After the Hamptons we flew south and were off to a three day tour of south Florida Ritz Carlton properties! It was such a change of climate – from cool New York nights to the heat of being back in the south, but we loved every minute. First up was Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale.
Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is exactly what you would imagine for a Florida property. Floor to ceiling marble, a grand lobby, and a pool bar with a view that makes you keep ordering Pina Coladas. The spa was our favorite part with amazing amenities and a relaxing atmosphere. Our first stop on the tour was a great start.
Fort Lauderdale had all of those Florida views that you’re looking to capture. I was loving all of the white, and we had so much fun taking the bikes out on the boardwalk by the beach.
After Fort Lauderdale, it was about a forty-five minute drive down to Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. This property feels like it’s days away from Miami on it’s own little island. Key Biscayne gives you that tropical paradise feeling, and was the most family friendly of all the properties, including a Ritz Kids check-in along with a separate adult and kids pool (complete with an ice cream bar).
The beach was gorgeous, starting to the left with a state park, and ending to the right with the iconic Key Biscayne lighthouse where Ron ended his morning run. The food at this location was incredible. The Lightkeeper’s restaurant is home to Executive Chef Raul Del Pozo (who is from Clemson!). Raul whipped up an amazing dinner including crab legs, pork, and a whole Branzino.
Our hotel was centered above this fountain and the grand lawn of the hotel. Such a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning! From here, it was a twenty minute drive over to Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove.
The quietest of the three properties, Coconut Grove is made up of mostly residences and only 100 hotel rooms. Here we enjoyed the spa, the quaint pool with a private cabana and a short walk to boutiques and restaurants. We discovered Strada, a small Italian eatery with a menu that made you the most indecisive you’ve ever been.
While we had a favorite aspect of each property, Fort Lauderdale – the beachfront and the spa, Key Biscayne – the grounds and the food, and Coconut Grove – the privacy and the location, the one link for every Ritz Carlton property is the service that does not compete with any other hotel brand. Thank you to the staff for taking care of us over the past three days and making us feel at home in Florida! Now off to South Beach for a few days!