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Key Biscane

 Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne (Destination Tennis: Miami - Top Pick) 
If money is no object, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is perhaps the best address in all of Miami for visiting tennis fans and players alike. The 402-room luxury resort is situated on 12 acres of beachfront property less than a mile from the Crandon Park Tennis Center (home of the Sony Ericsson Open) and about 5 miles from downtown Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway. The superb on-site tennis center, designed by South African tennis legend Cliff Drysdale, features ten lighted soft clay courts and one hard court, with a pro shop and a robust program of lessons and clinics for all ages. Additional facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, a first-class spa and fitness center, two restaurants and a dedicated beach pavilion housing recreational programs for children. Peak-season rates range from around $500 to well over $1,000 per night, but off-season deals in the $250-$300 range may be available in summer.

**This hotel was selected as one of three top resorts as seen on Destination Tennis: Miami.
Information: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, (305) 365-4500

Downtown/Miami Beach

 The New Clinton Hotel (Destination Tennis: Mami - Top Pick) 
The New Clinton Hotel is located in the heart of South Beach and six blocks from the flamingo tennis courts. Newly opened in 2004, this ultra- contemporary hotel raises the bar for cutting edge design and innovation in this already chic neighborhood. Abandoning most conventional ideals for hotel design, the Clinton follows its own muse and the result is an ultra-cool, intimate and sexy place to stay when visiting one of the world's most popular destinations. While the building itself is a product of the neighborhood's historical art deco past, the Clinton is of completely new construction on the inside. Situated on Washington Avenue, the hotel is surrounded by diverse restaurants, trendy shops and lively bars. The location is just steps from the beach, yet pleasantly removed from the tourist traps on Ocean Drive. Hotel guests should inquire about some complimentary perks, such as free entry to local clubs, and a boat tour. Catering to an adult clientele and their lifestyle, the Clinton is literally just steps from fine dining, shopping and nightlife.

**This hotel was selected as one of three top resorts as seen on Destination Tennis: Miami.
 Fisher Island Hotel & Resort 
Originally developed in the 1920s as the winter estate of William and Rosamund Vanderbilt, Fisher Island has more recently been transformed into an elite residential community and private club with its own marina, a nine-hole golf course designed by P.B. Dye, and a top-notch tennis center with 14 Har-Tru clay courts, two hard courts, two grass courts and a full-service pro shop. The 216-acre island, which lies just south of South Beach, also harbors a 22,000-square-foot day spa, eight bars and restaurants, a shopping complex, meeting and event facilities, and an appealing stretch of white-sand beach facing the Atlantic. Elegant accommodations are available in 62 suites, villas and cottages, with price tags ranging from a low of about $500 to peak-season rates of $1,000 or more for larger units. Access to the island is via a free car ferry that runs every 15 minutes from the MacArthur Causeway between Miami and Miami Beach.
Information: Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, (305) 535-6000
 Conrad Miami 
This business-oriented luxury hotel offers a choice of 203 deluxe guest rooms and 103 apartment-like residences on the upper floors of Espirito Santo Plaza, a 36-story financial district highrise overlooking Biscayne Bay. The striking steel-and-glass structure features an 11-story interior atrium, with the hotel lobby and restaurant on the 25th floor, and a spa and fitness center on the 24th floor. Two lighted tennis courts and a swimming pool are located at a rooftop recreation area on the 14th floor of an adjacent structure. Hotel accommodations usually range from about $350 to $550 per night, with off-season discounts sometimes dipping below $200. Residential units with full kitchens range from an off-season low of about $250 to $1,000 or more per night for Conrad's high-end "Suite Yourself" packages.
Information: Conrad Miami, (305) 503-6500
 Four Seasons Miami 
Although this five-star property set a in a sleek downtown office tower has no courts of its own, the Four Seasons Miami has negotiated guest privileges at the nearby Brickell Tennis Club (www.cliffdrysdale.com/brickell.htm), a first-rate private facility with seven hydro clay courts and a full-service pro shop. Hotel guests also have access to a 50,000-square-foot spa, a 40,000-square-foot fitness center and a lovely 2-acre garden terrace with three swimming pools. The Four Seasons has 221 well-appointed rooms and suites located on the floors 22 through 29 of the 70-story building, with city and/or bay views throughout. Rates for the most affordable rooms range from a summertime low of $350 to $450 in winter, with significantly higher price tags for premium rooms and suites.
Information: Four Seasons Miami, (305) 358-3535
 Mandarin Oriental Miami 
As at the Four Seasons, guests staying at the Mandarin Oriental have access to the private Brickell Tennis Club (www.cliffdrysdale.com/brickell.htm), along with top-of-the-line accommodations at a prime waterfront location. The contemporary building stands on a 44-acre island adjacent to downtown Miami, with nice views of the bay and city skyline. On-site amenities include a spectacular spa and fitness center, two restaurants, four bars and a waterfront garden with a swimming pool and artificial white-sand beach. For an additional fee, guests can be shuttled to a private beach club at Casa Casuarina (former mansion of Gianni Versace) in South Beach. Rates for the hotel's 327 rooms and suites typically range from about $400 to well over $1,000 per night, with off-season discounts as low as about $250.
Information: Mandarin Oriental Miami, (305) 913-8288

Coconut Grove

 Grove Isle Hotel & Spa (Destination Tennis: Miami - Top Pick) 
You might easily forget you're in the middle of one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas at the exclusive Grove Isle Hotel, an urban resort set on its own 20-acre island in Biscayne Bay. The property features 49 rooms and suites along with a dozen lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a private marina, a deluxe spa, a large outdoor pool and a well-regarded waterfront restaurant. A bridge connects the resort to mainland Miami not far from the chic Coconut Grove commercial district, and with the western end of the Rickenbacker Causeway only about a mile away, Grove Isle also offers easy access to the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Peak rates generally begin at about $450 to $500 per night for lodging only, with summer discounts as low as about $350.

**This hotel was selected as one of three top resorts as seen on Destination Tennis: Miami.
Information: Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, (305) 858-8300

North Miami Beach

 Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club 
This posh property in the North Miami Beach area appeals to travelers in search of an all-encompassing resort environment, with 392 spacious rooms and suites, four restaurants, a classy spa and fitness center, two 18-hole championship golf courses and a full-service tennis center with six clay courts. Although the hotel itself is about a mile from the Atlantic opposite the massive Aventura Mall, beach access is available at the Fairmont's nearby Ocean Club, with free shuttle service for guests. A recent $100 million makeover has upgraded guest rooms and other facilities throughout the property. Room rates, like the accommodations, are decidedly upscale, with price tags for the most affordable rooms typically ranging from about $300 to $600 a night depending on the season.
Information: Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, (305) 932-6200

Coral Gabels

 The Biltmore Hotel 
The location of this National Historic Landmark property in the affluent residential community of Coral Gables is not particularly convenient to South Beach and other Miami hot spots, but the grand old resort can be a good choice for travelers who love golf and tennis and are not deterred by the five-star rates. In addition to the largest hotel swimming pool in the continental United States, guests have access to 10 lighted hard-surface tennis courts and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Donald Ross. Thirteen additional courts -- eight with clay surface plus five hard courts -- are located at nearby Salvadore Park. The Spanish-revival hotel completed in 1926 houses 276 rooms and suites on 15 floors, with a fancy spa and various dining and drinking options on-site. Off-peak bookings during the hot summer months begin at about $200, but during much of the year you're not likely to get in the door for less than $350 to $450 a night.
Information: The Biltmore Hotel, (305) 445-1926
 Hotel St. Michel 
Guests at this European-style boutique hotel get complimentary access to the nearby Country Club of Coral Gables (www.countryclubofcoralgables.com), which offers six Har-Tru tennis courts along with a fitness center and a large outdoor pool. A major overhaul of the historic building, which originally opened in 1926 as the Sevilla Hotel, was completed in early 2007. Each of the 27 rooms and suites is individually decorated, including antique furnishings and original artwork. Meals are served in a charming formal restaurant and in a more casual lobby lounge, and the property is within walking distance of Coral Gables' Miracle Mile commercial district. Rack rates, including continental breakfast, range from $249 to $299 in winter, with summertime deals as low as $125.
Information: Hotel St. Michel, (305) 444-1666

Near the Airport

 Hilton Miami Airport  
This resort-like conference hotel just south of the runways at Miami International offers two lighted Rebound Ace acrylic tennis courts, plus an outdoor pool, fitness center, lakeside jogging track, three restaurants and extensive meeting and event facilities. The 14-story building houses 500 guest rooms and suites, with rates usually falling in the $200 to $300 range.
Information: Hilton Miami Airport , (305) 262-1000
 Miami Airport Marriott 
Eight lighted hard-surface courts with a pro shop, fitness center and heated outdoor pool are available at the Miami Airport Marriott about 1.5 miles from the terminals at Miami International. Rates for the 365 rooms and suites range from about $200 to $420 a night.
Information: Miami Airport Marriott, (305) 649-5000
 Sofitel Miami 
The business-oriented Sofitel Miami about 5 minutes from Miami International offers 281 guest rooms, along with two lighted tennis courts, a fitness center and an outdoor pool. Rates generally fall in the $200 to $300 range, though discounts below $150 a night are sometimes available.
Information: Sofitel Miami, (305) 264-4888

Other suburban locations

 Shula's Hotel & Golf Club 
This 500-acre sports-themed resort (named after legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula) is about half an hour north of Miami International Airport in the planned community of Miami Lakes. Visitors intent on immersing themselves in Miami's seaside hot spots will probably find this inland location less than ideal, so Shula Hotel's is generally favored more by travelers who appreciate the peace and quiet of its verdant suburban setting. The resort offers access to a wide range of activities and amenities, including a new spa, a large athletic club and recreation center, two swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course and a full-service tennis center with five clay courts and four hard courts. Dining options include the original Shula's Steak House, plus a variety of independent restaurants in the adjacent Miami Lakes commercial district. Price tags for the property's 205 rooms and suites range from about $200 to $350 a night.
Information: Shula's Hotel & Golf Club, (305) 821-1150
 Kendall Hotel & Suites 
The Kendall Hotel & Suites can be a good value for travelers who don't mind the suburban location about 15 miles southwest of downtown Miami. The property offers 156 nicely outfitted hotel rooms and spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchens, plus a casual restaurant, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and two tennis courts available to guests. Rates generally fall in the $150 to $250 range, with discounts for advance-purchase bookings, extended stays, and for AAA and AARP members.
Information: Kendall Hotel & Suites, (305) 767-2406