I am a lucky guy, no doubt about it.

I get to travel the world and report on my findings in print and on air.

Sometimes I travel first class and other times I chose the cheapest options possible.

And occasionally I run into an exceptional hotel property that really deserves special notation.

On this golf journey we stayed for two nights at the Fairmont Aventura Turnberry Isle near Miami…actually in the city of Aventura itself, which is close to Hollywood Florida.

They have just done a $150 million plus upgrade and it shows.

I have always enjoyed staying at Fairmont properties when I can and spent the few minutes it took to fill out the form to make me a Fairmont member. It costs you nothing and other than a few emails, which are not all that bothersome, it gives you a few benifits, in my case free internet during my stay.

The rooms are exceptional, as they would be with the upgrade.

The staff training must be comprehensive and ongoing because I have seldom seen such a consistent friendly attitude at every stage of service, including from every single person you pass by during the day.

For golfers of course this is a now brainer, as the championship Soffer course is not only challenging but a beautiful track from beginning to end.

There are two pools…one with a waterslide and cabanas that you could camp in.

The restaurants give you options to keep you on site but the Aventura Mall across the street provides dozens more.

We tried the Cascata Grill on the property and were appropriately impressed.

Billed as Italian American its selection is wide. I had one of the best braised veal shank meals I ever had.

We tried the mixed appetizer tray and could have made a meal out of the huge prawns, the calamari, the meatballs, and everything else.

Carey choose the steak and could not finish it all.

So after all that why did we still order desert. Like climbing a mountain, because it was there.

I had the cheesecake, perhaps because we didn’t have this dessert at the Cheesecake Factory, the restaurant we dined in the night before.

I was so full I couldn’t even sample Carey’s apple tart with ice cream.

As I said at the outset, I travel a lot and stay in many properties world wide.

This one is deserving of the extra recognition.