The Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Coral Gables Partners with Dragonfly Expeditions to Offer Guests Bespoke Miami Expeditions
May 2017 -The Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Coral Gables has partnered with pioneers of Miami eco-adventures, Dragonfly Expeditions to offer guests a bespoke selection of excursions to immerse intrepid travellers into Miami’s culture and history.
The ten new expeditions have been curated with Dragonfly Expeditions’ ‘’tread lightly’’ philosophy of sustainable travel at the forefront of mind. Each tailor-made adventure unveils an unexpected and “wild’’ place in Miami where few visitors typically venture to. Offering an opportunity to discover the native cultures, plants and animals of a secret Miami.
From roaming the wild landscape of the Florida Everglades and discovering the Miccosukee island camps to venturing around Miami Modern (MiMo) historic district or touring through the colourful Cuban and Creole cultures that contribute to the city’s rich culture, guests of The Biltmore will experience the cosmopolitan city in a new and immersive adventure.
Discovering The Florida Everglades
The Everglades Backwater Tour
This full day excursion allows guests to explore one of the worlds most threatened and beautiful wilds places. Adventurers will traverse through the backwater and discover lush cypress domes while native orchids and bromeliads hang overhead. Following a lunch on the waterfront, guests will have the opportunity to visit the Clyde Butcher Gallery in Big Cypress to view the acclaimed photographer’s shots that capture the natural beauty of North America.
The Everglades Backwater Tour is available from 15 September 2016 – 20 January 2017 and departs the hotel at 9am and returns at 5pm. The excursion includes a walking tour of the Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve, lunch and entry into the Clyde Butcher gallery. Prices start from $469 (approx. £648) per person based on a group of two.
The Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Tour
Only accessible by airboat, guests will travel several miles into the Everglades to explore two historic Miccosukee island camps, taking a walking tour to see how Miccosukee families lived for years with what many consider to be an unliveable landscape. Following a tour of the Clyde Butcher Gallery, guests will enjoy a BBQ with a Latin twist.
The Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Tour departs the hotel at 1pm and returns at 7.15pm. The excursion includes airboat transport, a walking tour of the Miccosukee island camps, entry into the Clyde Butcher Gallery and BBQ dinner. Prices start from $610 (approx. £501) per person based on a group of two.
A complete Everglades experience, following a scenic drive to the Western side of the Everglades, guests will enjoy a mid-morning Tram Tour through Shark Valley. The open-air trams offer an up-close and personal opportunity to view the wildlife, including alligators and wading birds within the sawgrass prairies. After a tour of the Clyde Butcher Gallery, guests will travel several miles into the Everglades to discover the Miccosukee island camps.
The Everglades Immersion departs the hotel at 8.30am and returns at 7.15pm. The excursion includes a Tram Tour through Shark Valley, a lunch box, entry to the Clyde Butcher Gallery and the Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Tour. Prices start from $879 (approx. £723) per person based on a group of two.
The Anghinga Trail
Heading down the Southern part of Everglades National Park, guests will hike the scenic Anghinga Trail, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The trail winds its way through a sawgrass marsh that is home to wildlife such as alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons and egrets to name a few. After a morning of hiking, guests will refuel with lunch before heading to a remote, old-school, roadside fruit stand, named ‘Robert is Here’, that has been popular with the locals for years.
The Anghinga Trail departs the hotel at 9am and returns at 3pm. The excursion includes a guided hike through the Anghinga Trail and lunch. Prices start from $559 (approx. £459) per person based on a group of two.
Cultural Heritage Experience
The Cuban Heritage Tour
The Castro-revolution in Cuba transformed Miami into the Capital of the Americas. Guests will be toured through the story of Miami’s Cuban community exploring food markets, landmark monuments and street scenes.
The Cuban Heritage Tour departs the hotel at 9am and returns at 2pm. The excursion includes a walking tour of Miami’s Cuban Community and lunch. Prices start from $469 (approx. £385) per person based on a group of two.
The Haiti in Exile Tour
Touring through Little Haiti, guests will be immersed into Creole culture. Whilst discovering the aroma of Creole cooking to the rhythm of Haiatan music, guests will learn of the tumultuous Haiatan history. Guests will then head to a legendary bookstore and cultural centre, which has helped anchor the central Little aiti downtown district over the years. This immersive experience ends with a visit to a local ‘botanica’ to delve into the mysterious world of voodoo.
The Haiti in Exile Tour departs the hotel at 1pm and returns at 5pm. The excursion includes a walking tour of Little Haiti with visits to a local cultural centre and local ‘botanica’. Prices start from $363 (approx. £298) per person based on a group of two.
The Miami Specialty Architectural Experience
Tropical Deco Tour
Led by a historic tour guide, guests will go back in time and enjoy an informative historyguided Art-Deco tour that unveils the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties and thirties in America’s only Art Deco Historic District. Miami Beaches’ iconic architecture will be explored in a walk-through of the first hotel built on Miami Beach and guests can marvel at the playful Art Deco lifeguard stand lining the beach. Following the tour, lunch will include a feast of tapas.
The Tropical Deco Tour leaves the hotel at 9am and returns at 2pm. The excursion includes a guided walking tour through the Art Deco Historic District and lunch. Prices start from $289 (approx. £237) per person based on a group of two.
Coral Gables – The City Beautiful
Guests will tour through one of America’s most beautiful historic cities: Coral Gables visiting one of South Florida’s most architecturally important landmarks, The Biltmore Hotel. Guests will learn of the hotel’s colourful stories from the years and the story behind its development as well as the truths, untruths, ghosts and glamour that capture the essence of South Florida style and history.
The Coral Gables Tour departs the hotel at 9am and returns at 1.30pm. The excursion includes a guided tour of the Coral Gables area and lunch. Prices start from $289 (approx. £237) per person based on a group of two.
The MiMo Tour
Venturing to unique Miami Modern (MiMo) historic district. Guests will learn of how MiMo style of homes and motels represent the distinctive aesthetic of America’s fascination with the future, as created between 1945 and the sixties. Guests will see the distinct references to movement, motion and space and see how many of these important buildings have been renovated or are being renovated by entrepreneurs and history lovers. Following the tour, guests will dine at a restaurant that boasts iconic MiMo style.
The MiMo Tour departs the hotel at 9am and returns 2.30pm. The excursion includes a walking tour of the MiMo district followed by lunch. Prices start from $339 (approx. £278) per person based on a group of two.
Situated in the exclusive Coral Gables neighbourhood and a stone’s throw from Miami Beach and downtown Miami, the Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark. The hotel is home to the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States, with a length of 69 metres and a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel has been a firm favourite of world leaders, presidents and celebrities alike since its opening in 1926.
About the Biltmore Hotel
Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The 273-room resort resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71 par championship golf course, tennis courts, the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas, a European spa, and an award- winning fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include the award winning Palme d’Or, recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding The Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade and the 19th Hole Golf restaurant. The hotel also recently unveiled its culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings, public policy conferences, and an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.