From Art Deco architecture to street art and family jungle trips to luxury open-air malls, here’s a whistle-stop tour of the highlights of Miami
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1. RELAX Located on prestigious Brickell Key, Mandarin Oriental's private beach club, Oasis, is a sanctuary in the city. Outdoor yoga takes place on the sand while the sun rises and sets over the inky waters of the bay.
2. SIGHTSEE Nicknamed the American Riviera, South Beach's Art Deco District takes a step back in time to Twenties and Thirties Florida with pastel-coloured buildings and chic boutiques. Follow the neon signs to awning-covered terraces for cocktails and people-watching under the palm trees.
3. BUY Miami has a well-earned reputation as a fashion and design destination. Channel Sixties Palm Beach and visit the late fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer's first boutique in Miami – the Village of Merrick Park's store stocks the finest in candy-coloured resort wear (pictured). Alternatively, outdoor shopping mall Bal Harbour is regarded as one of the most beautiful retail destinations in the world. It is lined with luxurious boutiques – in fact, every international label you can think of – and smart dining options to revive yourself as you shop.
4. VIEW Originally commissioned as a project to beautify the area, Miami's street-art park Wynwood Walls, near the Design District, features over 40 eye-catching murals from a roster of respected graffiti artists, such as Ryan McGinness, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey and Retna (whose work is pictured).
5. EAT & DRINK Restaurant and bar Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is one of the city's finest dining options, with an intimate outdoor terrace overlooking the breathtaking Biscayne Bay. The cuisine is equally impressive – a modern American menu that is subtly infused with Asian flavours.
6. VISIT Spend a day out with the family under a lush canopy of tropical trees on Jungle Island, home to some of the planet's most rare and exotic animals – and, of course, the pink flamingo. Open year-round, the park is easy to reach, located on Watson Island between Downtown Miami and South Beach.
7. STAY The island setting of Mandarin Oriental, Miami makes it the ideal city retreat – close enough to the action, but with the all the benefits of seclusion after a long, sun-soaked day of shopping and socialising. Come nightfall, take in the glittering skyline from the hotel's Peruvian restaurant, La Mar.