You may not have noticed the island across the water from Miami's South Beach strip (there’s enough to keep your eyes occupied on the happening drag) but just across the way, a 7-minute ferry ride to be exact, sits Fisher Island, a private residential community home to some 216 acres, a slew of luxury condos, and the Fisher Island Club. Onetime home to the Vanderbilt family (William Vanderbilt acquired the island from Carl Fisher in a trade in 1925 – Vanderbilt’s 220-foot yacht for the island!), the hotel is centered around the Vanderbilt’s original 1926 mansion which now houses restaurants Garwood and Café Tangier. Recently renovated rooms and villas (villa room tour above) feature traditional furnishings like poster beds and slick bathrooms with a large tub and separate shower with wide rain-shower head. Villas also come with their own private patios with loungers and an outdoor Jacuzzi. All hotel guests get their own golf cart to drive around the island during their stay.
Island access is reserved solely for Fisher Island Club members and hotel guests which ensures the utmost safety and privacy. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have been known to stay on Fisher and practice their game at the island’s impressive Racquet Club (with Har-Tru clay, grass, and hard courts). Recent upgrades have been made to the 9-hole, par 35 golf course; marina (keep an eye out for manatees lounging around the docks); and beach club (complete with cabanas and loungers). Next up for renovations: the spa, fitness center, and mansion.
Daily published rates start from $400 for a Gardenview Guestroom and $800 for a Courtyard Villa, and don’t include the $60/day Fisher Island Club membership fee.
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