Ritzy Stays in South Florida

written by | Posted on October 18th, 2011

Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

When it comes to luxury vacations, there’s no doubt that Ritz-Carlton sure knows how to deliver. And this fall, the brand’s four properties in South Florida have rolled out some pretty fabulous offerings for vacationers headed to the Sunshine State.

Cool Cocktails If it’s the classic South Beach experience they crave, recommend your clients book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, where—one night a month through May 2012—they can enjoy the hotel’s popular Full Moon Party series, complete with specialty cocktails, light bites and live entertainment. The parties take place at the Dilido Beach Club outdoor lounge and there is no cover charge to attend. The next two events take place Nov. 11 and Dec. 19.

Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach can also enjoy the new Mixologist on Wheels service, where the property’s master mixologist, Ramset Pimentel, will be on-hand to prepare made-to-order caipirinhas by the pool on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nightly rates at The-Ritz Carlton, South Beach start at $399 through Dec. 22.

Spa-licious Treats For spa aficionados, The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove—one of only two boutique Ritz-Carlton hotels—recently introduced several indulgent treatments to its list of offerings at The Boutique Spa. The full-body Mimosa Body Treatment, for instance, includes a citrus-infused body scrub, wrap, protein mist and moisturizing light massage, while the Soothing Solar Repair Body Wrap is infused with the healing elements of the exotic Tahitian noni fruit.

The Boutique Spa is also celebrating several brand-new pre- and post-nuptial spa retreats for brides and grooms and their bridal parties. Ladies can enjoy intimate bridal showers in the new poolside Dining Pavilion that include martinis and manicures, chair massages or yoga for the bride and her bridesmaids. Couples can relax with a massage before the ceremony, while anniversary offerings include the Time Together Massage for new husband and wife, or a private aphrodisiac dinner in an intimate VIP poolside cabana.

Rates at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove start at $289 per night through December.

For the Foodies Starting in November, guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne can experience a new season of Moonrise Dinners, featuring an ever-changing 4-course menu from Italy’s gastronomic regions. Tabletop telescopes, and an expert astronomer that serves as a Constellation Concierge—a private guide to the night sky that helps guests pinpoint celestial objects, including stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies—complete this unique experience.

Moonrise Dinners are priced at $60 pp or $90 pp with wine pairings. The next two dinners take place Nov. 10 and Dec. 10.

Or, recommend your clients check out the hotel’s Around the World Culinary Tour, where they can experience food from some of the world’s top culinary destinations and never leave the resort.

With four dining outlets, each inspired by a different exotic locale, the Around the World dining package enables guests to virtually “jet set” to each outlet, where they can personally meet with the various chefs and wine & spirits experts and sample signature dishes. Guests will visit four destinations between Cantina Beach (coastal Mexican & Miami’s largest tequila selection), Cioppino (Tuscan/Italian), RUMBAR (Cuban & Miami’s largest rum, cachaça and pisco selection) and Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge.

The tour runs approximately four hours and is priced at $150 pp. Nightly rates at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne start at $329 through Dec. 24.

Over at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, meanwhile, gourmands can enjoy even more culinary experiences with the property’s Astrological Tastings held every Friday and Saturday night in the lobby. Here, executive chef Christian Clair creates 12 culinary tastings with treats designed for each of the 12 astrological signs. Tastings are complimentary.

Meanwhile, the wine hotel’s wine sommelier, Don Derocher, invites guests to tour 12 wine regions around the world on the Passport to Wines tour. Complete with a pocket-sized passport to guide guests through 10 countries and vintages from the property’s 5,000-wine vault, this tour showcases top wines from several regions around the world. Participants who collect all 12 stamps receive a leather Ritz-Carlton wine carrier, a blown-glass wine stopper and leather corkscrew case. Pours range from $11-$20 per glass.

Rates at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale start at $279 per night through Dec. 22.