Show of hands how many want to see another rainy cloudy day in the Washington, DC area? Yeah. Didn’t think so. Elections are over, you voted and now you need to get out of town. United Airlines recently announced the addition of seasonal daily flights between Washington Dulles and Miami International from December 19, 2018 to March 30, 2019, offering twice daily service between these two cities from December 24 and January 6, 2019. I just found a flight from BWI to MIA for $144 on Google.com/flights. After you book your flight, check out these places for where to stay, where to eat and where to have fun in Miami.
AC Hotel Miami Aventura: Offering city and water view rooms with sophisticated style and European influence, AC Hotel Miami Aventura is in the epicenter of world class shopping and dining options at Aventura Mall, the whirlwind energy of Gulfstream Park Racecourse & Casino and moments away from premier events held at Hard Rock Stadium, South Beach and the Wynwood art scene. Perfect for a weekend getaway, the hotel has been curated for the modern millennial traveler. Start your morning by enjoying AC’s European inspired breakfast at AC Kitchen, unwind at the AC Lounge in the evening with unique tapas menu and signature cocktails, relax in their upper deck pool and bar, or rejuvenate your body and spirit in their hi-tech fitness center overlooking the skyline.
Aloft Miami Aventura: Located in the heart of adventure at the much-anticipated wellness-centric community, Aventura Park Square, and just minutes away from Aventura Mall (the 5th largest in the country), numerous golf courses and white sandy beaches, the 207-room hotel features loft-inspired rooms with plush platform beds and amenities such as a fully stocked W XYZ bar, grab and go food options, aquarium, meeting/event spaces, pool deck, and state of the art fitness center. The hotel’s extensive list of programming includes weekly “Live at Aloft” music events, pet programming (as dogs under 40lbs stay free of charge), craft cocktails and more.
W South Beach, the iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Miami Beach, has unveiled a new E-WOW Penthouse Oceanview 2,056 sq ft suite that features a private rooftop plunge pool, lounge seating, rain showers and alfresco bar perfect for enjoying Miami’s warm holiday weather. Guests looking for a dose of the city’s famed art scene can check out the hotel’s multi-million dollar art collection with works by Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat before enjoying a complimentary guided tour of the adjacent Bass Museum, exclusively offered to hotel guests.
The Celino: Debuting on Miami’s renowned Ocean Drive in December 2018, The Celino South Beach is set to be one of the largest hospitality developments on the iconic street. Managed by Highgate, the 132-room boutique hotel’s personality will be rich in Latin charisma and tropical class to celebrate the landmark of where the first “Conga Line” took place. Amenities include a rooftop glass-bottom pool overlooking the ocean, courtyard pool, rooftop sun deck, three restaurants, and two bars.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (Cover photo): One of only two Five-Diamond resorts in Miami, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort boasts 216 luxurious rooms and signature St. Regis Butler Service, 24-hour in-room dining, pet pampering, 14,000-square-foot spa, fitness center, poolside cabanas and an expansive stretch of white-sand beach.
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour: Boasting impeccable service and world-class amenities, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour features 99 suites with each floor boasting only two private guestrooms with personal entrances, walk-in closets and spacious bathrooms. With a 400-piece art collection on display throughout the hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour offers an upscale luxury experience with an elevated swimming pool, private cabanas, fitness center with personal trainers and group classes, and a 10,000-square-foot waterfront spa.
Baker’s Cay Resort (Coming February 2019): Baker’s Cay Resort, a new upscale beachfront oasis carved into Key Largo’s most lush and secluded region, debuts February 2019. Upon unveiling, the 200-room resort will boast two swimming pools separated by a cascading waterfall grotto; Aveda salon; four dining outlets including beachside taco-and-tequila eatery with one of the largest collection of house-made hot sauces; cozy library filled with vintage paper-backs; winding nature trail; boating dock; full pet-welcoming amenities including doggie tikis, curated bone menus and more. Located on the Gulf side of the Overseas Highway, this beachfront resort is tucked away on 13 acres of lush tropical groves and provides exclusive access to one of the most secluded white-sand beaches in the area. Images
ZUMA MIAMI: A minimalist hotspot overlooking the Miami River, Zuma Miami offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, contemporary Japanese dishes (inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called izakaya) in a fun and vibrant environment. Whether diners are looking to hang out at the bar, experience the lounge, discover dockside dining at the coveted terrace tables, taste the savory and boozy weekend brunch, or enjoy the newly renovated PDR and private riverfront terrace, Zuma Miami brings chef Rainer Becker’s vision to life while being at the epitome of the world’s chicest scene-and-be-seen.
Atlantikos: Boasting bright blue and white contrasting colors reminiscent of Greece, The St. Regis Bal Harbour’s Atlantikos offers a truly authentic dining experience with Chef “Tasos” Chasekioglou who launched his career in Greece.
MR CHOW: At MR CHOW Miami, celebrities and guests alike enjoy a premier Beijing dining experience. Keeping with the tradition of his other properties in Beverly Hills and New York City, the Michael Chow-designed restaurant in Miami is a masterpiece, featuring signature screens and black lacquer furniture in addition to artwork from Michael Chow’s renowned private collection. The ceiling is adorned with a 125-foot gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by Chow himself. A dining experience in line with a theatrical performance, Chefs Lee and Tsui ‘wow’ guests every night with their captivating duck carving and noodle pulling shows.
GRAZIANO’S: Recognized for authentic Argentine dining in Miami for over 25 years, the family-owned collection of restaurants and markets across South Florida offers an authentic dining experience featuring a selection of fine meat cuts including Fioretina Steak and Bife Gaucho, seafood dishes, an assortment of empanadas, and house-made pastas paired with handpicked Argentine wines and creative cocktails.
The St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge: Featuring an exclusive selection of the world’s finest champagnes, rare vintage wines and handcrafted cocktails, the lounge also offers an innovative sushi menu. Indulge in $200 cocktails served in LALIQUE glassware, which guests can take home.
Artisan Beach House: From Sunday brunch to social hours, guests and locals can indulge in beachside dining with a globally inspired menu at Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour’s Artisan Beach House.
Brickell, Miami – There’s a renewed energy brewing in Miami and it’s rooted in the Magic City’s Downtown/Brickell neighborhood. Home to a recent boom in development (estimated at $18B) this new Miami has welcomed a list of toney hotels, award-winning restaurants, cultural institutions and even some ‘firsts’ such as food halls, a train/station and futuristic mall chalk-full of international boutiques. At the heart of Brickell/Downtown’s changing skyline is Brickell City Centre (BCC). A true city within a city, BCC is a mixed-use project spanning three city blocks encompassing a 500,000 sq. ft. open-air mall with a luxury movie dine-in movie theater, CMX and an Italian-emporium, La Centrale – Italian Food Hall, all directly connect to the trendy EAST, Miami hotel.
Bal Harbour Shops: With a 350,000-square-foot expansion in the works, Bal Harbour Shops boasts three floors of more than 40 designer brands including Chanel, Céline, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga. As one of the nation’s top-producing shopping centers, Bal Harbour Shops also offers fashion consultations, make-up masterclasses, and on-demand services in a customer’s home, workplace or hotel room.
I hope this inspires you to get out of town!