The Grove spa review

Review of The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando – Best Multi-Generational Resort close to Disney

The Grove spa review

{thank you for The Grove Resort and Spa for hosting my family this weekend.  All opinions are my own! }

We are back from a long weekend in Orlando.  We always love seeing the mouse (:  and discovering new places to stay The Grove Resort and Spa!  It’s such a little calming oasis, and just a short drive to Disney.  It’s a great place to stay, especially if you’re … traveling with grandparents (so helpful at Disney!) or you have a child that needs his own room so you all can get 8 hours in.

The rooms! 

You can get a 1,2, or 3 bedroom suite.   Most ly for less than what you could get a one bedroom at a mid level disney hotel!

You also have a full size kitchen, with a cute breakfast nook, and a couch in an attached living room that can double as an additional bed.  They have a stock the fridge program, so you can have your items in your fridge before your arrival.

There’s a porch balcony which was a great place to drink coffee in the morning and watch the sunrise.  I was told you can also see the disney fireworks from here but I never made it up that late (:

Kids activity center:

They have a cute kids area where you can do guided crafts and play games.  They also have an arcade and if my kids had their way they would still be there.

Restaurants:

Tuck wore this every morning for breakfast and would ask kids if they want a picture with him.  Cracked me up.  Some kids were uhhhh no, and he would see parents of babies, and go up to them and ask them if there baby would a picture with him.  I saw multiple parents of babies take pics of their baby and Dash Incredible.  LOL.

We loved breakfast in Valencia every morning.  My favorite was the green juices there – there’s one that has a little spice to it.  Perfect chilly way to fuel up on the way to the parks.  We had dinner there on Saturday and my NY strip was so good!!

Afterwards the boys danced a little to live music at Elements.

loved the tile at Valencia!  Alfresco’s has subs, salads, pizzas, groceries, wine, gelato… all the necessities (:

Lake Activities 

One thing I really loved is how much natural beauty is around the hotel.  The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful!  Off the dock on property, you can rent fishing poles, get a guided tour on a boat, kayak, or paddle swan boats.  The boys LOVED the swan boats.

The Spa!

Y’all know I love a good spa!  I felt so relaxed after my treatment.  I would have stayed here and the wet suana for hours, but we had to get to dinner.

The surfari waterpark & The Springs

My five year old LOVED the flowrider!  We all loved going down the lazy river.  The boys favorite though was probably the splash zone.  They spent hours enjoying it!  It was so nice to have a cabana with a fan, towels, and waters to retreat to.  There are lots of zero entry pools throughout the property.

  The Springs pools have a huge hot tub, splash area, and deeper pools my boys loved to swim in.  It’s a little quieter than the waterpark.  One of the best parts of the resort is that it wasn’t hard to find pool chairs – the whole place wasn’t crowded at all even though there were a lot of people there.

A few things to know:

  • No charge for the floats for the Lazy River!
  • The flowrider is rented by the hour for a fee of $35
  • Children need to be under 48 inches to go on the Splash Zone.
  • The Cabanas are a fee as well, but worth it especially if you have an infant who needs to be in total shade and a fan.The Proximity to Parks 

It took exactly 20 minutes from the ticketing center to the hotel.  The following day it took 17 minutes to get to Animal Kingdom.

  Which is about the same if you take the bus system at Disney as they have to make a lot of stops throughout their properties.

  They do have a complimentary shuttle to and from the ticketing center, but since we are passholders we have free parking and didn’t use the shuttle.

If you have any questions about The Grove Resort and Spa, I would love to answer them.  Message me or leave me a comment, and I’ll be sure to respond!  You can get 20% off through booking here with code LIFESTYLE

Source: http://www.sarah-tucker.com/the-grove-resort-orlando/

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando Kissimmee Hotel Review

The Grove spa review

This all-suites, lakefront resort offers all the comforts of home, particularly if you are traveling with a large family group. Just a few minutes from Disney's back door, and surrounded by beautiful Florida wilderness, the lodging is also convenient to shopping.

Best of all, there are activities galore that will keep the family entertained on non-theme-park days. Slated to open in early 2018, the huge Surfari Waterpark will feature a dual Flowrider surf simulator, a lazy river, several water slides and a large pool.

But the aquatic fun doesn't stop there. Lake Austin, an 18-acre body of water in a conservation area, directly adjacent to the resort, offers the chance to rent pontoon boats, paddle boats, kayaks and delightfully cute little electric runabouts.

Fishing is available from the pier or on the lake-shore or from a boat.

Getting from the front desk to your room in this large, spread out resort, can be a bit of an adventure. Staff are eager to help with luggage and to show you how to get there, but it can be a puzzle getting back to the restaurant and main lobby. Eventually you'll figure it out. Also, there is a $22.50/night resort fee, and a $250 fee if you bring a pet.

The spacious suites (even the one-bedroom suites offer nearly 1,000 square feet of living space) are all decorated in the same very modern furnishings, with queen or king-sized beds with white, duvet-style bedding in the bedrooms.

Each suite has a full living room and kitchen with full-sized stainless appliances, coffee maker, washer and dryer in a separate utility room, and two bathrooms. The living room and bedrooms are equipped with large, flat-screen TVs, and a desk area. A dining room just off the kitchen offers plenty of space for eating.

Wi-fi is included in the resort fee, and there are plenty of plugs for charging devices. Best of all is a screened in, furnished balcony, perfect for sitting and watching the Disney fireworks on the horizon.

The roomy bathrooms contain generous, granite-topped vanities with two sinks and loads of room for toiletries, whether your own or those supplied by the resort. The vanity is separated from the WC and shower/tub by a door.

The marble tiled entry welcomes guests to the very modern lobby, which contains the front desk, a well-stocked bar, a shop with sundries, souvenirs and casual food, and the entrance to the main restaurant. Because the suites have all the room you'll need for socializing, there is not much social space in the lobby except for the bar.

The Springs consists of three large pools, a hot tub, children's splash area, private cabanas overlooking the lake, and ample lounge chairs. An automated towel dispenser by the pool offers guests access to towels using their keycards. Slated to open in early 2018, the huge Surfari Waterpark will feature two Flowrider surf simulators, a lazy river, several water slides and a large pool.

The Escape Spa offers a full menu of massages, facials and body treatments using organic, citrus based ingredients, manicures, and even waxing. Luxury robes and slippers are provided in the separate locker rooms.

YOU SHOULD KNOW No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the spa.

The 2,000-square foot fitness center offers cardio and strength training equipment in a bright room with floor to ceiling windows.

Valencia Restaurant is a charming, sit-down restaurant with views over the pool and lake, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The menu includes dishes influenced by Mediterranean traditions, in addition to pizzas and flatbreads from a wood fired oven, and a kids menu. The restaurant also makes the food offered at the Springs Bar & Grill by the pool.

Quick snacks such as hot paninis and sandwiches are available at Alfresco Market, in addition to coffee, espresso and cappuccinos using Illy coffee. Scheduled to open early in 2018, Longboard Bar & Grill at the waterpark offers beer, barbecue and burgers, in addition to a full menu, served in open-air seating either in the building or outside under umbrellas.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Since you do have the benefit of a fully equipped kitchen in the suite, you can take advantage of grocery delivery and do some cooking at “home.” Instacart.

com partners with Publix, an excellent Florida grocery chain, to offer online ordering from a wide range of products, which are then delivered to the resort.

The bell staff will deliver the groceries to your room, but you must be there to accept them.

The lobby bar, Zest, serves sophisticated cocktails and a waterfront view. The Springs Bar & Grill offers tropical and frozen cocktails, beers and appetizers. Longboard Bar & Grill at the waterpark serves beer and cocktails.

Besides the pools and the water park, the resort offers fishing and boating on their pristine lake, where kayaks, electric go-boats, paddle boats or pontoon boats may be rented.

The recreation team organizes loads of activities, including dance parties by the pool for all ages, and scavenger hunts, crafts and contests.

If golf is your desire, the resort has partnered with nearby Orange County National, which features two 18-hole championship courses, and a 9-hole course, each of which features rolling fairways, significant elevation changes and manicured greens. In addition, guests have privileges at Grand Cypress Golf Club.

Source: https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/florida/orlando/hotels/reviews/the-grove-resort-spa-orlando-s530986

The Grove spa review

The Grove spa review

The approach to The Grove – the former home of the Earls of Clarendon, now a championship golf resort – is nothing short of breathtaking. A winding driveway leads you away from the main road, through the golf course and over a small humpback bridge, up to a classic English stately home – just 18 miles from central London.

The award-winning spa is set in the 18th-century mansion and walled garden. I arrived with just my girlfriend, but couples with children can take advantage of the Grove’s Anouska's Kids' Club which was graded ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED – plus The Grove even offers dog-sitting for those unable to leave any family member the luxury treatment!

The spa and pool areas themselves are pet-free, and there are specific adult-only hours too so you won’t have your calm disturbed. It’s a mobile phone-free zone too, including the gym, so there’s no work or distraction from relaxation. 

Room for it all

Once a favourite weekend spot of Queen Victoria, The Grove is now a popular destination for the world’s sporting elite, with visits from NFL teams and England football to mention a few.

You can easily see why, with fine dining, golf, spa breaks and even tours of the Warner Bros studio amongst it’s offerings. There are 26 Mansion House rooms or suites in the Grade II Listed mansion, each displaying period style mixed with original modern art and furniture.

Our room was in the more contemporary West Wing, where a further 191 spacious, luxury rooms are situated with beautiful views of the grounds and even a small balcony to really soak up the atmosphere.

With a 50in flatscreen TV, king-size bed, roll-top bath and shower big enough for two, the room really did have everything a couple (or family) could wish for.

You definitely need at least two days to experience all The Grove has to offer – with our overnight stay we didn’t have time to even see the tennis courts, croquet lawn, 300 acres of parkland and woodland (with bikes available for free), 22m outdoor heated pool, urban beach (with volleyball), table tennis tables or a pool table. ‘Pets are part of the family’ is the policy, so your dog can experience (almost) all this too, although the pet-sitting service takes over when you’re dining at the Glasshouse or relaxing at the Sequoia spa. 

Burning off the calories 

The Grove fitness and exercise set-up is great, and it’s also available as a separate membership that includes the use of the studios and an ozone swimming pool.

The gym itself has natural daylight (something not all London hotel gyms can boast) and is well equipped with the latest Technogym Visioweb equipment, Kinesis, ARKE and MyWellness Key System software for interactive exercise management.

This is a great system, but unless you are a member or your usual gym uses the same kit, not that useful. Still, the gym has adequate weights and cardio equipment and is clean and well maintained.

For those who prefer group exercise, there are also complimentary classes in the Exercise Studio including meditative yoga, Pilates, circuits and aerobics. You may need to book in advance, especially at weekends.

The swimming pool area was one of my favourites – with black mosaic-tiles beneath the water and oak beams above it, plus sun-lounger and free newspapers, the space feels luxurious and open – another great spot to unwind and forget about life.

My only gripe was that the Jacuzzi was perhaps a shade on the cold side. The pool is open to accompanied children from 9-11am and 3-5pm daily.

Spa for a Spartan

The Sequoia spa itself has just been renovated and is clean, sleek and well designed. The staff are courteous, thoughtful and genuinely seem to love their jobs and where they work (this goes for the entire Grove experience).

Sequoia offers highly skilled therapists and products/treatments from Natura Bissé and ESPA. There’s a selection of signature treatments, mostly suitable for men and women (although there is a separate list of men’s treatments).

Both my girlfriend and I chose a signature treatment and were both equally impressed – they lasted almost two hours and the time flew by.

I opted for a full-body exfoliation followed by a full-body massage. The therapist was superb: very attentive, considerate and professional, while making the whole process feel very personal. She asked if I had any particular areas of pain or discomfort – most stressed people, my shoulders and back were at the top of the list.

Both my girlfriend and I agreed that the entire treatment, from the restful Garden room where guests wait before treatment and enjoy a variety of fresh leaf herbal teas, to the completely un-pressured request for written feedback after treatment.

My girlfriend said after the treatment that it was the most relaxed she’d ever seen me… and I’d have to agree.

Eating for England

The Grove has three restaurants, but we took both our evening meal and breakfast in the Glasshouse – a buffet-style open kitchen with chefs at multiple stations to attend to your every need.

I must admit to overeating at both meals! For our dinner we could choose anything from tapas to a full roast – and everything in between from ribs to sushi to freshly made Thai curries to smoked salmon.

Everything was freshly produced and plentiful and the same went for the desserts, while the wine, cocktail and spirit lists were extensive and the atmosphere relaxed.

At breakfast, the choice was equally impressive, with every type of cereal possible and at least six types of sausages! Omelettes were cooked to order and there was a huge selection of pastries. I cannot fault the food at all – in fact, the Glasshouse alone would make me want to go back.

The 18th Hole

Overall our experience of The Grove was that everything was first-rate. The time just flew by and we simply didn’t get the chance to do everything we wanted – a sure sign that a good break was had. Most notable were the amazing food, great treatments and general relaxed atmosphere.

We took the time to speak to quite a few members of staff, most of whom had worked at The Grove for some years – surely a sign that someone s and enjoys their work and this is passed onto the experience of the guests. A big thank you to The Grove – this is certainly highly recommended by MF.

For bookings and more info: http://www.thegrove.co.uk/spa/

Source: https://www.coachmag.co.uk/lifestyle/4236/the-grove-spa-review

Muddy reviews: The Sequoia Spa at The Grove Hotel – Herts and Beds

The Grove spa review

THE LOCATION

The Grove sits within it’s own leafy bubble (all 300 acres of it), just outside of Watford – a rural idyll that’s only 18 miles from London.

So if you’re in the market for a spa break it’s in a pretty handy spot, but that’s not the only reason to go there.

Whether you’re booked in to the hotel or visiting as a spa guest, The Grove has masses on offer from outdoor activities to afternoon tea. Check out my full hotel review to find out more.

THE VIBE

The overall feeling here is pretty zen, with calming hues of grey and natural wood; garden rooms where wicker chairs are suspended amongst leafy stems of bamboo behind glass windows; a dimly lit relaxation room with a tropical fish tank quietly bubbling away; and the showstopping 22-metre black mosaic tiled pool, which looks dramatic, but feels wonderfully calming to plunge into. The water is the perfect temperature, too, even after a session in the warm bubbly jacuzzi – no need to assume the brace position before taking a dip!

The heat treatment rooms are lovely and there are separate facilities for men and women, which might appeal if you prefer your sauna to be a hairy-back-free zone! And there’s a great vitality pool for pummelling away those muscle knots.

The spa is a decent size, and while it might you take all day to grasp the lay of the land (ok, just me and my apalling sense of direction then!), it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large, and none of the facilities feel overcrowded, even on a Saturday – no rowdy hen parties in sight either, which is a big tick from me!

THE TREATMENTS

The spa had a £300,000 overhaul last year, which included improvements to the fitness facilities and a brand new treatment offering.

There are 18 treatment rooms and 32 treatments on the menu, using high-end skincare products from brands ESPA, Natura Bissé and Oskia, and include a selection specifically for teens, and others designed for those living with cancer. There’s even a virtual reality massage!

I decided to stay in the real world and opt for a heavenly 1hour 50 minute Oskia luxury face and body treatment – yep nearly two whole hours of pampering – indulgent, moi?!

Now, I have a confession to make, I’m not the biggest fan of spa massages – I find them a bit soft, and desperately try to resist the urge to drift off (I mean, what’s the point if I don’t remember it?).

But, this one was a revelation – when I asked my therapist, Katie, to apply extra pressure and specifically to focus on my tight shoulders (that’ll be the hours spent hunched over my laptop!) she performed some kind of massage miracle.

Using an Oskia Rose de Mai treatment candle – burning it produces a scented and pre-warmed massage oil which can be used directly on the skin – and a combination of rolling, smoothing and kneading my taught body in a firm but not painful way, eased out months’ worth of built-up tension. And the best bit was that there was more to come…

Katie plied my face with layer upon layer of quenching and deliciously scented Oskia cleansers, serums and balms, including a gel- mask which transforms into a white cream when applied and honestly smelt good enough to eat.

I floated the room oozing radiance from every pore (or at least that’s how I felt, which is the most important thing, right?!)

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: Individuals, couples or mums and daughters looking for a high quality spa experience outside of London.

Not for: Big groups. Somehow it doesn’t feel it would be fair on other guests to descend en masse and disrupt the lovely tranquility of the place.

££: Spa days start from £165, and overnight breaks start from £240, which includes an overnight stay, a 55-minute treatment, access to the Walled Garden and a three course dinner, followed by breakfast in bed the following morning. My treatment cost £180.

The Sequoia Spa at The Grove hotel, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG

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Source: https://herts.muddystilettos.co.uk/beauty/muddy-reviews-sequoia-spa-grove-hotel/

The Mayfair at Coconut Grove Review: What To REALLY Expect If You Stay

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  • In Coconut Grove Village across the street from CocoWalk
  • Unique style includes Balinese interior courtyard and Art Nouveau touches
  • Rooftop pool with cabanas, bar service, and Biscayne Bay views
  • Spacious suites feature minibars, big marble bathrooms, and hot tubs
  • Spartico Restaurant serves casual Roman fare, wood-fired pizzas
  • Large full-service spa with organic treatments
  • 24-hour fitness center has cardio/weight machines
  • Event space includes Zen-inspired garden and Crystal Ballroom
  • Pet-friendly features beds and gourmet treats (fees apply)
  • Free Wi-Fi

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  • Service, housekeeping, and maintenance are inconcistent
  • Some decor could use a refresh
  • Parking is valet-only and pricey
  • Fees for use of in-room hot tubs
  • No sea views

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The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is an upscale property with unusual architecture and Old World flavor situated in lively Coconut Grove Village. With Art Nouveau touches and a location steps from the boutiques and cafes of CocoWalk, the hotel has a unique look and lively feel. The 179 suites are spacious, with marble bathrooms and terraces with Japanese soaking tubs, but street noise can be an issue, and maintenance and housekeeping are a bit inconsistent. Features include a casual Roman restaurant, rooftop pool with cabanas, organic spa, and 15,000 square feet of event space.

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It's impossible to miss the ornate, Gaudi-inspired facade of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa, designed by Miami architect Kenneth Treister. Turquoise-tinted iron flourishes and carved stone mark the entrance to the corner building in Coconut Grove, a fashionable neighborhood set beside Biscayne Bay.

The Art Nouveau touches continue inside, where spaces alternate between cavernous and low-ceilinged (the lobby) and bright and welcoming (the open-air, interior Asian Garden courtyard).

The courtyard is among the most appealing common spaces, with its cushioned black-wicker seating surrounded by bamboo plants and palm trees, and small pools lined with blue-patterned tile. Elsewhere, artisan-carved plaster ceilings and Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows lend worldly elegance.

Much its Coconut Grove setting, this is a lively property that draws couples and families who want easy access to walkable streets, and who enjoy happy hour deals at the rooftop poolside bar.

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Coconut Grove, referred to as “The Grove” by locals, sits in the middle of Miami and maintains a bit of laid-back ambience that recalls its bohemian roots.

Artists and intellectuals settled here in the late 19th century, but today the neighborhood draws travelers and Miami residents with its upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and Biscayne Bay views.

Across the street from the hotel is CocoWalk, an open-air pedestrian zone filled with shopping and dining options. 

Festivals and events are held in The Grove throughout the year, and the streets are welcome to cyclists. Sun Cycling Coconut Grove has bike rentals and is 10 minutes away on foot, as is Miami Watersports, for stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals.

The stunning Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, an Italian-Renaissance-style villa built in 1916, is less than 10 minutes away by car. South Beach is a 20- to 30-minute drive, depending on traffic.

Miami International Airport is about 20 minutes away by car. Indirect buses to the airport depart from the intersection of South Bayshore Drive and Mary Street, about five minutes away on foot, and the trip takes about an hour.

Taxis are recommended for carless guests traveling to the airport. 

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All rooms at the Mayfair are spacious suites that have some of the same decorative features as the rest of the property.

Hand-carved mahogany headboards and doors, woven sea-grass furniture, and beige stone floors combine for an easygoing Art Deco-tinged elegance.

The palette of browns, beiges, and dark woods is punched up with bright-orange throw pillows and crisp, white Egyptian-cotton bedding. 

Options start with standard 525-square-foot Mayfair Suites with king-size beds, sitting areas, and (in some) Japanese soaking tubs on outdoor furnished terraces.

All other options, from 690-square-foot Executive Suites to 1,200-square-foot Presidential Suites, add private dining tables and bathroom TVs; some have oversized bathrooms and/or Roman-style tubs in suites.

All bathrooms are large and well-lit, with marble floors and walls, and shower/tub combos. Guests must request that Japanese tubs be filled ahead of arrival, and there are fees for use. 

Standard features include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Stocked minibars, coffeemakers, and safes are also provided. Guests have complained of inconsistent housekeeping and maintenance, and some decor looks in need of a refresh, such as chipped sinks and picture frames. 

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There are plenty of dining, shopping, and activity options outside, but for those who stay in, the hotel has a nice selection of amenities.

Spartico Restaurant serves casual Roman-style fare for breakfast (fee), lunch, and dinner, with dishes such as wood-fired pizza, salads, and fresh fish. The heated rooftop pool is not huge but is a nice place to cool off and take in panoramic Biscayne Bay views.

The deck is lined with cabanas with flat-screen TVs, and there's a poolside bar serving cocktails (with drink specials some nights) and light meals. 

The hotel's 4,500-square-foot Jurlique Spa offers organic face, nail, and body treatments in sunlit treatment rooms. There's also a 24-hour fitness center that's a decent size and has a standard array of Lifecycle cardio equipment and weight-training machines. 

Among the 15,000 square feet of event space are the Crystal Ballroom and the Palm Terrace atrium space. Seminars for up to 200 people can be held in one of the hotel's seven meeting rooms.

There's a business center adjacent to the conference rooms on the hotel's second floor. Valet parking is available for a fairly hefty daily fee, though there's more parking within a few minutes' walk on Oak Avenue.

The Mayfair is pet-friendly and has comfy pet beds and its own brand of treats, with fees.

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  • Deluxe Suite
  • Double Deluxe Suite
  • Double Executive Suite
  • Executive Suite
  • Mayfair Suite
  • Parlor Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Venetian Suite

3000 Florida Ave, Miami, Florida 33133-5213, United States

It's impossible to miss the ornate, Gaudi-inspired facade of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa, designed by Miami architect Kenneth Treister. Turquoise-tinted iron flourishes and carved stone mark the entrance to the corner building in Coconut Grove, a fashionable neighborhood set beside Biscayne Bay.

The Art Nouveau touches continue inside, where spaces alternate between cavernous and low-ceilinged (the lobby) and bright and welcoming (the open-air, interior Asian Garden courtyard).

The courtyard is among the most appealing common spaces, with its cushioned black-wicker seating surrounded by bamboo plants and palm trees, and small pools lined with blue-patterned tile. Elsewhere, artisan-carved plaster ceilings and Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows lend worldly elegance.

Much its Coconut Grove setting, this is a lively property that draws couples and families who want easy access to walkable streets, and who enjoy happy hour deals at the rooftop poolside bar.

See More Scene

Coconut Grove, referred to as “The Grove” by locals, sits in the middle of Miami and maintains a bit of laid-back ambience that recalls its bohemian roots.

Artists and intellectuals settled here in the late 19th century, but today the neighborhood draws travelers and Miami residents with its upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and Biscayne Bay views.

Across the street from the hotel is CocoWalk, an open-air pedestrian zone filled with shopping and dining options. 

Festivals and events are held in The Grove throughout the year, and the streets are welcome to cyclists. Sun Cycling Coconut Grove has bike rentals and is 10 minutes away on foot, as is Miami Watersports, for stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals.

The stunning Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, an Italian-Renaissance-style villa built in 1916, is less than 10 minutes away by car. South Beach is a 20- to 30-minute drive, depending on traffic.

Miami International Airport is about 20 minutes away by car. Indirect buses to the airport depart from the intersection of South Bayshore Drive and Mary Street, about five minutes away on foot, and the trip takes about an hour.

Taxis are recommended for carless guests traveling to the airport. 

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All rooms at the Mayfair are spacious suites that have some of the same decorative features as the rest of the property.

Hand-carved mahogany headboards and doors, woven sea-grass furniture, and beige stone floors combine for an easygoing Art Deco-tinged elegance.

The palette of browns, beiges, and dark woods is punched up with bright-orange throw pillows and crisp, white Egyptian-cotton bedding. 

Options start with standard 525-square-foot Mayfair Suites with king-size beds, sitting areas, and (in some) Japanese soaking tubs on outdoor furnished terraces.

All other options, from 690-square-foot Executive Suites to 1,200-square-foot Presidential Suites, add private dining tables and bathroom TVs; some have oversized bathrooms and/or Roman-style tubs in suites.

All bathrooms are large and well-lit, with marble floors and walls, and shower/tub combos. Guests must request that Japanese tubs be filled ahead of arrival, and there are fees for use. 

Standard features include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Stocked minibars, coffeemakers, and safes are also provided. Guests have complained of inconsistent housekeeping and maintenance, and some decor looks in need of a refresh, such as chipped sinks and picture frames. 

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There are plenty of dining, shopping, and activity options outside, but for those who stay in, the hotel has a nice selection of amenities.

Spartico Restaurant serves casual Roman-style fare for breakfast (fee), lunch, and dinner, with dishes such as wood-fired pizza, salads, and fresh fish. The heated rooftop pool is not huge but is a nice place to cool off and take in panoramic Biscayne Bay views.

The deck is lined with cabanas with flat-screen TVs, and there's a poolside bar serving cocktails (with drink specials some nights) and light meals. 

The hotel's 4,500-square-foot Jurlique Spa offers organic face, nail, and body treatments in sunlit treatment rooms. There's also a 24-hour fitness center that's a decent size and has a standard array of Lifecycle cardio equipment and weight-training machines. 

Among the 15,000 square feet of event space are the Crystal Ballroom and the Palm Terrace atrium space. Seminars for up to 200 people can be held in one of the hotel's seven meeting rooms.

There's a business center adjacent to the conference rooms on the hotel's second floor. Valet parking is available for a fairly hefty daily fee, though there's more parking within a few minutes' walk on Oak Avenue.

The Mayfair is pet-friendly and has comfy pet beds and its own brand of treats, with fees.

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Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.

Source: https://www.oyster.com/miami/hotels/mayfair-hotel-and-spa/

The Grove

The Grove spa review

The Grove's celebrity clientele isn't the only reason it's earned a strong reputation. It ticks all the boxes of a luxury stay, from its championship golf course to its experiential spa. Quirks, the bold contemporary art and the urban beach, add to the charm. You'd barely believe it was near a tube station.

It doesn't get better than this within the M25. Thanks to 300 acres of gardens, a golf course, rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands and the Grand Union Canal, it offers the illusion of a rural retreat. Watford's tube and train stations are a 10-minute taxi ride away, so there are excellent public transport links too.

Styled by Martin Hulbert, every detail the interesting contemporary art, the black velvet curtain-lined corridors, and the exaggerated service, suggests pure five-star opulence.

It's no wonder it's a favourite for major sports teams – the England football team were guests during our last stay, it's Manchester United ahead of the FA Cup Final this time.

Otherwise, the clientele range from groups of gals to high-flying couples; the hotel has plenty of space for all.

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Guests don't get bored, especially as the championship golf course and spa are the main draws. The spa in particular is divine, offering countless rooms to explore and world-class attention to detail, from extra wide, heated massage tables to an overly active hydrotherapy pool.

Other activities include Segways and bikes to rent, fitness classes and a beach complete with deckchairs, though a whole day could be whiled away with a book in one of its six elegantly-designed lounges.

When it comes to service, staff are unfailingly attentive – a real treat when in the mood for being pampered, but a little overbearing for those who prefer a low-key stay.

  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Room service
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Kids' club
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course
  • Steam room/hammam

Most of the standard rooms are found in the West Wing, and feature fluffy slippers and robes, Bose speakers, plush furnishings of simple but excellent quality, and well-sized bathrooms with ESPA toiletries. Try to get a room with a balcony.

The 18th-century mansion house rooms are generously sized, with Nespresso machines and ginoromous televisions among its added features. The rooms are lovely and all, but it's difficult to stay away from The Grove's public facilities.

Three main restaurants are dotted around the complex. The light and airy gastropub of The Stables suits the more casual diner, while the most formal might opt for the fine-dining experience of Collette's, where much of the greens are grown onsite – the garden has 15 types of mint for starters. Overall spectacle was a little lacking for the £65 set menu cost.

True to its name, the main restaurant of The Glasshouse is a bright suntrap, with dramatic, citrus tones and plants embedded in the design. It’s a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with chefs behind each station adding to the theatre of it all.

Breakfast was truly exceptional, with four types of sausages (pork, Cumberland, chicken, vegetarian), two types of bacon, and an overwhelming range of accoutrements, from freshly made guacamole to passion fruit pastries.

Dinner was equally premium, with all-you-can-eat sushi, meats flamed on a robata grill, and freshly made naan in the tandoor area, some of which can be altered for dietary requirements – though it’s still susceptible to the universal shortcomings of buffet dinners: the odd unlabelled dish, and items that quickly turn lukewarm.

Double rooms from £240 year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Yes; all 75 Deluxe rooms in the west wing are step-free, and two Superior rooms are adapted.

An on-site crèche, children's menu in The Stables and babysitting services are available, as well as play areas and a children's swimming pool.

For Harry Potter fans, the Grove is also near the Warner Bros Studio Tour. Extra beds or sofa beds for three-12 year olds are £35 per night including breakfast.

There are family rooms, and interconnecting rooms that are offered at a 30 per cent discount on their standard rate.

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/hertfordshire/hotels/the-grove-hotel/