This post is sponsored by JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. All opinions are those of the author.
You certainly don’t have to leave South Florida to enjoy a world class family vacation! I am excited to share with you about our recent visit to the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa just a few miles up the road in Aventura.
JW Turnberry: What’s Not to Love?
My husband and I visited this property for a romantic getaway a few years ago before we had children and we LOVED it. We still talk about our amazing room that overlooked the former iconic “island green.” We were excited to return to the property this time with two kids in tow ready for a family adventure!
The resort recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and the rooms, service, and amenities reflect this. At this property you truly have to ask yourself, “What’s NOT to love?” My husband loves that there is a 36 hole championship golf course. I love that there is an elegant spa and wellness center along with family friendly dining options. Did I mention a full fledged waterpark awaits the whole family? At JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa there is truly something to satisfy everyone in your family.
A Room With a View
Our room was a Junior Suite which provided ample space for a family for 4 to stretch out and still feel comfortable. I could have lived in the bathroom which provided all the comforts of home including a massive tub and under-the-sink automated lighting for those nighttime bathroom trips (all the Mamas out there understand what a luxury that is!)
When we entered the room my daughter immediately made herself comfortable on the bed and began “doing her work” at the bedside table with the complimentary pen and paper. Ha! (It’s amazing what “luxuries” grab our kids attention isn’t it?)
If I am honest, I love a huge bathroom, cloud-like bedding, and space to spread out. (All things that the rooms at JW Turnberry offer). However, my favorite thing about any hotel room is the view.
Even though the resort is not located on the beach, every room has an awesome view! Our room had a spectacular view of the golf course and the water park. Our 12th floor covered patio perch provided a great view of the afternoon thunderstorms that roll into Miami in the summertime.
Family Dining Options
JW Turnberry offers a number of dining options including BOURBON STEAK by Michael Mina. We ate there on our last trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time we chose to dine on the patio of CORSAIR kitchen & bar. This restaurant is filled with ambiance and a diverse dinner menu. In the mornings the space transforms when it is flooded with natural light and a huge buffet spread of fresh fruit, pastries, and breakfast items.
Enjoying a meal outside meant the views were spectacular and our kids lasted longer because of the relaxed atmosphere and ample outdoor distractions.
The food was delicious and the kid’s menu was filled with options suitable for their less-refined palates. However, my daughter couldn’t keep her hands off our onion ring tower. We highly recommend it and the churrasco!
Of course if you decide that you don’t want to leave the waterpark, you can enjoy lunch or dinner poolside or at the Surf House.
âme Spa & Wellness Collective
Mamas, I would be amiss to not mention the Spa at JW Turnberry. It’s an elegant oasis tucked away at the entrance of the property. You’ll feel you’re a world away! Take my advice and send the kids to the waterpark with Dad in the morning and take a moment all to yourself. Arrive early and enjoy the relaxation room. I sampled the CBD oil massage and I can recommend it with 2 thumbs up.
The âme Spa is running some great specials for Miami Spa Month so now is your chance to take advantage of the splurge!
Tidal Cove Waterpark
Let’s cut to the chase. Our favorite thing about this resort for families is the Tidal Cover Waterpark! I don’t know who was more excited, my husband and I or our two year old?!
Tidal Cove is awesome! The whole area is set-apart from the resort’s quiet pool so if you need an adult moment they have a designated space for that at JW Turnberry. However, you will definitely want to be where the action is! Guests of the resort enjoy all the amenities of Tidal Cove at no additional charge. If you’re not staying at the hotel you can purchase a day pass to the Waterpark and there are also cabanas available.
The waterpark is divided into 2 zones with a lazy river that weaves its way around the middle of the main pool area. You can choose your challenge and you don’t have to battle the cannon-balling big kids if you just want to keep your eyes on your little ones.
With 2 kids ages 2 and under we spent most of our time camped out at the sweet-treats-themed Kid Zone. This area has 5 slides for every age and the water isn’t deeper than 1 foot. My 8 month old even enjoyed his first waterslide (accompanied by Dad of course!)
Lifeguards walk the perimeter of the area and life jackets are provided in all sizes. There’s even food and beverage service delivered right to you! The Kid Zone is equipped with areas for the kids to climb, slide, and splash. We seriously couldn’t get enough! My daughter’s favorite attraction was the pink emoji slide!
After a family trip down the lazy river my husband and I traded off wrangling the kiddos because we each wanted to test out a “big kid slide.” From family-sized tube slides to a thrill-seekers dream slide where the bottom falls out from under you — there really is something for everyone at Tidal Cove! I opted for a more conservative raft racing slide and had a blast. Tidal Cove also offers surf lessons on their FlowRider surf simulator. Who needs the beach anyways! We topped off the day with gelato from the on-site eatery Free Style and called it an all-around win!
Plan Your Visit
Well, what are you waiting for? There are 3 staycation packages and a number of signature events and activities happening at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. A great family getaway is just minutes away in Aventura!
Guests of the resort also enjoy complimentary transportation to the Aventura Mall where you have access to first class shopping. Don’t forget to check out the Gorillas in the Mist art-exhibit-turned-splash-pad by the Haas Brothers!