For a decade, the 309-room Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa has occupied a curious space, both literally and figuratively. For one thing, its location—around 10 miles south of the Breakers—is apt to confuse drivers, since it tends to show up on navigation systems as in nearby Lantana (which is on the mainland), as opposed to its oceanfront position on Manalapan, the minuscule beach town that has been home to an impressive number of boldfaced names (F. Lee Bailey, Tony Robbins and Larry Ellison among them). And there’s its complicated history: The palatial independent resort is a former Ritz-Carlton that the London-based Lewis Trust Group purchased in 2003 for $67.5 million. The property retained the marquee hospitality name, but in time the marriage turned rocky, with the Lewis family initiating proceedings to wriggle out of their union with Marriott/Ritz-Carlton. When the split finally arrived, in 2013, the Ritz-Carlton became the Eau (“water” in French), referring not just to its beachfront position, but also to its spectacular water-themed spa. With the Lewis family pouring millions into multiple renovations both before and after the rebranding, the Eau earned an enviable place on South Florida’s luxury landscape, an attractive destination for corporate gatherings (the resort boasts 32,000 square feet of meeting space), spa aficionados (the spa is 42,000 square feet), and luxury enthusiasts from around the world. After putting the property on the market in 2019, the Lewis family found satisfactory offers wanting and pulled it back. The Eau is a member of the prestigious consortium Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which helps to keep bookings brisk, with happy guests frolicking in the two seaside pools, the Atlantic crashing just feet away.

Visit Lauderdale’s The Laudables Awards seeks nominations to recognize the most “laudable” Greater Fort Lauderdale hospitality industry workers who provide exceptional service and experiences for visitors. Submissions are due by Monday, Jan. 30 to honor the hoteliers, tour guides, food servers, event managers, housekeepers and everyone who plays...

[caption id="attachment_95393" align="alignleft" width="225"] Scott Wester[/caption] Leadership Broward’s popular “Serving Up Leadership” series begins its first 2023 event with guest speaker K. Scott Wester, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System, and moderator Shane Strum, president and CEO of Broward Health. The luncheon will last from...