The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of Coral Gables on over 150 acres of tropical landscape that opened in 1926. In December, the hotel completed a multi-million- dollar redesign and restoration project that included a complete renovation of the lobby, the common areas, rooms and suites, and of its 18-hole championship golf course.
The 271-room resort includes 133 suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture with classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences. One of my favorite features of The Biltmore is the pool area, which has private cabanas and boasts the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States.
The Biltmore Hotel offers guests the choice of four restaurants, each with its own distinct personality, as well as two bars and a classic afternoon tea service accompanied by live music.
If you are a foodie, then you will love the dining options the hotel offers. Dinner at the award-winning Palme d‘Or signature French restaurant is a must on everyone’s bucket list and the ambience is very romantic. Helmed by Michelin starred Chef Gregory Pugin, Palme d’Or has received the coveted Five Diamond Award from AAA and combines the authentic tradition of French cuisine with modernism using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Pugin was born and raised in the southwest region
Other dining options include Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant with courtyard seating, which is a very romantic setting. Fontana Restaurant is well known for its lavish Sunday Brunch. Chef Giuseppe Beppe Galazzi developed his culinary passion from his grandfather, a chef, and began his pursuit of the culinary arts at the early age of 14. Galazzi was born in Ferrara, Italy.
Other more casual options include the poolside Cascade and the 19th Hole Bar & Grill restaurant. Cascade is an outdoor restaurant tucked under a cascading 23-foot waterfall that overlooks The Biltmore pool. This al fresco restaurant, set in the colonnade-lined loggia, is perched at the edge of the swimming pool with views of the golf course and gardens. The most casual of the resort’s dining sites, The 19th Hole, overlooks the golf course and offers light dining, inside or on the terrace. The hotel also boasts a Culinary Academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children.
I have always enjoyed the traditional English afternoon tea which is offered in the Biltmore’s stunning lobby. You will enjoy the variety of what is served in a relaxing environment enjoying live music featuring either a harpist or guitarist.
The new guest rooms combine luxury and traditional elegance with a view of the Coral Gables skyline, the hotel pool and the golf course. The interiors are designed to provide every modern convenience in a lush combination of colors, furnishings and accessories. Everything from the European bedding to the flat screen TVs to the minibars and bath amenities have been carefully selected during the renovation.
The legendary Everglades Presidential Suite and the Merrick Penthouse Suite, named after the resort’s founder George Merrick, are among The Biltmore’s most distinguished accommodations.
Two stately Presidential Suites, one of which features a two-story exclusive accommodation decorated with soaring hand-painted ceilings and a three-bedroom penthouse, are located within The Biltmore tower and include views extending to Biscayne Bay.
The elegant Biltmore Spa is a 12,000-square-foot sanctuary for personal peace and tranquility. The spa offers an extensive selection of traditional and pioneering treatments, including extensive massage therapy modalities, facial treatments, therapeutic body scrubs and wraps, and signature ritual journeys. The spa stay can be enhanced with a visit to the Himalayan Salt Stone Sauna or Healing Steam Room. There is a full-service salon inside the spa.
The 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Technogym Fitness Center, ranked by Men’s Fitness magazine as one of the 10 best hotel fitness centers in the U.S., offers more than 100 weekly exercise classes including Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Spinning, Body Sculpting, and much more. A variety of aquatic classes are held in the hotel’s landmark pool. The Biltmore also offers a team of 20 personal trainers who are available for private sessions.
The hotel has 10 lighted tennis courts for guests, which are located by the golf course and country club.
The Biltmore Golf Course is an 18-hole, 71-par championship course, designed in 1925 by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross.
The Biltmore Golf Course has been the annual host site to the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. Past champions who launched their professional careers from the Junior Orange Bowl include Tiger Woods, Ricky Fowler, and Vicki Goetze, to name a few.
The Biltmore Hotel is home to The Jim McLean Golf School. Since the school’s inception in 1991, the school has firmly established itself as the #1 Golf School in America. From the world class professionals on staff, to the state-of-the art teaching facility, the team is relentless in the pursuit of excellence.
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