Puttin’ on the Ritz in Coconut Grove
By Blake Denney

Discover the glamour and sophistication of The Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove, an opulent hotel that draws inspiration from the neighborhood’s majestic peacocks. The hotel offers spacious rooms, a serene spa, a dazzling swimming pool, and a fantastic restaurant and cocktail bar. The lobby’s grandeur is enhanced by its show-stopping mosaic-tiled columns. Situated in the historic neighborhood of Coconut Grove, this charming bayside community is five miles south of downtown Miami and South Beach. Coconut Grove is famous for its shady banyan trees, bayfront parks, and marinas dotted with sailboats. The Ritz-Carlton is located a block from Dinner Key Marina, the largest in Miami, and within walking distance of Coconut Grove’s best restaurants, boutiques, and bars.

The Ritz-Carlton brand is synonymous with exceptional service, and this hotel is no exception. From the valet to the front desk, guests are treated with care at every step. The hotel features a wealth of amenities, including a large swimming pool, a spa with six treatment rooms, and a fitness center. The rooms, including the standard ones, are among the largest in Miami and come with balconies that offer stunning views of the city or the bay, located just two blocks away. The furniture is traditional and sophisticated, with dark wood desks, consoles, headboards, and plush patterned carpeting. The soft color palette of orange, pink, yellow, and green creates a subtly tropical ambiance. The marble bathrooms are spacious and luxurious, featuring a soaking tub and separate rainfall shower with Asprey products.

Just a short drive across the bridge into Miami Beach, you can indulge in an unforgettable culinary experience at Stubborn Seed, one of Miami’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. With its sexy and sleek industrial-chic décor and glass-fronted display kitchen, the restaurant is a feast for the eyes and the palate. Chef Jeremy Ford’s innovative and boldly creative cooking is best enjoyed through the tasting menu. The menu’s standout dishes include an aged cheddar and jalapeño biscuit brushed with honey, served with bread and butter pickles; yellowfin crudo with tangy Asian pear slices topped with a creamy buttermilk sauce; and black grouper tartare with just the right amount of spice. Don’t miss the ricotta gnudi, a dish that is both visually stunning and delicious or the truffle chicken, a well-deserved signature dish. For dessert, indulge in the stunning and edgy selections that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.