Four Seasons Hotel, The Surf Club: A Step Back in Time
Are you looking for a vacation spot offering a beautiful beach, an exclusive oasis to relax and soak up a classic atmosphere? Then Four Seasons Hotel, The Surf Club is the place for you. Located in Surfside, Florida and removed from the hubbub of South Beach’s party scene, this legendary beachfront property, opened New Year’s Eve 1930, (Elizabeth Taylor, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Frank Sinatra, even Winston Churchill frequented the place), has hosted history. Designed around the building’s original Mediterranean Revival architecture, the hotel’s three towers—a tower of guest rooms, a tower of suites, an a tower of private residences—frame and flank the original clubhouse. It truly brings a whole new era of stylish glamour to South Florida.
And I have to say I’m a complete sucker for any hotel that has someone waiting at every door to open it for you!
Our City View Room was a stunner with a full wall of windows overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Collins Avenue, and the town of Surfside, and with 600 square feet there was more than enough room to spread out and enjoy. The king bed came with the most comfortable bedding imaginable, super high thread count sheets and soft down pillows. A modern sectional sofa sits in the corner of the room with a nifty dining table and adjoining work desk, and just outside is a frameless glass balcony with an unobstructed view. Other amenities include an oversized TV and a touch lighting system. You can’t help but be enamored with the room’s Tablet which you use for room service ordering, restaurant reservations, spa treatment bookings, even reading a variety of world newspapers and controlling the room’s lighting, temperature, drapes/sheers.
In the oversized marble bath are double sinks with plenty of adjoining counter space, a large tub, and huge shower. I adore the exclusive line of Geranium & Mandarin bath products, and always appreciate a choice of bath mood lighting.
If you are planning on bringing along the family, consider the hotel’s spacious suites ranging from one to four bedrooms. An Oceanfront Two-bedroom Suite comes with a terrace that just can’t be beat with sweeping views of the ocean. You also have your own dedicated elevator entrance, a full kitchen, 4-person counter dining, and plenty of living space with 2,000 square feet. King beds are found in both the master and guest room, there are two and a half baths, and room for 5 adults.
A local crowd of beautiful people arrive for dinner and drinks at the hotel’s stunning Champagne Bar and Sirenuse Restaurant, the famous Positano hotel’s first outpost outside of Italy. And the new “it” place is The Surf Club Restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller, located right off the hotel’s original entrance, with it’s nostalgic American cuisine of a bygone era (very similar to what I experienced at The Grill, Thomas Keller’s restaurant on the Seabourn ships).
Let’s talk about the pool and the beach. The original historic Cabana Row lining both sides of the pool area has been re-envisioned to include super-cool, overnight cabana accommodations—oceanfront retreats featuring terrazzo floors inside and large wood deck lanais outside that replicate the original cabana floors—offering spectacular ocean views. Below the overnight cabanas are day cabanas, in the works to open soon. The adult-only pool is an oasis of tranquility, and there’s even a family pool located in front of the residential tower.
In-between the two is the Pool Restaurant and Bar, focusing on local Florida cuisine, which also services the beach.
Speaking of the beach, here you’ll find a relaxing setup of cushy lounge chairs and umbrellas with super service by a friendly and doting wait staff. We whiled away several happy hours here on this serene and almost deserted stretch.
The Spa and Kids For All Seasons Program
The Spa offers eight bright and airy treatment rooms, with two Spa Cabana Suites offering absolute privacy. All hotel guests, regardless of whether or not you have a spa treatment booked, are welcome in the spa’s eucalyptus steam room, sauna, and co-ed traditional hammam. Definitely make it point to stop in for some downtime, then stay a while at the tea lounge and relaxation room, whose private alcoves overlook the ocean.
Are you thinking that at such a sophisticated spot children aren’t welcome? Think again. It is, after all, a Four Seasons, renowned for their complimentary Kids For All Seasons program. The hotel’s fully supervised children’s club keeps kids ages 3-12 happy as clams, and guest rooms are stocked with children’s toiletries and child-size bathrobes.
Now all you need is the time to visit this special place. I promise you won’t regret it.
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