But let's focus on the hotel at hand here. The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale has all the requisite posh stuff that makes up a AAA Five Diamond joint: sleek design, suites with ocean views, private cabanas, a fancy spa, access to a private country club nearby, and—our favorite part—the Wine Room with its 5,000-bottle wine cellar.
And unlike in many cities where Five Diamond hotels are way out of reach for regular folks, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is affordable. Packages start at just $239 a night.
If you want to be one of the first guests to experience Fort Lauderdale’s only Five Diamond hotel, Intracoastal-view rooms are available this Saturday night from $269, and Oceanfront rooms from $329 a night. And now, you can even fly Virgin America to get there.
You can see the other 15 new Five Diamond properties, and the full list for 2010, here.