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JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

For all its glitz and glamor, the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa traces its roots back to one humble origin — a stray cocktail napkin. Back in 1967, famed real estate developer Donald Soffer conceived a vision for an upscale residential area; and with help from his father, Harry, and a group of investors, he purchased 785 acres of South Florida swampland for $6 million. Development quickly began: In 1970, the first phase of the Aventura Country Club was completed. Ten years later, the re-christened JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa featured two 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, and a luxury hotel. Ownership changes, renovations, and expansions occurred in the decades since, and today — under the watchful eye of Donald's son, Jeffrey — the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa occupies a spot on Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Resorts" list.

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