Miami’s warm weather and sandy beaches make it an ideal holiday location. But there’s more happening here than merely fun in the sun. The city is packed with choice restaurants, luxury shopping destinations and cultural institutions – not to mention a growing and exciting art scene. The Platinum Card® from American Express has picked its top suggestions – from old standbys to recent additions, plus South Beach’s main drag Collins Avenue – for how best to spend your time on a visit to this tropical destination.
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01 St Regis Bal Harbour Serene Scenes
The elegant St Regis is 15 minutes from South Beach but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle. All guest rooms face the ocean and are just moments from some of Miami’s top retail destinations at the Bal Harbour Shops. For the ultimate in relaxation guests should make use of the hotel’s Remède Spa treatments, quiet poolside and Oceanfront Day Villas.
02 Saks Fifth Avenue In the bag
Saks ticks all the boxes for an afternoon of shopping. Whether you’re looking for a crucial item or a travel treat, a quick call to The Platinum Card Concierge* can arrange a Saks personal shopper to help sift through the goods and pick out only the best.
03 The Webster All in one
A visit to The Webster is essential on any trip to Miami. The 1,860 sq m boutique packs in more than 95 luxury brands, including Céline, Acne Studios, Maison Kitsuné and Visvim. The 1939 art deco building is stocked with men’s and womenswear, not to mention a choice selection of printed matter.
04 Makoto Rare find
Set among the shops of Bal Harbour, Makoto is the perfect spot for a light lunch after some heavy shopping. Chef Makoto Okuwa’s talent shines through in cold dishes, such as his Wagyu carpaccio or watermelon ceviche with tuna, white fish, octopus, squid, cucumber and serrano lime ice. Both dishes pair well with speciality sakés and Japanese craft beers, which can be enjoyed on the beautiful terrace.
05 La Mar Food with a view
Set on the lower level of Mandarin Oriental, La Mar boasts waterside views of the Biscayne Bay. Chef Gastón Acurio brings his take on Peruvian ceviche, featuring fluke, coriander, ají limo pepper, red onion, choclo (Peruvian corn) and leche de tigre – tiger’s milk, a marinade used to cure seafood – alongside Peruvian sashimi. With Platinum guests can enjoy a pisco sour on the house – a perfect pairing with seafood mains and a bayside view.
06 Matador Bar at The Edition Causing a stir
A tip-off from the 24/7 Platinum Concierge* service could lead you to the Matador Bar. The Edition hotel boasts throwback Miami glamour. The bar is pleasantly packed at all times and the cocktails are well balanced – not to mention served in spiky copper pineapples. It’s luxury with a refreshing twist.
07 Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Out and about
The Vizcaya Museum is an ideal spot to take in Miami’s near-perpetual sunshine and the gardens surrounding the Italian-inspired structure are a welcome place to wander. Head indoors to see the furnishings of original tenant and builder James Deering.
08 Gallery Diet / Nina Johnson Picture this
Gallery Diet launched in 2007 and recently moved to a new location in up-and-coming Little Haiti. Founder Nina Johnson has a knack for discovering great artists and a visit here is always inspiring. When the time comes to invest in artwork, Johnson is also an excellent adviser.
09 Pamm Safe bet
Time at Pamm is time well spent. The art is contemporary, the building (designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron) is a marvel and the attached design shop always has something worth picking up.
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