4441 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The soaring white monolith that is the Fontainebleau dwarfs its corner of South Beach. The hotel is staggering in size compared with nearby properties, and the space is filled with not only guest rooms but several clubs and a few restaurants, including London favorite Hakkasan. An ideal hotel for a weekend of letting loose, you hardly need to leave the property (though we suggest you do). There’s a nightclub, Liv; two cocktail bars; five restaurants; a spa; and an adjacent marina should you care to arrive by sea. While staying here with children doesn’t seem like a good idea (it is loud), the kids' program is excellent and includes day camps, scavenger hunts, sports, and a babysitting service.
4525 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The Eden Roc is on the beach—but you might not even know it given the hotel’s four infinity pools. The building itself dates back to the 1950s, though décor-wise, it’s modern, with neutral colors and floor-to-ceiling windows that not only suffuse the space in light but capture as much of the ocean as possible. Rooms are comfortable, with all the creature comforts you’d want: Nespresso machines, the softest robes, rainfall showerheads, and powerful blow-dryers. Evenings at the lobby bar see locals and visitors alike crowding in for the excellent cocktails whizzed up by expert mixologists.
Bamford Haybarn Spa Miami
2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
All of the treatments at this atmospheric, chic yet inviting spa inside 1 Hotel South Beach are guided by Ayurvedic principles and use the brand’s in-house line of organic skin care (the products are Soil Association–certified, which is the UK’s highest standard for organic beauty). Concentrated elixirs, lymphatic drainage techniques, oxygen and LED-light therapies, and the power of the aestheticians’ healing touch make the facials as glow-inducing as they are relaxing. We’re especially obsessed with the 24 Karat Gold treatment, a fifty-minute face massage that includes a nanogold-infused collagen treatment that leaves you firm and radiant. The spa’s locations in the UK and Brooklyn are just as deluxe—and sustainable.
1700 James Ave., Mid-Beach
Casa Tua also has an Aspen outpost, and like its cold-weather sister, this location serves upscale Northern Italian fare—burrata with organic tomatoes, tuna tartare, various risottos, grilled branzino, biscotti, and gelato. The restaurant occupies a luxurious Tuscan-style villa that's also home to a hotel and exhibition space; ask for a seat on the outdoor patio, which is lush and green and adorned with the subtlest twinkle lights and antique lanterns hanging from the trees. It's perfetto for a date night.
Plant the Future
2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Living plants arguably make better gifts than run-of-the-mill floral arrangements: Done right, a great plant or terrarium can be an uplifting interior décor element in itself, and they don’t wilt away and die a few days later. Plant the Future is the place to go for beautiful, lively, inspired living plant arrangements, from vibrant flowering cacti to moss art (like a chic Chia Pet!) to actual works of art with plants in them. There's another location in Wynwood.
2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Located inside the EDITION hotel, the lauded Matador Room is the creation of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who—along with executive chef Jeremy Ford—marries Latin American and Caribbean flavors in a gorgeous, dimly lit space overlooking the pool. Don’t miss the Florida stone crab and sweet pea guacamole to start; all of the tacos are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
1935 W. Ave., Mid-Beach
This is Miami’s most ubiquitous cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain—there's another location in Wynwood, plus outposts in Whole Foods across the city—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also one of the best places around to grab a juice. Plus, the menu boasts seriously amazing acai bowls.
The Raleigh (Closed)
1775 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Life magazine named the Raleigh’s pool the most beautiful in America in 1947, and more than half a century later, it’s not difficult to see why—it’s certainly not the most extravagant pool in Miami Beach, but it does have old-school Art Deco charm (and a great pool bar). The hotel’s rooms are fashioned in the same image, with vintage furniture and large windows to take in views of palm trees and sunsets. You can order locally sourced food through room service anytime; Jose Icardi of Katsuya overhauled the Raleigh’s restaurant a few years back, so that’s an option, too. Plus, the Raleigh is home to one of the city's best watering holes: Martini Bar.
2395 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Tom Colicchio's restaurant inside the 1 Hotel matches the rest of the building's airy, beachy aesthetic, with woven chairs, light woods, brass light fixtures, and a generous patio overlooking Collins Avenue. Admirably, Colicchio serves only antibiotic-free meat and locally caught fish. There's also an excellent raw bar (perfect with a crisp white wine on a hot afternoon) and a peaceful Sunday brunch. If you can snag a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, you'll be treated to live music performed by local musicians while you eat.
4385 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Tucked into the lush courtyard of the Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is the kind of place you’ll go for lunch and want to linger through sunset cocktails. Tiny lights are wrapped around the branches of the buttonwood trees overhead, small Edison bulbs hang from the wooden beams, and the flooring is a Nile-green-and-white-striped tile. And the food is consistently fantastic: The truffle pizza with goat cheese and zucchini blossom is worth the splurge; the garganelli Bolognese is always a solid bet. From Tuesdays through Saturdays, Cecconi’s has a delightful aperitivi hour.
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