Miami Beach History

Carillon Hotel Miami Beach

The historic Carillon Hotel is the breathtaking setting for Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. Once the epitome of 1950s Miami Modern style, this South Florida landmark fell on hard times and had stood empty for more than 10 years when redevelopment began.

The once-glamorous property was owned by Eric Sheppard, one of the principals of WSG Development Company, when, at the suggestion of business partner Phillip Wolman (a longtime Ranch devotee), Sheppard visited Canyon Ranch in Tucson and changed his life dramatically. Zealous converts to the Canyon Ranch lifestyle, Sheppard and Wolman convinced Canyon Ranch Founder Mel Zuckerman to join with them in restoring, converting and expanding the Carillon into an exciting new hybrid expression of the Ranch: a healthy living condominium community and à la carte hotel wrapped around a state-of-the-art Wellness Spa. Canyon Ranch and WSG became development partners for the project.

Canyon Ranch’s commitment to preserving history and conserving resources resulted in a painstaking restoration of this elegant building to more than its former glory. In the process, it became the premier vacation spa resort in the Southeastern U.S. Architects from the world-renowned firm Arquitectonica®, working with preservationists, have authentically restored the original aesthetic while incorporating elements that infuse a soaring spirit of infinite possibilities.

The refurbished original sign of the Carillon was ceremonially lit for the first time in decades on January 16, 2007.

Canyon Ranch Living® – Miami Beach, the first healthy living community of its kind – occupies two luxury condominium towers flanking the Carillon. Residents enjoy like-minded neighbors and access to the vast resources of Canyon Ranch – including complimentary daily fitness classes and full use of the Wellness Spa – right where they live.

The spectacular décor of the condominium towers, with stunning lobbies and thoughtfully appointed living spaces enhanced by lavish use of wood, shell and stone, was created by David Rockwell, of the world-famous Rockwell Group®, and captures the energizing, harmonious essence of Canyon Ranch. Residents began moving in mid-2008.

Rockwell also designed the hotel’s spectacular public spaces, Wellness Spa and restaurants, and decorated the hotel’s exquisite suites using an array of natural materials that bring the natural world indoors while fully embracing the original elegance of the Carillon. This luxury, all-suite hotel – with the largest and best-equipped Spa in the Southeastern U.S. – opened in November, 2008.