Fodor's Expert Review The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

455 Grand Bay Dr., Miami, Florida, 33149, United States, Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

In this ultra-laid-back setting, it's natural to appreciate the Ritz brand of pampering with luxurious rooms, attentive service, five on-property dining options, and ample recreational activities for the whole family. Need something to do? The \"tequilier\" at the re-invented seaside Cantina Beach can educate you on the finer points of his native region's drink (he has 110 different tequilas on hand). Hitting the spa? It was beautifully renovated in 2013, and in one of 21 treatment rooms, you can try signature body treatments inspired by the tropics. Hungry? The property's five eateries take you through the gastronomy and beverages of Cuba (RUMBAR, renovated in 2015), Mexico (Cantina Beach), Italy (Cioppino), New York (Key Pantry, offering a Dean & Deluca–style market), and back to Miami (Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, also renovated in 2015). An 11-court tennis \"garden\" with daily clinics, a private beach, and beachside water sports are other options. Guest rooms have custom-made touches like mother-of pearl wall coverings. In-room luxuries like robes, slippers, fine linens, and high-end toiletries are par for the course. The Club Level offers food and beverage presentations throughout the day, and the Ritz Kids club has expanded its full-, half-day, and Saturday-night programs to include island history, fishing, and beach treasure hunts. Borrow bikes here to explore Bill Baggs Park and its lighthouse.


Rooms feature either a resort or water view with floor-to-ceiling windows, balcony, and workspace. Perks include water bottles, coffee and tea service, and Wi-Fi.


Marble bathrooms offer separate bathtub and showers, mother of pearl vanity area, and Asprey bath products.


An expansive, grand lobby feels like an old-world European villa. Beyond the doors lies a large garden area that leads to the pools and beach beyond.


Two pools are surrounded by lush foilage and sandy man made beach areas. Just beyond lies one of Miami-Dade's most exclusive beaches.


A 25,000 square foot spa offers unique services based on Florida's rich Caribbean and Tequesta Indian roots. Enjoy vitamin C-infused showers, eucalyptus steam rooms, and saunas. The area also offers a co-ed sanctuary area for unwinding.


A fitness center offers cardio and weight training equipment.


Lightkeepers serves coastal fare with fresh local seafood, cheese, and beef -- all made or raised in Florida. Cantina serves Mexican dishes in an oceanfront setting. Grab lunch at Dune Burgers on the Bach.


Rumbar offers over 85 different rums to choose from and features live music most evenings.


Getting Around

Key Biscayne is on its own island. Local attractions are accessible by bike, but a car is the best way to get to Miami attractions.


The Rusty Pelican (10-minute drive) features elegant dining with spectacular views. It's Miami's iconic venue for special occasions and holiday gatherings. Sunday brunch is an epic affair. Novecento (5-minute drive) offers Argentinian fare and a good South American wine selection.


Whiskey Joe's (10-minute drive) serves frozen drinks and beers in a casual waterfront setting. Live music is featured on weekends. Key Hole Bar (5-minute drive) serves drinks in a casual setting that's popular with locals.


An elegant family beach vacation that's still close to all Miami has to offer.


On the beach
Grande Dame


Phones: 305-365–4500;800-241–3333

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