My wife and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and we decided to spend it at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. As Florida residents, we were given a special rate. We live only a ten minute drive from the Biltmore, but arriving there was like being in one the most elegant hotels in Southern France or the Amalfi Coast. We book a small suite for our weekend stay. It was absolutely marvelous with its stone and marble bathroom, its comfortable couch and sitting area and it faux canopied king bed. The view was magnificent overlooking the huge pool and the beautiful golf course. We couldn't stop looking out the window. We rented a cabana at the pool. It was well worth the money as our cabana attendant, Carrie, catered to our every need.
We made diner reservations one night at the Palm d'Or, a Michelin rated restaurant. We were not disappointed. Since it was Miami Spice Month, we opted for the special three course diners. It was superb. The service had no equal, the ambience was classical and the food was terrific. The next evening, we dined at Fontana, the hotel's Italian restaurant. It's atmosphere is more casual, but beautiful as well. We met the chef who was preparing food in an open kitchen. He told us he was from Bologna, the home of lasagna. After having a delicious pork belly appetizer, we each ordered the lasagna. It was a four tiered pasta and beef layered delight. It was so big, neither my wife nor I could finish our dish.
If staying at the Biltmore or not, you cannot miss the Sunday morning Brunch. It is probably the best brunch my wife and I have ever been to. From King Crab to sushi, to roasts to omelets, from caviar to bagels and lox, you name it, it's there. Champagne and morning cocktails flow. The desserts are to die from. My only caution, pace yourself.
The Biltmore Spa is terrific and the golf course is world class. If you're coming to Miami, skip the hustle and bustle on Miami Beach and go to the elegant, beautiful Biltmore Hotel.