The resort-minded ‘American Riviera,’ has become one of America’s most influential cultural capitals. Spurred by Art Basel Miami, now in its 16th year, a newly expanded and renovated Miami Beach Convention Center and a continuous wave of new public and private investments, this South Florida city may be one of the most coveted MICE destinations in the world.
The world-famous coastline continues to be a draw with the newly installed and landscaped Miami Beachwalk stretching from Lummus Park to 46th Street. By the beach, the new hotspot is the Faena District, an arts and culture hub featuring the multi-floor Faena Bazaar lifestyle shopping experience and the Faena Forum designed by Rem Koolhaas. The real action happens off the beach at the architectural playground of the Miami Design District, the destination for high-end shopping, and Brickell City Center, anchoring the new downtown with a climate ribbon and an Italian inspired food hall.
Always a city built on entrepreneurialism, the newest trophy for local philanthropists is to open a museum displaying your private art collection. Highlights include The Rubell Family Collection, The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. On the Bay, the newly completed Museum Park is home to the Perez Art Museum and the Frost Science Museum. For a taste of ‘Europe in the Tropics,’ the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables remains one of the most beautiful urban pedestrian districts.
With Miami’s revered climate, the setting is as important as the food. On Miami Beach, The Matador Room remains a see-and-be-scene destination with landscaped terrace dining overlooking the pool at the Miami Beach Edition. For special occasions, Toronto import Byblos offers two stories of Mediterranean inspiration. By the Design District, the hottest table in town is The Swan and Bar Bevy created by singer/producer Pharrell Williams. Low-key and beloved by locals, Stiltsville Fish Bar is in Sunset Harbor And, of course the most famous spot in South Florida remains Joe’s Stone Crab which has been drawing diners since 1913.
As one of America’s premiere resort and meeting destinations, ALHI Global Luxury Sales has curated and unparalleled collection of seven destinations. Beach classics include Fontainebleau, Eden Roc, Nobu Hotel and Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Coral Gables offers The Biltmore, a national landmark. Golfers will appreciate Trump National Doral. Right in downtown, near the Design and Arts District is the InterContinental Miami.