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Bagatelle Miami: Bringing More Bubbles to the Beach

Bagatelle Miami: Bringing More Bubbles to the Beach



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Ah, Bagatelle. While I have never attended one of your wild champagne brunches, I fell in love with your cuisine in New York City. So when I was invited to check out your brand new Miami Beach location, I shimmied out of my bikini and into three-inch heels faster than you could say “crudo de Madai et pastèque” (or not, depending on how well you speak French).

The dish follows an emerging culinary theme this spring of thinly sliced fish heavy on the citrus and various geometric accents, comprising Madai snapper, watermelon cubes, japelepño, and espellette pimento. Another citrus-packed dish of the sea, the ceviche de fruits de mer, is sharp and tangy, made with cilantro, bell peppers, corn, and aji rocoto. To balance it out, we tried the gnocchi truffles a la Parisienne, made with truffle sauce, parmesan, and some crunchy, cheesy bits. I inhaled this like it was a calorie-free Krispy Kreme, and later learned that it’s made from the same dough, pate a choux, that they use to make pastry in France.

Of their new location, owner Remi Laba said that, at one point or another, all of Bagatelle’s clientele converges in South Beach.

“Miami Beach is a vibrant city with great events such as Art Basel, Ultra Music Festival, Boat Show, and Swim Week with a "joie de vivre" that our brand embodies,” he said. “New, exciting developments like Edition Hotel, Faena, and more that will make this area very bubbly.”

We were also fortunate enough to sample executive chef Matthieu Godard’s filet mignon sauce Périgueux and cedar wrapped Florida red snapper, served with quinoa tabbouleh, avocado espuma, and tropical sauce vierge.

Dessert was a decadent hazelnut chocolate crisp served with chocolate ganache; ricotta panna cotta served with macerated strawberry, tomato, and lemon rose sorbet; and a jar full of warm, sweet, fluffy Madeleines, otherwise known as one-bite, powdered sugar-dusted pillows of heaven.


5 Ways to Bring Miami Back Home with You

If you’re headed to Miami and planning to save space in your suitcase for some destination-branded memorabilia, there is no shame in that. We can and do appreciate a good souvenir T-shirt! But we also love seeking out a different kind of memento — the harder-to-find gems that feed our palates and become a part of our homes. We’ve pulled together our top picks to bring back from the Magic City — some edible, some not — to remind you of all that Miami has to offer.

1. Key Limes

Nothing says Florida quite like citrus. And while you may be able to find key limes at your grocery store back home, we guarantee they’ll taste better when you’ve hand-picked them and carefully packed them in your suitcase (stuff them in clean socks or pick up some bubble wrap for safe transport).

Where to find them: Head to the Lincoln Road Farmers Market in South Beach (Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for key limes, plus oranges, guava, and mangoes, not to mention locally grown veggies, fresh-cut blooms, jams, jellies, and raw honey by KeezBeez. Get some baked goods from La Provence to nibble on while you shop.

2. PAMM Reversible Tote Bags, $40

Before you head to the farmers market, why not pick up a new tote bag? These bright, fun satchels from the Perez Art Museum Miami are just the thing. We love their mixed-media makeup of canvas and recycled plastic and the ombre colors (yellow and pink, blue and green, or red and purple) that recall the ocean and sunset.

Where to find them: Perez Art Museum Miami (closed Wednesdays, 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami)

3. Tropical Boxed Letterpress Coasters, $30

Back home, make yourself a mojito and place your glass on one of these coasters from Wynwood Letterpress. Flaunting a flamingo, palm tree, parrot, and cocktail in fresh Florida green and pink hues, they’ll keep you in a tropical state of mind long after your vacation is over.

Where to find them: Wynwood Letterpress (open daily, 2621 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 21, Wynwood)

4. Panther Coffee Beans, $19 per pound

We love lingering at the ventanitas in Little Havana, but if you’re after serious coffee, it has to be Panther. The hip, craft coffee shop with a focus on small-batch roasting fits right into its surroundings of street art and murals in the Wynwood Arts District and offers intimate indoor tables and communal seating outside (see above).

Their cold brew — brewed for nine hours and served over ice, black or with cream — is an obvious menu highlight since it’s likely to be hot outside whenever you might be visiting. It was the first cold brew I’ve ever tried and, thanks to the mouthwatering notes of malted milk, chocolate, vanilla, honey, and cherries, it’s been hard to beat since. The good news is that you can take beans home with you and make a cup yourself.

Where to find it: Panther Coffee (open daily, 2390 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood 1875 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach 3407 Main Highway, Coconut Grove)


‘Bubble in the Sun’ Review: How Do You Like Them Oranges?

St. Petersburg, Fla., in the 1920s.

It is difficult to go wrong when writing of questionable behavior and wretched excess in Florida, a fact that is borne out yet again in Christopher Knowlton’s colorful “Bubble in the Sun,” a wide-ranging treatment of the ill-fated South Florida land boom of the 1920s. Mr. Knowlton, a former staff writer and London bureau chief for Fortune magazine, provides a close look into the exploits of a number of legendary players central to the meteoric rise and fall of the state’s fortunes in the first third of the 20th century. He concludes with the provocative assertion that the very cause of the Great Depression was not the crash of the stock market in 1929 but the collapse of the overheated development frenzy in Florida, which began to show signs of stress in late 1925.

Mr. Knowlton’s approach to the material is episodic, opening with a shipwreck that closed Miami Harbor to passenger and cargo traffic for most of the month of January 1926—this at a moment when the building boom was at its peak in the newly minted tropical paradise. “In 1925 alone, an estimated two and a half million people arrived [in Florida] looking for jobs and careers, and, for a time, found them in the building trades,” Mr. Knowlton writes. “Impressive skyscrapers had been built before [in cities such as New York and Chicago], and a few suburbs had been drawn up in places such as Shaker Heights, Ohio, but not on the colossal scale of what occurred in Florida during the twenties.” (Elsewhere the author passes along one estimate that during the decade as many as 18 million people, many of them hard-working members of the middle class, risked their life’s savings by investing in Florida real estate, at a time when only 1.5 million, mostly the privileged, had brokerage accounts.)

From this opening, Mr. Knowlton drops back some decades to an account of the opening of the state of Florida—the “Last Frontier”—by pioneering developer Henry Morrison Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil along with John D. Rockefeller. Flagler left the day-to-day operations of that leviathan in 1880, when he had just turned 50, to start a new career as a railroader and hotelier along the Eastern Seaboard of this raw paradise. Flagler’s building of several grand hotels and his running of the railroad down the previously uninhabited peninsula from Jacksonville and Palm Beach to Miami and eventually to Key West is what set the scene for the second generation of Florida developers whose stories—interspersed more than interwoven—become the true focus of Mr. Knowlton’s book.

Chief among them are Carl Fisher, a hard-drinking, hard-charging former bicycle racer credited with the creation of Miami Beach George Merrick, the son of a pioneering minister who left off writing poetry and raising avocados to transform his father’s holdings into the city of Coral Gables and architect Addison Mizner, whose visionary Spanish Revival-styled work for smart-set Palm Beach patrons such as Paris Singer and Eva Stotesbury helped transform the staid resort town that Flagler founded into a hotbed of celebrity rung-climbing during the Roaring ’20s. There is also the occasional cutaway to the exploits of David Paul Davis, the driving wheel of Tampa and St. Augustine, but in comparison Davis would seem hard put to lift up the lunch bucket of any of the big three.

Playing the part of somewhat dubious observer of the overheated activities of this bunch is Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Miami Herald reporter and writer (“The Everglades: River of Grass,” 1947) who—after leaving off writing advertising copy for Merrick—would become a pioneer environmentalist and one day be credited with the establishment of Everglades National Park.


The Housing Boom and Bust, Seen From the Front Lines

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UNDERWATER
How Our American Dream of Homeownership Became a Nightmare
By Ryan Dezember

Back in the mid- to late 2000s, there was a housing boom followed by a housing bust. You probably remember it. It was a terrible time that cost millions of Americans their homes. Some couldn’t afford their mortgages. Many others walked away when the value of their home dropped below the amount of the mortgage they had borrowed just a couple of years earlier. Those homes were “underwater.”

This is a subject that has been picked over a lot since housing prices crashed in late 2008. So it’s worth asking what Ryan Dezember, a Wall Street Journal reporter, can possibly add that’s new? I admit I was skeptical.

One of the tales Dezember tells in “Underwater: How Our American Dream of Homeownership Became a Nightmare” is his own. As a young reporter with The Press-Register in Mobile, Ala., Dezember found himself caught in the bubble he was chronicling: He had bought a house on the Alabama Gulf Coast during the boom and then spent the next decade unable to get rid of it as its value sank and his neighborhood went to seed.

But even that angle has been done before, by the former New York Times economics reporter Edmund L. Andrews, who wrote about his own travails in his 2009 book “Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown.”

What Dezember does have working for him are some wonderfully flamboyant characters and a knack for telling a good story. The housing bubble on the Alabama Gulf Coast was less about single-family homes than about real estate developers with visions of transforming Alabama’s shoreline into a mini-Miami Beach.

Thus does the author meet Bob Shallow, a real estate broker who in the space of an hour in 2003 sold all 66 units in an unbuilt condo tower. This feat merited three sentences in The Press-Register, Dezember writes, “as if selling $28 million worth of nonexistent vacation properties in the time it takes to do a load of laundry was no big deal.”

For a while, it wasn’t a big deal. A small bank fueled the bubble by underwriting big loans to developers with big dreams. (There’s always one of those.) There are the flippers — people who buy a condo hoping to sell it as quickly as possible.

Then comes the bust. Many of the developers file for bankruptcy. The small bank is sold to a bigger bank. And homeowners like Dezember are stuck with homes that aren’t worth anywhere near the size of their mortgages. At which point, they have to make a decision: Should they walk away, or should they keep paying off their loans? Even though he was no longer living in Alabama, Dezember couldn’t bring himself to walk away — even as several experts told him there was no shame in backing out of a mortgage that no longer made sense.

As I say, all of this is well told but well trod. Then the market recovered, and something new happened. Dezember met people who were trying to buy homes but couldn’t. They were outbid by “a formidable new competitor for houses in many of the most attractive suburban neighborhoods.” Those competitors were large companies that were scooping up houses with the goal not of reselling them but of renting them. They paid full price, all cash. People hoping to buy had to rent instead. They had no choice.

This has to be the most remarkable unintended consequence of the housing bubble — and one of the most troubling. For most Americans, a home is not only a place to live but also the primary means of building wealth — selling or refinancing a home is often how Americans have funded their retirement. Homeownership is also at the heart of the American dream.

It is certainly worth debating whether homeownership should be something every American strives for. But it’s not a change that should be imposed by companies that see profit in forcing this dramatic change on people who would otherwise be able to buy their own homes. As Dezember notes, “If homeownership falls out of fashion for even a generation, there could be dire economic consequences unless renters become diligent savers and prudent investors.” In other words, bring on the retirement crisis.


French Kissing

Liam Ransom from Halcyon, A Hotel in Cherry Creek, put a twist on the French 75, with a local gin.

“I have always enjoyed French 75’s and I have a crush on what Leopold Bros is doing here in Denver also, Colorado is known for peaches every year and the peach liqueur shines through the entire cocktail,” Ransom says.

Ingredients:

1 oz Leopold Bros Small Batch Gin

0.25 oz Vanilla Simple Syrup

Directions: Shake all ingredients in a shaker. Double fine strain into a flute top with champagne and garnish with expressed lemon twist.

French Kissing cocktail from Halcyon, A Hotel in Cherry Creek.

Halcyon, A Hotel in Cherry Creek


10 Island Drinks to Make Your Summer More Tropical

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What’s a summer vacay without tropical mixed drinks? When you’re on vacation and sitting by the pool this summer, treat yourself to these refreshing and fruity cocktails. Don’t forget to drink up this summer (literally).

1. Mai Tai

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A Mai Tai is typically made with three different types of alcohol (partaaaayyy): white rum, dark rum, and Curaçao, which is a liquor flavored with a dried peel of a laraha citrus fruit. To give it its sweet flavor, Orgeat syrup is added to the mix. This drink is served on the rocks and typically found at tiki-themed bars and restaurants.

2. Killer Bee

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What makes this drink so “killer” is the mix of club soda, passion fruit juice, honey, and the base of rum. This drink is probably one of the most underrated tropical drinks. Bartenders make it under the bar to keep the recipe a secret.

3. Painkiller

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A Painkiller, just what we need after this semester, is made with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice, and rum. It is, of course, served on the rocks (just the way we like it, ladies) and has a good amount of nutmeg on top to give a little spice.

4. Piña Colada Sunrise Cocktail

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This sweet, slushy drink will help you forget that winter ever existed. The cocktail is made with pineapple, coconut sorbet, and rum (seeing a pattern?). The bartender will also add grenadine to add a tart, yet sweet flavor to the drink. This also gives it a reddish tint.

5. Frozen Rum Runners

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As the sunshine approaches, you’re going to want a frozen drink in hand. This slushy drink consists of gold rum, blackberry liquor, banana liquor, orange juice, and grenadine.

6. Bahama Mama

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Ah, the classic tropical drink every high school senior experiences during their Spring Break trip to the Bahamas. This popular drink is made with coconut liquor, dark rum, coffee liquor, pineapple juice, and of course, 151 proof rum (Bacardi 151).

7. Vanilla Pineapple Margarita (or any flavored Margarita)

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This Vanilla Pineapple Margarita takes the heavenly combo of pineapple and coconut to a whole new level. All the tequila lovers out there will definitely love this one.

8. Blue Hawaii Cocktail

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Combine rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and one cup of crushed ice in a blender and you’ll be feeling like Elvis Presley in no time. Bring Hawaii to your country club or backyard pool with this frozen drink.

9. Lava Flow

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Besides its super cool name, The Lava Flow has an even better taste. It is filled with fresh, crushed-up fruit like bananas and strawberries and mixed with coconut rum, light rum, and coconut cream.

10. Hurricane

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This sweet alcoholic drink is made with rum, fruit juice, and grenadine. It is one of the most popular drinks in New Orleans, and you know they know how to drink in Nola.


Easy Cocktail Recipes: 8 Superb Riffs On The Margarita

Chris Taylor's habanero-passionfruit margarita delivers summery vibes—with a kick.

As far as I’m concerned margarita season starts now.

Nevermind that mercury still falls consistently below 60 degrees where I am in New York City. I (and many others) are over winter—not to mention our godforsaken down coats. I’m ready for cocktails that’ll elevate my mood and jolt me out of my pandemic-enhanced cold-weather blues. And enjoying a superbly made margarita does just that and never disappoints: There’s seriously no going wrong here, especially when you consider that margaritas are relatively easy to make.

And truth be told, this gem of a cocktail needn’t be relegated to the warmer months of the year, or for beach vacations, or for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Readers, this is no seasonal drink. It’s cocktail that can delight you throughout the year. (The way a Bloody Mary or martini can.)

The El Coco Carlos—by Chas Martin and Benji Homsey—took the classic margarita and added elements of . [+] coconut and orange to make the cocktail extra refreshing.

Even in the depths of winter, my partner-cum-personal bartender concocted multiple magarita variations for me: There were smokey mezcal ones in December, honeybell-and-jalapeño margaritas in January, and even extra spicy multi-citrus ones in February.


Top 5 Things To See And Do In Californias Wine Region

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CALIFORNIA’S WINE REGION

As the fourth biggest wine producer in the world, California is definitely the place to go if you’re a bit of a wine buff (or fancy yourself as a potential one!). The state’s main vineyard region, Napa Valley, is located handily close to San Francisco, meaning there’s no excuse not to visit on a holiday to California. Here are our top picks of things to see and do on a wine break here:

1) Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train This journey offers a great introduction to the culinary delights of Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Wine Train takes passengers on a 36-mile route from Napa town and back again, passing through Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St Helena along the way. Passengers will enjoy a sumptuous gourmet lunch or dinner during the three-hour ride along with – of course – some delicious locally produced wine. It’s hard to beat the experience of travelling past vineyard after vineyard while sipping on wine made with grapes grown in these very places!

2) Tour the Jarvis Winery Now, it’s likely you’ll spend a significant proportion of your holiday touring some of the wineries around Napa Valley. If you only have time to visit one, though, make it the Jarvis Winery in the town of Napa itself. It makes a rather excellent cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay, but the main reason to visit is simply to have the chance to wander around the winery’s cave. Yes, that’s right – all of Jarvis’s wines are made in a 45,000 sq ft cave, which you can tour if you book in advance. Look out for the underground waterfall, which keeps the cave’s humidity and temperature at the right level, towards the end of the tour.

3) Hike through Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

California has some fantastic scenery to explore, so if you fancy a break from all that wine tasting, head to the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park for a refreshing walk. Located north of Calistoga, the park is home to the Stevenson Memorial Trail, which you can follow for 2 miles to and from the Stevenson Memorial, or hike on a longer round trip to the summit of Mount Saint Helena for an amazing view. The park is named after Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson because it’s where he went on honeymoon with his new wife in 1880, spending six weeks camping and generally enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

4) Combine wine tasting and fine art at Robert Mondavi If you’re something of a culture vulture, a trip to the Robert Mondavi Winery will be right up your street. This impressive building offers wine tasting/tours as you’d expect, but it’s also home to a wonderful range of fine art pieces that you can browse during gallery opening hours in the daytime. The permanent collection includes a significant number of sculptures – including some by Beniamino Bufano – along with paintings by local and international artists. There are also several wine-related antiques and artefacts to see, such as a Mediterranean wine amphora dating back to 1 BC. Some of these can only be seen on a tour, however. 5) Indulge in some Michelin-starred dining

Napa Valley is home to a fine array of Michelin-starred restaurants, so you’ll definitely be in your element if you’re a foodie as well as a wine aficionado! There are two venues with three of the coveted stars – The French Laundry, which (unsurprisingly) serves up French-inspired cuisine, and The Restaurant at Meadowood, which provides tailored menus for each of its customers. Other top-ranked eateries include Redd, Ubuntu, Auberge du Soleil and Bouchon, so consider visiting at least one of these during your stay for the ultimate gastronomic experience.


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Best Oceanfront Hotels in Miami Beach

One of the questions we receive most frequently is from travelers requesting information on the “best hotels on the beach.” We usually answer these queries with a brief explanation listing criteria such as location, price ranges, and amenities, but now we’ve decided to dedicate this section especially to those visitors looking for the best oceanfront hotels arranged into three relative price categories.

It’s important to keep in mind that room rates in South Beach vary greatly depending on the time of year, where January 15 thru April 15 is the peak season, and by day of the week, where Friday and Saturday are usually the most expensive by far. Room rates can literally double within those periods. So, we’re presenting our hotel recommendations using a three-tier relative pricing scale of $$, $$, and $, and listing our hotel picks within those relative ranges. And for you poor college students and Spring Breakers, sorry, but there really are no South Beach oceanfront hotels in the $-range.

The Terrace at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach (photo: Nik Koenig)

3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Our View… One of South Beach’s most elegant new properties, Faena Hotel is an upscale resort and spa featuring dramatic contemporary art, breathtaking seaside views and award-winning eateries helmed by globally renowned, celebrity chefs. Conceived as a “cultural corridor” in the mid-Beach area from 32 to 36 Streets along famed Collins Avenue, the property incorporates designer shopping, opulent hotel rooms and suites plus an ornate cabaret-style theater. Argentinean developer Alan Faena masterminded the elaborate reinvention of this once-quiet stretch of South Beach where large scale mid-century resorts required billion dollar updates. The completed property encompasses luxury condo towers, a performance and cultural pavilion and upscale retail spaces in the area that once housed The Saxony Hotel in the 1950s. Interior design inspiration in public spaces bears the magical touch of film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, so guests should expect dazzling surprises at every turn.

W South Beach Hotel

2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Playful and energetic, the beachfront W South Beach hotel offers contemporary elegance in the center of the haute South Beach scene. Combining artful dining and lounge options, two oceanfront pools and rooftop basketball and tennis courts, the W South Beach is ready for action whenever you are. Host to the pampering magic that is the Bliss Spa and engineered so that every guest room has a truly inspiring view of the Atlantic coastline, this beachfront resort is designed to dazzle, delight and surprise, especially after midnight when the hotel’s Wall Lounge heats up with Miami’s star socialites hosted by South Beach’s top nightlife mavens.

The Setai

2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Possibly the most elegantly appointed beach resorts in town, the Setai’s Asian-influenced design inspires a sense of peace and serenity at every turn. Simple lines, a soft color palette, and streamlined Art Deco motifs create an atmosphere that embraces the past but feels completely timeless. Guests enjoy a choice of dining options from fine cuisine to poolside snacks, a well-appointed spa and three swimming pools overlooking a vast stretch of Atlantic surf.

Soho Beach House

4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Soho Beach House is a private members club that joins the group of luxe, London-based gathering spots for those in film, media and the creative arts. Access to the posh spa, pool and beach club is restricted to members and those lucky travelers who reserve a room at the new 16-story Sovereign Hotel Tower which houses 50 rooms overlooking the pool, gardens and romantic dining terrace at Cecconi’s Italian Restaurant. In addition to the tanning deck and beachfront pool, the eighth floor of the main building offers guests a rooftop plunge pool which is reserved for adults and serves as an exclusive alfresco oasis overlooking all of Miami Beach.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… This Mid-Beach landmark has a storied past and a dazzling future now that extensive renovations bring it up to Las Vegas standards including 5-star dining at Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, Scarpetta plus a host of smaller cafes and bars. Guests enjoy luxurious oceanfront suites, an elegant spa and poolscape with attentive VIP cabana service, and two of the city’s most popular nightclubs under the same roof, LIV and ArKadia. For full resort amenities and a dazzling stretch of Atlantic surf, the Fontainebleau is as good as it gets.

Ritz-Carlton South Beach

1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Solid, stately and sophisticated, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach may feel a bit more casual than many in the R-C group, but the seaside location and proximity to the action of South Beach makes the easy breezy atmosphere feel entirely appropriate. Oceanfront rooms and suites overlook a busy pool area and golden coastline where food and drink service encourage guests to do little more than await the gentle attentions of the Tanning Butler. By night, the city shimmers just outside the door, offering countless options beyond the Lapidus Lounge, Bistro One restaurant and the breezy DiLido Beach Club.

1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Sexy and cool, the Delano creates an atmosphere that is both welcoming and exclusive, an adult’s playground in the heart of South Beach. From the bold sweep of the vast lobby space which gives way to a cozy bar, an elegant restaurant and the breathtaking expanse of manicured garden and poolside oasis, everything about the hotel is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted by Philippe Starck’s clever team. A rooftop spa and sundeck offer the perfect respite by day and Rose Bar in the lower lobby attracts a who’s-who of beautiful Miami habitués by night.

Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach

1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Offering the luxury of space and the proximity to the dazzling South Beach scene, this all-suite hotel is located right at the crossroads to all that makes the city sizzle! Truly a unique boutique experience, the Sagamore offers 93 suites plus lush, two-story bungalows and penthouse accommodations surrounded by some of the most important contemporary art, photography and design. Imagine a hotel that is actually curated by prominent art collectors who appoint the dining gallery and art video bar with ground-breaking works by leading modern artists. The result is a brilliant amalgam of luxury and culture that Conde Nast Traveler placed at the top of their Gold List.

1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Stately and elegant, this Art Deco landmark stands at the heart of all that makes South Beach shine. Steps away from Lincoln Road’s top nightclubs, restaurants and bars, the National maintains the luxurious glamour of a bygone era while providing all of the updated amenities discerning travelers demand. The focal point of the property is the tropical pool and beach club which make choosing an ocean view suite at this meticulously maintained property the easiest part of planning a Florida getaway!

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Often considered the ideal destination for a family getaway, the Loews is a full service beachfront resort with a dedicated team that knows just what kids want when they travel with their parents. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Beach Resorts by Parents Magazine, kids can attend SushiSKool and learn how to roll their own sushi, enjoy a dip from the house ice cream parlor, check out the poolside kids camp or hang out in the teen lounge which was designed to let them do their own thing while Mom and Dad do boring adult stuff elsewhere!

Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Off the radar but right in the heart of the action, the Raleigh is the hotel you’ve probably never heard of where celebrities and socialites determined to avoid the fashion crowd hide out when they are on vacation. Chic, glamorous and decidedly old world, this charmingly restored Art Deco property has the most iconic pool and beach club on South Beach. Retro in styling and still totally modern, the hotel’s oceanfront rooms offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic surf. Guests can unwind at the historic Martini Bar and then dine on the tropically landscaped terrace at the Royal Restaurant, one of the town’s favorite foodie hangouts.

Savoy Hotel

425 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… Currently completing a multi-million dollar restoration, the Savoy returns as one of the best boutique properties of the SoFi (South of Fifth Street) district with 75 luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites overlooking the twin pool deck and the sea. While many Ocean Drive hotels stand at some distance to the ocean, the Savoy offers over 2 acres of tropically landscaped gardens from the street to the beach which make the en-suite balconies the ideal spot to welcome the dawn or toast the end of another perfect South Beach day.

Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach

101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… The tiny jewel Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach stands at the southern end of one of the most fabulous stretches of golden shoreline, moments from the town’s top restaurants, nightclubs and bars. This beachfront oasis offers modern guest suites with flat panel televisions, gourmet kitchens and one or two bedrooms that are ideal for family travelers. The poolside dining room De Rodriguez Cuba is home to one of Miami’s top chefs who brings his particular brand of Nuevo Latino fare to the scene alongside Prime Italian is a restaurant known for prime beef, hearty rustic recipes and more than a few celebrity fans from the Miami Heat.

Shelborne South Beach

1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… A fully restored Art Deco landmark just moments away from the sidewalk cafes of Lincoln Road, the Shelborne is newly renovated to make the guest experience even better than ever! Offering rooms, suites and townhouse accommodations facing the Atlantic surf, the terraced pool and beach club is a tropical oasis of swaying palms and gentle breezes. Enjoy a poolside sunbed or rent a luxuriously-appointed private cabana where you and your guests can while away the hours enjoying the Florida sun.

Royal Palm hotel

1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Our View… A truly exceptional South Beach location, the Royal Palm stands at the crossroads of the busy Ocean Drive Strip and the popular pedestrian playground that is the Lincoln Road Mall. No better address for a busy South Beach vacation, this beachfront paradise offers newly updated guestrooms and suites with flat panel TVs and balconies overlooking two swimming pools and a glorious stretch of golden Atlantic coast. Tan, swim, spa and dine at this full service resort or just step out the front door to a boundless variety of top restaurants, nightclubs and sidewalk cafes. 255 tower rooms have just completed renovations as 2011 draws to a close.


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