the chef’s tasting menu and wine pairing for the full effect.
With our numerous canals and gorgeous waterways, there’s a reason Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Yachting is a way of life here, and you can spend a day of luxury on the water by chartering your own personal boat/yacht for the day.
You don’t have to lift a finger with companies like Lauderdale Yacht Charters. A captain will navigate our famous waterways, while you enjoy peeping mega-mansions, sunning yourself on the bow, stopping for refreshing swims in the ocean or floating in one of the inflatables, and enjoying some R&R in cushy, tricked-out staterooms.
From the sea to the sky, tonight it’s time to see the city from a different view and experience mixology at its finest. Elevate your night at Sparrow perched on the 25th floor of the swanky The Dalmar Hotel for fancy-pants cocktails and million-dollar views—especially during golden hour. Pop bottles as the daylight fades, the city comes alive in lights, and a DJ spins sultry tunes.
Another cocktail hotspot for those with refined tastes is the nautical-themed Atlas lobby bar inside the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach where creative drinks like the Old & Smokey (a riff on an old-fashioned) arrive smoking in a glass case, and where fine champagne is always flowing.
Extravagant pool days are what we do best in sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale, and you can’t miss the posh amenities at the new Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
If you’re staying there, that means luxurious swim-up suites, and a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Visitors can roll like a VIP, spending the day at the elaborate day club, DAER, relishing in the Bora Bora-style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service, and splashing around in plunge pools while enjoying entertainment from A-list performers.
Since luxury and the arts go hand-in-hand, end your trip with a dramatic evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The grand dame situated along the New River impresses with operas, ballets, concerts, and popular traveling Broadway musicals, simply pick your pleasure and the prime seats where it feels like you’re truly part of the action. Sip martinis or a glass of bubbly at intermission, and when the curtain falls, you’ll realize that a luxurious vacation in Greater Fort Lauderdale will be a hard act to follow.
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