Travel: Miami – Hot & Mod

by Dara Klatt

From beachside yoga and boardwalk biking to high-speed trains and cocktails on the 40th floor, Miami shows it’s all that. Miami pulsed in full-flame party mode from hosting Super bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium this month. but as the city sheds its glossy makeup and sequins it caked on for 100 million football eyeballs and 150,000 visitors, one can see that Miami isn’t just all play.

Living Room Box Seats at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The metropolitan area is a blend of sky-scraping bustle and sophistication and pure beachside leisure, just across the six-lane causeway. Fly three hours non-stop from Washington, and truly, it’s como un mundo diferente. no matter your style del momento, we’ve curated luxe offerings to combine with your sunny splash of 75 degree February weather.


Stay: The Gabriel (1100 Biscayne Blvd; from $262 per night)

Cultura Restaurant at The Gabriel.
View from the Chic Suite at The Gabriel.

The posh hotel—part of Hilton’s Curio Collection—is a mere 10-minute walk to the American Airlines Arena, the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Frost Museum of Science. Before heading out, swim some laps in the rooftop pool and dine at the hotel’s upscale Latin American-inspired restaurant, CVLTVRA, helmed by Executive Chef Fabian Di Paolo.

Shop: Brickell City Centre (701 S. Miami Ave.)

Chanel at The Brickell City Centre. Image by Phillip Pessar.

Chanel. Armani. Rolex. Spend two grand in two hours at this premium shopping space that occupies four levels across three city blocks.

Sip: Sugar (788 Brickell Plaza)

At this 40th floor swanky rooftop bar and garden that crowns the Brickell City Centre complex, you can sip cocktails and enjoy Asian tapas while gazing at the skyline.

View: Frost Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd.)

Gulf Stream Aquarium Oculus

Take a selfie under the breathtaking 31-foot oculus lens forming the bottom of the Gulf Stream Aquarium, then stroll over to the Perez Art museum and caffeinate at Verde, its modern, casual restaurant with outdoor seating.

Travel: Brightline/Virgin Miami Central (600 NW 1st Ave.)

The electric Brightline train.
Quad seats in Smart Coach.

For a day-trip, skip traffic and settle down in white plush seats before stepping out in a bright and airy station in Fort Lauderdale,West Palm Beach or Orlando.


Stay: The Palms Hotel & Spa (3025 Collins Ave, from $297 per night)

The view and exterior area of The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Wellness and green practices are at the center of this resort-style hotel that sits along the quieter northern end of South Beach. It boasts modern tropical interiors and an outdoor garden, a family- friendly pool area, two Macaw parrots (named Sunshine and Chance), the flavorful New American restaurant Essensia and a nurturing AVEDA spa.

Stretch: The Palms Hotel & Spa (3025 Collins Ave)

Beach yoga at The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Energize your day with a Vinyasa yoga session for all levels lead by one of The Palms’ much loved local yogis.

Wander: Miami Beach Botanical Gardens (2000 Convention Center Dr.)

South Miami Beach Botanical Garden plants.

Spy turtles in the pond, explore unusual palms or bring your Kindle for a change of subtropical reading scenery
in this intimate urban oasis.

Bike: Citi Bike Rental (multiple locations)

CitiBike bike rentals rack.

Take a leisurely two-wheeled trip down SoBe (South Beach) to admire the 20-something “wildlife” or the former Versace mansion while breezes flow through your hair.

Nibble: Plant (105 NE 24th St)

Mushroom Arepa made with Caraway seed on Plant’s brunch menu.

Embrace holistic living with Plant’s upscale raw vegan menu. You’ll find vibrant, sustainably-created dishes curated out of dehydrated vegetables and organic green ingredients on the menu, inspired by the landscape of South Florida.

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