July 28, 2012

48 hour weekend getaway, The Ritz Carlton South Beach

DiLido Beach Club Ritz Carlton South Beach Photo:

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach resides in the historic DiLido Hotel, after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation The Ritz Carlton opened its doors in 2003 almost 50 years after the landmark hotel opened on the corner of trendy Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue.

Ritz Carlton South Beach Lobby

Not your typical South Beach hotel, the $200 million restoration preserved the building’s exterior curves, and sweeping lines while adding accents of the Art Moderne/Miami Modern (“MiMo”) design that conveys a stylish and modern interpretation of luxury. Many of the original DiLido Hotel interior features have been preserved, including black terrazzo floors and a grand lobby staircase. The signature curved “Wall of Lights” at the hotel’s entrance shines of polished cherry wood with 72 domed sconces. Mirroring the glamour and elegance of the 1950’s with an updated weave of design, the lobby and public space merges the two time periods together. A multi-million dollar art collection, on loan from Diana Lowenstein Fine Art, features works by more than a dozen Latin American and European artists who have created modern works inspired by the Art Moderne era. More than 40 works of art grace the resort, The Ritz Carlton South Beach is known as one of two hotels on South Beach as an Art Hotel.

Bistro One LR

Bistro One LR, is the hotel’s signature restaurant is a contemporary American Bistro with Latin and French influences. Bistro One LR is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner offering seating both indoors and al fresco with pool and ocean views. Click here to view photos of my dinner at Bistro One LR.

falafel & garlic hummus, DiLido Beach Club

The DiLido Beach Club is South Beach’s only unobstructed oceanfront restaurant and lounge, featuring a menu from the Southern Mediterranean and North African Coasts under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Balick.  Open for lunch, DiLido Beach Club is a relaxed and peaceful venue with an impeccable view of the Atlantic Ocean. Click here to read about my lunch at DiLido. Click here to view photos of DiLido Beach Club and here to read my interview with Andrew Balick.

Club Level, Ritz Carlton South Beach

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach’s Club Level offers one more step of luxury and sophistication to your overall stay. The Art-Moderne style lounge serves five elaborate food and beverage stagings daily. This exclusive amenity provides guests with a luxurious hospitality lounge complete with magnificent views of Miami Beach. The Club Level is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is staffed by a team of service concierges offering exclusive conveniences and amenities to the guest such as travel arrangements, assistance with dinner reservations and guidance in planning itineraries for your stay both on property and off; butler/housekeeping services are offered as is complimentary internet access and express check-out. Continental breakfast is offered each morning followed by lunch and mid day snacks. Late afternoon is welcomed with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by evening cordials and pastries giving a sweet finale to your day on South Beach.

Spa at Ritz Carlton South Beach

Spa seekers will find The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach to be exclusively pampering for the soul. The Ritz Carlton Spa features La Maison de Beauté Carita, the first spa of its kind outside of Paris. This fashionable spa is home to Prada Spa face and body treatments which have been developed exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton. The 16,000 square-foot Spa reflects its South Beach setting with features of calm waters, tranquil music, soft lighting and bamboo flooring, all fashioned to create an elegant and soothing atmosphere. Fourteen treatment rooms include two couple’s suites with whirlpools, eight massage rooms, three skincare rooms, and one wet room. Men’s and women’s lounges feature “urban rainforest” showers with 23 body sprays, and Zen Water features that include dry saunas and steam baths to cleanse and rejuvenate the body. Signature treatments include an Astro-balancing customized massage based on your zodiac sign and element, the ‘Slim and Sculpt’ is designed to reduce cellulite and dimpling and the Carita Sobe Experience polishes the skin to a glowing perfection.

DiLido Beach Club Crab Boil

A 48-hour weekend getaway trumps itself on Sunday from noon-3pm with a Champagne buffet brunch at Bistro One LR; seating is available indoors in the relaxed, chic art-filled room or on the verandah overlooking the ocean and lively pool deck. With just an hour to digest, head down to DiLido Beach Club from 4-7pm for a Down-home, Beachfront, Crab Boil. Spectacular ocean views and live music aside, it’s Chef Andrew Balick’s traditional Southern food fest with all the fixins’ that makes this the go-to Sunday afternoon party on South Beach, an all-you-can-eat Crab Boil of whole blue crab, shrimp, red bliss potatoes and spicy sausage.

Ritz Carlton South Beach 1 Lincoln Road  Miami Beach, FL 33139



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