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Sun and sand at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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Key Biscayne, Florida is a slower pace of life with families picnicking in the park, couples leisurely riding bicycles down palm tree-lined lanes, and the beach a peaceful stroll with gently-lapping tides a far cry from a very different high-tempo scene of South Beach. Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is a 490-room ocean side retreat that leaves guests more relaxed than when they arrive.

490 roses in the main lobby greet guests, signifying the rooms on property, and just beyond is the Grand Lawn: a blank canvas for family gatherings, stunning weddings or corporate retreats alike. Past the lawn, 180 degrees of Atlantic water views are the perfect backdrop to any visit to the property.

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An adult pool mirrors a family pool option, with dining nearby to both. Guests dig their toes into the sand at Dune Burgers. Ask for Geno, a local favorite bartender to mix up a specialty rum cocktail while soaking in the sun beneath swaying palm tree boughs. Communal tables lend themselves to conversation and a relaxed atmosphere, as well as easy access to the beach.

Lightkeepers restaurant features coastal cuisine—the elegant restaurant highlighting locally harvested greens for leafy salads alongside shoreline catches of snapper and scallops. The Lobster Mac N Cheese is a JustLuxe recommended side. For dessert, the unexpected plantain-layered chocolate cake was decadent and rich, a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Adjacent to Lightkeepers is the Rumbar, heralding to Cuban design and specialty liquors. Cocktails are a wonderful way to start the evening before dinner or wrap up the night with a nightcap.

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Rooms at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne are well-appointed, with balconies overlooking the ocean and grounds below. A Club Level Lounge overlooks the town, with bites available throughout the day. Another lounge can be found at the Spa, where signature treatments and full-day access to Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and daybeds leave spa-goers jelly-like with relaxation after a treatment. I enjoyed a Tequesta Ritual, named for the original inhabitants of the island, that incorporates an exfoliation, algae wrap, aromatherapy massage and scalp massage. My lunch mates told me I looked five years younger, I don’t know about that but I certainly felt deeply relaxed and my skin buttery smooth.

Included in the resort fee is beach pampering: 2 chairs and an umbrella as well as paddleboard and kayaks to explore the shoreline that are perfect for antsy kids or adventurous adults. There are also day beds available for rent for an even more upscale offering.

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is an ideal retreat for a low-key getaway. Whether lounging by the pool, enjoying the spa, taking a leisurely bike ride or walking the beach, this property appeals to guests seeking a slower tempo. For rates and reservations, visit Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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Suites afford sweeping views and private balconies.

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Lightkeepers restaurant dining room.

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Dig your toes into the sand at Dune Burgers.

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Poolside dining at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

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The event lawn at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

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A beautiful lobby greets guests.

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Rumbar is a great spot to hang out on property.

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The spa lounge at Ritz-Calrton Key Biscayne.

Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit www.creationize.com ...(Read More)

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