While bustling South Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, the tiny island town of Key Biscayne, which is in the southeast area of Miami, offers a quaint and calm oasis away from the thrilling, yet at times overwhelming commotion of Miami Beach.
To truly indulge in what Key Biscayne has to offer, the Ritz-Carlton branch located on this understated island gem serves as not just a hotel to reside at after a day of activity under the bright sun, but also operates as a general concierge of sorts. The establishment, which recently underwent a “re-imagination,” has a phenomenal list of offerings right on the property that encompass Key Biscayne’s beauty and poise.
Let the sunshine naturally wake you from a deep slumber in the plush comfort of the luxurious beds provided in every “re-imagined” guest room, with a beach-themed color scheme featuring blues, greys, and pops of green. The new color scheme sprinkled throughout each guest room provides calming energy to invigorate you for a day filled with activities.
Of course, lounging poolside with beverage in hand at one of the two pools (one being adult-only) could make for quite the relaxing day, or you could take your lounging to the sandy beach right in the Ritz-Carlton’s backyard. But for the more active types, tapping into your inner Serena Williams or Tiger Woods is certainly an option: This Ritz-Carlton boasts one of the largest tennis facilities of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide and was voted one of “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” of all time; on top of that, the resort is also extraordinarily close to Crandon Golf Course, which is one of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” according to Condé Nast Traveler. Of course, if your game doesn’t rival Ms. Williams or Mr. Woods, signing up for lessons with professionals, such as Cliff Drysdale, one of the top 50 tennis players of all time, is certainly something you can do as well.
Gym devotees, fret not, for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne sports quite the assortment of equipment, including weight and cardiovascular machines as well as free weights, while also offering nine different types of group fitness classes, so as to target every type of enthusiast who stays at this hotel.
Now, fueling said activities is a must, and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne knows this, which is why they offer five dining options to cater to every palate.
Devour handmade guacamole, spiced to your liking, and wash it down with Ritz-Carlton-exclusive tequila at Cantina Beach, or rumba your way on over to Rumbar and nibble on light Cuban bites as you sample the nearly innumerable rums on offer in this dining establishment.
Sunny days tend to bring on burger cravings, and the Ritz-Carlton knows this, which is why they have their restaurant Dune Burgers on the Beach. This option for noshing offers up juicy burgers, including their signature, which, is comprised of ground bison, foie gras, bacon, lettuce, and pickles, topped with a truffle lime aïoli and a red wine demi. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, they have some salad options that do not disappoint.
One of this establishment’s most popular dining options, though, is called Lightkeepers, which recently underwent the “re-imagination” as well, and offers up coastal-inspired food, such as fresh seafood sourced locally and an assortment of desserts that will give you a sugar high just looking at the menu. This restaurant serves up quite the breakfast buffet feast as well, while also showcasing an assortment of tasty entrees for lunch and dinner. Grilled Spanish octopus, anyone?
While some may be exhausted after the day’s events, making time for an evening cruise on Biscayne Bay to observe the Miami skyline is not to be missed and is quite possibly one of the best ways to unwind after a day on the island.
Speaking of unwinding, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s spa is a sanctuary that provides 25,000 square feet of pure pampering. After relishing in a few of the treatments available at the spa, including reflexology, an assortment of facials, and stress-relieving massages, you may never want to leave.
If you do come to a point where you officially do not want to leave the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, well, you’re in luck, because this resort actually has residences on location!
But before you get ahead of yourself, traveling to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne to experience this “re-imagined” luxury is something you should add to your bucket list.