It's again that time of the year when I start thinking of Miami. We are all searching for new locations to spend winter holidays or New Years Eve. And since I'm not at all snow-and-cold-type of person, I always consider Miami: nice weather, blue ocean stormy ocean, chic and colorful shops, huge margaritas and lobsters and most of all I adore South Beach with its Art deco style buildings and cafes, people talking mostly Spanish then English:)
I always make sure I enjoy fully the landing view:) South Beach look amazing from A380!
The South Beach area is very dynamic, full of tourists and locals. I love the distinct colours and style, do to Art deco influence. The ocean has a lovely colour even when angry clouds show up.
Whenever I choose a destination the first thing I consider is location and hotel. As for Miami, I have stayed both in downtown as well as in South Beach. I must say, I will remain forever convinced that South Beach is by far the best location if you really want to feel the towns true vibe. South Beach is about watching and taking part in the fun.
I have to say, I adore South Beach do to the Art deco district and buildings. Miami has its own interpretation of the Art Deco style, that marked the 1920s and 30s. The Miami Art deco style is fun and colourful. the architects using not very expensive materials have managed to create an image of stylish hotels, although they are not. I have discovered , the Waldorf Towers Hotel and I felt in love. The hotel was designed by Albert Anis in 1937 and has been restored to its true Art Deco fashion. Plus is situated on Ocean Drive.
I have also spotted : Beacon Hotel and Cardozo Hotel and I can't wait to try them out. Cardozo Hotel, by the way is owned by Gloria Estefan. Actually the involvement of celebrities in the area, has much to do with how famous South beach has become in time. South Beach and Ocean Drive is clearly one of the trendiest places to be.
Speaking of celebrities, you must know, the famous Versace building, Amsterdam Palace, one of Ocean Drive non Deco Buildings, purchased in 1993 by Gianni Versace. He was shot in front of the building. It's a very sad story, as I realize now, that I remember very clear that august day, 1996, when my father asked me to come in front of the TV and see the news about Gianni's tragic death. I have always admired Gianni's genius in fashion. Anyway, nowadays, people from all over the world, stop in front of the famous building on Ocean Drive, while being told some spicy tabloid gossips on bus tours. Now the building is a famous boutique hotel. I've heard the Kardashians are planning to shot an episode there:)
Going back to South beach: I love to relax and watch the people. There is no better way to start your day, than enjoying a cup of cappuccino and American waffle at one of the many restaurants on Ocean Drive. You can just sit, relax and enjoy the view, the pedestrians and the cars.
If you plan to visit Miami, this is what I've also enjoyed:
- a visit to Little Havana , where you see the Cuban community, the original heart of the city.
- a Biscayne Bay boat tour . you can see amazing mansions. Including the one in "Scarface"
- Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Coral Gables is almost a distinct city within Miami, a very expensive neighbourhood, shaded by banyan trees. I do dream to stay one day at the famous Biltmore Hotel. The building was completed in 1926 and it was host to many celebrities: Al Capone, Judy Garland, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In front of the hotel a replica of Seville cathedral was build, as Miami's freedom tower after the war. Also a very unique place: the venetian pool, built in 1923 a very fashionable place.
- a visit to Everglades to see the crocodiles.