Miami is often referred to as the playground of the rich and famous. The locals barely bat an eye at the number of Bentleys and Lamborghini’s that crowd the city’s streets, and mega-yachts fill the waterways and marinas. If you can feel your money burning a hole in your pocket, there’s no better place to spend it than on a luxury vacation in Miami.
Where to eat:
One of Miami's most exclusive dining experiences can be found at NAOE, an intimate 4-seat Japanese restaurant located within the private island community of Brickell Key. At NAOE, Chef Kevin Cory prepares a unique chef’s choice menu every night, using only the finest local and Japanese fish. Classically trained under the best sushi chefs in Japan, chef Cory’s creations masterfully highlight each individual ingredient’s characteristics and nuance, while combining them in a perfectly balanced fusion of beauty and flavor. Such luxury and attention to detail have earned NAOE the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star rating every year since 2013. The restaurant also keeps track of what is served to each guest, so that if you are lucky enough to visit more than once, you will receive an entirely different menu each time; making a meal at NAOE truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you want to re-live the golden age of the Magic City, when icons like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio were fixtures on Miami Beach, don’t miss the Surf Club by Thomas Keller. As soon as you walk through the doors of the historic Surf Club, which first opened to the public in 1930, you will be transported back to a different era. Opulence and sophistication are on full display. Michelin-starred Executive Chef Thomas Keller presents classic dishes like Caesar salad prepared tableside, Dover Sole Meuniere and Beef Wellington that will make you feel like a member of the Rat Pack. The restaurant’s extensive list of the finest new and old world wines and prohibition-era cocktails complete the nostalgic experience.
Where to shop:
Miami has a reputation as an international fashion destination and the city attracts designers, models and fashionistas from all over the world. In the Miami Design District, you will find high-end local boutiques nestled amongst luxury powerhouse designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Cartier. In addition to the fashion finds in the Design District, its many art galleries and studios feature paintings, photography, sculpture and more from emerging and iconic artists alike. Much of the art is incorporated into the district itself, with eye-catching public art and architecture on display at every turn. Legendary architect Buckminster Fuller designed the Fly’s Eye Dome in 1965. The prototype of the Fly’s Eye Dome was acquired by a local art collector, who then commissioned the Buckminster Fuller Institute to create a modern version to be prominently displayed in the center of the Miami Design District.
One of Miami’s newest shopping destinations is the Brickell City Centre. More than just a mall, the Brickell City Centre spans four stories and three city blocks with its collection of premium retailers, services and restaurants. Anchored by 107,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue, the shopping center is home to several other high-end stores like Bally, Coach, Hugo Boss and Audemars Piguet. Should you happen to encounter a rainy day in the sunshine state, or if you just need a break after a hard day of shopping, Brickell City Center is also home to the CMX VIP cinema experience. A waiter will bring chef-prepared cuisine and a cocktail from the theater’s full bar directly to your plush reclining seat as you relax and enjoy the latest blockbuster on the big screen.
Where to Play:
Of course, Miami’s crystal blue tropical waters are one of its biggest attractions. Why not charter a luxury yacht and enjoy Miami by sea? Vista Yachts has an extensive fleet of 50+ foot yachts featuring jet skis and floating toys that are perfect for sunbathing and frolicking in the waves off Miami’s shores. Enjoy the Miami skyline at sunset, take a day trip to the Keys, or even sail to the Bahamas for a night or two. Wherever your nautical adventures take you, Vista’s professional captain and crew will cater to your every need.
If you would rather explore the nearby islands of the Florida Keys or the Caribbean by air, Evojets offers private plane charters on demand. Last-minute booking options, available with as little as 2 hours advance notice, mean a private plane charter can get you from Miami to the white sandy beaches of the Bahamas in as little as 90 minutes.
If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, there’s no better way to see or be seen in Miami than in an exotic car rental. For those who won’t settle for anything less than the best, you will find the latest models of all your favorite luxury car brands such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce and Maclaren at MPH Club, the nation’s largest exotic and luxury car rental service.
Where to Stay:
No matter what adventures await you on your visit to Miami, with over 60 luxury apartments located in both Brickell and Coconut Grove, Miami Vacation Rentals has the perfect place to call your home away from home. Each apartment is stylishly appointed with luxe furnishings and décor, designer appliances by Sub Zero, Wolf and Bosch, and personal touches like complimentary wine and bottled water upon arrival.
Our apartments in the IconBrickell Residences, located in the heart of Miami’s financial epicenter, offer stunning sea and city views. Building amenities include a 28,000 square foot spa area consisting of a state-of-the-art fitness center, steam room and sauna and a 5,000 square foot aqua-therapy lounge. The outdoor pool deck features three pools, including an 80-person hot tub and an infinity-edge lap pool measuring 205 feet long.
In Coconut Grove, our apartments within the Hotel Arya, provide all the comforts of home with the convenience of a hotel setting. Nestled within walking distance of Coconut Grove’s many shops and restaurants and offering breathtaking views of the marina and Key Biscayne, this location is perfect for tranquil relaxation.
All of our apartments are centrally located just minutes away from the best dining, shopping and entertainment that the Magic City has to offer. It’s easy to see why so many celebrities make this city their home. Live out your champagne wishes and caviar dreams and visit Miami like the rich and famous.