I visit Miami a lot but I had the unique opportunity to experience it with a group of amazing travel bloggers from around the world and test out Miami’s best hotels, restaurants and picture worthy spots under the motto #foundinmiami with the Greater Miami and Convention and Visitors Bureau
There are so many advantages to visiting a hotel as opposed to a home rental and Miami is one of those places that has so many amazing hotels with so much history and beautiful art deco architecture. As you can see from my images below I had a blast touring the city with the girls getting spa treatments, ice skating, touring Wynwood with a graffiti expert and my favourite learning to cook (properly) at the Biltmore cooking academy.
Miami is one of those cities wiht so much more to offer than just beach and I hope you can see that from the images below.
Here’s a little breakdown of what each hotel offered us…
1. Nobu Eden Roc hotel: We started our tour here, with beautiful views of Miami beach and an incredible view of South Beach. We ate at their not yet opened Malibu Farmhouse which, when finished, will have an incredible view of the beach. It has the very popular farm to table approach with fresh organic produce and lots of healthy options which is a must when travelling! I really can’t wait to go back to this place once fully opened! The historic hotel once hosted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and you can really feel this in its grand lobby with marble staircases and mid century chandeliers. My favourite part about this hotel was the views. It may sound crazy but good views of the beach can be hard to come by in Miami and this one had an unbeatable ocean view. We actually slept with the screen door open so we could hear the sound of the ocean and it was surprisingly quiet on this end of the beach.
2. The Miami Beach Edition: One of the famous hotels on South beach because of it’s super calming, all white interior which contrasts with it’s very young- hip atmosphere. The Basement is the place to be on a weekend in Miami for bowling and ice skating in this adult only entertainment club. During Swim Week there’s tons of parties going on here and I love the fun vibe! It’s restaurant, The Matador Room, by the famous Chef Jean George is one of my favorites in Miami. My tips: Sit outside for its super romantic, laid back atmostphere and make sure to order the churros for dessert! Everything on the menu was delicious, you can’t go wrong with anything you pick!
3. The Biltmore hotel: Our second host was the historic Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables. Most people don’t venture off South beach when visiting Miami but this hotel makes it worth leaving the beach. It has one of the biggest swimming pools I’ve ever seen which over look an incredible golf course. This was originally a hotel, turned private club, turned hospital in the war times and then restored back to its glory as a hotel. My favorite experience this trip was the Culinary Academy where we all got a little taste of what it’s like to cook a 5 star meal with Executive Chef David Hackett. If you’re in Miami for a longer stay or if you live here, I strongly recommend this course! The hotel itself was an incredible place to take pictures and we all took full advantage or roaming around the grounds and exploring its historic corners.
4. The Mandarin Oriental: With incredible views of Brickell Key, this hotel is a gem in this area of town. Brickell has more of an urban city vibe and lots of Miamians live there as opposed to the touristic South Beach. It’s no wonder The Mandarin has a healing spa with sound bowl vibration treatments to get away from the noise of the city and help recover from the fast pace city. I fell in love with the restaurant on this property called La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Not only did I love the eclectic decor but the peruvian fusion food was incredible too. I loved every dish that came out of the kitchen, especially the ceviche!
5. Wynwood: I’m sure if you’ve already heard of the Wynwood area of Miami which hosts the coolest graffitti art around. It really is an amazing little neighbourhood full of local talents from fashion to food and it’ all surrounded by local and world renowned artists who come here and decorate the walls with colorful and meaningful murals. It’s a really cool place to take some fun pictures but also to grab brunch and explore the local shops.
6. The Perez Art Museum: I love this museum so much that its no wonder I’ve been to the famous PAMM three times now! If you thought there was no cultural sites in Miami, you were dead wrong because this is a hub for modern art. I’m sure you’ve now heard of Art Basel which is held annually in Miami and brings in the most famous artists in the world and draws an array of jet set curators. We ate lunch at the beautiful Verde restaurant which is an open air terrace located at the museum.
7. The Faena: One of my favorite hotels in Miami for its eclectic and vibrant decor. I absolutely loved their spa where I had their famous one hour Rosa Blanca deep tissue massage that left my limbs feeling like butter! There was no expense spared in the design of this hotel which boasts of the famous golden mammoth sculpture by Damian Hirst which you may have already seen. We had a very big lunch at the argentine inspired Los Fuegos restaurant headed by the famous Chef Mallman (you may have seen him in the netflix series Chef’s Table.) The hotel itself is located in an area developed by Faena called the Faena district which is great to stroll around and admire the original architecture. The hotel also has a theatre and secret bars reminiscint of the Great Gatsby prohibition era with gilded pillars, marble hallways leading to secret doors, dim lighting and decadent velvet sofas. The kind of place you would imagine Gatsby hanging out in.