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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Spatember Ends Soon! Check Out these Great Fort Lauderdale Spas Before it’s Too Late!

The start of fall means something special for Fort Lauderdale residents…Spatember!

Pamper yourself with special packages and $99-services at the area’s most luxurious spas throughout the month. Spatember treatment options include full body massages, exfoliating body scrubs, facials, masks, eye and lip treatments and more.

Here are some great options to treat yourself before it ends September 30th:

The Spa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

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The Spa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa offers specially discounted Spatember treatments such as 50-minute NuFACE Facial, using micro-sculpting technology; the 50-minute Royal Body Treatment with an exfoliating scrub, hydrating body masque and scalp massage or foot massage; and the Massage Medley, a combination of aromatherapy, Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. Booking a treatment provides access to the spa facilities, including a private pool and jacuzzi. A 20-percent gratuity based on the original price will be added to each service.

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.4000; marriott.com

Conrad Spa at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Pamper yourself at the Conrad Spa’s 90-minute Rest massage at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach for $99 (normally $240). The full-body treatment boasts precisely applied pressures and Swedish massage techniques. The massage is perfect for those struggling with sleeplessness, as it helps to balance the nervous system and induce serenity. Another huge hit is the spa’s Revive massage (normally $236), which includes exfoliation, targeted compressions and massage and stretching techniques aimed at reviving the body and clearing the mind. The treatment also helps to stimulate circulation and metabolism.

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.5100; conradfortlauderdale.com

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa holds the special honor of being the only full-service beachfront spa in Fort Lauderdale. Boasts a special relaxation lounge before sampling any of the $99-treatment options, which range from an anti-aging facial to the All You Need Are Results treatment (includes a clinical-strength retinol peel), an Alpha Beta peel, a recovery mask, an All About the Basics full-body treatment and more. The All About the Basics treatment includes a full aromatherapy oil massage, a chamomile eye treatment and a shea butter scalp massage.

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.465.2300; ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/fort-lauderdale/spa

Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

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Welcome to heaven! Heavenly Spa at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort presents some of the most unique Spatember offerings in Fort Lauderdale. With specials priced at $99 that include a body sculpt massage, a 50-minute Surf and Sand Body Buff & Massage, and a 50-minute facial with a HydraFacial Perk™ lip or eye treatment, you’ll truly feel as if you are having an other-worldly experience.

321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.245.3040; westinfortlauderdalebeachspa.com

Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

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The perfect fusion of traditional rituals and a holistic approach come together at Spa Atlantic at Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Spatember specials are available seven days a week for the entire month of September, and include a 50-minute Awaken Facial with eye and lip treatment and a Detox Wrap with 25 minutes of foot reflexology.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; atlantichotelfl.com

The Red Door Salon & Spa at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

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Enjoy a day of shopping and pampering at The Red Door Salon & Spa, conveniently located at The Galleria. A leading beauty spa with a wide assortment of spa treatments, Spatember treatments include the Essential Facial with a technology add-on (LED therapy, oxygen infusion or microdermabrasion); the 80-minute full-body Escape Massage; and the seasonal manicure and pedicure, which includes a customized foot bath and a paraffin treatment.

2598 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.5787; thereddoor.com

Schedule your spa time now because these great deals end this month! You deserve it!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Ready to Live Lavishly? The Newly-Renovated Luxe W Residences Fort Lauderdale Makes Everyday a Vacation

As Fort Lauderdale continues to establish itself as a leader in South Florida luxury, well-known residences are following the trend and updating accordingly. One of the most recent properties to take luxury living to the next level is the W Residences Fort Lauderdale. Redesigned by Related Group, residents can now enjoy never-ending amenities and great perks in one of the top real estate cities in the country.

W Residences has always had a desirable beachfront location. Situated between the Intercoastal and Atlantic Ocean, rooms showcase breathtaking waterfront views on both sides. Related Group took on the task of revamping the property’s 171 rooms and public spaces in the West Tower. The oceanfront pool area, lobby, and bar (called Living Room), have been reimagined by award-winning design house Meyer Davis Studio. The studio opted on highlighting modern, beachy design a color motif of stark white interiors accented by deep blues and grays. Units are fully furnished and boast sleek kitchen designs with state-of-the-art appliances and bedroom with contemporary open bath areas.

On to the world-class amenities! The W offers a modernized hotel pool with a unique glass encasing that allows guests to see through the bottom of the pool and take photos. Perfect for Instagram! On the weekends guests can enjoy full dining and drink service, as well as live DJ. The reimagined Living Room bar area is also noteworthy, showing off a gorgeous main bar with various lounge areas throughout, as well as couches and tables outside that face the gorgeous white, sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, the lounge offers live entertainment every night, and adjacent to the Living Room Bar is a sushi bar with some of the freshest sushi in the city. Speaking of food, make sure to check out the on-property dining options, Steak 954 and El Vez, both from famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Enjoy contemporary American food and mouth-watering steak and seafood at Steak 954, or lively Mexican-themed fare such as carnitas tacos or spicy branzino at El Vez. Whatever your choice, your taste buds will thank you!

I love seeing so much luxury real estate in Fort Lauderdale and taking note of the amazing transformations taking place daily. The W Residences has done a wonderful job of living up to the increasingly higher standards of this fantastic city, and I look forward to seeing the new luxury real estate that pops up in the future!

For more information on Fort Lauderdale real estate, contact Joann Edwards at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Make the most of South Florida living by experiencing daily water views in one of the best locations in Fort Lauderdale. Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2 BR/2 BA Corinthian condo 3C is filled with custom finishes, great views, and an overall charming atmosphere. The spacious private balcony gives way to fantastic Intracoastal Waterway views, almost as if you are on your own personal cruise ship! Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy a bottle of wine with friends while watching the daily boat parade of mega-yachts cruising down the Intracoastal? The great location of this condo ensures that making great memories with friends over mesmerizing views are sure to come.

The creatively redesigned interior is also a sight to see! Take note of wood flooring enhanced by matching doors and trim. The kitchen is full of updates, including custom Cherry cabinets and gorgeous granite counters. Granite can also be found in the bathrooms, master bedroom, and on all window ledges. Other highlights include expensive NEFF custom built-ins, skim-coated ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling LR/DR glass wall. 3C also boasts a split floor plan, especially convenient for those desiring privacy when expecting guests. 2 roomy bedrooms complete this listing, with the Master suite bathroom showcasing an enlarged glass enclosed shower.

Corinthian Condominium is a leader in resort-style living in Fort Lauderdale. Residents can enjoy amenities that include an updated lobby, 2 level library with floor to ceiling glass water views, heated rooftop pool and clubhouse with full kitchen facilities for entertaining, 3 room fitness center on the penthouse level with panoramic ocean views, and 24 hour security. You’ll absolutely love the location, as it’s only minutes away from world-renowned restaurants and shopping centers, Galleria Mall, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, and Fort Lauderdale beaches. Never run out of things to do! Fort Lauderdale is fast becoming a leader in real estate, so invest in a Corinthian condo now, and feel confident you’ve made a wise investment!

Why not see this condo for yourself? Contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com for a private showing!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

One of my favorite things about the gorgeous city of Fort Lauderdale has to be the multitude of fantastic restaurants at every turn. Diverse and delicious, there are boundless dining opportunities to satisfy your taste buds, whether you are craving unbelievable fresh seafood at a gorgeous waterfront restaurant or a more casual atmosphere that offers modern twists on comfort-food classics. Starting September 1st, Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, also known as Crave GFL, will offer diners three-course meals for the price of $35 or $45 for lunch and dinner respectively (beverages, tax, and tip not included). So grab a friend, get your appetite ready, and check out these blank restaurants that I think are Fort Lauderdale standouts!

Terra Marre- 551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

Terra Mare is perfect for the diner with a penchant for all thing chic and elegant. Highlights include the smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream, spiced duck breast with curried lentils, and shishito peppers with bonito and black truffle ponzu. Dessert features a passionfruit liquid gold tart served with lychee-perilla sorbet and torched meringue.

Steak 954- 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

Truly some of the best waterfront dining in Fort Lauderdale, Steak 954 is a MUST for those who want gorgeous views and delicious food. Try the petite filet mignon with charred broccolini, roasted cipollini onions, and watercress chimichurri is the perfect example. Don’t be fooled by the name, Steak 954 also has quality seafood dishes, such as the salmon crudo served with smoked avocado puree. Desert includes vanilla buttermilk wanna cotta served with cherry compote and sunflower brittle.

El Vez Fort Lauderdale- 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

Spice up your life with delectable Mexican fare from Stephen Starr’s El Vez. Enjoy dishes such as gazpacho with tequila, shrimp tacos marinated in salsa verde topped with charred pineapple slaw, and black bean enchiladas with poblano peppers before wrapping things up an El Vez sundae made with Mexican vanilla ice cream and chili chocolate brownie pieces.

ETARU Las Olas- 500 E Las Olas Blvd.

Etaru is focused around the super trendy robotayaki grill, but Crave GFL deals will offer more than that for curious diners. Experience dishes like black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle, sweet potato tempura, beef, ginger, and sesame dumplings and scallops with yuzu mayo. Take note that the tasting menu is available Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner and requires a minimum of two people.

3030 Ocean- 3030 Holiday Dr.

3030 Ocean is great for fish and non-fish lovers alike! The rotating menu includes fare such as Sunfresh Farm salad, Ahi tuna poke with macadamia nuts, seared yellowfin tuna with spicy green papaya slaw, grilled black grouper with a dash broth, and coriander roasted swordfish with sweet potato and bacon hash, peach-bourbon glazed smoked chicken leg or grilled skirt steak with roasted potato and charred corn succotash.

Have a great time at Crave GFL, maybe you’ll find your next favorite restaurant! Bon appétit!

For information on Fort Lauderdale real estate, contact Joann Edwards at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Do you love sweet dogs, cutting-edge fashion, and giving back to the community? If so, combine your passions August 22nd at the fourth annual “Dog Days” event at the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale!

Next Wednesday, from 6-8:30 pm, dogs will rock the runway in the greatest furry fashion show around! Hosted by Kelly Blanco and Adam Berg from NBC 6, trendy pet owners and their fabulous dogs will compete for coveted prizes and bragging rights as the most fashionable duo in the city. Registration for the “Fashion Hounds” runway event is $25, which benefits the participating pet rescue charity of your choice. The 8 charities involved with this year’s event are as follows:

Abandoned Pet Rescue
Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc.
The Pet Project FL
United Dog Rescue
Good Karma Pet Rescue of South Florida
Furever Family Rescue Inc
Humane Society of Broward County
Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation

Those in attendance will also get a chance to explore and learn about pet-focused businesses from participating vendors, which include PatCashPhotography, Hunter Pet Store, Middle River Animal Hospital, Auggie's Doggies Healthy Pet Supplies, and Michael Murphy Photographic Studio & Gallery, Inc. Of course, several pet adoption agencies will showcase adoptable dogs looking for their forever home.

This is a FREE event that could potentially be the catalyst for adding another beloved member to your family! If you would like to participate in the runway catwalk (or should I say the runway DOGwalk?), please contact Michael at michael@goodmanpr.com to sign up in advance.

I hope all who attend have a great time!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

As a leader in Fort Lauderdale real estate, it is my job to stay on top of market trends and take note of changes happening in the area. Over the years there has been one stand out transformation that is undeniable: luxury in Fort Lauderdale is booming at a never-before seen pace. Gone are the days when this city conjured up images of rowdy spring breakers; on the contrary, Fort Lauderdale is ushering in a new era of upscale real estate that rivals Miami. This new era must also accommodate the new type of tourists, not young kids looking to party but more mature, powerful individuals with discriminating taste.

Check out these recent luxurious hotel openings (some can also serve as residences) and discover the new Fort Lauderdale.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach:

According to Chintan Dadhich, the General Manager of newly opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, “"Over the past year, Fort Lauderdale has evolved, attracting travelers from around the world with enhanced cultural offerings, a vibrant culinary scene and a variety of accommodations. The city welcomed more than 13 million visitors in 2017, adding new flights from the Middle East, London and Cuba." The Conrad, which opened last year, can more accurately be described as apartments than the standard hotel rooms. Each unit boasts kitchens, private terraces or balconies, and bathrooms of Italian marble with soaker tubs and separate showers. The hotel even has the “Conrad Stay Inspired Program”, which helps guests engage in local activities.

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale

This 22-story oceanfront property is truly a delight for both visitors and residents alike. It boasts 90 Private Residences and 130 guest rooms. Amenities include oceanfront terrace on the third floor with dual pool experiences and luxury cabanas, a world-class Four Seasons spa, fitness centre, even a program for children called “Kids for All Season”. A signature all-day restaurant with interior and alfresco seating also resides on the oceanfront terrace with a pool bar, lounge and an ocean-view outdoor café. Especially noteworthy are the talented beach butlers!

The W Fort Lauderdale

The W Fort Lauderdale recently underwent a $55 million dollar renovation. It provides an elevated beachfront experience at the epicenter of the city. Enjoy panoramic ocean views poolside or enjoy other luxuries such as a 24/7 fitness center, Bliss Spa, or live it up at the lounge, which provides delicious cocktails and the best live DJ’s. One of my favorite features? Steak 954, an award-winning steakhouse created by James Beard award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr.

Looking for a luxury Fort Lauderdale real estate listing to call home? Then contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com and let’s explore the best options for you!

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