1700 James Ave., South Beach
A hotel, restaurant, and private club imply a scene. However, out-of-towners can barely get in the door given locals have taken all the best seats. Casa Tua—which translates to “your house”—resembles a beautiful, homey Mediterranean villa. The four-poster canopied beds are made up with the silkiest white sheets, and the bathrooms have deep tubs for long soaks after days at the beach. The food is some of the best in the city, and the patio is perennially packed with locals, all diving into bowls of rich, peppery truffle tagliatelle at tables illuminated by the Moroccan lanterns that drop from the surrounding trees. Hang out in the lobby during Art Basel—this is where all the deals go down.
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.
151 NE 41st St., Suite 129, Design District
A pillar of sustainability and conscience in fashion, En Avance has been a Miami institution for nearly three decades. The boutique’s inventory spans clothing, beauty, accessories, and homewares. Browse through racks of Sacai, Ellery, and Preen; pick up a ceramic or two; and don’t leave without a bottle of miracle-working serum by the Vintner’s Daughter.
7338 NW Miami Ct., Little River
In a retail landscape heavily crowded with luxury brands, Kristen Cole is bringing an earthier, lighter, more artisanal selection with the opening of TenOverSix in Little River. Cole is known for her great eye and understated finds for women, men, and kids, but the focus here is really on women’s accessories and home goods. There’s a smattering of ready-to-wear, too: Pieces from Rachel Comey and Jesse Kamm share floor space with tiny sweatshirts from Boy + Girl and Misha & Puff, while the glass cabinets are lined with Gabriela Artigas earrings and Fort Standard bottle openers.
1220 20th St., Bayshore
Sometimes the hotel gym can feel…well, like a hotel gym. Anatomy is arguably one of the finest gyms in America, and it luckily offers day passes. The space is filled with the latest equipment, a dynamic roster of classes, and an entire AstroTurf-covered roof terrace laden with gear (ropes and such) for outdoor exercise. The post-workout sanctuary, with its hot and cold plunge baths, eucalyptus-scented steam room, and sauna, is a godsend for tired muscles and aching bodies.
1874 West Ave., Bayshore
Atma in Sunset Harbor offers color, cuts, spray tans, manicures, pedicures, and, of course, blowouts. The place is clean and airy, with a pretty, monochrome mosaic floor and white marble-topped counters. It feels a little like you’re in the world's coolest powder room, and it would be easy to hang out for a few hours.
3930 NE 2nd Ave., Design District
Four international hairstylists are the brains behind IGK, which stands for their combined surnames of Izquierdo (two of the stylists are married), Grenia, and Kusero. The Philippe Starck–designed space, with its chevron-pattern wood floors and sleek marble counters, is modern and clean. Most notably, the chairs are supremely comfortable (an important detail given that hair color can take hours). The blowouts are, however, super speedy, and these stylists can cut hair like no other. Booking is essential as the services at IGK are always in demand.
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.
437 SW 2nd St., Little Havana
It's tucked into the Roam Miami space, but don’t dismiss Casa Florida as another hipster bar set inside an old truck. Yes, it is in fact set up inside a revamped yet delightfully retro trailer, but this is not a kitschy, trendy gimmick. With room for only about ten people, Casa Florida is a bar for people who take the quality of their cocktails seriously, want to lounge on a beautifully upholstered sofa, and plan to stay for the evening.
No. 3 Social
50 NW 24th St. Rooftop, Wynwood
No. 3 Social is the only rooftop bar in Wynwood, which makes it a destination unto itself—and a favorite among locals. There’s no way to describe the interior other than loud, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fuchsia velvet seating, a turquoise tiled bar, and rattan shades suspended above—but somehow it all works. Just like the drinks. In a truly Miami move, the Beauty Secret cocktail is infused with collagen and blueberry extract for its antioxidant properties. Thursday through Sunday, a solid music program makes the deck festive and lively. And the light, tropical bar snacks—zesty ceviche and conch fritters, for example—will keep you in your (bright pink) seat late into the night.
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