In the Spotlight: Staycation Miami
Turnberry Isle Miami
The buzz: Those staying at this resort can be as active as they desire, thanks to two 18-hole championship golf courses (which have hosted PGA and LPGA tournaments) and a professional tennis program with instruction from top coaches. There’s also a 7,500-square-foot pool, 1,600-foot-long lazy river and 35-foot-high waterslide. The newest highlight is Ame, a luxury full-service spa and wellness center. Visitors can partake in a personalized, integrative program designed by medical experts to relax, rejuvenate or even detoxify. For a wellness-filled weekend, consider Camp Ame, an all-inclusive, three-day, two-night retreat that includes nutritional classes, group fitness, yoga and meditation, spa services, social events and vegetarian meals.
Summer specials: The Ame-azing Getaway includes a daily buffet breakfast for two at Corsair Kitchen & Bar, 50-minute Swedish Massage (plus the preliminary Wellness Circuit), $50 gift card to the Aventura Mall, 20 percent off the resort’s retail and spa, daily use of a cabana at Laguna Pool, complimentary shuttle and overnight valet parking. Rates begin at $305 a person each night. Summer’s Best Package includes a $50 daily resort credit to use for spa services, drinks, meals, golf and more. Rates begin at $199 a night.
Contact: 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 305.933.6930; amewellness.com
The Confidante Miami Beach
The buzz: When Hyatt purchased Thompson Miami Beach last April, adding the chic hotel to its Unbound Collection of boutique properties, many wondered what that meant for a mid-century getaway that already had undergone a nearly $100 million transformation the previous year. As it turned out, Hyatt changed more than just the name. Now called The Confidante, the 363-room resort offers an inspired fitness program thanks to a partnership with V Art of Wellness and its roster of personable trainers. Summer classes include vinyasa yoga on the 10th-floor spa deck, resistance training in the pool, and boot camps on the sand. Already a formidable culinary destination with “Top Chef” alum Dale Talde’s namesake Asian-American restaurant on-site, The Confidante has raised its profile with the addition of Bird & Bone, chef Richard Hales’ soul-stirring ode to Southern comfort food (think skillet cornbread, chicken and waffles, or roasted pork shank with Swank Farms vegetables). Nina’s House, the 1930s-era bungalow brimming with bohemian décor that serves cocktails and street tacos, only adds to the air of cool at The Confidante.
Summer specials: Forget Vegas. Bring the bridal party to The Confidante for a Bachelorette Bash that includes connecting suites with ocean views, a spa day, private beach workouts, mani-pedis, Champagne, cocktails—and much more. The package starts at $4,000 for a two-night stay with four people.
Contact: 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.424.1234; theconfidantehotel.com
Nobu Eden Roc Hotel
The buzz: This recently renovated property is pitched as two hotels with one address, sharing common areas and amenities. Their ambiances, however, set them apart. Eden Roc represents Miami Beach luxury at its best—timeless and sophisticated, its new fixtures seamlessly blending with the glamorous accents from its beginnings in the mid-1950s. Tropical Miami style seeps into the beachfront property, which offers 418 rooms and three distinctive pools. Nobu Hotel, which takes up several floors in Eden Roc’s legendary tower and soon will replace it, rolls out luxury in the form of simplicity and relaxation. Designer David Rockwell has created a contemporary Japanese beach house feeling within the rooms with wood furniture, blue and purple accents, lantern-style lighting and black-and-white photography of Japanese landscapes, complete with a private pool (still under construction). Foodies will recognize Nobu Restaurant, created by celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, who is known for his fusion of traditional Japanese dishes and Peruvian ingredients. The culinary experience continues at Malibu Farm, a new farm-to-table restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The spa, with its Zen garden elements, reflects the feeling Matsuhisa has cultivated. Just as he begins his day with stretches to awaken the body, mind and spirit, all treatments begin and end with a gentle Nobu Stretching Ritual.
Summer specials: Indulge in the Spa Serenity Escape, which includes two nights at Eden Roc, daily breakfast at Nobu, two 50-minutes spa treatments and the option to join daily fitness classes.
Contact: 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.531.0000; nobuedenroc.com