Complementing the fabulous superyachts docked at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachting Lifestyle 365’s VIP itinerary shows how to do this show right. Even if you haven’t yet made reservations for the Nov. 1-5, 2017 show, there are options with big perks that can put you in the sweet spot to hunt the yacht of your dreams.
The world’s largest in-water boat show draws more than 105,000 visitors and 1,200 yachts and over $508 million in sales. Read on for in-the-know suggestions, then click away on the list at the bottom for a selection of the best this destination has to offer.
The FLIBS VIP Pass
Beginning with the raison d’etre, securing VIP passes to the boat show is one of the simplest ways to upgrade the experience. This special guest category is invited to enjoy the private dining and lounge areas on site at the show.
Premium open bar, gourmet cuisine, and special events at The Windward Club, located near the Superyacht Life area, offer peaceful sanctuary to VIP pass holders. Entry to the Ulysse Nardin Captains’ Lounge at Bahia Mar Captains’ Quarters offers a second respite.
Both locations offer an escape from the heat and the crowds, with comfortable dining, refreshing cocktails, and private bathrooms. The dedicated Delmay and Partners concierge is ready to assist with any requests to help make the FLIBS experience a pleasant one.
The VIP pass includes show entry and use of the water taxi, as well as a dedicated concierge from Delmay and Partners to arrange yacht tours, make reservations, hire services, or order transportation. Your wish. Their command. Simple and so easy. Secure this bargain online at the www.flibs.com website for $225 per person, per day. Valet parking is also available at the Las Olas Marina, convenient to the club, for $70 per day.
Indulgent, In-Town Digs
There are some truly posh properties in the Ft. Lauderdale area, with a few suites and penthouse views still available if you act quickly. One, two, and three bedroom suites are still available at the luxurious Conrad Ft. Lauderdale Beach, along with a few gorgeous spaces at the Ritz Carlton, both just a short distance from the show. In addition, a concierge from one of the luxury travel services like Quintessentially Group can put you into one of this destination’s finest on-water villas or penthouses.
Options in Palm Beach or Miami
Lavish accommodations with huge appeal have availability in nearby cities. The Breakers in Palm Beach, The Boca Raton Resort and Club, and the Faena in Miami are all positioned perfectly for a quick commute, whether by helicopter, by boat, or by car.
Taking to the air is easy with service from heliport to heliport, landing you close to the show at Ft. Lauderdale’s downtown helipad with flawless service from FlyChopper.com. They also do tours in addition to transport, so a commute with a view like this one is divine and booking is a cinch with an online app.
Shopping along Las Olas Blvd., just over the bridge and west of the beach, is eclectic and delightful. Dozens of discoveries await, from fine art galleries to fine jewelry, clothing, and furnishings, shops are interspersed with sidewalk dining in a multitude of culinary styles.
If you’re opting for Faena, that puts you in the Bal Harbour Shops neighborhood, one of the most exclusive, highest dollar per square foot shopping areas in the US. In need of a Bvlgari, Brioni, or Bottega Veneta fix? Or Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Harry Winston, Prada, Versace … oh, what a list … dare I go on?
Seafood, Steak, and Sumptuous Surroundings
Ft. Lauderdale has its iconic restaurants and watering holes, especially dotting the canals and rivers. Shooters. Boatyard. Coconuts. 15th St. Fisheries. The choices are plentiful with some very stylish tables when these favorites are on overload. Worthy of consideration, Steak 954 in the W Hotel, 3030 Ocean, and Valentino Cucina Italiana dish up excellent fare.
An up and coming favorite, Kaluz on the water elevates the status of American cuisine. Prepare for a special feast at Terra Mare in the newly opened Conrad on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Reservations are essential just about everywhere during the show, so either task that to the concierge or make the call to be among the lucky with a table at any of these scrumptious dining spots.
If you’ve snagged one of Ft. Lauderdale’s dreamy on-water villas and are thinking about staying in to enjoy the nest, enlist the services of highly respected and heavily credentialed private Chef Dominic Olich for a remarkable feast. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Dominic has extensive experience cooking for yacht owners and high profile families. He can also create a fabulous picnic for the yacht, or deliver from a stock menu.
In need of a bottle or two of great wine to fortify a picnic or give as a thank you? It doesn’t get better than what’s on the racks at Wine Watch, just west of the Coral Ridge area of Ft. Lauderdale. Carrying some of the world’s top labels, like Harlan Estate, Chateau LaTour, and Screaming Eagle, along with a good selection of bubbles and some obscure but indulgent small batch offerings, this stop alone could put the punctuation mark on a very special evening.
Yachting Lifestyle 365’s Essential VIP Guide to Ft. Lauderdale:
Conrad Ft. Lauderdale: <a http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/conrad-fort-lauderdale-beach-FLLCICI/index.html
Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale: <a http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/fort-lauderdale#Hotel
Quintessentially Group: <a www.quintessentially.com
Breakers Palm Beach: <a https://www.thebreakers.com/
Boca Raton Resort and Club: <a http://www.bocaresort.com/
Hotel Faena Miami: <a http://www.faena.com/miami-beach/
Fly Chopper: <a www.flychopper.com
Bal Harbour Shops: <a https://www.balharbourshops.com/
Shooters Waterfront: <a https://shooterswaterfront.com/
The Boatyard: <a http://boatyard.restaurant/
Coconuts: <a http://coconutsfortlauderdale.com/
15th Street Fisheries: <a http://www.15streetfisheries.com/index.html
Valentina Cucina Italiana: <a http://www.valentinocucinaitaliana.com/james-beard-foundation-dinner/
3030 Ocean: <a http://www.3030ocean.com/
Terra Mare: <a http://www.terramarefl.com/
Sea Watch on the Ocean: <a http://seawatchontheocean.com/
Kaluz Waterfront Restaurant: <a http://kaluzrestaurant.com/
Chef Dominic Orlich: <a http://www.privatechefforhire.com/
Wine Watch: https://www.winewatch.com/