You know when you hear that a hotel has it’s own lazy river that it’s going to be a fun, family-oriented place to stay and that’s exactly what Turnberry Isle Miami is. The South Florida resort located in Aventura, North Miami, attracts lots of families, many of whom have traveled from abroad. The hotel also draws couples and athletic types, between the onsite sport facilities and the Aventura Mall across the street (this is the third largest mall in the country so shopping here counts as an athletic activity too).
Rooms at the resort are spread across several buildings on the complex but the good news is that no matter where you’re situated, you’re likely to get a great view. I hate it when I’m on vacation and it turns out that “resort views” actually means you’re facing the parking lot, so it was nice to see that the private balconies in each room tended to face the golf courses, the waterfalls, the pools, or the tropical gardens.
Even the most basic rooms start at 500 square feet, so there’s a lot of space in which to spread out.
The Beach & Pool
Turnberry Isle is not actually located on the beach, but the resort does have it’s own private beach club exclusively for hotel guests. A free shuttle runs regularly between the hotel and the beach, where you can use the beach chairs, swim in the heated freshwater pool or rent water sport equipment.
On the main resort complex, there are two pools: the Cascata Pool which primarily attracts adults and is therefore a bit more serene; and the Laguna Pool which is popular with the families.
This second pool boasts a waterslide, lazy river, waterfall, toddler pool, and hot tub, so it definitely draws in the majority of the guests.
The 1600 foot-long lazy river surrounded by palm trees.
You can lounge on recliners, but if you want some space to yourself, there are also private cabanas available for rent which include a fan, TV, fridge, and lockers for your belongings.
The resort offers free “teaser” massages in one of the cabanas by the pool. While it’s obviously designed to tempt you into trying a full treatment at Turnberry’s three-storey day spa, it’s still a pretty nice perk.
The spa offers a full range of treatments including massages, facials, reflexology treatments, mani/pedis, and this somewhat scary-looking hydrotherapy experience!
If staying active is on your agenda, there’s no shortage of options at this resort. The hotel complex has four clay tennis courts onsite where guests can take part in drills and lessons or just play a game. There’s also a tennis summer camp for children 4 and up.
If there’s one thing that’s hard to miss when you’re staying at this resort, it’s the sprawling golf courses. There are actually two 18-hole golf courses here – Soffer and Miller – so guests can enjoy a round or take lessons from resident pros. Now when it comes to golf, the sum of my knowledge could fit onto a postage stamp, but LPGA and PGA tournaments have been hosted here, so suffice to say these are probably pretty good courses to get your game on.
Turnberry Isle has a huge gym which overlooks the resort and there’s also a jogging track which runs the entire perimeter of the hotel.
If you work up an appetite there are several dining venues within the resort grounds. The Cascata Grill offers both indoor and alfresco seating with views of the golf course and waterfall. In addition to lunch and dinner, they also put on quite the buffet breakfast.
Slow roasted pork tostadas with grilled pineapple salsa at the Cascata Grill.
A more upscale option is Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by celebrity chef Michael Mina. If you don’t want steak (though really, get the steak) there’s also seafood and burgers.
The restaurant has a massive wine selection, and as the name might suggest, there’s a bourbon lounge. You can also order from their cigar menu if you’re so inclined.
One nice aspect of the resort food is that almost all of the herbs used in the restaurants are grown on the premises. You can actually tour the herb garden with one of the chefs (it’s free but you’ll need to make an appointment) to learn more about the spices and exotic fruits they’re cultivating.
Turnberry Isle is running a promo for guests who book before September 25 and travel before October 31, 2013. You can get a free room upgrade and $50 resort credit per night by entering promo code ZX0 when booking online or mentioning the Endless Summer promotion on the phone.
I was a guest of Turnberry Isle Miami, but as always, opinions are my own.