Spa fancy: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Molly Marcheski enjoys a whirpool tub complete with aroma therapy offered by Claudia Rich. Photo: Candace West.

The lowdown: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale took over the oceanfront St. Regis space in August, and along with it inherited an 8,500 square-foot spa. The décor incorporates subtle, beachy beige hues, with plenty of nooks and private rooms throughout the maze-like space in which to lounge and relax pre- and post-treatment. The organic spa menu incorporates the Earth’s elements as well as aromatherapy, so treatments are designed to stimulate your senses and inspire rejuvenation.

The ‘hood: Situated along touristy Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, the Ritz is the city’s first five-star hotel, and it mingles with divey beachside bars and souvenir shops. While others scramble for a parking spot in the public lot, enjoy free valet with a visit to the spa.

The vibe: Earthy, aromatherapy-induced serenity.

The highlights: The five signature organic treatments, such as the Intuitive Ocean Treatment ($275), which includes a body scrub, bath, face mask, skin brush, massage and heated stone treatment, all with the five elements in mind; and the holistic Sapphire Sea Treatment, during which you’re wrapped in pearl and kelp body mud ($300).

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd; 954-465-2300

Published: 1/09

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