It's trendy, it’s Art Deco, it’s nightlife on steroids, it’s white sand beaches and clear blue water, it’s an exhilarating place to be. You guessed it; right now these Luxury Travel Consultants are heading to South Beach. Also known as the American Riviera, SOBE (South Beach) is an eclectic mix of iconic architecture, haute cocktails at celeb-packed clubs, culinary hot spots, miles of beach and of course, some of the best five-star accommodations in the Miami area. We’re off to discover the past and the present melded together in the most glam way possible as we leave for South Beach, Miami.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
From the moment it first opened its doors on New Year’s Eve 1930, The Surf Club has been rooted in history. With a star studded past, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club’s timeless style finds the perfect balance in a newly reimagined hotel. Set on nine-acres of pristine oceanfront with 105 rooms, suites and the best bungalows, you can spend your day shopping, sunbathing or heading to the spa. When you are ready to transition to your evening festivities, indulge in an Aperitivo at the Champagne Bar, winner of Virtuoso’s Best Bar award in 2019. Hard as it may be to leave the Surf Club, WIT is here to coax you off property by land or by sea. We love the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Walking Tour, where you will learn about Miami’s Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles, found within the Architectural Historic District of South Beach. If the water is calling you, let us plan a private Zodiac Boat excursion with expert local guides exploring secluded insider locations and popular landmarks. We are huge fans of working with tours that include environmentally diverse areas like Biscayne National Park, the largest underwater park in the US, known for its abundant marine life and vast underwater preservation areas.
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Inspired by its 1950s Art Deco building, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, pays tribute to the vibrant culture and lively history of Miami in a truly glamourous way. After a complete transformation, the oceanfront resort was recently named one of the best new hotels in the world by Town & Country Magazine. Here in the heart of SOBE, the Ritz offers 376 guest rooms and suites, including two poolside lanai wings in the style of early Miami Beach…..think Sinatra and the Rat Pack! We are totally enamored with the hotel’s Club Level where you have all the attention of a dedicated concierge and complimentary culinary offerings throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, dessert and a selection of wines, beers, spirits and other beverages. Check out the massive outdoor pool with ocean views and private cabanas for your much needed nap before you head out for the night.
Club hopping is a rite of passage on South Beach and there’s no dance club more popular than LIV, located at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. A popular hangout for world-renowned DJs and every A-list celebrity under the sun dancing the night away. For a night into day into night experience, try Mango’s Tropical Café where you can party from lunch through dinner and then stay all night. Mango’s is an over-the-top version of the 1920’s Tropicana Club in Havana. Enjoy a lively show at all hours of the day and night while you kick back with a Mojito (or two). Attracting some of Miami’s most fabulous partygoers (even on weeknights) is BASEMENT at the EDITION . This disco in disguise is a modern day tribute to Studio 54, complete with a glowing bar, bowling alley, ice skating rink, and of course, dancing.
Miami Beach EDITION
Speaking of Miami Beach EDITION, here are 3.5 acres of luxury beachfront nestled between South Beach and North Beach. This dreamy resort environment is in the heart of Miami Beach with 294 spacious and sophisticated accommodations, including bi-level suites with a private plunge pool and sauna. You will love the views as the EDITION overlooks 70,000 square feet of Miami beachfront with private access to the beach with chaises, umbrellas and towel service. The entire lushly landscaped outdoor space at The EDITION is appropriately named Tropicale, inspired by the legendary 1950s Havana nightclub Tropicana with two private pools surrounded by loungers and luxury cabanas. In addition, it includes dining options from the renounced Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Lobby Bar, a throwback to the 1950’s Miami glamour, you may consider never leaving the resort!
W South Beach
Steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, is W South Beach, a cool and classy landing pad in the wild world of South Beach. Located on iconic Collins Ave, W is walking distance to clubs, shops and parks. The hotel boasts 350 large guest rooms with oversized private balconies and unparalleled ocean views. We love that the W has both WET, the amazing heated pool deck and SAND their private, full-service beach. Check out the truly unique SWISH & SWING basketball and tennis courts located on the rooftop of the hotel before you experience true mixology via the eclectic handcrafted cocktail selection at Living Room Bar and Irma’s right on property.
Miami has become a true culinary destination with old time favs, celeb chefs and new local heroes plating up some truly inspired cuisine. When in Miami, it’s kind of a thing to say you have been to Joe’s Stone Crab House. This classic South Beach establishment is known for its fresh stone crab claws and has been in Miami for over 100 years! It attracts locals, tourists and celebs, serving seasonal stone crabs (October–May) with a “secret” sauce, garlic creamed spinach, fried sweet potatoes, coleslaw and hash browns. For those seeking a celeb chef cuisine, we love everything about The Bazaar by culinary giant José Andrés. Perhaps that’s because the food and overall vibe of the place are a journey into Chef’s mind, bringing a playful spirit to every plate offered up. The menu is lively, combining elements of Spain and Latin America to wind up with dishes like Papas a la Huancaína (Peruvian potatoes with sea urchin) and Cuban coffee-rubbed churrasco with passionfruit. We also want to support Chef Andres who has been recognized as a true humanitarian as the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Our last recommendation is all about the veggies at Planta, Chef David Lee’s restaurant that is crafting incredible food that’s sustainable and not using any animal products. He showcases how plant-based eating can be healthy and environmental while still actually tasting good. Try his vegan burger. If you didn’t know it, you’d never guess it was plant based.
WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.
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