Miami Beach Sizzles This Summer with New Destination Hotel and Restaurant Openings

 

 

Miami Beach, FL – July 2, 2018 – Miami Beach continues to rapidly grow as an international destination and based on traveler demand, is set to celebrate some of the country’s most-anticipated hotel and restaurant openings this season.  From the re-imagination of Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club to the launch of iLov305, a culinary concept by Mr. 305 himself, Miami Beach will welcome a few new friends to the beach with the addition of luxurious hotels and fresh dining options, perfect for visitors looking to discover marquee experiences worth traveling for this summer and beyond.

 

“We know the importance of continuously offering visitors new ways to discover Miami Beach, including experiences at hot new hotels and restaurants that pay homage to our city’s history,” said Steve Adkins, Chairman of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “From the preservation of art deco treasures to celebrating local culture through innovative dishes and cocktails, these anticipated openings will add even more options for travelers to choose from during their stay with us.”

 

Starting this summer, Miami Beach will expand on its reputation as a city like no other place in the world, connecting travelers to the essence of the city through the opening of must-stay and must-taste experiences including:

 

The Re-Imagination of the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club Say hello to vacation with a welcome popsicle from the hotel’s signature shaved ice cart on arrival and take in the 70-year-old hotel’s art deco charm.  The 357-room hotel, set to open this month, will provide unique services and amenities including a signature Cadillac Concierge program, on-site photo booth and a poolside family movie night every Friday.

 

A Rooftop Glass Bottom Pool at   Celino South Beach Influence from the 1940’s meets Latin flair at this new, 132 gues-room hotel, creatively comprised of three historic buildings on Ocean Drive.  Opening later this summer, guests will enjoy custom complimentary bicycles to explore, 24-hour room service, an in-room spa menu and culinary concepts rooted in coastal Mediterranean and Spanish Tapas styles.

 

Culinary creations and cocktails at iLov305 at the Bel-Air HotelDale! American comfort food meets modern Latin cuisine and a 100-drink cocktail menu at Mr. 305’s 9,000 square-foot, two-level space, complete with VIP rooms and DJ Booth. Guests can head to a first-floor, Havana Club-inspired daiquiri bar or grab a welcome, hand-rolled cigar once this sure-to-be-hot spot opens later this summer season.

 

Fresh Seafood and Gin at Seawell Fish n’ Oyster and Minnow Bar at the Kimpton Angler Hotel South BeachSeafood and cocktail lovers can go for traditional raw bar items and thoughtfully-prepared dishes paired with herb-infused drinks, the brainchild of Chef Julian Garriga and veteran Bartender, Chris Resnick. The destination Minnow Bar will feature a “clear spirits bar,” focusing on varietals of gins, piscos, white rums and cachaças.

 

Stay up-to-date on all anticipated and new openings on Miami Beach this summer by downloading the Miami Beach Information App at http://www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

 

 

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH

Awarded first place in the 2018, 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada,” recently named 2017 and 2016 World’s Leading City Tourist Board in and North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, and a winner in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App”, “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” and  “Overall Beaches Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!

 

 

 

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Aleksandar “Sale” Stojanovic, Owner of FUNKSHION – Q and A with Aleksander Sale Stojanovic

The MBVCA sat down with Aleksander Sale Stojanovic, owner of Funkshion in Miami Beach, to give the inside scoop on the debut of PARAISO Miami Beach. For more information, visit http://funkshion.miami/.  

 

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Aleksander Sale Stojanovic

 

1. Tell us about yourself. What is your title, and how long have you worked with FUNKSHION? 

 

I am the founder and partner of FUNKSHION. Founded in 2002, FUNKSHION specializes in fashion show production and execution. We imagine, create and execute events that connect people to fashion brands. From concept to execution FUNKSHION brings, a strategic vision to life through dynamic multimedia, state of the art equipment and a team of professionals delivering a dramatic client branded environment.

 

 

2. Since you have an inside scoop on the events and happenings during Swim Week, the most exciting time for the swimwear and resort industries, can you tell us your favorite upcoming events? Why are these your favorite?

 

On July 12 -16, FUNKSHION will debut a new platform called PARAISO Miami Beach, a multi-day fashion fair that is taking over Miami Beach and reinventing swim, and resort industry presenting exclusive events and collaborations in fashion, music, wellness and culture. It is hard to select favorite events as programming will include over twenty runway shows, sunset music sessions, penthouse parties, poolside brunches, and panel discussions by the best fashion and lifestyle brands in the industry.

 

3. What are some top brands that fashion enthusiasts can expect to see during PARAISO Miami Beach, July 12 – 16?

 

PARAISO Miami Beach will feature some of the most coveted runway show names in the swimwear industry, including ACACIA, Monday Swimwear, Pitusa, Stone Fox Swim, Sinesia Karol, Luli Fama, Maaji, MIKOH, Gigi C, Montce, Eberjey and Aerie.

 

4. Miami Beach is known for hosting celebrity travelers year-round. Which celebrity guests were seen at FUNKSHION’s July runway shows and parties in the past?

 

Celebrities who have attended our events in the past are LeAnn Rimes, Tori Praver, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicky Jam, Chanel Iman, Shanina Shaik, Audrina Patridge, Eddie Cibrian, Tyson Beckford, Nick Cannon, Charlotte McKinney, Kara del Toro, Ariadna Gutierrez, Brody Jenner, Kate Lanphere, Caroline Vreeland, just to name a few.

 

5. With so many after parties to choose from during PARAISO Miami Beach, which nightlife spots do you suggest fashion enthusiasts visit?

 

I definitely suggest that fashion enthusiasts visit W Hotel South Beach.  Home to the exclusive WALL Lounge, chic guests can expect a dramatically lit interior, the hottest artists and DJs, and unmatched bottle service.

 

6. In your opinion, what makes Miami Beach the best destination to host this event?

 

Beside the world-renowned name, Miami Beach is the perfect destination for everything swim/resort/active. The amazing beach, parks, and waterways create a perfect background. The world’s best hotels, restaurants, shops and clubs make it even better. Not to mention that geographically, Miami Beach is perfect as its easily accessible from all parts of the world –Europe, South and North America.

 

 

Juan Gervasio, Social Events Sales Manager of The Confidante Miami Beach – Q and A with Juan Gervasio

The MBVCA sat down with Juan Gervasio, Social Events Sales Manager of The Confidante Miami Beach, to give the inside scoop on summer weddings in Miami Beach. For more information, visit: theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com.  

 

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Juan Gervasio

 

1. Tell us about yourself. What is your title, and how long have you been part of the event planning team at The Confidante Miami Beach?

 

I am currently the Social Events Sales Manager for The Confidante Miami Beach and have been in this position since September of 2017. Prior to this role, I was the Director of Banquet at this property, in charge of planning, producing and executing seamless events. I have over 17 years’ experience in the food and beverage experience.

 

I was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to Miami 20 years ago. Living in Miami has allowed me to experience different cultures and connect with people from all over the world. I love trying new restaurants, entertaining at home and being surrounded by friends, food, and music.

 

2. Summer is upon us and brides-to-be are in search of the best destination to say ‘I Do.’ In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a perfect summer wedding?

 

With Miami Beach as the perfect backdrop for beachside weddings, brides-to-be should consider having their ceremony outdoors. The Confidante’s Vista Terrace overlooks views of the Atlantic Ocean –surrounded by swift palm trees, relaxing ocean sounds, and warm breeze.

 

For the reception, wedding guests can celebrate in style in our Century Ballroom or Crown Room. These are two of spaces that are constantly in high demand throughout the summer months at The Confidante.

 

In late 2018, The Confidante Miami Beach will debut the Carmen Miranda oceanfront ballroom, named after the explosive Brazilian samba singer, dancer, and actress. The ballroom’s outdoor terrace and pre-function area overlooking the beach and palm trees is sure to become a favorite among future brides.

 

3. Preparing for the big day can be immensely stressful. What are some offers available to brides, and their party, at The Confidante Miami Beach? Are there any special packages featuring spa treatments or wine?

 

Every bride’s day should be special, which is why, as part of our bridal package, we offer a separate private room arranged with professional lighting and customized décor – perfect for capturing pictures with the bride and her “Confidantes” hanging out before the nuptials, as they get their hair and makeup ready.

 

The groom also receives a private room with a terrace as part of the package –perfect for enjoying a relaxing drink and bonding with his groomsmen. The groom and his crew often indulge in the hotel’s Bourbon Welcome Experience ($475), which includes a sampling of Kentucky’s Best Bourbons alongside bites from its southern-inspired signature restaurant, Bird & Bone. From the drink selection are bottles of E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and Four Roses Elliott’s Select Barrel. Accompanying bites include signature jars with avocado with blue cheese, honey, and almonds; egg salad with Benton’s 12-month aged ham; and Whipped Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with pepper jelly, all served with Heirloom Corn Chips, prepared by celebrated Miami chef Richard Hales.

 

Lastly, as part of this package, we offer great savings on spa treatments which can be offered in-suite for full-on pampering.

 

4. In your experience with planning weddings, what is the best and worst part of the planning process? How can brides-to-be avoid mishaps on their big day?

 

For some brides, the best part may be designing the dress or picking a theme for their big day, but from my perspective, it’s the initial tour of the property because I get to experience first-hand couples being inspired by our mid-century décor with pops of Art Deco.

Our hotel offers the vintage glamour of Miami Beach in the 1950’s, but with the sophistication and amenities of modern day. The entire property is full of personality – the open-air Vista Terrace immersed in nature, the funky and historic 1930s House backyard bungalow, the sophisticated Crown Room library bar and the multi-functional Century Ballroom.

 

For me, the worst part of wedding planning is seeing what causes brides the most mishaps on their big day: not having a wedding planner to assist them throughout the process. There are so many details that go into planning the perfect wedding, that it keeps brides from relaxing and enjoying their big day. We have relationships with wonderful, experience planners who can assist with all details and help steer the ship the day of.

 

5. With summer weddings, it’s all about the color scheme. What are some fun and romantic colors perfect for a summer destination wedding on Miami Beach? What makes these colors pop?

 

A favorite of mine is dusty rose and pastel green. This color combination incorporates feminine and masculine accents for the couple, and it works well with any décor; couples can add touches of white, gold, silver and other soft colors like lavender – essentially a softer version of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet – which evokes feelings of the mystery of the cosmos and intrigue of what lies ahead. We love this combination because it ties in organic, natural and neutral elements together, which are perfect for a beachfront wedding, especially with the lush, tropical backyard we have at The Confidante Miami Beach.

 

 6. Finally, what can brides-to-be expect from the event planning team at The Confidante Miami Beach?

 

A professional, dynamic and experienced team that specializes in not only weddings but events of all kinds. The team is friendly, honest, and has relationships with great vendors, planners and beyond. Among them:

 

·           Something special for everyone – Parrish Designs is one of our regular vendors and an in-demand florist in Miami that’s known for creative and clean designs.

 

·           Something extra – Simple Rustic is an in-demand rental company that’s known for their rustic and reclaimed wood elements and a close partner of The Confidante Miami Beach.

 

·           Something cute and unique – Cielito Artisan Pops is a brand that’s available onsite that offers fun dessert tables and customizable DIY toppings.

Miami Beach Helps Travelers De-Stress During the Holiday Season

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A number of specialty offers give tourists ways to relax and find their center

 

Miami Beach – November 13, 2017 – The official holiday season is approaching and Miami Beach is giving travelers a chance to gift themselves with a detox getaway through a host of seasonal deals.  Starting this month, vacationers can trade in their boots for flip flops and hot cocoa for healthy mojitos as they enjoy discounts at destination hotels, spa treatments rooted in wellness and restaurants serving up fresh and natural fare, all to help de-stress travelers during the season.

 

“Miami Beach is the poster child for relaxation and renewal under the sun, especially during the holiday season” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the MBVCA and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “As a destination that is truly like no other place in the world, Miami Beach is ready to pamper travelers and help them relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.”

 

With the finest spas, hotels and restaurants, Miami Beach welcomes tourists looking to experience a stress-free holiday season.  Travelers can choose from a host of options now available:

 

The Setai, Miami Beach:

·        Before the turkey and holiday cocktails comes a specialty slimming massage.  Enjoy a 60-minute treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite and fluid retention, and a 30-minute Bourbon Tea Intense Body Wrap that leaves the body renewed. This treatment is priced at $260 for 90 minutes.

 

·        Indulge in a reinvigorating massage and facial that includes a take-home Infusion Tea Bag, perfect to combat the stress associated with holiday gatherings and events. This treatment is priced at $220 for 90 minutes.

The Betsy Hotel South Beach:

·        Take holiday relaxation to the next level with an extended Miami Beach stay. Book a seven-night getaway and receive two nights free, a $75 food and beverage credit, and a free 75-minute massage.

 

The Standard, Miami Beach:

·        Learn new yoga moves and find healthier ways to de-stress with $25 yoga classes on the deck and inside The Standard Spa. This offer is only available to guests.

 

GUYandGIRL Spa:

·        Immerse into a full-body detox experience with the 50-minute detoxifying massage priced at $129, or a deep pore detox for $139. These deep cleansing rituals rid the body of toxins and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and glowing.

 

 

Health conscious vacationers can find fuel at key restaurants that cater to those looking to stay on track despite the temptations of the season:

 

DIRT:

·        Seasonal items like the Autumn Poke Bowl, Gold x Innergy Smoothie and locally-crafted Kombucha are just a few healthy options available from $3-$15. With each purchase of the Gold x Innergy Smoothie, DIRT will give a voucher for a free meditation session at Innergy.

Icebox Cafe, Miami Beach:

·        Take a pre-holiday trip to Miami Beach and have a healthier start to the day with signature juices, like Robert’s Green Juice and Bet-A-Beet, which include spinach and kale or beets and celery for just $10. 

 

For more information and updates on additional ways to relax in Miami Beach this holiday season, download the Miami Beach Information App at http://www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

 

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH:

Recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App”, “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” and  “Overall Beaches Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!

 

 

Paula Walker – Yoga Instructor at Greenmonkey Yoga on Miami Beach

 

1. What inspired you to pursue yoga?

I was inspired to do yoga because I was seeking something that brought me balance in my mind, elevated my energy and raised my vibrations to be a happier human. The very first yoga class I took reminded me of the happiness I felt when I was a competitive gymnast as a kid. 

 

2. Greenmonkey® Yoga is widely known in Miami Beach, how does it feel to be part of a brand that provides such a memorable experience for all yoga lovers?

I have been part of the Greenmonkey® team since 2009.  I am proud of the community that management, staff and teachers have built together as a team.  Greenmonkey® has a very friendly, welcoming front desk staff and some of the best teachers in Miami.  As a team, we pride ourselves on the community that we have built, our teacher training programs and our brand recognition around the world.  We have yogis that come practice at Greenmonkey® Miami Beach from all over the world!

 

3. What are your three favorite poses that can be done anywhere at any time?

Handstands: Handstands are fun, playful and natural anti-depressants. I love doing handstands in unique places—especially while I’m traveling. My nickname is Handstand Paula!

Forward Folds: Forward Folds are accessible for everyone.  Fresh blood rushes to my brain, slowing down my brainwaves and quieting my mind.  Forward folds are extremely beneficial if you are stressed out and about to react negatively to a person or situation. Forward folds assist with responding rather than reacting to people and situations.

Boat Pose: I love doing core work, especially the boat pose, because a strong core is vital to holding handstands.  A strong core is also extremely beneficial in our everyday lives lifting children, carrying our groceries and eliminating potential back injuries.

 

4. Which places in Miami Beach inspire you to do yoga?  

I love practicing yoga inside our brand-new studio in Sunset Harbor.  The floor to ceiling windows provide so much natural light, and I love practicing and teaching yoga while a storm rolls by. Another one of my favorite places on Miami Beach for practicing yoga is at the Flamingo Park track on Alton Road—I love to power walk at the track and then stop, drop and do yoga! Also, South Pointe Park is a great place for yoga because of its breath-taking sunsets, making it a beautiful backdrop for handstand pics.

Greenmonkey® leads yoga classes at the South Pointe Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

 

Robert Siegmann – owner of Icebox Cafe at Sunset Harbor Shops on Miami Beach

 

1. Are you originally from Miami? If not, why did you decide to move to Miami Beach?\

I moved to Miami from NYC after 20 years of weathering cold, grey winters.  The weather was a big determining factor and overall beauty of Miami Beach.  In the late 90’s I saw Miami Beach as a young city with a lot of potential, especially for those willing to roll up their sleeves and do some heaving lifting in the hospitality and restaurant space.

2. How did you choose the name *Icebox Cafe* for your restaurant?

 I wanted a name that conjured up images of the 50’s when the concept of a home cooked meal meant that food was always made freshly, never frozen of from a can.

3. Why did you choose to open the *Icebox Cafe* on Miami Beach?

Coming from NYC, the beach reminded of the village – similar feeling and vibe. I felt comfortable and fit right in. I also saw the opportunity that Miami Beach had in terms of growth both personally and professionally.

4. What do you appreciate most about Miami Beach as a business owner?

Miami Beach is beacon for tourists and offers a constant infusion of energy, ideas and perspectives.  We have a very loyal and local following.

As a resident?

Although Miami Beach has grown a lot and continues to expand, it still has that village feeling that I continue to enjoy after 20 years of calling the area home.

5. For a potential customer that’s thinking of visiting your establishment, describe the atmosphere at the *Icebox Cafe*.

Icebox cafe is designed to feel like your stepping into someone’s home. It’s inviting, comfortable, airy and grounded. We see diners from around the world and all are welcome and feel at home when spending time with us.

6. Finally, name two of your favorite menu items that every customer should try. Why are these your favorite?

Gulf shrimp is amazing and includes flavors of India (Indian Style Dahl) paired with beautifully prepared shrimp and chermoula – a Moroccan sauce. And, you can’t skip dessert…the carrot cake is a must and will perhaps be the best you’ll ever have!

 

A Labor of Love: Miami Beach hosts dozens of Cultural Culinary and Cool events Labor Day Weekend

 

 

Miami Beach – August 8, 2017 – With dozens of fun, cool events rocking Miami Beach over Labor Day weekend it’s not difficult to see why the city is a mecca for visitors from all over the country and the world during the holiday.  As Labor Day weekend approaches, events and celebrations on Miami Beach run the gamut from a Home Design and Remodeling Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center to the WeTheKeyDJs Conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Singles, families, BFFs, and even those who may find themselves here on business will love the multitude of entertainment options available all around the city from September 1-4.  They can find out about many of those options by downloading the Miami Beach Information (MBI) app from the Apple or Android app stores. MBI features events, hotels, restaurants, shopping, arts and culture and even deals. It’s a traveler’s best friend when visiting Miami Beach.

 

“Miami Beach is an increasingly must-visit global destination for travelers around the world,” notes Peggy Benua, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “So it’s not surprising that Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times of year for the city. But we don’t take our popularity with tourists for granted. The city is proactive in encouraging event producers to bring their productions to Miami Beach during this national holiday, and the MBVCA certainly supports, in any way we can, the staging of a wide array of events to ensure that our visitors have numerous choices throughout the length of the extended weekend.”

 

While visitor numbers increase all year long, the Labor Day weekend is an especially vibrant few days. Below is a sampling of just a few of the events and activities available to travelers during the Labor Day holiday.

 

Miami Beach: The Perfect Weekend Getaway.

·         Dine at the best local restaurants for lunch or dinner for less than 40 dollars. Miami Spice runs August 1 through September 30 and features three-course lunches for $23 and dinners for $39, plus tax and tip, at more than 200 restaurants. Visit ilovemiamispice.com.

·         Discover new design. The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show returns September 1-4, 2017 to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Celebrity Interior Designer and lifestyle expert Sabrina Soto of HGTV’s High/Low Project will offer design seminars at 2 pm on Sunday, September 3rd and Monday, September 4th.

  • Take note. The Coast 2 Coast Music Conference is an annual networking event bringing together top industry DJs, producers, A&Rs and more to speak on panels and give practical advice to artists. All of it leads up to their World Championships showcase, where the top performer of the year is crowned and awarded a cash prize; http://coast2coastlive.com/.
  • Dance, dance, dance. WeTheKeyDJs Conference – Labor Day Weekend. Some of the hottest DJs in the world perform at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

 

“Music, food, design, and DJs. Where else can one find such a potpourri of diverse events in one weekend,” says Grisette Marcos, Executive Director, MBVCA. “Combined with our seven miles of beaches, museums, shopping and outdoor activities, Labor Day events will make this an epic time to visit Miami Beach.”

For more information on events and updates in Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at http://www.miamibeachapi.com/app/

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Holly.Winter@hkstrategies.com

 

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH

Recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App”, “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” and  “Overall Beaches Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!

 

Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotel

 

Q&A with Alena Stavnjak

With Miami Spa Month in full swing, the MBVCA sat down with Alena Stavnjak, Director of Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotel, to discuss special offerings and the brand’s first U.S. location here in Miami Beach. For more information, visit https://www.1hotels.com/south-beach/spa.

 

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Does the Bamford Haybarn Spa draw inspiration from Miami Beach?

 

Bamford Haybarn Spa was originally inspired by natural elements of the English countryside of the Bamford Farm in The Cotswolds in southern England. In debuting the first U.S. location at 1 Hotel South Beach, design aspects were taken from the beachfront location by incorporating the natural, relaxing hues of Miami Beach, using nature and the ocean to inspire us every day. 

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Why did the spa open its first U.S. location in Miami Beach as opposed to other cosmopolitan destinations? What makes the Beach so special?

 

Miami Beach as a destination has a very natural ambiance, with sun, sand and the ocean just steps outside, encouraging visitors and locals to experience the outdoors. Bamford and 1 Hotels’ philosophy matches Miami Beach’s spirit, putting an emphasis on connecting the outside world and nature with lifestyle and wellness. In such a wellness-focused, nature-inspired destination like Miami Beach, it was a seamless decision for Bamford to make 1 Hotel South Beach and Miami Beach its first U.S. destination.

 

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What are some unique offerings that guests will find/ experience at the Bamford Haybarn Spa that aren’t readily available at other spas?

 

We are the first place in the US that guests can experience the Bamford brand, services and philosophy. Most of the products that we use in the treatments are organically certified by the soil association, the UK’s highest level of organic certification meaning that at least 85% of the product excluding the water needs to be produced organically. It is a very tough set of standards to meet and we are proud to have achieved this. Guests will experience some of the best therapists in Miami Beach, as we have sought out exceptional staff that have extensive therapy and luxury backgrounds. They are all trained under Bamford’s philosophy, creating a consistent experience whether it’s the Miami Beach location or England location.

 

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What makes hospitality offerings on Miami Beach so different from everywhere else?

The diversity of staff working here on Miami Beach. Nowhere else can you find people from as many diverse backgrounds as Miami! Our employees are from all over the world, whether it’s South America, Europe or Asia, and I believe that creates a truly unique experience for our visitors. 

 

What is your favorite thing about working on Miami Beach?

 

I love working in a place where people vacation all around. It’s a truly unique lifestyle here that I enjoy every day.

 

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With so many visitors in town for Miami Spa Month, what are some deals, treatments and experiences that our readers can find at the Bamford Haybarn Spa this month?

 

We provide a relaxing oasis environment where our guests can disconnect from the hectic outside world. My personal favorites are the Himalayan Salt massage and Radiance facial. The Himalayan salt stone massage has immense benefits such as alkalizing the skin; it’s full of minerals to replenish the body; it lightly exfoliates the skin and is incredibly relaxing. Our radiance facial uses a range of our Bamford natural skin care and holistic therapeutic techniques leaving the skin nourished and the mind relaxes and balanced.

 

 

 

Washington Park Hotel / Employees Only

 

The MBVCA sat down with Vikash Maharaj, General Manager of Washington Park Hotel and Billy Gilroy, Owner of Employees Only, to discuss the newly minted Washington Park Hotel, what’s exclusive on the Miami Beach menu of Employees Only and why they both love Miami Beach. For more information, visit wphsouthbeach.com and employeesonlymiami.com.

 

Q&A with Vikash Maharaj, General Manager of Washington Park Hotel

 

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What makes the Washington Park Hotel so unique? / What makes the Washington Park Hotel stand out from other lodging options in the area?

 

WPH is perched only two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and situated on an entire city block in South Beach with Art Deco buildings and exclusive location to shopping and South Beach best nightlife, including Employees Only on property.

 

WPH is focused on the guest experience with service standards second to none. Additionally, we have a variety of programming opportunities on site such as weekly ping pong tournaments, movies on the lawn, as well as weekend croquet and much more. It’s a meeting point for our guests, as well as locals.

 

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You were previously quoted comparing the shifting dynamic of the Washington Avenue strip to the transformation of neighborhoods like Brickell and Wynwood; What do you think makes them so similar? / How would you compare them?


Like Brickell and Wynwood, Washington Avenue once had a bit more grit to it. Similarly in recent years, we’ve seen Washington Avenue undergo renaissance that will bring high end shopping and dining options that will be comparable or even more upscale than Brickell.

 

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Do you have any must dos for tourists (or locals)? / What do you love about working and operating a hotel on Miami Beach?

 

I love the culture and diverse ethnicity of our guests and taking the time to ensure that we extend world class service to each and every one. I highly recommend visiting the Wolfsonian Museum across the street from WPH, which our guests may visit complimentary.

 

What do you think makes Miami Beach most special? / What do you love most about Miami Beach?

 

The history that the city signifies in harmony with the Art Deco District, the abundance of culture along with the Cuban flair, the weather and, of course, the crystal-clear beach!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Q&A with Billy Gilroy, Owner of Employees Only

 

If someone had never heard of Employees Only before, how would you describe it to them?

 

Old world feeling. Deco. Classy and Sophisticated yet comfortable and casual. True Hospitality from the heart.


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Does EO have a specialty recipe for a summer time favorite drink? What are some seasonal flavors patrons can enjoy this summer?

 

EO changes cocktails occasionally and we have our Ginger Smash (Rum served with fresh ginger & pineapple shaken with Berentzen liqueur, Maraschino liqueur & fresh lime juice) which changes seasonal as well depending on which season and fruits available are. We tried to keep the core of the NYC Menu in Miami and showcase what the drinks are in NYC while we added some cocktails on the menu to suit the Florida climate. Our El Diablo cocktail which isn’t on the menu is our Avion Tequila EO Barrel shaken with ginger root, fresh lime juice & ginger beer, topped off with Creme de Cassis. This is a great cocktail for the summer time and the sun. Seasonal flavors that are definitely hot right now at EO are: pineapple, ginger, citrus, coconut and different spices.

 

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Are there any cocktail/menu items exclusive to the Miami Beach location?

 

Here is a list of menu items that are exclusively in Miami Beach:

The Snapper with mussels Kale and Fennel

The Roasted Cauliflower

The Charred Broccoli Rabe with garlic

The Marinated Green Beans

The EO Miami Burger

The Flourless Chocolate cake

The Key Lime tart

 

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Do you think the culture of Miami Beach influences the Employees Only location at all?

 

Yes it’s a much later crowd. And so we open later and stay open later till 5 a.m.

And the seasonality even more than ever is why Employees Only has to depend on industry and local clientele to thrive. Fortunately we seem to be garnering a great reputation and following with the locals.

 

What do you love about Miami Beach?

 

The weather, the ocean, South Point, the pool, the palm trees and all the beautiful architecture and greenery and flowers. The Latin food. The nightlife. All the beautiful hotels. Stone Crabs!!!

Miami Beach Embraces and Entertains LGBT Travelers with Host of Events

Celebrated as an international LGBT-friendly destination for travelers across the globe, Miami Beach is enticing guests to experience the beauty and liveliness of the city with a packed calendar of events during the month of April. From Miami Beach Gay Pride and MiFo LGBT Film Festival, to the vibrant year-round offerings from proud restaurants and hotels, Miami Beach is gearing up for a colorful month.

 

“Miami Beach fosters an inclusive community and embraces visitors from all walks of life, as demonstrated by our Travvy Award for Best LGBTQ Destination earlier this year,” says Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “An acclaimed haven for the LGBT community, Miami Beach is like no other place in the world.”

 

Welcoming visitors from around the world, Miami Beach Gay Pride is one of the most festive celebrations of its kind. The annual week-long festival is taking over the city from April 3-10, bringing together members of the LGBT community and their allies. This year, in a show of solidarity, Miami Beach will be paying tribute to the victims, families and friends of the PULSE Nightclub shooting by orchestrating “Pride Lights the Night”. Buildings, retail locations, and homes throughout the Miami Beach area will light up awash in the colors of the Pride rainbow flag.

 

On April 9, with Ross Mathews as its celebrity Grand Marshall, The Pride Parade, drawing more than 130,000 participants each year, will travel along Ocean Drive. The fun doesn’t end after the final float is gone; from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 30, the MiFo LGBT Film Festival continues the party and returns to Miami Beach. Guests can catch special screenings of films dedicated to diversity in cinema, offering contemporary perspectives on the LGBT experience, playing at the Regal Cinemas South Beach.

 

In addition to the exciting annual events, there are many mainstay LGBT-friendly activities year-round, including BRUNCHIC at the spectacular Palace South Beach. Every Sunday, both visitors and locals enjoy delicious food, bottomless mimosas, and the lively Drag Brunch performances that the Palace is famous for. The center of gay nightlife in Miami Beach for over 20 years, Twist South Beach offers Ladies Happy Hour and nightly dance parties, a popular “must-do” experience. For accommodations, Hôtel Gaythering, Miami Beach’s premier hotel catering to the gay traveler, is a top choice.

 

“Miami Beach is a world-renowned travel destination for the LGBT community”, says Grisette Roque, Executive Director of the MBVCA. “The city strives to ensure guests and residents feel secure and entertained in our beautiful city with programs such as ‘The Hub’ LGBT Visitor Center and the newly launched safe-space initiative.  Miami Beach remains a leading example for LGBT inclusiveness.”

 

For more information about LGBT events, offerings, and things to do, download the Miami Beach Information App at http://www.MiamiBeachAPI.com.

 

Must-Do April LGBT Events Include:

Miami Beach Gay Pride

Since 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has brought together the LGBT community and allies by organizing free events open to all. Main attractions this year include:

·         Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival, April 9: Celebrity parade marshals include Ross Matthews and “Uncle” Johnny Pool from Elvis Duran and The Morning Show. Miami Beach will also host a two-day, free beach party festival with international DJs, exhibitors, community booths, family fun zone, food vendors and cash bars. This year, the Miami Beach Pride Festival will feature fireworks and a surprise performance tribute to Prince.

 

MiFo LGBT Film Festival

The largest LGBT cultural arts event in South Florida, the MiFo LGBT Film Festival will be hosting events across Miami Beach from April 21-30. Highlights include multiple film showings at Regal Cinemas South Beach and specialty events like:

·         Spotlight Party at Yuca Miami Beach, April 22

·         Centerpiece Party at Britto Central, April 26

·         Closing Night Party at Bacaro Miami, April 29

 

Palace South Beach

An integral part of Miami Beach’s LGBT scene, the Palace’s top events this month include:

·         Annual Rock the Block Free Block Party, April 9: Hosted by Missy Meyakie Lepaige and Joanna James, the annual block party is celebrating Miami Beach Gay Pride with Danny Verde and DJ Carlos Rojas. Guests with reservations can watch the Pride Parade right on Ocean Drive at the center of all the action.

·         BRUNCHIC: Reoccurring every Sunday, enjoy entertainment fit for a queen while sipping on bottomless mimosas and feasting on brunch fare.

 

LGBT Visitor Center “The Hub”

The epicenter of LGBT activity in South Beach, “The Hub” offers weekly support groups, special workshops and an array of social events year-round open to all:

·         Gay Chamber Spotlight Mega-Mixer Benefitting Miami Beach Gay Pride, April 4: A special Miami Beach Gay Pride edition of the bi-monthly Spotlight Mega-Mixer event hosted by the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at the Shore Club South Beach. Kick off Pride celebrations by mingling and networking with over 200 Chamber members and guests.

·         INVISIBLE, April 14 – May 31: An exhibit presented at “The Hub” consisting of portraits and written testimonials of participants from Warrior of Hope and I Still Remember, both projects aimed at raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and pressing social issues in society.