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 Welcomes LGBTQ Travelers from Around the World to Celebrate this April

 

City encourages visitors to show their pride during line up of events and offerings this month and all year long on Miami Beach

 

Miami Beach, FL – April 4, 2018 – Named as the “Best LGBTQ Destination” in 2018 for the third consecutive year by the Travvy Awards, Miami Beach welcomes travelers from across the globe to participate in and enjoy a number of specialty LGBTQ events this month.  Starting April 2, Miami Beach will host a variety of happenings including OUTSHINE Film Festival, Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and more to shine a light on how Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world for all visitors.

 

“Miami Beach embraces all travelers with open arms and encourages tourists from all communities to consider Miami Beach their go-to vacation destination not only this month but all year long,” says Steve Adkins, Chairman of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “Our city is home to a large LGBTQ family and continues to provide safe and inclusive events, as well as a number of hotels, restaurants, and attractions that cater specifically to the LGBTQ community.”

 

The city of Miami Beach has been known and recognized as a top travel destination for LGBTQ travelers for years.  Home to key organizations like The Hub at the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach continues to offer and introduce initiatives and programs in support of the LGBTQ community.

 

For those traveling to Miami Beach to celebrate Miami Beach Gay Pride, there are a number of specialty experiences, entertainment options, destination hotels and restaurants that are perfect picks for LGBTQ travelers including:

 

 

·         Basement Pride Kick-Off Party: Basement at the Edition Hotel, a hot-spot that’s more than just a nightclub, boasting a neon-lit bowling alley and ice-skating rink, will host their second annual kick-off party with beats by Paulo Pacheco and a spinning Disco party.

 

·         Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival: Celebrating its’ 10th Anniversary, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, led my celebrity Grand Marshal and Olympic Medalist, Gus Kenworthy and local media personality Roxanne Vargas, will take place on Sunday, April 8th on Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th Street. Following the parade, Miami Beach celebrates Pride with 125 vendor booths offering food and cocktails, special performances including Natascha Bessez and DJ Hector Fonseca, and a grand display of fireworks to close the night.  

 

·         Spotlight Mega-Mixer Benefitting Miami Beach Gay Pride: The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites the community to a night of networking and cocktails at the Shore Club South Beach. Guests can mingle with over 200 Chamber members and the LGBTQ community.

 

·         Hôtel Gaythering: This premiere boutique hotel located in the epicenter of Miami Beach is a top choice for gay travelers. In addition to a host of amenities, evening entertainment like Karaoke Monday and Happy Hour make this hotel a #1 choice for Pride Week.

 

·         PALACE South Beach: As a year-round LGBTQ-friendly destination, activities at this famed restaurant is a must-do for locals and travelers. Enjoy great food and a spectacular entertainment like live drag shows and exclusive special guests.

 

·         OUTSHINE Film Festival: From Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 29, the OUTSHINE Film Festival, formerly known as The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, will offer special screenings at Regal Cinemas South Beach. Guests can enjoy films that highlight international and culturally diverse perspectives that focus on the LGBT experience.

 

 

For more information about LGBTQ events and things to do, download the Miami Beach Information App at http://www.MiamiBeachAPI.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 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” 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!

 

 

Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach – Q and A with Executive Chef Vijayud “Vijay” Veena

 

The MBVCA sat down with Vijayudu “Vijay” Veena, executive chef of Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach, to discuss the unique culinary experience at Jaya and Miami Beach’s evolving food scene. For more information, visit http://www.thesetaihotel.com/jaya.

 

 

 

  1. Tell us about yourself. How did you jumpstart your career as a chef?

 

I started working for my parents in their restaurant, and then went to Switzerland for my formal culinary education. It was there that I met the General Manager and HR Director of The Setai, Miami Beach during my internship. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

  1. Jaya is widely known in Miami Beach; how does it feel to be a part of a restaurant that provides such a memorable experience for all food-lovers?

 

It’s a feeling of great pride and responsibility. I feel that ultimately the measure of success is returning guests. This was especially the case when we changed the concept for our main restaurant from the Mediterranean back to Asian-inspired, and the support from our regular client base as well as newcomers have been very rewarding.

 

  1. South Beach Wine and Food Festival is quickly approaching, does Jaya have anything special in the works for this annual event?

 

Jaya has been a part of the Festival since its opening in late 2015 and in particular The Lucky Chopsticks event, which was a great way to introduce the concept. This year, we are fortunate to be a part of “The Best of The Best,” and strive to be authentic in Jaya’s concept, while showcasing the complexity of the dish which we think that “The Best of The Best’s” crowd will truly appreciate. 

 

  1. Miami Beach has evolved into a hotspot dining destination, what do you believe to be the driving force behind this growth in dining on Miami Beach?

 

I feel that it has to do with the awareness of the food scene as well as willingness for the market to try new things.

 

  1. What are you most excited about for the future of Miami Beach’s food scene?

 

The quality of the chefs, especially the celebrity chefs, that continue to raise the bar and challenge all of us.

 

  1. What would you say is unique about Jaya’s restaurant atmosphere and a menu that cannot be found elsewhere?

 

The ability to dine in The Setai’s Courtyard is very unique, as well as the Pan-Asian journey we endeavor to take you on.

                                         

  1. Anything to add about what’s upcoming at The Setai, Miami Beach?

 

We also offer one of Miami’s best brunches in our weekly Sunday jazz brunch, which is complemented by live jazz, free-flowing Roederer Champagne, rotisserie, seafood, Asian and dessert stations. At our Ocean Grill, food-lovers can discover light Mediterranean fare with one of the best views of the ocean to dine beside in Miami Beach, with dishes crafted on our custom wood-fired grill.

 

Miami Beach Calls All Snowbirds to Enjoy a Tropical Getaway This Holiday Season

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Winter travelers can escape to Miami Beach’s warm weather to experience festive events, luxurious seasonal offerings and fine holiday dining

 

Miami Beach – December 8, 2017 – Snowbirds can easily escape the harsh winter weather and celebrate the holidays in sun-kissed Miami Beach with a number of festive events, luxurious, seasonal spa treatments, and fine holiday dining offers. Recently named Travel Weekly’s Best Overall Beach Destination in 2017 and recognized by the Travvy Awards as Best LGBTQ Destination in 2017, there’s something for everyone in Miami Beach this holiday season—a city like no other place in the world.

 

“Spending time with friends and family during the holiday season takes on special meaning in Miami Beach.  Travelers can find the perfect respite from cold weather and a variety of activities that will keep spirits warm and bright,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “A number of events, hotels and restaurants are adding to the holiday cheer with special offers and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.”

 

Travelers are invited to start packing now and head to Miami Beach to indulge in seasonal activities, including:

 

Seasonal Traditions at Lincoln Road Mall: Escaping to Miami Beach for the holidays doesn’t mean missing out on some of the season’s best traditions. On December 21 at 7 p.m., spend the evening shopping and singing Christmas carols at Lincoln Road Mall, stretching from Washington Avenue to Alton Road. End the night with an after party at the National Hotel with festive drinks, tapas specials and live music.

 

An Afternoon at the Ballet: Grab the whole family and take in the world-renowned Moscow Ballet and their performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at The Fillmore Miami Beach. A special matinee will take place on December 30th a 3 p.m. featuring life-sized puppets and nesting dolls to bring the holidays to life. Tickets are available online now at http://www.filmoremb.com.

 

Stress-Free Celebration: Go for a stress-free holiday season with an 80-minute Stress Fix Massage Special at The Palms Hotel & Spa. Available throughout the month of December, spa guests that purchase any 50-minute treatment will receive 50 percent off the second treatment.

 

Holiday Dinner at The Setai, Miami Beach: Cozy up at one of Miami Beach’s finest hotels with family and friends on December 24 at 10 p.m., and go on a culinary journey this Christmas with dinner at Jaya. The five-course meal includes dumplings, tantalizing Thai pumpkin soup, traditional holiday turkey, and ends with sweet and festive bouche de Noel that features fluffy white-chocolate mousse, pistachio biscuit and toasted almond ice cream. Dinner is $110 per person.

 

For more information on holiday offerings in Miami Beach this 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!

 

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!

 

 

Guillermo Antonini – Hotel Concierge at W Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach

 

 

1.      Tell us about yourself! How long have you been a hotel concierge at W South Beach?

 

    • I have been a concierge at W South Beach since returning home to Miami in January of 2015, after studying in Boston and beginning my career as a concierge with W Boston. I am passionate about discovering what is new and next in our city, and in turn using that to personalize our guests’ experiences.

 

2.      What’s your favorite part about working in Miami Beach?

 

    • My favorite part about working in Miami Beach is the fact that our city never stops changing and evolving; the fast pace of the city always keeps our guests busy, even those who come back more than once throughout the year.

 

3.      As a hotel concierge for W South Beach, what are two unique experiences that guests can have during their stay at the hotel?

 

    • At our hotel, I always recommend that guests take advantage of dining at Mr. Chow and enjoying our nightclub; Wall, as I feel both provide a high-level guest experience.

 

4.      With winter travel season upon us, what makes Miami Beach a premier destination for snowbirds this season?

 

    • With average highs of 75 degrees, it makes sense that snowbirds flock to Miami Beach for the warmth our city provides during winter.  It also helps that we have some of the city’s busiest events held during the winter months when the rest of the nation is still chilly – most notable are Art Basel and South Beach Food & Wine. 

 

5.      A host of art-savvy travelers will be visiting Miami Beach for Art Basel, what is W South Beach doing to gear up for the event? Will there be art on display at the hotel during Art Basel?

 

    • Of all the hotels that I have visited in my travels, I have yet to stumble across an art collection like the one we have at W South Beach. With original works from George Condo, Kenny Scharf, Tom Sachs, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, there is no doubt in my mind that we will have our collection on display. We cannot announce what we have up our sleeve just yet, but our team is working very hard to finalize the schedule of events for Art Basel 2017. I can personally guarantee that W South Beach will be a hub of activity during that whole week.

6.      Finally, what are your three go-to suggestions for travelers that wish to experience the culture of Miami Beach during their visit?

 

    • No matter how much time you have in Miami Beach, I recommend you do the following:

                                                              i.      Hop on a bike and cruise down Ocean Drive, where you will discover our famous Art Deco architecture and neon signs, and a beautiful view of Downtown Miami from South Pointe Park.

                                                            ii.      Make sure to stop off at an authentic Cuban café for pastries and coffee – my favorite is the chicken empanadas from Las Olas Café on Sixth St.

                                                          iii.      Put your bathing suits on and rent a daybed on SAND, our beach area, where you will not even have to think of lifting a finger as our amazing team will cater a perfect beach day. After all, what is a visit to Miami Beach without catching some sun and feeling pampered?

 

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!