It’s been a long time coming, but there’s no denying that Miami is now a world-class city. The revitalized urban core features everything from preserved Art Deco beauties built during the 1930s to the soaring glass skyscrapers glistening under the Florida sunshine. Between the beachfront luxury of Bal Harbour, couture-filled streets of the Wynwood and latin flair of Little Havana, Miami has emerged with its own vibrant personality. The sparkling shores, aquamarine waters and energetic atmosphere of South Beach and Miami Beach have been immortalized forever, while whimsical motifs and colorful buildings throughout the city only serve to elevate the outdoor spoils. When you consider all this, it’s no wonder Miami has been the premiere tropical playground for the world’s trendsetters for many decades. Let the extravagance and indulgence of the Magic City charm you.
Where to Stay
Conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from the Port of Miami in the well-located Brickell neighborhood, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami is housed in one of the skyline’s most iconic buildings that rises 70 storeys above the ground. The 182 guest rooms and 39 suites each offer panoramic views of either Biscayne Bay or the downtown skyline while the spacious and light-filled residences range from deluxe studios to fully-furnished two-bedroom apartments. The Four Seasons brand is already synonymous with impeccable service and state-of-the-art facilities and the Miami property is no exception. Guests also have access to the on-site Equinox, its 5,000-square foot fitness facilities, over 100 weekly classes and award-winning spa. The signature amenity here however, is the two-acre rooftop pool terrace. Decorated by lush vegetation and towering palm trees, the beautiful outdoor space is a serene oasis in the heart of downtown Miami. Around the pool, there are sun loungers and cabanas which are an invitation to complete relaxation. To take it to the next level, opt for a poolside massage as you sip on an expertly-crafted cocktail from the nearby Bahia Pool Lounge. For a complete breakdown of accommodation options, check out our Luxury Hotel Guide for Miami.
Where to Dine
Inspired by the marvelous bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso is the restaurant that brings together the bold flavors of Latin America, abundance of coastal ingredients and diversity of South Florida’s food culture. The 4,500-square foot indoor-outdoor space was designed by Meyer Davis Studio and takes advantage of the natural beauty of Miami’s coastline for the quintessential waterfront restaurant. The warm and welcoming decor makes for a certain level of sophistication, but at the same time the establishment harbors a dynamic energy that flows through the staff and clientele–the true Miami experience. Amara at Paraiso takes after owner Michael Schwartz’s ever-growing culinary experience and farm-to-table ethos with a menu that stretches from South American favorites to freshly-caught seafood. For an expanded list of fantastic dining experiences, take a peak through the Restaurant Guide for Miami.
What to Do
One of the best ways to explore Miami is through its fascinating architectural legacy, which can still be encountered today thanks to the efforts of groups like the Miami Design Preservation League. Perhaps the most well-conserved collection of Art Deco architecture in the world lies in South Beach between 6th and 23rd street, while Ocean Drive is lined with colorful boutique hotels overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that date back to the 1930’s. Both South Beach and Miami Beach offer unparalleled coastal experiences with the reputation of being Florida’s own version of Vegas. While these areas are certainly worth checking out, those seeking a more refined and exclusive hideaway can do so at one of many spa retreats. Most luxury hotel properties feature their own wellness centers, while there are more than enough independent spa resorts that are an invitation to complete relaxation. Located between Wynwood and Midtown, head to the Design District to get your shopping fix with a number of Madison Avenue-style boutiques from the likes of Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dior, Celine and Hermes mixed in with upscale interior design stores, stylish cocktail bars and trendy art galleries. Elsewhere, Bal Harbour Shops is an open-air shopping mall that’s among the ritziest in all of America where you’ll often find celebrities strutting from one designer store to the next.
What to Wear
Between the private strips of beach, rooftop terraces and top-notch spa retreats, Miami is an ideal getaway to unwind, decompress and melt the stress away. This Zimmermann Wayfarer Ring High Pant Bikini puts forth a chic floral design that’s stylish and up-to-date. The bikini bandeau is complete with boned sides, a back clasp closure and removable shoulder straps for a fashionable statement and comfortable fit. Add these Carrie Forbes Salon Raffia Slides are the perfect complement to take you wherever you need to go with the timeless woven design making for an excellent tropical look. Keep the fabulous look going with these Garrett Leight Marr 54 Aviator-Style Rose Gold-Tone Sunglasses with a timeless tinted green lenses and classic aviator shape. If you want to look more like a local and less like a cruise ship passenger, check out the Style Sheet for Miami for a comprehensive guide on what to pack.