Your essential guides to Miami

Guide
Find your bearings

 

Nestled between sun-soaked South Beach and the high-rise paradise of downtown Miami, Brickell Key is an urban oasis surrounded by stunning water views – and Mandarin Oriental, Miami is the perfect point from which to enjoy the best of the city. Ease yourself into Miami with a sunset or early morning stroll along the island’s paths. You may just spot a manatee.

 

Feed your mind

 

Visit Museum Park, home to the renowned Pérez Art Museum Miami, and featuring thousands of modern and contemporary works from around the world. Designed by award-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, with views of Biscayne Bay and hanging gardens by French botanist Patrick Blanc, it’s a spectacular setting in which to take in the art. Next door, the new Frost Museum of Science features incredible displays, such as a 500,000-gallon aquarium and a 250-seat planetarium. Like classical music? Snag tickets for a performance by the New World Symphony at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach.

 

If you fancy a throwback to the heyday of Miami opulence, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Italian Renaissance-style villa that once belonged to industrialist James Deering. Just a short drive from Mandarin Oriental, Miami, you’ll feel like you’re in a European palace. It’s filled with furniture and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century, and is set in acres of elaborate gardens.
Shop like a local

 

Brickell City Centre, just steps from Mandarin Oriental, Miami, offers high-end shopping and dining. It’s half-a-million sq ft of high fashion, dining and entertainment, anchored by a 107,000-square foot Saks Fifth Avenue and the country’s first dine-in CMX movie theatre. Or hop over to the Design District, located between Midtown and Wynwood, which hosts stores such as Cartier, Hermès, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Céline and Louis Vuitton. For a vibrant, open-air promenade with hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafés, plus quirky street performers and people-watching, head to the nearby Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach.

 

See some sights

 

Miami Beach is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world, featuring more than 800 buildings clad in a palette of pastels. Take a tour or simply meander the streets of the National Register Art Deco District. For one of the most eye-popping displays of street art in the world, head to the Wynwood Arts District, where Art Basel attendees flock each year. Once there, don’t miss Wynwood Walls, the brainchild of developer Tony Goldman, and arguably Miami’s best stop for snapping photos.

 

Toast your arrival

 

Sip classic cocktails and gaze out at the panoramic skyline and water views at the glamorous River Yacht Club to sip cocktails and watch the yachts cruise by.

Make time to unwind

Dine in style

 

With waterfront tables overlooking Biscayne Bay, the hotel’s Peruvian restaurant La Mar by Gastón Acurio.

And finally...
Miami’s best Art-Deco architecture

There’s nothing like Miami from up high. Perched on the roof of 1111 Lincoln Road, adjacent to the famed Herzog & de Meuron parking garage, take a seat at Juvia at sunset and watch the sky fade to pink.