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Turnberry Isle, Aventura, Florida - Hotel Review

Florida's Blessing

Editor's Note: The Turnberry Isle is no longer managed by Fairmont Hotels.

Another sunny day at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida
Another sunny day at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida

Florida's temperate climate inspires enthusiasm for outdoor sports and fun in the sun all year long. Add in the high level of comfort offered at Turnberry Isle, and it's easy for visitors to make the most of their Florida vacation. Located twelve miles south of Fort Lauderdale International Airport and eighteen miles north of Miami International Airport in the beautiful city of Aventura in North Miami, the 300-acre tropical retreat is near pristine beaches, exciting nightlife and high-end shopping venues including Aventura Mall across the street, in addition to a multitude of cultural and sporting events.

Turnberry Isle draws guests from around the globe to enjoy its world-class amenities, service and remarkable dining and entertainment options. This hidden gem boasts 392 spacious guest rooms and suites — featuring wood flooring and wall-to-wall carpeting; private terraces overlooking the resort’s lush gardens, golf courses or pools; mini bars; flat screen televisions; iHome docking stations; down-filled duvets; executive desks with high-speed Internet access; walk-in closets with safes and umbrellas; shower amenities and nightly turndown service upon request.

Whether you're a sports enthusiast or a lover of relaxation, there’s something for everyone at Turnberry Isle. Two Raymond Floyd-redesigned championship golf courses provide an experience unlike any other in the Sunshine State. Courses feature contoured fairways, doglegs and water structures strategically placed throughout the 36 holes, making them challenging, but in every way a pleasure to play. Tennis fans enjoy a state-of-the-art tennis center with four clay hydrocourts championed by eighteen-time Grand Slam winner Fred Stolle. Leading golf and tennis professionals offer daily clinics and private instruction.

A suite at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida The Cascata pool at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida
The Apartment Suite
The Cascata pool

The Willow Stream Spa is the shining jewel in the Turnberry Isle’s crown. Designed by architect Tag Galyean, the spa’s three floors are connected by a grand spiral staircase that showcases a soothing fountain, all accented by a glass dome skylight. There are 23 treatment rooms in total and dozens of indulgent treatments inspired by the world’s essential elements – earth, air, fire, water and wood (the willow). A 3,650-square-foot fitness center encompasses the latest techo-gym equipment and weights and an aerobics and Romana Pilates Studio. Spa guests can also receive expert wellness and nutritional guidance from a top performance coach and enzyme specialist.

The resort’s popular Laguna Pool is a paradise in itself. The Laguna Pool area has a 180-foot-long, 35-foot-high waterslide that gently winds around into a splash pool, an 800-linear-foot lazy river with single and double inner-tubes, a separate hot tub and toddler wading pool, a Laguna Grill and private cabanas. As alternate options, there’s also the tranquil Cascata Pool that best captures the resort’s Mediterranean-style feel or the newly renovated Ocean Club right on the beach. A complimentary shuttle bus takes guests to the private Ocean Club, which includes a heated pool, private cabanas, a grill serving casual fare, wave runners and volleyball.

The diverse selection of restaurants ranges from American contemporary cuisine at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant to seaside casual at the Ocean Club and Italian-American dishes at Cascata Grille. Chefs hand-pick ingredients daily from the on-site chef’s garden to use on menus throughout the resort.

In addition, the resort offers the Kids Connection with programs for young adventure travelers, as well as unique activities like Cuban coffee demonstrations and chef’s garden tours for adults, adding to the experience and further making Turnberry Isle truly one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets.

Turnberry Isle
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
Aventura, FL 33180
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