Turnberry Isle Miami: Genteel South Florida Resort for Active Travelers

Turnberry Isle Miami is elegant and athletically inclined.

 Turnberry Isle Miami

Turnberry Isle Miami offers something different to luxury travelers: it is a family-owned heritage hotel with a feeling of Old Florida gentility and elegance.

But Turnberry Isle Miami is not a languid resort whose guests lounge about, drinking iced tea. It is very easy to relax at Turnberry Isle Miami. But it is impossible to be bored, because this resort is a recreation magnet with incredible sporting and leisure options. Turnberry Isle Miami's active options include:

• Two emerald-green 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Raymond Floyd
• Cañas Tennis Academy, supervised by Grand Slam pro Guillermo Cañas
• Three pool complexes: one geared to families, the other catnip to lap swimmers, another at the resort's Beach Club
• A beach and beach club (a short shuttle ride away)
• An up-to-the-minute gym with private TV/game monitors and 24-hour accessM
• A three-mile jogging path that winds through the 300-acre property

Turnberry Isle Miami Also Has Its Indulgent Side

Beautiful rooms and suites with balconies and soaking tubs

A full-service spa

A knockout restaurant, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak

The more casual Cascata Grill

Shuttle vans to the dynamic Aventura Mall

Almost walking distance away, the famed Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred racetrack

Turnberry Isle Marina, with a pool, dining, and free hotel shuttle for yacht owners

Location of Turnberry Isle Miami

Situated in Aventura, just above North Miami, Turnberry Isle Miami is convenient to everything in South Florida. It is set a half hour to either Miami (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airport, and is a pleasant drive from South Beach.​

Who Stays at Turnberry Isle Miami?

Saying that a resort offers "something for everyone" is a cliché. But this is the case with Turnberry Isle Miami. Among its satisfied customers:

Fitness-minded guests: Golfers, tennis players, runners, workout loyalists, lap swimmers

Families: Nuclear units hole up in cabanas overlooking waterpark-like Laguna Pool. A popular option for young guests: Kids' Connection, the resort camp

Romantic guests: Miami is an easy, low-airfare getaway, and Turnberry Isle feels extremely private

Spa worshipers: The resort's 25,000-square-foot spa is repeatedy honored in Condé Nast Traveler's "World's Best Spas"

Heritage hotel lovers: Turnberry Isle Miami has been owned by the Soffer family since the 1960s. It was built to surround a vast, ancient banyan tree that continues to thrive and enchant visitors

Pets: Turnberry Isle Miami has a very pet-friendly policy. Furry family members under 25 pounds are welcome for a fee of $125 for any length of stay

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The Best Suites at Turnberry Isle Miami

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The Style of Turnberry Isle Miami

Turnberry Isle Miami opened in 1971, and is designed in Florida's timeless Spanish-Mediterranean style. The property was thoroughly renovated in 2007, and a new tower wing was built. The resort was refreshed in 2011.

Today, the resort is a member of Autograph Collection, a luxury hotel association.

Rooms are quietly luxurious, very comfortable, and extremely quiet. They are decorated in soothing neutral tones. Furnishings are high-quality. Many rooms feature lounging balconies, and some have kitchenettes.

Standard room features are what you expect from a fine hotel: cushy bed, minibar, safe, iPod dock, spacious marble bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower.

The Top Pick of Turnberry Isle Miami's Rooms

I liked Turnberry Isle Miami's tranquil Tower Suites best. They are spacious, sunny, and handsomely modern. They're the kind of hotel rooms that improve your mood when you walk in.

Service at Turnberry Isle Miami

Service at Turnberry Isle is variable, and not as high-quality as the resort's lodgings, activities, grounds, or dining. Overall, service falls short of an eagle-eyed luxury traveler's criteria for five-star hotel service.

Service is indeed irreproachable in Turnberry Isle's spa and its outstanding dining venues: Bourbon Steak, Cascata Grill, Laguna Grill, and Lobby Lounge.

But the nervous young staffers at the front desk aren't relaxed and flexible enough to make guests feel taken care of. And my housekeeper consistently disregarded the hotel-supplied card I left on the bed: "I'm green, please do not change my sheets." It's not easy being green.

The truly wonderful dining at Turnberry Isle Miami >>

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Truly Wonderful Dining at Turnberry Isle Miami Resort

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Turnberry Isle Miami Takes Guests' Dining Pleasure Seriously

Turnberry Isle offers outstanding dining to its guests and to Miami locals as well. The resort's food and beverage staff is strongly committed to quality and service.

Turnberry Isle's Chef's Garden, maintained by executive chef John Sexton and sous-chef Garrette Gray, grows much of the hotel's produce right on-property, and cultivates South Florida's only known allspice tree.

A trio of truffles would have sufficed as a "welcome amenity." But Turnberry's executive pastry chef Danny Malone took his time to create a masterpiece: an edible portrait of a horse etched in white and milk chocolate

Bourbon Steak, Turnberry Isle Miami's Marquee Restaurant

Bourbon Steak is a dazzling eatery that would enhance any luxury hotel. The restaurant is the creation of San Francisco-based celebrity chef Michael Mina, whose other restaurants distinguish luxury hotels like Four Seasons Baltimore.

What will delight you at Bourbon Steak:

A glamorous yet comfortable setting, with warm décor and a happy buzz
Perfectly cooked prime steaks
Delightful side dishes, like Duck Fat Fries
Excellent desserts to linger over
The Burger Bar
The weekday happy hour
The intriguing, global wine list, curated and served by inspired sommelier Justin Hall

Casual Dining Venues at Turnberry Isle Miami

Cascata Grill offers nicely made Mediterranean, Italian, and Florida favorites. Service is notably friendly, and diners can choose club-like indoor seating or on a patio overlooking a golf-course rock formation with trickling water

Laguna Grill, poolside at Laguna Pool, serves light fare swiftly and smilingly. Highlights: fresh-grilled shrimp salad, burgers, sweet potato fries

Beach Club Grill, at Turnberry Beach Club, serves salads, wraps, jerk chicken, and kids' dishes, all accompanied by Atlantic Ocean views

Lobby Lounge, Turnberry Isle Miami's social hub, is made for snacking and relaxing. This elegant, living room-like indoor space serves up modern cocktails, wines by the glass, and creative bites

Bourbon Steak's Cigar Lounge conjures Old Havana

How to connect with Turnberry Isle Miami >>

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Connect with Turnberry Isle Miami & Start Planning a Visit

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Find Out More Turnberry Isle Miami & Get in Touch

• Turnberry Isle Miami's website
• By phone from N. America: 855.201.8027
• On Facebook|
• On Twitter (@TIsleMiami)
• Turnberry Isle Miami's Bourbon Steak Restaurant
• Three minutes away by free shuttle: Aventura Mall
• Turnberry Isle Miami19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, Florida 33180

As is common in the travel industry, the Luxury Travel Expert was provided with a complimentary visit in order to describe the hotel. 

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