Finding the perfect girls getaway location can be challenging. Don’t worry, I’m here to make that a little easier for you and tell you all about one of my favorite Miami spots for an epic girls weekend!
When you think of Miami — beaches, exotic people and Will Smith’s 1997 hit song Welcome to Miami probably come to mind. But in reality, Miami is home to so much more—including a vibrant arts scene, rich Latin culture and some seriously beautiful spots, besides South Beach, to spend an afternoon or weekend. By all means, visit the beaches, nightclubs and sing along to all those famous Miami tunes, but be sure to experience the rest of the city for an accurate view of what Miami is all about.
Check into The Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore Hotel is as classy as a girls weekend getaway can get. If you’re looking for an adventure filled weekend away from the typical tourist scene, then grab your girlfriends and bikinis—there are few getaways more perfect than this!
The luxe quarters include rooms, several suite types and 3-bedroom penthouses. All have feather bedding, 340-thread-count Egyptian cotton duvet covers, sitting areas, and picture windows with golf course, pool or cityscape views. Amenities include a full-service spa, an 18-hole golf course, a tennis center, a 10,000-sq-ft fitness center and a 21,000-sq-ft outdoor pool. Fine and casual dining options are available on-site.
History Behind The Biltmore Hotel
About a thirty minute drive from Miami Beach and a 15 minute drive from Miami International Airport, you will find The Biltmore Hotel. The Biltmore is located in Coral Gables and hasn’t always been a hotel. It was built in 1926 by George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables. The hotel was known to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world. After World War II, the federal government transformed The Biltmore into a military hospital. Once the war was over, it continued to function as a hospital for veterans. In 1952, the University of Miami turned The Biltmore into a medical school. Shortly after, in 1968, the hospital closed and The Biltmore was left abandoned until 1983. At that time, the city of Coral Gables invested $55 million into renovating The Biltmore and the hotel reopened in 1987 and was restored to glory. Today, the Biltmore is known as one of the most historic and luxury hotels in Miami.
Day 1 – Fri-YAY
Rent a Cabana Poolside
What’s a vacation in Miami if you’re not in a bikini, poolside soaking in the sun? Just along the hotel pool, you will find private cabanas surrounded by native palms, bougainvillea and hibiscus. This is the perfect spot for those who want a little privacy. Cabanas are available from 10 am – 6 pm. Pricing and cabana inclusions are listed below.
Featuring a flat screen TV, two chaise lounges, love seat and table.
FridaY – Sunday $189
Designed for 2 guests; $20 daily fee for each additional guest (over 4 years old)
with a maximum of 4
Featuring a flat screen TV, four chaise lounges, love seat, table, dining table
and pool bed for two.
Designed for 4 guests
If a private cabana isn’t your style, then grab some lounge chairs or a table poolside. I suggest arriving early in order to claim an area for your group. Lunch and cocktail menus are available poolside for all guests.
Day 2 – Satur-DAZE
A girls’ weekend getaway to The Biltmore would not be complete unless you experience their luxurious spa. In a timeless setting, you are invited to embrace a slower pace and give yourself time for rejuvenation of the mind and body. For the Spa Menu click here.
We decided to all have massages, which were nothing less than amazing! After our massage, we relaxed in the spa and sipped on champagne.
Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore is an enduring custom where guests can choose from a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, scones and a mouth-watering selection of pastries. Afternoon tea is approximately $45.00 per person and served Wednesday through Sunday alongside live harp music. You must make reservations in advance.
Day 3 – Sunday Funday
Start the day off on the right foot by heading to The Biltmore’s famous Sunday Champagne Brunch including live entertainment, bottomless Champagne, Bellinis and more. The Biltmore’s Brunch is the best brunch in Miami! Every Sunday in their stunning courtyard, an extravagant buffet with delicacies, such as caviar, seafood, pastas, sushi and more is served unlimited from 10 am – 4 pm. Brunch culminates with a wall of desserts prepared to perfection by Executive Pastry Chef Olivier Rodriguez. Pricing is approximately $90 person. Click here for the Brunch menu.
Where to Dine
An elegant restaurant creating a truly authentic fine dining French culinary experience prepared by Michelin starred and James Beard “Rising Star” nominee Chef Gregory Pugin.
An Italian restaurant overlooking the Biltmore pool offering sophistication from sunrise until sunset by Chef Beppe Galazzi. Fontana is a great place for lunch or a romantic dinner
Where to Cocktail
A casual bar located in the lower lobby serving over 100 types of wine by the glass.
A bar with a classy ambiance serving a variety of different cocktails. Great spot to grab a glass of champagne with the girls!
Overall, our weekend getaway at The Biltmore was everything and more! If you have an upcoming trip, be sure to take visit The Biltmore Hotel!
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