Get the VIP Edge: The Ultimate View of the $3 Billion 2016 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
If you’re heading to the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 3-7, consider touring the town with every advantage this year, from VIP tickets and privileges at the show to a stylish ride, world class shopping, and attentive concierge. It’s a busy clutch of days in this gorgeous beach enclave, so make the most of your time by lavishing a few luxurious details on yourself for a smooth cruise through the weekend.
The VIP Ticket
With all the privileges one would expect, the VIP Boat Show Experience offers perks at the show including VIP parking, water taxi transport, and access to the oasis inside the Windward Club. Located at the Swimming Hall of Fame show entrance, snugged up next to the indispensable valet as well as the largest yachts in the show, the lounge offers several air-conditioned areas for relaxing, all day gourmet dining, and an open bar, improving over last year’s services and extending the club an extra day. Catering will be provided by The Grateful Palate, known for their yacht provisioning and acclaimed chefs.
A dedicated VIP concierge is at your disposal to schedule private, on board yacht appointments with exhibitors, conveniently and efficiently coordinating agendas while you enjoy the streamlined results. Entertainment and after-hours events keep perfect tempo, offering a sociable, convenient, elegant launch into evening events. Showcases sponsored by Florida Luxurious Properties and Florida Yacht Brokers Association will serve as the stage for a major announcement.
Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Limited to 300 tickets per day, the space is guaranteed to offer solace amid the large crowds expected to attend. Also guaranteed, the opportunity to secure VIP tickets will disappear quickly into the hands of those who know. If you haven’t already reserved your spot, we suggest sooner, as opposed to later, be the watch word.
Ft. Lauderdale’s sunny climate is the perfect place to enjoy a few days pushing the pedals on a fabulous automobile like a Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrarri, or Bentley. Put the keys in your pocket during the show through one of the exotic luxury car providers along the Ft. Lauderdale corridor for head-turning arrivals at the week’s top events. Luxuria Motor Club in nearby Dania Beach will pick you up, deliver a car, even provide a driver for you upon request.
With a bigger than usual crush on the city’s gorgeous beachfront hotel rooms, finding an appropriate place to perch can get dicey. Look to some of Ft. Lauderdale’s gorgeous homes and villas that are available as options with desirable benefits, like a Mediterranean Del Lago Estate with private dock, pool, waterfall, swim-up bar, Jacuzzi, sauna, sommelier-quality wine cellar and tasting room. Perhaps an Intercoastal Estate with media room, pool table, wet bar, four bedrooms, and 100 feet of protected deepwater frontage, with views of all the water traffic, is more appealing. A few choice options are still available, insuring the week delivers some truly posh down time or entertaining.
World Class Shopping
Across the bridge and a few miles to the west of the show, Ft. Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is home to some intriguing boutiques, international galleries, and respected jewelers, making a stroll along its busy sidewalks is almost essential. After the splurge, sit and sip at one of the see-and-be-seen bars and restaurants for your reward. Grille 401 offers a substantial menu executed with style, and YOLO serves signature drinks and delicious food with great people watching, noon to night, and Mangoes makes a respectable burger, but also serves solid surf or turf entrees along with Champagne, wine, and drink specials.
Just 15 miles south, Bal Harbour is ground zero for designer shopping. Order up the town car and point toward this enviable collection of international brands, from Bulgari and Versace to Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, et. al., complemented by a large contingent of relative newcomers like Aquazzura, Ladureé, and Goyard, offering a wide range of global haute couture.
The Ultimate Add On
One of the most pleasant, relaxing ways to see Ft. Lauderdale is from the water, and what better opportunity exists to charter a fabulous day boat to explore the waterfront enclaves? Cruise through the options and pick your yacht at Millionaire’s Concierge. While you’re there, take a peek at the Luxury Experiences to see if a fighter jet training run or romantic private island helicopter dinner fits into the schedule.
You’re kidding, right? These are treasured spots you’ll have to work to reveal, but a hint is that they’re mostly on the water, so you’d best have your docking skills in order since everyone’s watching. A quick list would include Shooters, (formerly Bimini) Boatyard, and the beloved Coconuts, with a few we’re keeping secret. But, if you ask nicely, we just might share before the end of the show. Cheers!