Looking for a different kind of Thanksgiving? Still waiting to see who in the family is going to offer their humble abode to celebrate the day? Dreading the thought of fighting the local supermarket for the last can of candied yams? The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale has a better idea. Forget all that, leave the annoying relatives at home and come see them instead.
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale wake up Thanksgiving morning to a Ritz-Carlton “Macy’s Day” parade with pilgrims, turkeys, and other harvest-favorite floats taking center stage on the oceanfront, 7th floor tropical pool deck. A New York-style breakfast is served, including bagels and lox, sweet and savory pastries, yogurt and parfaits, the freshest seasonal fruits, rich coffees and fine teas, all the while the New York Macy’s Day parade plays overhead. That’s Thursday, November 24 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and only for hotel guests.
Want to sleep in a while? Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving and Sunday Brunch favorites from imported cheeses and charcuteries, caviar, fresh seafood on ice, create-your-own omelet station, prepared-to-order pasta to roasted turkey, ham and slow roasted prime rib carving stations. Free-flowing Champagne and a lavish dessert enclave make this a Thanksgiving feast not to be missed. We doubt there will be a reheated green bean casserole here.
The price? $95 per guest, includes champagne, $35 per child with ages 12 and under $1 per year old.
The day after, shopping begins with an exclusive, complimentary Black Friday Shopping Shuttle escorting guests of The Ritz-Carlton to Florida’s largest outlet shopping destination, with more than 350 stores including luxury designers such as Barney’s New York, David Yurman, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Valentino and more, featured at The Colonnade promenade. A shopping survival kit is provided including bottled water, energizing snacks, and exclusive offers leaving guests to shop ’til they drop. That’s Friday, November 25 from shop-till-you-drop 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton has other events as well including Wine Journeys with somelier Don Derocher where guests tour the hotel’s award-winning 5,000-bottle Wine Vault and enjoy a personalized wine tasting of three reds or whites of preference.
They do this on November 25 & 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $30
An Ultimate SpaScape lets guests treat their skin with a restorative facial that stimulates, regenerates and restores. A full body massage using antioxidant-rich oils infused with grape varietals eases muscle tension and stress.
While the fam back home listens to those same old stories that get told every year, you’ll be enjoying a complimentary glass of Sauvignon Blanc post treatment… for 50 minutes anyway.
Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton Hotels/Roberto Santos