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From Cocktail Napkin Sketch to Consummate Miami Resort

Where others saw vast swamp land and mangrove stands, real estate developer Donald Soffer saw a luxury tropical oasis dotted with golf courses, lakes, and timeless Mediterranean architecture - all surrounding an iconic 100-year-old banyan tree. In 1967, he sketched his vision on a cocktail napkin: an ambitious plan to transform hundreds of acres in North Miami Beach into a luxury, planned residential area.

The city of Aventura, Spanish for “adventure”, began with a prestigious country club, 12 miles north of Miami with more of Don Soffer's planned developments rising up around it. Fast-forward several decades and today, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is a world-class resort and the centerpiece of the vibrant community of Aventura.