A hot-spot since the 1930s, today Surfside, Florida is even more of a magnet for luxury pleasure seekers.
The heart of the Hotel is The Surf Club's historic clubhouse, with the cathedral-like ceiling of its loggia Peacock Alley restored to its original splendor. Around the clubhouse, international "starchitect" Richard Meier has created a perfectly proportioned luminous frame, and a highly contemporary home for Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club.
The place for luminaries from politicians and movie stars to royalty in its heyday, The Surf Club now invites you to luxuriate in seclusion and superb Four Seasons style.
A few blocks to the west on Indian Creek Island are some of America's most prestigious homes, and just to the north are many of the country's poshest names in retail, in destinations like the Bal Harbour Shops.
With Collins Drive at the front door, the dining and nightlife of South Beach or Miami are a short drive away from Four Seasons. All the excitement and diversity of South Florida, from entertainment to the Everglades, is within easy reach. Yet in the private enclave of Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club the pace is leisurely. Breathing slows, the eye rests on expansive views of the ocean, and the style of life is infinitely rewarding.
With its beachfront restaurants and terrace, private Cabana Studios, oceanfront Spa, and pools set among exquisitely landscaped lawns and gardens, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club offers legendary history, reimagined for the 21st century.
Bal Harbour Shops
A few blocks north of Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club at Surfside, the Bal Harbour Shops offer luxury shopping choices comparable to Rodeo Drive and Fifth or Madison Avenues, as well as fine dining and events from specialty luncheons to celebrity appearances.
A 20-minute drive from Surfside, Aventura Mall is home to over 250 shops and restaurants, including many of the top names in fashion for men, women and children. Events throughout the year add to the sparkle and fun.
Miami Beach and South Beach
A short drive down Collins Avenue takes you to all that is cool and cosmopolitan in South Beach (SoBe) and Miami Beach. Whether you're cruising your convertible past the historical art deco and art moderne buildings on Ocean Drive or heading for the area's trendy bars, restaurants and lounges, Four Seasons lets you move easily from serene to see-and-be-seen.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Just 15 minutes from Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club across the Broad Causeway and NE 123rd Street, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA Miami – houses contemporary American art and photography, and hosts concerts and classes for all ages.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
A medieval cloistered monastery, built in Spain in the early 1100s, transported like "the world's largest jigsaw puzzle" in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst, but not reconstructed in Florida until 1964, the Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is a beautiful piece of history on 20 acres of gardens in North Miami Beach.
Oleta River State Park
Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River State Park is a refuge of countryside less than half an hour from Surfside. Look for wildlife as you hike or bike the nature trails, paddle your kayak or canoe through mangroves or along the river, swim in the peaceful saltwater lagoon by Biscayne Bay or try saltwater fishing.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
From classical to jazz, flamenco to ballet, and from resident companies to individual performers from around the world, the Arsht Center is Florida's largest performing arts center, with eight performance spaces, a 30-minute drive from Four Seasons.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
A museum of modern and contemporary art and busy cultural centre overlooking Biscayne Bay in Museum Park, PAMM focuses on American, Caribbean and Latin American art, as well as the artists and designers of its home in multicultural Miami. Hanging gardens by French designer Patrick Blanc complement the striking architecture of his modern landmark.
Miami Design District
Fashion, design, art, architecture – and the restaurants and lounges that cater to the cognoscenti – all converge in the Design District, just on the mainland via I-195.
Wynwood Arts District
Next door to the Design District and a magnet for collectors and art enthusiasts, the Wynwood Arts District is home to art galleries, studios and antique markets and the annual international art fair showcasing both established and emerging artists.
Whatever your passion, from architecture to cuisine, Miami has a district to fit. From the vibrant culture of Little Havana, to cafés in charming Coconut Grove, the strollable streets of Coral Gables, or upscale shops in the financial district's Mary Brickell Village, Four Seasons is within half an hour of it all.
For Sports Fans
Guests at Four Seasons have no shortage of choice when it comes to professional sports – with major league action in basketball, baseball, and football, and diversity from the Miami Open for tennis lovers, to the NASCAR circuit, thoroughbred horse racing, and more. Contact our Concierge to help plan your visit.
Everglades National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Florida's Everglades are an ecological treasure. Tour this protected wilderness via airboat or rough it by kayak or hiking trail – keeping eyes wide open for endangered manatees or crocodiles.
Whether reached by land, sea or air, the 1700 islands of the Florida Keys offer a unique vibe and unlimited opportunities for beach fun, sailing, fishing and water sports. Let our Concierge help make your visit easier.