Turnberry Isle Miami hosts Sam Azar of ‘Living in Luxury’

Jon Gersonde, Turnberry Isle Miami; Sam Azar, FOX TV’s Living in Luxury; Skip James, Turnberry Isle Miami TPhotography by Andrew Goldstein
Jon Gersonde, Turnberry Isle Miami; Sam Azar, FOX TV’s Living in Luxury; Skip James, Turnberry Isle Miami Photography by Andrew Goldstein

Turnberry Isle Miami, Aventura’s most luxurious resort, was the ideal venue for an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable meeting featuring property and hospitality expert Sam Azar, now hosting FOX TV’s new Saturday morning series Living in Luxury.

Past AMC Chair Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance of Florida welcomed business and community leaders along with Turnberry Isle Miami Managing Director Jon Gersonde, Director of Sales and Marketing Skip James, Hotel Manager Philippe Larrieu and Catering Director Stephen Jackson. They invited the community to discover the resort’s new and impressive amenities, noting membership isn’t necessary to enjoy all the luxuries.

Before Azar previewed upcoming Living in Luxury segments highlighting premier developers, architects, designers, realtors and exclusive properties, AMC members learned more about Turnberry Isle Miami – an Autograph Collection property that is part of a boldly original ensemble of hotels heralded as, “Nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional.”

Ranking amongst Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Hotels” and already renowned for two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd, a Tennis Center, over 400 spacious guest rooms and suites, plus a 40,000 square-foot Conference Center encompassing a grand ballroom and versatile meeting space – Turnberry Isle Miami is taking luxury to even greater heights.

Beyond sweeping renovations, an Optimal Wellness Center is now based at the Forbes Four Star Spa & Fitness Center, where leading physicians are prescribing customized health plans and prevention-based treatments. Yet another celebrity chef restaurant complimenting Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is also opening soon: Award-winning Chef Scott Conant of FoodTV Network’s hit series Chopped! is bringing Corsair by scott conant to Aventura with a rustic menu inspired by the American farm and flavors of the Mediterranean.

Since the meeting was held just before Thanksgiving, Azar began by listing some of the things he’s most thankful for: “The real estate market comeback, being a resident of Aventura, and for representing the FOX Network on Living in Luxury.”

A foremost ambassador for the South Florida property industry, Azar has been recognized for his skills in real estate, business development, contract negotiation and luxury properties. He explained, “Living in Luxury is about the beautiful properties and ‘glam’ people expect to see in Miami real estate. The real stars are my guests – they’re the realtors, developers, architects, designers and all those who make it happen.”

“Upcoming segments will showcase before and after property transformations; ‘over the top’ design elements such as a $35,000 television bar and $5 million guest house built behind a $30 million mansion; special events; top producers; philanthropy; and hot trends for example, marketing to the Chinese community.”

Summing up his personal definition of what the responsibility of living in luxury is all about, Azar emphasized, “Material stuff is fun and we all deserve to enjoy it if we’ve worked very hard to get it – but the way we live healthy lifestyles and give back is what we can be proudest of. This is what I’m looking forward to sharing as producer and host of Living in Luxury, representing South Florida in a positive light.”

For more information about Turnberry Isle Miami, phone: 305-932-6200 or visit Turnberryislemiami.com.

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