Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2018

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roughout our stay, the hotel continued to reveal marvelous places and spaces. Its Miami-Cuban vibe made everything seem cooler and more fun. For nightcaps, we settled into the Havana- style Rumbar/Lobby Lounge, where I enjoyed a snifter of the extraordinary and earthy Clément XO Rhum from Martinique. Each morning, after watching the sun rise on the ocean, we stopped by Key Pantry: Eat. Drink. Shop., an open-style marketplace cafe in the lobby, for cappuccinos made with local Panther Coffee. We can tend to be lazy on vacation, but there's no reason to be inactive at e Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. ere's a family pool and an adults-only pool; the gym is first rate, and we took advantage of the hotel's beautiful tennis facility. Up the road is Crandon Park, with the public Crandon Golf course, and the gorgeous Tennis Center where the Miami Open is held each spring. e Ritz Kids program has an environmental exploration focus that takes advantage of its exclusive partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society—that's something really exciting for even well-travelled kids. Jen and I especially enjoyed an indulgent detoxifying treatment called the Tequesta Ritual at the hotel spa. We were butter afterward. I feel relaxed just remembering it. With five services on offer per day in the club, it was tempting to just relax. We could have puttered around the resort for our entire stay, but we're a couple who likes to explore. One morning, we took that side trip up to South Beach for a special private tour of Gianni Versace's former home, the indescribably opulent Casa Casuarina. Jen and I are architecture buffs, so we also made a point of walking Miami Beach's Lincoln Road. Redesigned in the 1950s by architect Morris Lapidus, the street was closed to traffic and became one of the nation's first pedestrian malls. Marveling at the art deco and Miami Modern Architecture, or MiMo, styles certainly gave us a lot to talk about. Our Key Biscayne getaway was the perfect antidote to the bleak weather we'd left behind. We enjoyed the destination so much, we were talking about returning before we even left. With the kids. We promise. sl For more information, visit 97

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