After a fabulous flight with American Airlines, the quickest time I’ve ever cleared American security I was whisked off to the fabulous Eden Roc Hotel which is located on Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.
A fast shower and change it was time to experience a Sunset Catamaran Bay Cruise for 2 hours 30 mins on board Caribbean Spirit which I can highly recommend. Followed by a very popular restaurant Tapas y Tintos on Espanola Way, South Beach for Spanish cuisine with wooden tables will spill out onto the street. This area is palm-lined pedestrianised street with twinkling string lights above, again a great place to visit and soak up the atmosphere while doing a bit of people watching!
Outstanding breakfast the following morning at Eden Rock with a full sight inspection of both Eden Rock and its sister property Nobu which is a leading hotel of the World. They are situated on mid beach, the rooms at Eden Roc are contemporary, spacious and have private balconies which are either with an ocean view or a city view. Recently they have introduced an All Inclusive plan at the hotel which is phenomenal value for money.
A full tour of Frost Museum of Science which was celebrating its 10th birthday is a great place for children as it mixes science with technology and is interactive. There is an aquarium and also a planetarium.
The next tour is a MUST DO in Miami, the culinary Wynwood Tour. We visited local restaurants for a small bite to eat whilst touring one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the World. My favourite was the ceviche at GKB which I will definitely return to as they have live music on a Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Wynwood is a district of Miami which is full of graffiti mixed with urban street art. Whilst you can wander around Wynwood free of charge, a tour is worthwhile as otherwise you miss so much.
Wow… a bit of free time now which it was great to wander along the boardwalk in front of the hotel which stretches 4 miles. However, you can also use the Free Trolley Service which runs every 20 minutes and serves all of Miami Beach.
It must be time to eat again!!! Off to Havana 1957 which is part of the same VE restaurant chain as Tintos y Tapas. This is a Cuban restaurant situated on Lincoln Road which another pedestrianised area which has numerous popular restaurants, however the food and the service here were exemplary.
Following dinner it was time to head to the centre of South Beach for some serious people watching at the popular Mango’s Tropical Café on Ocean Drive. This is a restaurant / nightclub which is open ‘til 5 am and offers live Latin music and entertainment.
It was sad to leave Eden Roc as it was somewhere I wished to stay longer at. Fabulous outside breakfast and site inspection at The Confidante which is part of the Hyatt chain. Situated directly on the beach front with art deco inspired rooms. Spacious cabanas and poolside bungalows are available to rent for the day.
Next it was time to get wet onboard Thriller which is a 45 minute speedboat adventure operated from Bayside Marketplace and provides a Miami Vice style ride as you travel past celebrity mansions, Fisher Island, Miami Beach as well as South Beach. I can highly recommend this.
Off to eat again but this time at the Smith & Wollensky situated on Miami Beach with both outdoor and indoor dining famous for its steak. Great place to people watch by the water’s edge. Don’t forget to check out some of the cars in the car park! Impressive. Make sure you make a reservation especially at the weekend and depending on the weather request outdoor dining.
Quick check into the next hotel which is in the Collins Park District, Plymouth Hotel. Whilst this hotel is not on the beach front, it does have beach facilities which is just 2 blocks away with the use of 2 free chairs per day. The hotel also has a swimming pool. The rooms do vary in size and style therefore it’s important to check the exact room category. Fabulous service from this property.
A walking tour of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive followed which was informative and a great way to see and hear the fascination history from 1920 of this area. Due to the heat in the summer months it is recommend that you complete this tour either early in the morning or late afternoon.
It must be time to eat again!! This evening I experience fabulous sushi at the Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill in the Plymouth Hotel. The food here was very popular with the locals and absolutely superb.
Next it was time to attend a conference for 3 days however before returning home, a quick trip to the outlet mall was required which was definitely worth it!!