Sunday, February 1, 2015

Glam Getaway

Just minutes from SoBe awaits the world of the Vanderbilts


Sure, you've seen Fisher Island, that spit of land off South Beach.

But there's a good chance you haven't seen it, as in taken the seven-minute-long ferry ride over to the land where one percenters dream of living. 

There, along the secluded beaches where jus 132 people live, is Florida's most exclusive inn. The Fisher Island Club and Hotel has a mere 11 accomodations that start at about a grand per night. 

For that price you get a beach club, clay court tennis, golf, and an observatory. Choose from cottages or villas with jacuzzi tub courtyards. Cars? Nope. Golf carts are gratis. 

The club used to be home to the Vanderbilts, and it recently underwent a $60-million renovation. For dinner, clink crystal in private in the family's former drawing room. 

The ferry ride back to civilization is the only downside.

Fisher Island Club Hotel
1 Fisher Island Dr, Fisher Island
(305) 535-6000

Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Parking: Golf cart only
Scene: Those who can afford to stay on country's richest island
Best bets: Clay tennis; tours of the island in the provided golf carts; villas with jacuzzi courtyards
Hot seat: Dining in the Vanderbilt family's drawing room
Nearby (on Miami Beach): Tongue & Cheek; Public House; Bar Crudo

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