The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
|Key Biscayne, Florida
On Florida's southernmost barrier island, this sophisticated Atlantic resort conjures images of the Colonial West Indies with its elegantly appointed accommodations, meticulous attention to detail and golden-sand beach setting.
Designed by tennis VIP and current ESPN commentator Cliff Drysdale, the resort's Tennis Garden is the largest and most complete of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The 10 clay courts and one hard court are each lighted for evening play, and when he's in town, Drysdale himself oversees day-to-day operations. Otherwise, a team of USPTA-certified pros conducts a variety of comprehensive daily workshops, round robins, and individual and small-group lessons. Highlights include adult shot clinics, Thursday doubles' nights, Saturday mixers, and two- and three-hour fast-paced drill clinics. Also available are the services of a private Tennis Butler, a staff pro on hand to provide cool mineral-water spritzes, cold towels and beverages, and game-improving tips.
Off the Court
In addition to sun-bathing, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing from its pristine Atlantic beach, the resort boasts a 20,000-square-foot ocean-view spa offering more than 60 luxurious body treatments and massages. The spa-adjacent Wellness Center hosts yoga, aerobics, tai chi, body sculpting, Pilates, and Spinning classes, as well as an aquatic kickboxing program and an outdoor running camp; personal trainers can tailor programs to meet each guest's individual fitness goals. Although there is no golf available on-site, the resort can arrange tee times at the Crandon Park Golf Course, a five minutes' drive away.
Accommodations and Dining
The resort's 402 non-smoking rooms and suites each feature balconies or terraces overlooking the property's tropical gardens, Biscayne Bay, and the ocean beyond. Standard amenities include fluffy robes and slippers, fully stocked mini-bars, and marble-accented baths with European toiletries and full-length mirrors. The property's two on-site restaurants are Cioppino, which serves simple Tuscan cuisine, and the indoor-outdoor Cantina Beach, which features Mexican specialties served beneath a Baja-style thatched roof. Both offer breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views.
The "Island Tennis Getaway" package includes accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, unlimited court time, twice-daily tennis clinics, lunch, $25 daily pro shop credit, fitness-center access, and valet parking.
- Rates start at $629 per person, based on season and availability.
- Court fees: $15 per person, per day
- (Includes unlimited play, one can of balls, refreshments, and towels)
- One-hour private lesson with Cliff Drysdale: $300/person (Click here for info on the Drysdale Fantasy Camp
- One-hour private lesson with staff tennis pro: $85-$95/person
- Half-hour private lesson with staff tennis pro: $50/person
- Adult shot clinic: $35/person
*Prices may vary
The Tennis Garden hosts a number of clinics for children ages 3-14, each organized by age and skill level. Non-players hang out at the supervised Ritz Kids' pavilion, pool, and playground.
The closest airports are Miami International (MIA, 15 miles) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL, 36 miles). With advance notice (and a fee), the resort can provide transportation from either location.