Known for its South Beach/Miami Beach glamour – gleaming convertibles cruising down Ocean Drive... sun-kissed beaches sporting barely there, bikini-clad bodies – Miami’s glossy (and slightly vapid) city of old has entered a whole new era.

 

​Dotted all over the city and bubbling just beneath its super-polished surface, a host of hip and emerging neighbourhoods with a melange of bold cultural and culinary flavours are just waiting to be discovered.

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

​Neighbouring Midtown and Wynwood, the Miami Design District has fast become one of the city's buzziest districts, drawing in a smartly dressed yet creative crowd. Once a sleepy area focused simply on art and design, this neighbourhood now has urban cool at its core. Ramshackle warehouses have been reborn as glossy art galleries, design showrooms and elite fashion boutiques. 

Fit in with the local crowd and head to Locust Project – a hip non-profit artist-run space that showcases young emerging talent in the visual arts. End your tour of the district on a high, sipping Hokkaido Sours in Tokyo-style drinking den, KAIDO, or tucking into Cuban delicacies at Estefan Kitchen, founded by musical legends Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Whatever you decide to do in the Design District, you'll be in well-heeled company.

WYNWOOD

​The once gritty and lacklustre area of Wynwood has similarly been revamped into an arts district with a laidback vibe. Think fewer heels and more trainers. Streets here are accentuated by colourful art murals, restaurants teem with myriad cuisines and bars hum with an after dark buzz. 

To embrace its bohemian vibe, head to Wynwood Walls and explore the local urban arts scene, visit Wynwood Brewing Company and sample craft beer amongst a hipster crowd, or gorge on tortillas and tequila at Bakan, the district's trendy Mexican hotspot.

BRICKELL

​Nestled north of Coconut Grove and south of downtown, Brickell was once overlooked as Miami's financial epicentre.

Transformed from high-rise to high price however, this neighbourhood has become a haven for progressive young professionals searching for juice bars by day and first-class dining by night. 

To bask in local highlights, head to the Altitude Pool Deck at SLS Brickell (the area's kitsch answer to Soho House) and recline on its candy-striped day-beds; devour Asian delicacies at tropical cabaret lounge and restaurant, El Tucan; or find inner peace at Conrad Miami's glistening spa with unique treatments like the Mojito Body Glow (well, it is Miami after all)!

LITTLE HAVANA

​The core of Miami's underlying Cuban culture, no visit is complete without experiencing Little Havana and its famed thoroughfare, Calle Ocho. 

Thanks to hundreds of Cuban settlers in search of the American Dream, this vibrant neighbourhood has heritage pouring out of every wall, from its colourful art galleries to its mouth-watering Cuban eateries. Whilst walking tours and mojito-tastings have existed for years, new cafés, restaurants and small hotels ensure this historic district remains relevant. 

Lose track of time amongst the hammock-strewn courtyard of peaceful boutique hotel, Life House Little Havana, or enjoy Cuban dining and coffee culture at its best at Café La Trova, one of the region's most exciting new openings.

The Refurbished Ritz-Carlton South Beach

​Hurricane Irma may have wreaked havoc on Miami in 2017, but the upside is the new-look Ritz-Carlton South Beach. The owners have taken the opportunity to carry out a complete refurb, giving the rooms a lighter, brighter feel with vibrant colours and distinct oversized furnishings – perfectly in keeping with the prime Art Deco Historic District locale, near the exclusive South of Fifth neighbourhood. 

New Additions

​The two-year project also saw a host of new additions, not least of which is Fuego y Mar from Executive Chef Anthony LePape, specialising in magical mash-ups inspired by the different Latino cuisines that make Miami unique. 

This is one of the area's most luxurious beachfront properties of course and the new DiLido Beach Club – SoBe's only oceanfront lounge and club – extends the resort's fresh look even further with new landscaping and plush furnishings.

Treats & Eats

​The resurfaced oceanfront pool deck now has private cabanas and a full food and cocktail menu; the Meg Sharpe-designed Club Lounge offers a dedicated concierge, bespoke experiences and complimentary breakfast, lunch and dessert menus throughout the day; while the alluring Ritz-Carlton Spa has become a true urban retreat from this pulsating city, offering first-of-their-kind treatments and mindfulness for all ages. 

Out & About

​For families, the Ritz Kids Club caters for 5-12 year-olds with interactive, fun activities that highlight the art, history and culture of the city – as well as the chance to learn about sharks with researchers from the University of Miami. And South Beach itself is well worth exploring. 

Lincoln Road's pedestrian promenade is a charming shopping district (great for people-watching too), while the Fillmore Theatre hosts the Miami City Ballet, the Miami Beach Broadway Series and much more.

Our Featured Hotels

  • The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    This luxurious oceanfront resort enjoys one of Miami Beach’s best locations: in the heart of the world-famous Art Deco district, it's just steps away from dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment.

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  • 1 Hotel South Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    Like it’s New York sibling, 1 Hotel South Beach is naturally modern with a less nightlife-centric vibe, a full-service Beach Club on a killer 600-foot stretch of beach and three individual pools.

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  • COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach North Beach, Miami, Florida

    Overlooking iconic Miami Beach in an enviable position for shopping, dining and entertainment, the boutique Metropolitan by COMO is poised to become a true Miami essential.

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  • Delano South Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    With its whimsical design, dramatic dining options and divine Beach Club, this is a destination for anyone excited by high design, high glamour and luxury service all the way.

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  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach Mid Beach, Miami, Florida

    Combining decadent décor courtesy of big-name Hollywood players, this glamorous, Art Deco-esque wonderland boasts retro-glam rooms, a one-of-a-kind South American-inspired spa, and a beach club on pristine sands.

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  • Fontainebleau Miami Beach North Beach, Miami, Florida

    This legendary hotel’s recent billion dollar restoration created a spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and contemporary luxury, fringed by a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach.

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  • Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club Surfside, Miami, Florida

    Reimagined old-Miami glamour meets five-star service at this brand new Four Seasons – once Miami’s most time-honoured social club, and now an exclusive, forever-beautiful refuge in the sun.

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  • Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach Mid Beach, Miami, Florida

    Two hotels in one: one, a reinvented beachfront favourite; the other, a seamless merging of modern Miami architecture and a creative interpretation of the legendary Japanese chef.

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  • Soho Beach House Mid Beach, Miami, Florida

    The better-looking, more-sun-tanned sister of London’s legendary Soho House; a bewitching beachfront residence and private club that’s drenched in sunshine and cool vibes.

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  • The Betsy – South Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    Miami's only remaining Florida-Georgian-style building: stylish, informal with a full-service private beach; day-to-night Ocean Deck; and some of the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in.

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  • The Miami Beach EDITION Mid Beach, Miami, Florida

    More spacious than most Miami mainstays, the EDITION may be set a little further from much of the action but with its multi-dimensional day- and nightlife, you don't really need to leave for a full-on Miami experience.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour Bal Harbour, Miami, Florida

    Great for romance-seeking couples, with a sedate pool scene and in walking distance to Bal Harbour's high-end mall, nightlife and South Florida's thriving art scene – though the peaceful spa, and inviting waterfront restaurant, Artisan Beach House, may entice you not to leave.

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  • The Setai Miami Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    An oasis of tranquility amidst the energy of South Beach, The Setai has gone all out to retain a sense of intimacy at what is arguably Miami’s most striking beachfront resort.

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  • The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Bal Harbour, Miami, Florida

    Nothing quite so elegant, glamorous and tasteful has ever graced the beaches of Miami, and the St. Regis hotel family are rightfully proud of this lovelier-than-lovely property.

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  • W South Beach South Beach, Miami, Florida

    A haven of all things chic, sleek and fabulous and dripping with glamour and wall-to-wall glitterati, this gorgeous beachfront property is the hottest spot on the already-scorching South Beach.

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