Living The High Life: Hotels In South Florida That You Can Live At Year-Round
The best part of staying at a hotel while on vacation is indulging in the splendor of its amenities. But why should the perks end when the trip is over? With the rise of several local hotels boasting luxurious private residences, there are more opportunities to live in a hotel—permanently. Decadent room service, opulent spas, dedicated pet services, beach butlers and private concierges are just a few of the amenities these hotels offer residents.
Aloft Hotel Delray Beach & 236 Fifth Avenue Residences
Delray Beach has certainly transformed from a sleepy beach town to a lively city throughout the years. Now, a new level of luxury is coming with the opening of the swanky private residences at 236 Fifth Avenue in conjunction with Delray’s first stylish Starwood branded Aloft boutique hotel.
Residents of 236 Fifth will have private amenities including a clubroom, infinity-edge pool, lounge, café and personal concierge. But their privileges don’t end there. Owners will also enjoy the amenities and hospitality of the Aloft Hotel Delray Beach. The upscale hotel will offer residents a second infinity-edge pool on the property’s rooftop, room service, housekeeping and access to the restaurant.
Set to open at the end of this year, the 35 chic units with spacious interiors, porcelain tile flooring, quartz countertops and upscale finishes are located just steps away from bustling Atlantic Avenue shops, restaurants and bars as well as Delray’s beautiful sandy beaches.
Starting at: $500,000; 841 square feet
Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences
Living at a picturesque wellness community where both mind and body come together in a luxury landscape is what Amrit offers residents.
The bespoke benefits offered at this 7-acre property located on Palm Beach’s Singer Island are designed for those seeking a balanced lifestyle.
Partnering with world-renowned ESPA and the Himalayan Institute, Amrit offers owners an immersive custom experience by focusing on ways to improve their daily lives based on the five pillars of wellness: nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, sleep and relaxation.
With a personalized wellness plan and private wellness assistant, residents can take advantage of amenities such as the on-site hammam, spa, thermal suites, relaxation lounge, hydrotherapy spa gardens, alfresco organic and healthy dining options and infusion zone managed by a qualified nurse.
For those interested in cooking, a daily mid-day class will be held with the calm sea as the backdrop. Amrit will also host a wellness zone with complimentary naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists, sound/light therapists and osteopaths open to all residents.
Plus, with a focus on education, there will also be live and remote presentations from some of the leading healthy living experts for owners to partake in.
The property is scheduled for completion by mid-2019.
Starting at: $700,000; 1,465 square feet
Atlantic Hotel & Spa
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa views are priceless, and with the pearly sand just steps away, this is a hotel you will never want to leave—and now you don’t have to. The hotel has private residential units where owners can live as permanent guests in this contemporary seaside property.
Owners can relax in the heated outdoor pool while enjoying the stunning ocean views, or grab a bite at the hotel’s newest flagship restaurant, Coastal. Serving Italian-inspired Mediterranean cuisine, including fresh, local seafood, the oceanfront eatery is the perfect place for residents to enjoy a delicious meal.
The award-wining Spa Atlantic is available for residents to relax and unwind with customized spa and salon treatments.
Each unit comes with laundry and dry cleaning services, valet, in-unit dining options and a private concierge service ready at any time of the day to assist residents with transportation, grocery deliveries, golf tee times, fun family excursions and so much more.
Starting at: $360,000; 600 square feet
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
Conrad hotels are synonymous with luxury, and now the brand has opened its only residences in the Americas and the third in the world right here on Fort Lauderdale beach. With a high standard for dedicated service and first-class amenities, the private residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach are a world traveler’s dream home.
The hotel’s stunning 20,000-square-foot oceanfront Sky Deck is a lavish take on a front yard, but complete with its swimming pool, whirlpool, private cabanas and calming sea breeze, it’s exactly the front yard Conrad unit owners enjoy.
Residents can also take advantage of the hotel’s beach cruisers or private beach chairs before unwinding at the Conrad’s serene 4,000-square-foot spa. A daily morning yoga class on the sandy beach is also offered. If hunger strikes, residents receive discounts at the several dining venues on property, including Cornucopia Gourmet Market, Atlas Cocktail Lounge and Spinnaker Pool Grill. All units feature daily housekeeping and valet along with laundry service.
If owners wish to enlist their unit and participate in the hotel’s rental program, they also receive a complimentary spa treatment and Hilton Honors Gold status for one year.
Starting at: $460,000; 498 square feet
Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale
An elevated and lavish living is what the Four Seasons Private Residences offers to those interested in sprawling views of the sea and city with expansive living spaces spotlighting elegant furniture and finishes.
And that’s just the unit.
The property offers owners the renowned Four Seasons service and all the amenities of this superlative hotel brand.
Residents have a dedicated concierge ready to assist with anything from restaurant reservations to theater tickets and a butler service for dry-cleaning, in-residence dining, housekeeping, private car service and in-residence spa services.
One of the best reasons to live in Fort Lauderdale is the white sandy beaches, and the Four Seasons beach butlers make sure all fun-in-the-sun activities, from chairs and blankets to beach yoga and romantic picnics, are taken care of.
From the beach to the pool, owners can relax on the oceanfront terrace, which features dual pools, alfresco dining, an outstanding spa and several luxury cabanas.
Even furry friends are well taken care of at the Four Seasons Private Residences. A dedicated pet concierge is available to walk, wash and play with pets, a pet boutique offers trendy accessories and an on-call veterinarian will address any emergencies.
If all of these amenities aren’t enough, residents can also get pampered at the other local Four Seasons properties—The Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Miami and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Fort Lauderdale owners are invited to enjoy the services and amenities of these two sister properties.
The Private Residences, slated to open next year, has 90 units, from one to four bedrooms ranging from 780 to more than 6,000 square feet that can be purchased furnished or unfurnished.
Starting at: $3.1 million, 2,000 square feet (unfurnished); $900,000, 781 square feet (furnished)
Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences
The Gale Residences is the perfect balance of a seaside and village lifestyle.
Residents will be able to take advantage of all the luxury amenities its new 12-story tower features and enjoy the abundant amenities the nearby and fully restored boutique hotel offers. Managed by acclaimed Menin Hospitality, the hotel is steps from the beach and centrally located in the quaint North Bay Village neighborhood.
In addition to the 129 units, the Gale Residences offer exclusive beach homes. These two- and three-bedroom townhomes were designed for home living with the dedicated service of a hotel.
When the property opens early this year, owners will be able to bask in their expansive contemporary units with 9-foot ceilings, stunning views of the Intracoastal and city, Italian cabinetry and elegant finishes.
Once they step out of their units, residents have private amenities including a rooftop pool, clubroom, private concierge, theater, fitness center, electric vehicle charging stations and resort-style terrace with a barbecue area. But residents also have access to the Gale hotel’s features that include another pool, housekeeping services, in-unit dining and private car service.
Another perk of living at this boutique hotel’s private residences is owners receive exclusive discounts and offers to several of the other Menin Hospitality restaurants, bars and hotels. Plus they can partake in the property’s flexible living program if they wish to rent out their units.
Hyde Resort & Residences
A short drive south from Fort Lauderdale beach is the first resort and residences outpost of the glamorous Hyde nightclub brand. With venues in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, Hyde is known for enchanting parties, and now it’s bringing that high energy and sophisticated design to its Hollywood property.
The 40-story tower features 40 residential units, each giving owners VIP access to the hotel’s glitzy oceanfront amenities, including an infinity-edge ocean view pool, the posh beach club’s private cabanas, barefoot butler service for all beach needs and seaside dining at two beautiful restaurants—Terrazas and ETARU. Residents will also have the eco-luxury spa Emena to relax in and a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the ocean complete with yoga and Pilates studios to stay active in.
Owners can easily get past the velvet ropes thanks to their personal concierge, who can take care of everything from charter yacht reservations to nightclub table service confirmations.
Starting at: $750,000; 825 square feet
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton
The iconic hotel brand is bringing its unsurpassed level of luxury and attention to Boca Raton. As its fifth private residences property in the U.S. and 10th in the world, this will certainly be one of the most coveted addresses in the sphere of lavish living.
For those desiring a private home with all the comforts and services of a five-star hotel, the Mandarin Oriental residences are it. The standout hotel chain prides itself on first-class service, superior quality, and outrageous food and beverage options. The brand houses more Michelin Star-rated restaurants than any hotel company worldwide.
The residences will feature a spectacular wine lounge and a 3,000-bottle cellar perfect for socializing with a glass of red. The space will also have a dining room and display kitchen for those interested in a more interactive food and wine tasting with one of the hotel’s chefs.
The residential tower will offer an 82-foot pool with cabanas and a bar in addition to the hotel’s three pools, trendy MO Bar and Italian restaurant (not yet named).
A few steps away, Via Mizner City Club will host the spa, a restaurant, fitness center and theater—all amenities owners will have access to. Residents will also have access to the nearby Jack Nicklaus golf course at the Via Mizner Country Club.
The only bad news: owners of the 92 exclusive units will have to wait until 2020 to move in.
Starting at: $1 million; 1,500 square feet
Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
This prestigious hotel brand prides itself on unparalleled service, attention to detail, rich décor and an overall sense of opulence. Now those interested in being pampered all year round can do so by living at the Ritz-Carlton’s Private Residences.
The Ritz lifestyle is the epitome of comfort, privacy and luxury with units boasting stunning oceanfront views and expansive floor plans elegantly decorated down to every posh detail and lavish finish.
Residence amenities include a full-time concierge, delicious in-unit dining and a private pool. Owners also receive exclusive offers to the hotel’s spa with its variety of exceptional and serene spa treatments as well as the hotel’s Burlock Coast restaurant that serves modern-coastal fare and crafty cocktails.
This property truly offers owners the hotel’s world-class amenities and service combined with the tranquil and relaxing setting of Fort Lauderdale’s beach.
Starting at: $699,999;1,266 square feet
W Residences Fort Lauderdale
The W Hotels’ illustrious WHATEVER/WHENEVER service doesn’t have to stop at check out. At the W Residences Fort Lauderdale, owners have a plethora of premium amenities available to them at all times.
Located perfectly between the oceanfront and Intracoastal, the W Residences offers owners direct beach access, as well as a private saltwater pool and VIP poolside cabanas—just a few chic ways to unplug and relax after a long day at the office.
Aside from the resort–style outdoor amenities, living at this hotel has some other fun and foodie perks, including discounts at the Bliss Spa, the famed Steak 954 and Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant El Vez. Owners also get special W Hotel rates for friends and family, as well as the best available rates at the numerous other worldwide Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
This 171-unit luxury condominium designed by Meyer Davis boasts a contemporary feel fused with a relaxed but very stylish beach house. The fully furnished units feature 9-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans and spacious balconies perfect for taking in breathtaking sunrises.
When residents are ready for some entertainment, the property invites them to partake in “W Happenings,” which include Bliss Spa mini treatments, a Havana Nights cigar roller or live art showcases right downstairs at the hotel’s Living Room lobby area.
An extra bonus is the property’s hotel program where units can be rented out when owners are away. Because there’s no reason why those stunning water views should go to waste.
Starting at: $890,000