Surrounded by stunning views, Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami brings the essence of modern Five-Star luxury to Brickell Key. Contributor EMILY VALINE checks into the private beach, gourmet fusion restaurant and an exotic day at spa to find a taste of Asian serenity in sun-kissed Miami.
Mandarin Oriental Miami. Photograph: MOGH
Tropical, glamorous, exotic and trendy, Miami is among the most popular vacation spots in the world. This ‘Magic City’ has all the perks of both a beach town and a big city with plush hotels, non-stop nightlife, a thriving arts community, modern shopping malls, eclectic cuisine, major league sports teams, and outdoor activities on tap for all.
Geographically located next to the Caribbean, Miami is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and magnificent palm trees. Considered the ‘Capital of Latin America,’ Miami is home to the most foreign-born residents in the United States including immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, and other South American countries that culminate in a variety of different neighborhoods, each with its own unique and distinctive personality. South Beach for instance is an iconic outpost famous for Art Deco architecture, open-air restaurants, high-energy nightlife and, of course, shopping. With a billion dollar film and fashion industry, the city is swarming with celebrities, too. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine named South Beach the best place to ‘People Watch’ in the entire world.
South Beach Florida. Photograph: The Travel Channel
This ‘Gateway to the Americas’ was inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous cultures before ever encountering the Europeans. A small village dating from 500 B.C. percolated along the Miami River, and their traditions and treasures can be seen today in street art at the Wynwood Arts District, or the authentic Cuban fare in Little Havana. Enjoy old world luxury in Coral Gables or relax at a sidewalk café in Coconut Grove, Miami’s small bohemian village. Explore the Latin American headquarters of Disney, Exxon or Sony in a futuristic Downtown area, or the modern architectural masterpieces in the United States’ largest Spanish speaking Financial District. And whether you’ve come on business or pleasure, be sure to crown your experience at the Mandarin Oriental Miami on Brickell Key.
The Private Beach at Mandarin Oriental. Photograph: MOHG
From the moment you enter this exquisite property expect to feel like royalty. Every employee is professional, attentive and sweetly personal whist encouraging Asian accents and ocean views to take center stage. A Private Beach provides cabanas, hammocks and an infinity-edge swimming pool with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline beyond. Perch at the Oasis Pool Café that continually serves a diverse menu of tropical snacks, fresh sushi, and specialty cocktails. Or dine at La Mar, Mandarin Oriental Miami’s newest restaurant, which features eclectic Peruvian cuisine with influences from Spain, Africa, China, Italy and Japan. Chef Diego Oka uses local ingredients to celebrate the city’s trendy and sophisticated culture but be sure to try La Mar’s Cebiche: Mandarin’s spin on fresh fish, lime, and the rare Ají pepper, a staple of ancient Peru. Delicioso!
Azul Restaurant: Sleek hotel eatery featuring Asian-inspired modern American dishes, a deep wine list & water views. Photograph: MOHG
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Miami received Forbes Travel Guide’s Five Star Award for six consecutive years due to its indulgent holistic therapies that combines ancient + contemporary techniques into an expertise on relaxation, health and wellbeing. Eleven treatment rooms, six luxurious spa suites, and state of the art fitness center reigns over the Atlantic, whilst outdoor yoga, Qi Gong and belly dancing classes unfold on the shores below. But summers aren’t the only time of year to visit South Florida as Miami thrives and continues to pulsate and come alive during the Holiday Season. Art Basel for instance is the world's winter meeting place for the international artworld. At the nexus of North and Latin America, Art Basel presents artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year. Even the Mandarin Oriental gets into the act. With an exhibition that celebrates the hotel’s Asian origin in the MO Bar + Lounge, cocktails actually reference the displayed artworks while a complimentary art book to each and every guest both chronicles and celebrates Art Basel.
Mandarin Oriental Miami Spa. Photograph: MOHG
The ultimate winter getaway, the Mandarin Oriental’s extraordinary service, awe-inspiring views, private-island, serene spa, incredible cuisine, and spectacular pool and beach are paradise embodied. When you stay the Mandarin Oriental Miami, you will fall in love both with the hotel and the city she serves.
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