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By admin | October 5 2007
Miami’s top concierges share their personal recommendations for a perfect day – and night – in the city.
CHIEF CONCIERGE, CONRAD MIAMI
+1 305 503 6502
Having just one day to spend in sunny Miami is a real challenge as the city has so much to offer.
Start with breakfast at Atrio Restaurant on the 25th floor of the Conrad Miami Hotel. The stunning panorama of the city and Biscayne Bay is breathtaking. Enjoy a fun free ride on the Metromover, just across the street from the Conrad, and explore Downtown. Take this monorail to the Government Center; and then walk to the Miami Historical Museum which has exceptional exhibits celebrating Miami’s history. Take a walk through Flagler, Miami’s busiest street to reach Bayside – one of the hottest attractions in the city. Enjoy browsing in the stores, hot music, beautiful settings, tours of the Bayside Bay and Millionaire Row. After lunch in one of the several Latin or International restaurants in the area, round off the afternoon with a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a superb historical attraction that’s well worth the visit. A few minutes from the Vizcaya is the wonderful Miami Seaquarium, where swimming with the dolphins will be an unforgettable memory of your time in the city. For a relaxing late afternoon, take tea at The Biltmore, then after a brief stop at the Venetian Pool, head back to the Conrad via Calle Ocho, Miami’s ‘Little Cuba’. After creative cocktails at the Bar on Level 25, it’s time to enjoy South Beach. There are many great restaurants to choose from, but I would recommend Joe’s Stone Crabs for fabulous seafood. After dinner, head out for a fun night in the famous SoBe and visit Mansion, one of the premier clubs.
+1 305 695 3232
1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
Prime One Twelve
+1 305 532 8112
112 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
+1 305 534 3688
119 Washington, Miami Beach, 33139
+1 305 673 1312
701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
+1 305 373 0063
335 South Biscayne Blvd,Miami, 33131
GUEST SERVICES MANAGER, THE TIDES SOUTH BEACH
+1 305 604 5070
Breakfast in a local favorite, News Café on Ocean Drive.
Pick-up at The Tides South Beach for the Zodiac Tour. The Tour departs from Miami Beach and is a two-hour narrated sightseeing trip that includes Stiltsville, Biscayne National Park, Ocean Drive’s Art Deco skyline, celebrity mansions and the Port of Miami. The boats are RIB rides that are used by the FBI, Special Forces, the DEA and the Coast Guard.
Have a delicious lunch at Van Dyke Café on Lincoln Raod.
Burn off some of that fabulous lunch or a leisurely shopping trip on Lincoln Road.
Tired after a busy day? Try a rejuvenating in-room spa Jose Lema, Guest Services Manager, The Tides South Beach treatment at The Tides.
Head to the La Marea, the in-house restaurant at The Tides South Beach for a mouth-watering evening meal to cap off a fantastic day.
+1 305 604 5070
1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 33139
+1 305 695 9125
5061 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 33137
+1 305 674 9474
The Hotel, 801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
+1 305 695 0757
1931 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33139
Art Deco Tour
CONCIERGE SUP ERVISOR, ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA
+1 305 918 8000
Start the day with breakfast at the ‘No. 1 Zagat’- rated restaurant Il Mulino. After a fine breakfast, enjoy the pristine, private white sands at Acqualina.
If you don’t fancy getting sand in your clothes, then choose from any one of our three pools, before enjoying a beachfront lunch at the Costa Grill restaurant with its fine gourmet cuisine and stunning views over the beach. If you’re into pampering, indulge yourself with a soothing massage at our world-renowned ESPA spa, or choose from a selection of treatments on offer. Complete the evening with a breathtakingly romantic private dinner on the beach, where the only company is the steady glow of the surrounding candles, and the only sound the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore.
+1 305 446 9191
17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, 33160
+1 786 279 6600
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, 33180
+1 305 935 2900
19088 NE 29 Avenue, Aventura, 33180
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, 33180
Bal Harbour Shops
9701 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
+1 305 358 3535
Begin your day at the poolside, where you can experience some of our signature amenities such as Evian Spritz and frozen fruit brochettes, while browsing the day’s newspapers on one of our complimentary Kindles.
Then head to the Design District for a tapas lunch at Sra. Martinez and some retail therapy at the nearby boutiques, including Marni, Christian Louboutin and Tomas Maier. Recognized as one of the country’s top art destinations, Miami‘s galleries and exhibition spaces are also worth a visit. The Steinebaum Gallery in Wynwood showcases some of the area’s leading artists, including Edouard Duval-Carrié, whose work is also displayed at the hotel.
1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33139
Tour of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
+1 305 250 9133
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, 33129
CHIEF CONCIERGE, THE SAGAMORE
+1 305 535 8088
For your first meal of the day, head to the Front Porch Café which offers a very tasty breakfast/brunch.
After breakfast, take a private airboat tour to the Everglades, which is south Florida’s biggest national park. Undoubtedly you’ll get to see the alligators, along with the Everglades’ myriad of wildlife. Then for lunch, grab a bite to eat at the Dilido Beach Club, enjoy the food alfresco with a great view of the beach and the boardwalk.
STK at the Gansevoort hotel
This chic restaurant really stands out because of the atmosphere. They have a live DJ spinning throughout the night, which gives the restaurant a lively feel. In addition, the food and the service are great. You will definitely leave this restaurant wanting to party.
2377 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
If you want to change the pace and mellow out somewhere more romantic and intimate, I would recommend the terrace at Casa Tua where you can enjoy excellent Italian cuisine. Barton G Address: 1427 West Avenue, Miami Beach Website: www.bartong.com You can’t go wrong with Barton G – they offer delicious New American cuisine and are also well known for the presentation of their dishes. And if you like desserts, this is definitely the place to come.
1701 James Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
Lincoln Road Shops
I would recommend the shops on Lincoln Road. They have just a little bit of everything; from unique boutiques to brand names. If you work up an appetite while shopping, then have a seat in one of the many restaurants and dine outdoors while you people watch
Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 33139
As an outdoors fanatic, I recommend renting jet skis or a private boat and venturing out on to the ocean. Then, of course, there is the infamous South Beach nightlife, but that’s a totally different chapter!
CHIEF CONCIERGE, MANDARIN ORIENTAL
+1 305 913 8288
The best way to start the day is with a delicious breakfast on the waterfront terrace at Café Sambal, followed by a leisurely morning at the private Oasis Beach Club.
Order lunch by the infinity edge pool while taking in the beautiful views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay, followed by an afternoon stroll to Mary Brickell Village, which has an eclectic mix of outdoor shopping and dining. Guests can enjoy an evening meal in the Village or return to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner in Azul, one of the city’s top dining destinations.
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 33131
+1 305 373 0063
335 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33131
Fontainbleau Resort, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33140
Bal Harbour Shops
9701 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, 33154
Zodiac Ocean & Bay Adventure Tour
300 Alton Road, Miami Beach
CONCIERGE, FISHER ISLE & RESORT
+1 305 535 6000
Get your day off to a fine start with breakfast at the Beach Club.
Then take a private tour of the original Vanderbilt mansion, which serves as the centerpiece of the resort that’s dotted with charming villas and cottages from the original property. Afterwards, relax on Fisher Island’s sugar-sand private beach, with authentic Bahamian sand. Sport aficionados can challenge themselves on the nine-hole championship golf course, try their hand at the world-class tennis center or hire a boat at the marina. For lunch and dinner, Fisher Island offers a collection of dining options catering for every mood and requirement. As guests tour the island via complimentary golf carts, they will discover stunning island views including breathtaking vistas of Downtown Miami and the marina, plus unforgettable sunsets.