Address: 455 Grand Bay Dr.
Web Address: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/Key-Biscayne
Minutes from Miami by car, but light years away in temperament, Key Biscayne is a delightful low key island tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The island is probably best known as the Southern White House during the Nixon administration, but today it is home to the stunning Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami a luxury hotel ideally suited to vacation escapes for both couples and families. When the weather has beaten you down, this virtually self-contained resort will revive your spirits.
Guest rooms are a generous 420 sq. ft and offer full or partial balconies. Island and ocean view rooms are options. The furniture is custom designed and the rooms decorated with a tropical theme. The beds are draped in luxury, butter soft Frette linens and marble baths feature mother of pearl wall coverings, Asprey toiletries and a separate shower and tub.
Before or after dinner, don't miss a stop at the Havana themed, Dining options include an oceanfront and open air Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach and Cioppino, featuring authentic Tuscan cuisine. I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Cioppino with an Arancini con Mozzarella, Sicilian rice croquettes with Buffalo mozzarella and Arrabiata sauce and Pesce Spada, fresh grilled swordfish, Sicilian caponata, pine nuts and raisins. Paired with a delicious Brunello, available by the glass, it was an exceptional meal.
Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge is an open air, oceanfront bar with great cocktails and a casual menu. Had one of the best turkey burgers ever with excellent crispy fries. The recently opened key Pantry; Eat Drink and Shop is part coffee shop and part kitchen shop. Ideal for a quick, casual breakfast or coffee in the morning.
There is 1,200 square feet of sandy beach, two pools (including an adults only), a Forbes Four Star 20,000 square foot spa with 21 treatment rooms and over 60 treatments, the largest tennis center of any Ritz Carlton with 10 soft clay and one hard court and a complete fitness center. Water sports are offered on property and what they do not have (boats and jet skis) can be arranged on the island by the concierge. The Ritz Kids program will keep the little ones busy all day.
Ritz Carlton service is legendary and Key Biscayne is no exception. Staff members are particularly attentive without hovering. How they remember your name after meeting only briefly is amazing to me.