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Miami Beach has much to offer in the New Year
by Steven Adkins, Chair, MBVCA
If you’ve recently driven up Collins Avenue. on Miami Beach, you’d be forgiven if you found yourself wondering if you were on the right street. The “Beach” is once again exploding with new hotels, major renovations and wonderful restaurants that have sprung up to accommodate U.S. and international guests who hunger for Miami Beach’s ambiance, activities and offerings. With “the season” in full swing, there’s much to look forward to as the New Year begins.
On Miami Beach, the demand for luxury hotels are driving a slew of openings in late 2014 and throughout 2015. For instance, much has been written about the 2014 opening of the Miami Beach Edition, a collaboration between Marriott and iconic hotel developer, Ian Schrager as well as the Thompson hotel, the Metropolitan by COMO, Aloft South Beach, Hyatt South Beach and many others. In 2015, over 2500 new hotel rooms – new and remodeled properties – are slated to be added to the Miami Beach inventory.
One of the most anticipated openings is the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach at 32nd and Collins Avenue. The spectacular 3 property combination of hotel, residences and cultural center, will boast ocean views and, luxury rooms. The hotel site, which also includes the Saxony Hotel, will have décor designed by famous Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge) and his wife Catherine Martin. 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, formerly the Gansevoort and Perry Hotels will also be open soon. Located at 2399 Collins Avenue, the world’s second 1 Hotel (NYC is the first) is positioning itself as a nature-focused retreat in the heart of Miami Beach. The environmentally friendly property will include four swimming pools, a spa, 600 feet of private beach and 161 private residences that will range from spacious one-bedrooms to penthouses. The property will also feature Beachcraft restaurant from Tom Colicchio, offering locally sourced, farm-to-fork gourmet cuisine.
On the “foodie” side, there are so many new restaurants on the beach that, I can’t even list all my favorites here. But, some of the most popular new locales are Sienna Tavern (404 Washington Ave.), STK (2301 Collins Ave.), Drunken Dragon (1424 Alton Road), Iron Chef Morimoto at the Shelbourne South Beach (1801 Collins Avenue) and the soon to open Bagatelle (2000 Collins Ave.) among many others.
As for cultural offerings and entertainment, the city is bursting with a plethora of choices. The New World Symphony (building designed by Frank Gehry), the Colony Theater, the Bass Museum, South Florida Art Center, Peter Lik Gallery and other venues have special programs for the new year as well as Miami Beach’s 100 year celebrations which will take place all year long in 2015 with special events planned every month.
So, come visit us often in 2015 so that you’re able to take in all the wonders of Miami Beach. Hope to see you all soon!