Fisher Island completes $60M overhaul; Richard Heisenbottle, Hirsch Bedner & Associates renovate Vanderbilt Mansion

Fisher Island, located off the tip of Miami Beach, has announced that it completed restoration to its Vanderbilt Mansion, the final stage of a major $60 million renovation to its amenities, including the resort, Spa Internazionale, beach club, tennis facility, golf clubhouse, marina and other assets. As the former retreat of William K. Vanderbilt II and his wife, Rosamund, the Mediterranean-style estate overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Miami skyline.

There were specific upgrades to the club’s amenities and facilities.

The 15-room Fisher Island Club Hotel boasts six Courtyard Villas, four Historic Cottages and a Guest House with five Junior Suites. The Courtyard Villas were refurbished to now include wood plank flooring, new upholstery with gold and blue-green pallette, and patios with Jacuzzis. The Historic Cottages, which are original to the Vanderbilt estate, feature stone flooring, and blue and white tones. “Rosemary’s Cottage,” which was built for Vanderbilt’s stepdaughter, was converted from a two-bedroom home to a three-bedroom accommodation. The original chandeliers in the units were restored. The five Junior Suites feature a similar pallette to the Historic Cottages. Also, the original two smaller suites on the second floor of the Guest House were combined to make one Junior Suite.


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The Golf Clubhouse features a new pro shop, as well as updated locker and restroom facilities. Meanwhile, the new Golf Grill restaurant has a modernized kitchen, dining room and card room.

The Tennis Center offers 18 courts, including two grass, two hard and 14 clay. Currently underway is a new pro shop, a conference center to accommodate meeting space for groups of up to 72 people, and nearly 20,000 square feet of open patio space.

Rejuvenations to the 24,000-square-foot spa and fitness center include a sky-lit reception area, new retail space, upgraded gym equipment, spinning and Pilates studios, expanded wet and dry areas, a Roman waterfall, and a pool. Meanwhile, the 3,500-square-foot Salone Di Bellezza offers a full-service beauty salon with hair and nail services, facials and skin care.

The Beach Club was also refurbished, and now boasts white seaside pavilions, turquoise hues, two new bars with ocean and city views, and an updated restaurant facility.

Fisher Island Club offers two deep-water marinas with over 100 slips that can accommodate luxury yachts up to 250 feet. Upgrades to the marina include new teak finger piers and greenheart pilings, as well as electrical and gazebo renovations.

The Island Market is a deli, wine shop and grocery store. It now boasts an added bakery and ice cream parlor, along with new décor, complete with metal and granite floors, and subway tile walls.

The historic Vanderbilt Mansion, the final renovation phase in the property, is undergoing transformations. Executed by architect Richard Heisenbottle and interior design firm Hirsch Bedner & Associates, the goal of the renovation project is to restore it to reflect the home’s history. As such, much of the millwork was stripped and restored to its original glory, while other parts were left untouched because of their historical value. Upgrades to the mansion include expanded outdoor decking for the City View Café, and the transformation of the second floor, which was originally the Vanderbilt’s bedrooms, into a lounge and private dining area with ocean and marina views. The Vanderbilt Pool is also being restored.

The 216-acre Fisher Island boasts its own private beach with sand imported from the Bahamas, a beach club, a P.B. Dye nine-hole championship golf course, 18 tennis courts, two marinas, seven dining options, a full-service spa, salon and fitness center, a private day school, an astronomy observatory, and an aviary.