Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
What We Love
- The hotel's hushed and exclusive North Miami address
- Authentic Neapolitan fare (there’s a truffle-tasting menu) at the hotel’s Le Sirenuse restaurant
- Air-conditioned cabanas on the neighboring beach
- The traditional marble hammam at the 15,000-square-foot spa—one of Miami’s best
What To Know
- Tire magnate Harvey Firestone founded the property during the Great Depression
- The hotel’s expansive U-shaped Champagne Bar was created from the original 1930 building
- Pritzker-prize winning architect Richard Meier designed the hotel’s two 12-story glass towers
- The property’s seaside “serenity lawns” are ideal for morning meditation
Yesteryear elegance is updated with digital conveniences at this rebooted Surfside hideaway, which once served as the hedonistic headquarters for Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Elizabeth Taylor (among other Prohibition-era revelers). No single space better mirrors that aesthetic double-play than the breezy interiors of a resurrected Cabana Suite, where remote-controlled blinds, an electronic “do-not-disturb” sign, and complimentary iPads co-exist with expansive wooden verandas and raffia-paneled closets. They’re intended to replicate the original 1930s accommodations, which took decorative cues from a whimsical combo of French castles and Maine summer cabins. This thoughtful overhaul was the vision of interior design whiz Joseph Dirand, whose resume includes boutiques for Parisian powerhouses like Balmain and Givenchy. There are also pretty hints of the Amalfi Coast, including a vine-clad entrance and the hotel’s classic Italian restaurant—think white-jacketed waiters and gargantuan ceiling fans—a satellite location for its Positano mother ship that occupies what used to be the Surf Club’s grand ballroom. The result is pure Instagrammable glitz, Art Deco filter included.
In the Area
The hotel is occupies 900 feet of coveted beachside real estate in Surfside, a square mile that’s fondly regarded as Miami’s most family-friendly pocket, practically equidistant from opulent Bal Harbor and the city’s working class ethnic enclaves. Sample authentic kosher fare at one of the neighborhood’s many delis (Surfside is home to a large orthodox Jewish community), or spend an afternoon wandering the quirky boutiques on Harding Avenue. Though you’ve most likely selected this part of Miami-Dade for its uncluttered beachfronts, save for a series of seaside-inspired art exhibits, including fiberglass turtles and reproductions of masterpieces from the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
How to Get There
The Surf Club is superb! Top notch staff who pay close attention to all of your needs, world class restaurant Le Sirenuse( sister restaurant the one in Italy) with superb staff headed by Dario Vigil; beautiful pool and great servers there too, Darren and Michael; and a classic overall property in Surfside with first class treatment everywhere on the property.
Truly a great stay (cation) at this wonderful property. Last year, we had spa treatments here and have always wanted to spend more time here. So glad that we did. The room couldn't have been any more comfortable; the staff was uniformly welcoming and consistent -- from housekeeping to front desk to bell captains to pool attendants; and the design makes you want to never leave. Plus, they all couldn't be more welcoming to our dog Jackson. This should be a new standard for how other hotels judge themselves on.
The bartenders by the pool are absolutely amazing!! They are incredible attentive and fast. They are fun and creative, and make the most amazing drinks! One of the best piña caladas of my life!! Counting down the days till I get to come back!