Sitting right in the heart of idyllic Grove Isle, Gibraltar and its surrounding Grove Isle Hotel & Spa was an elegant spot once popular for its enchanting waterfront views, opulent vibes and romantic “je ne sais quoi.” Now the site of the chic, newly-opened Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle – a restaurant, beach club, 20-room boutique hotel, a 6,000 square-foot, two-level spa, a marina and tennis courts – this awe-inspiring spot has become the must-try locale of Miami’s hottest trend-setters.
And for good reason. As the brainchild of hospitality gurus Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, Palmeiras Beach Club is characterized by its enchanting, open-water views and Mediterranean-by-way-of-Miami vibes. An ode to Europe’s most mesmerizing beaches, the main restaurant’s outer décor and all-white interior dining room – complete with hand painted ceilings by resident artists James and Kate Hahn – highlight the soft blue of Biscayne Bay’s idyllic waters, while the al fresco patio boasts white and blue wood tables and chairs and intimate romantic dining nooks; a true reflection of life on the Greek Isles.
Beyond the main dining area, the magic continues. From the Patron Tequila Lounge to the exclusive Perrier–Jouët Chef’s Table – a private dining room, reminiscent of the Belle Époque age, which can accommodate up to 20 guests – Palmieras Beach Club has plenty of options for diners to celebrate with family and friends. Step outside and guests indulge in cocktails and light bites by the pool and beach area’s cabanas, lounge chairs and Hamptons-style day beds; or party the night away at the Taittinger Lounge and Beach Club, where a glass of champagne and live music form the perfect complement to its stunning views.
And behind its enchantment is a menu of delicious Spanish, French, Italian and Greek favorites whipped up by none other than celebrated Venezuelan chef, Alfredo Alvarez: the mastermind behind the Magic City’s smash hit, Seasalt & Pepper. Bringing a taste of his global travels to the locale, Alvarez artfully combines the fruit of Miami’s stunning coastline with his lifetime of experience. When you try it for yourself, start with the House Salumeria with prosciutto, mortadella and salami al finocchietto, and move on to the Seared Sepia with caramelized baby artichokes, mint tabbouleh and chorizo. Finish it up with a sweet ending like Palmeiras’ Chocolate Feast – a tantalizing taste of Valrhona crust, black and white ganache, chocolate soil, Grand Marnier ice cream, candied pecans and blood orange coulis – and one undeniable truth remains: chef Alfredo Alvarez’s new Mediterranean concept is definitely here to stay.
To reserve your spot at the restaurant and beach club, visit www.palmeirasbeachclub.com.