White sandy beaches, a tropical climate, the Art Deco District, luxury apartment blocks, historic buildings and hotels, colourful cuisine and a growing art scene make Miami Beach multifaceted and dazzling and understandably one of the most popular destinations in the world. Red Dot 21 team has put together some tips for a trip to Southern Florida.
Prime Hotel Miami and Prime 112
In its privileged position just steps away from the ocean, but near to where it is all happening, the Prime Hotel offers a sometimes much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of South Beach. The boutique hotel is one of the oldest in Miami Beach and has 14 custom-designed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. A roof terrace with a pool and lounge area is a tempting place to relax.
The Betsy and the LT Steak & Seafood
The Betsy – South Beach is a historic luxury hotel in the Art Deco District at the most northerly point of Ocean Drive and only a few steps away from the white sandy beach. Originally, The Betsy had 61 rooms, but in 2016, the hotel fused with another “institution”, the Carlton Hotel, to give a boutique hotel with 130 rooms and suites. The hotel now comprises two wings joined by a bridge: the “Colonial” wing in what was the original Betsy on Ocean Drive, and the new, completely renovated “Art Deco” wing on Collins Avenue. In addition to this special feature, and amenities such as a rooftop terrace with pool, a wellness garden, a spa facility and a fitness centre, the Betsy is chiefly known as a literature hotel. Poet Hyam Plutzik, the father of the hotel’s owner, Jonathan Plutzik, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and bequeathed his son with a passion for poetry. Hotel residents have access to a large in-house library and a Writer’s Room for working writers. Furthermore, every room has a small collection of books and, instead of the obligatory bedtime sweet, a nightly poem awaits guests on their pillow as they go to bed.
LT Steak & Seafood is a restaurant run by the award-winning chef Laurent Tourondel, and is part of The Betsy – South Beach. With its modern atmosphere, the restaurant brings together the best of the tradition of steak and seafood houses. Tourondel comes from France and attaches great importance to seasonal, regional foodstuffs, which is why the menu changes regularly. Diners can choose between the restaurant and the terrace on Ocean Drive to enjoy their meal.
Komodo and Komodo Lounge
Komodo, which also boasts a bar and lounge area, is not actually in Miami Beach, but nevertheless directly on the bay in Miami’s booming Brickell neighbourhood. Diners have the choice of three floors, all with indoor and outdoor facilities, to enjoy the menu of Southeast Asian cuisine. On Friday and Saturday nights, the top floor turns into the “Komodo Lounge”. The interior decoration of the lounge area is particularly eye catching with young art, including pop-art inspired decors by renowned artists such as Mari Kim und Hebru Brantley.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
What at first glance seems to be just another stylish Mexican restaurant on South Beach has something special to offer. Behind what looks like an industrial meat locker door is one of the few speakeasy bars in Miami. The restaurant itself, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, offers fantastic Mexican street food and authentic Mexican drinks. A very special eye catcher is the converted Airstream caravan that serves as a kitchen and serving hatch. The cook, Bernie Matz, got inspiration for the menu from his extensive journeys through Mexico. The result is a modern interpretation of Taco dishes made from chicken, steak or pork that are crisply roasted on a rotating spit.
The Broken Shaker
The Broken Shaker is a renowned cocktail bar run with much attention to detail that is part of the Hotel Freehand Miami. Seated in lounge furniture and surrounded by tropical plants, guests can enjoy cocktails freshly prepared by experienced mixologists in the relaxed atmosphere of a real backyard oasis in the heart of Miami Beach. Some of the cocktail ingredients come from the hotel’s own herb garden and determine what is on the seasonal list of drinks. Whereas others of a more exotic nature are imported from the four corners of the globe. A small selection of delicacies keeps hunger at bay. The cocktail event “Tales of the Cocktail” has rated the bar three times in a row as one of the 50 best bars in the world.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
If you don’t already know about Vizcaya, try to imagine a historic Italian estate in a spectacular, sub-tropical environment. American business tycoon James Deering built it at the beginning of the 20th century as a private winter residence. Vizcaya is one of the best-preserved examples of buildings from the era of US history when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs constructed property inspired by the mansions of Europe. It is not far from downtown Miami. Visitors can experience the beauty and history of the majestic mansion together with the art collection and the picturesque gardens set directly on the bay.
Wynwood Art District
The street art murals of the Wynwood Walls in Miami’s Wynwood Art District attract many thousands of visitors from across the world every year. But aside from what is internationally the largest street-art installation, the one-time industry district has developed in the last ten years into a prime destination for those interested in art. Wynwood Art District is today home to a large number of artists, art galleries, museums, art collections, antique dealers, shops, out-of-the-ordinary bars and small specialty restaurants. It is certainly worth making a detour to the neighbourhood during the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition to discover the young art scene or just to wander through this vibrant part of Miami.
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Posted on 06.10.2017