Vacation within a Vacation: The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Lifestyle Travel

When we think of a vacation down to Miami, frankly, we look forward to the beautiful shores of South Beach, warm weather, the open waters of the Atlantic and the one-of-a-kind nightlife experience intrinsic to the city’s culture. But as any Miami local knows, the city’s most exciting and vibrant qualities are its art galleries, museums, boutiques and lovely restaurants. And when it comes to accommodations, there are few places that embody the glitz and glamour of the area’s artistic surroundings more than The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

Miami’s Coconut Grove district was established and settled in the year 1825 and although this discovery took place close to 200 years ago, Coconut Grove has always been a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood for travelers and artists alike. At the heart of a community that’s historically known for its creative expression, there is no doubt that we can recognize the creativity and artistry behind the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

Drawing inspiration from a coruscating kaleidoscope of blues, greens, and violets, the hotel elegantly and effortlessly blends in with the lavish-looking Biscayne Bay, making the property a work of art in itself.

Your dining experience is an important factor when staying at a hotel, but when it comes to The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, they never disappoint. Restaurants such as The Commodore and Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden exemplify Miami’s diverse mix of cultural flavors. These resort venues draw from the coastal and Latin influences of Florida, accruing local ingredients, offering fresh seafood, and tropically-inspired cocktails. The elegant Isabelle’s offers a comfortable dining experience from an early breakfast all the way to a classy dinner, leaving you with a fine interpretation of the Ritz-Carlton experience at any point of the day. Aside from Isabelle’s elegance, it is the versatility of the restaurant that really draws you in with its indoor grill-room, outdoor garden terrace and additional private dining room suited for any of your dining preferences. Isabelle’s diverse menu includes bright flavors of land and sea, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list.

In addition to Isabelle’s, the hotel also contains The Commodore, a cocktail club named after an early settler of Coconut Grove providing signature craft cocktails accompanied by live music that gives you the authentic, intimate feeling of the olden days. Like Isabelle’s, the cocktail club has both an indoor bar and outdoor terrace where a classy drink can be enjoyed outside in the Miami weather or inside with comfortable seating and a fireplace giving you a homey feel. The beautiful interior design, exclusive service, and wide array of eating and drinking options make The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove dining experience unforgettable.

Vacations, for some, are meant to be a relaxing experience and when it comes to The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove’s customized spa experience, you will be sure to tune in and find your inner tranquility. Spa services such as warm stone massages and signature pedicures can help you escape to the peaceful, rejuvenating solitude of vacation or treatments such as the Honey Dream, Organic Vichy Shower Wrap, and Organic Honey Coco Mango Body Treatment will work to refresh your body in all sorts of ways. The length of each treatment ranges from 50-80 minutes so you will have a long-lasting, serene peacefulness.

Hotel rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove capture the essence of the city, connecting the desire for exploration and relaxation with views of both the vivacious city or the lovely bay. Room choices such as the Deluxe City View and Deluxe Partial Bay Room View measure at 420 square feet, consisting of views of Biscayne Bay or the city and a choice of a king bed or two double beds that fulfill either a couple’s getaway or a family vacation.

Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove offers distinguished suite options such as the City Suite and Partial Bay View Suite which includes a king-size bed, living and dining room for a more wholesome and homey experience, and sweeping views of the Coconut Grove City that lights up at night. The Partial Bay View Suite, however, gives you a sight of the vast Biscayne Bay that surrounds the hotel. The final suite offered by the hotel is none other than the eponymous The Ritz-Carlton Suite, measuring at 2,540 square feet with two oversized balconies surrounded by the bay, giving you full periphery of Coconut Grove’s finest views. A king bed, full kitchen and dining room, and even an office are components of the suite whether you want to enjoy work in style or cook up a fine meal. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove offers a wide array of options that employs a vacation within a vacation wherever you stay.  

For more information on the The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, head to their website http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/coconut-grove.

By Kelan Yalong

A hard-working student at Ramapo College who loves reading, writing, and the Brooklyn Nets.