Fodor's Expert Review Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort

1 Fisher Island Dr., Miami, Florida, 33109, United States See on Map

An exclusive private island, just south of Miami Beach but accessible only by ferry, Fisher Island houses an upscale residential community that includes a small inventory of overnight accommodations, including opulent cottages, villas, and junior suites, which surround the island's original 1920s-era Vanderbilt mansion. Hotel guests enjoy Fisher Island member privileges during their stay (note that Equity Club Members pay an initiation fee alone of $250,000). After the ferry crossing, you're welcomed at reception with Champagne. Considering you get a private house, a golf cart, and a private courtyard with a Jacuzzi, villas are idyllic for a memorable honeymoon or some other special occasion, if not a casual weekend. Families should choose one of three former guest cottages of the former Italianate mansion of William K. Vanderbilt, which forms the resort's centerpiece. Amenities include a 9-hole golf course, the Spa Internazionale (renovated in 2012), 18 lighted tennis courts (hard, grass, and clay), and 1 mile of very private (and very quiet) beach with white sand imported from the Bahamas. On island, there are seven restaurants for hotel guests, including the alfresco waterfront Beach Club, an Italian fine-dining restaurant called Porto Cervo, and the famous Garwood Lounge, which features nightly piano and seats just 34. Remarkably, this true exclusivity and seclusion is minutes from South Beach.


Choose guesthouse suites that feature Italian Frette linens or 1920's era cottages that feature walled courtyards with in-ground jacuzzis. No matter which you choose, you'll enjoy a service bar, high speed WiFi, a flat screen TV with 100 channels of cable, an in-room laptop safe, and a writing desk.

All hotel guests have the use of a private golf cart to get around the island.


Bathrooms are furnished with Bulgari bath products, hair dryer, and makeup mirror.


The lobby and surrounding original buildings was once the private winter estate of William K. Vanderbilt, so expect luxury in a Mediterranean setting.


The salt water pool is the original Vanderbilt pool. A private beach club features soft sugary sand imported from the Bahamas.

At the Beach Club, enjoy breath-taking views, sugar-white sand imported from the Bahamas, and glistening waters. Shade yourself under our airy and elegant white seaside pavilions along this scenic stretch of private, uncrowded beach.

The Vanderbilt Mansion Pool is filled with salt water and is a comfortable temperature year-round. The pool atmosphere is relaxing and the collection of yachts at the marina makes for an interesting backdrop. Raise a service flag at the beach or pool, and our consummate staff will fetch your favorite cocktail or an ice-cold towel.

Sunset over Biscayne Bay heralds in a special time of day where members and guests can be found gathering at the Beach Club’s outdoor Sunset Bar for pre-dinner cocktails, tropical breezes and a view of Miami’s iconic skyline.


The Fisher Island Club offers state of the art equipment, group exercise classes, and personal training.


The island is home to several restaurants. Porto Cervo offers Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. City View serves steaks and seafood with a panoramic view of Miami Beach. Greenside serves casual food with a view of the golf course. Enjoy Sunday jazz brunch at the Beach Club.

Porto Cervo allows nice denim jeans and Bermuda shorts in its dining room.


Garwood Lounge and Piano Bar serves craft cocktails and fine wines to guests and club members 21 and over.


Getting Around

The resort is on a private island accessible only by ferry. Once on the island, guests have the use of their own golf cart.


Joe's Stone Crab (20-minute ferry and drive) is Miami's world-famous home for stone crabs. Prime 112 (20-minute ferry and drive) offers prime steaks in an elegant yet lively setting that's also a celebrity hangout.


Cibo Wine Bar (20-minute ferry and drive) offers an extensive wine list and small plates. South Point Tavern (20-minute ferry and drive) features craft cocktails in a homey setting filled with locals.


It's not everyday you experience what is was like to live as a Vanderbilt, but with private villas, a beach club, and world class dining and golf, the Fisher Island Club is a world unto itself.




Phones: 305-535–6000;800-537–3708

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