It’s always patio weather in Miami, which helps, as Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s bay-side restaurant has one of the city’s finest. From the terrace at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, see the skyline glimmering in your silverware, the futuristic scene meeting no interruption across the waters of Biscayne Bay. Dreamed up by one of Peru’s most celebrated chefs, the made-to-order ceviche must not be missed.
Miami loves a beach park. South Beach may host the Miami of the movies, packing 90s nostalgia and tip-toe-hot sands into the length of 15 city blocks, but it’s two best-loved parks, Lummus and South Pointe (74-acre and 17-acres respectively), will give you iconic public art, retro lifeguard towers, eccentric eateries and direct access to the waves.
Sunken, petal-strewn baths are the pièce de résistance at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami – you’ll find them in the six dedicated VIP spa suites at the foot of double-height floor-to-ceiling windows, each one looking across the tops of swaying palms and the Curaçao blue waters of Biscayne Bay. While the lobby is vision of serenity, there’s nothing quite like a hot stone massage to tease out that deep-tissue tension.
Home to the first Louis Vuitton store to offer custom shoes and handbags, the Aventura Mall is celebrating another designer debut: the city’s only Ralph Lauren coffee shop. Set just outside the designer’s namesake boutique, you won’t be able to miss it, decked out in the brand’s trademark hunter green and gleaming marble white. Our favourite brew? The signature Espresso Tonic, an iced coffee made with three shots of espresso, tonic water and an orange slice.