While many Miami hotels look out onto spectacular waterfront vistas, Grove Isle Hotel & Spa does so from a 20-acre private island. Dotted with tropical palms, the island offers sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and lots of privacy. There’s even an 85-slip marina where guests can dock their boats. But you’re not too far removed from the action—a narrow causeway connects the hotel to the mainland.
A room with a view: All of the resort’s bay rooms have private balconies overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Fine dining:Gibraltar serves up seafood specialties amid floor-to-ceiling views of the bay.
Pamper yourself: A 6,000-square-foot spa offers Thai and Balinese treatments infused with local herbs.
Tennis anyone?: The resort has 11 clay courts and a boutique tennis shop.
Go for a run: A waterfront jogging path circles the island.
Miami’s Coconut Grove: Laid-Back Art District with Lush, Tropical Foliage
Set along the shores of Biscayne Bay a few miles south of downtown, Coconut Grove doesn’t feel like the typical fast-paced Miami neighborhood. On the contrary, it has a distinctly laid-back, artsy vibe, thanks to the eclectic galleries and gardens lining the streets. Some of the most beautiful foliage can be found at The Kampong, which showcases plants from Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean, including deep-purple cocoplums and more than 50 varieties of mango.
The Grove is Miami’s oldest continually inhabited neighborhood and contains one of the city’s first public schoolhouses as well as one of the oldest houses in Miami, known as The Barnacle. Now part of a state park, the 19th-century home is open to visitors on most weekdays. To experience the neighborhood’s livelier side, head to CocoWalk, an open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment complex where a handful of bars stay open until 3 a.m.