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The Travel File: A Guide To Miami

The Travel File: A Guide To Miami

Miami is a year-round destination for the jet set’s elite – the coastal Floridian city sees more sunshine than all of Europe combined and its rich Cuban influences, old-world glamour and pristine beaches make it a draw for discerning travellers looking for culture, sun and hedonism. Once the home of the late Gianni Versace, it’s famous for attracting liberals and creatives and is a global hub for culture and design. More than just a paradisal strip of sand, Miami Beach plays host to Art Basel, one of the world’s most famous art and design fairs and an event that sees the arts and fashion cognoscenti descend upon the city’s sun-filled streets for a week of art appreciation and partying. The Design District – a stylish art-fuelled corner of Buena Vista – is a neighbourhood dedicated to chic galleries, luxury boutiques and interior design stores, whilst nearby Wynwood is where the young and beautiful go to hang out at craft breweries, independent bistros and late night bars. Here’s our guide to the East Coast’s most vibrant city.

Artwork at the Faena Hotel Miami
Artwork at the Faena Hotel Miami

STAY

A firm FLANNELS favourite, The Faena in downtown is where we go for a heady mix of beach, luxe Miami living and culture. Its plush Art Deco-inspired interiors and unspoiled views across the Atlantic make it both theatrical and a heavenly escape from reality within easy access of Miami’s dynamic centre. Alternatively, get away from the crowds and reserve a cabana (and a room) at the legendary Biltmore hotel. It’s a slice of old Miami with Mediterannean Revival architecture and a charming history set in the pristine grounds of a country club. The elegant suites and grand 23,000 square-foot swimming pool make it a sanctuary from the constant energy of the city proper.

Image: Courtesy of The Faena Hotel

The luxe dining room at Bazaar Mar restaurant Miami
The luxe dining room at Bazaar Mar restaurant Miami



EAT

The food at chef José Andrés’ Bazaar Mar restaurant is sexy, and the sophisticated crowd that eats there is too. It’s a concept restaurant that roughly translates to a very upmarket seafood shrine serving fresh, responsibly-sourced fish in utterly decadent surroundings designed by Philippe Starck. Dining here is an experience. For a more casual (but no less gastronomic) affair head to Alter in the trendy Wynwood neighbourhood. The space is best described as industrial-chic and the atmosphere relaxed but buzzy. The head chef has made it his mission to use locally-sourced ingredients, which isn’t straight-forward in Miami, and the food is a delicious fusion of international cuisines. Book ahead.

Image: Courtest of Bazaar Mar

The inifnity pool with views over the Aegean sea at sunset at the Grace Hotel in Santorini
The inifnity pool with views over the Aegean sea at sunset at the Grace Hotel in Santorini

DO

No trip to Miami would be complete without hitting up the beach – in fact it’s pretty impossible to go there without doing so. The city’s famous South Beach has been called the American Riviera and its fine white sands are picture postcard perfect. It’s also a great location from which to explore the rest of Miami and enjoy the stunning Art Deco architecture of Ocean Drive – characterised by geometric shapes, pastel hues and chrome details that shine in the sun, it’s a truly Instagram-worthy place. End the day by heading to the Standard’s Bayside Grill where you can drink in the legendary pink sunsets with a glass of rosé – heaven.

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