Key Biscayne is a historically rich, tropical barrier island paradise. The Ritz-Calton is a favorite weekend spot for laid-back Floridians. It’s only 15 minutes south of South Beach but seems like a different world in attitude and ambience. Gigantic green iguanas roam the grounds of the hotel. Palm trees and sandy beaches surround the perimeter and the city’s historic lighthouse was walking distance away.
Our first night was devoted to a progressive dinner with a jetset pass. The club concierge set up an “Around the World Tour” through the resort’s four restaurants. And so we drifted luxuriously from Dune, a high energy beach bar, to Cantina Beach, a Coastal Mexican inspired restaurant with its own “Tequiler.” Then we traveled to Italy or at least its approximation, in the form of Cioppino, which features a banquet style wine room and tabletop telescopes for moon and star gazing on the patio. There’s even a constellation concierge to help you find your own lucky star.
Every club in the chain is different. At the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, a club outpost was situated in the middle of the beach, so that guest members could enjoy a quick bite while sunbathing.
There was also a club lounge in the resort, where we booked a boat tour around the island and an appointment for a Coco Luscious Body Wrap at the spa. That treatment involved raw sugar cane granules and rich coconut oils to exfoliate, followed by a warm rinse and an antioxidant moisturizing body butter with mango.