From May 26 to June 4 the population of Miami will expand greatly to accommodate participants and attendees coming for the World OutGames (WOG) being held in Miami. Whether you are there for the WOG or simply there to experience the trendy world-famous spots like South Beach, Little Havana or Coconut Grove, you should have a guide to maintain your chic style. Here are my recommendations.
Miami is a delight for the senses but it can prove overwhelming for those not familiar with this vibrant beach city. With careful planning you can be prepared to get the most of out the Magic City, whose nickname derives from the city’s rapid growth and constant change. Although metamorphosis is at its heart, you will find these style tips are still relevant when it comes to Miami Beach.
Top pick for accommodations is 1 Hotel South Beach. This eco-chic resort is perfectly situated in mid-beach, conveniently located to all that the Miami Beach and South Beach hot spots have to offer. The calming interiors feature organic products, reclaimed wood, regionally-sourced materials and Triple Clear Filters on every tap, faucet and shower. You may find it hard to leave the property that provides everything you need under one roof, which includes a 14,000-square-foot Spartan gym as well as farm-to-table restaurants from Tom Colicchio and Plnthouse (correctly spelled) from famed plant-based chef Matthew Kenney.
Although 1 Hotel South Beach may have everything you need under one roof, you will have to head to its roof for the best pool experience in Miami Beach. The jaw dropping 26,000 square foot rooftop is for adults only and features a 110-foot long, ocean view swimming pool. Grab a cabana or daybed and prepare to hold court here all day. Who really needs the sand, anyway?
By all means, pack a statement swimsuit. It is Miami, after all and it plays perfectly into the summer 2017 swimwear trend – bright, bold colors, striking patterns and metallics will all be huge on the beaches and at poolside this summer. It is also a good way to stand out from the crowd.
The Juvia rooftop restaurant is always a favorite. Located atop the penthouse level of the Herzog & de Meuron parking garage on Lincoln Road, it makes the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle below. The contemporary Japanese, French and Peruvian cuisine features everything from crudos, a raw bar and perfectly prepared plates. The beauty of Juvia is its design, offering panoramic views of the city and a vertical garden from the open terrace as well as indoor seating for those who seek a climate-controlled environment.
While the humidity can be great for your skin, your hair is another story. So if you style your hair, you may need to switch up or add some product. Living Proof offers a hair primer that locks in style and keeps moisture from interfering … too much. A finishing hairspray could also be a good idea.
Bring your responsibility to the Matador Room. This Jean-Georges restaurant has some of the best cocktails in Miami. The circular restaurant has atmospheric mood lighting straight out of a Bond film and the adjacent lounge serves the same delicious drinks. If you love tequila, the hardest choice you make during your visit may be deciding between the Melisandre, Mexican Bull or Basil Jalepeño Margarita.
The Wynwood Walls are the perfect backdrop for an urban art trek and a requisite selfie. The complex of graffiti and street-based wall art is located in downtown Miami so be prepared to order a ride. Since its inception in 2009, over 50 artists representing 16 countries have covered more than 80,000-square feet of walls. A word to the wise; go early to avoid too much traffic. Afterward, stop for the weekend brunch at R House. This casual and cool restaurant/lounge has an integrated gallery right in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Wynwood arts district. Enjoy an eclectic, globally-inspired menu along with DJs and live music.
Splurge … but smartly. Miami Beach has gotten very expensive so be prepared to spend. But really think twice before shelling out. Investing in a good hotel will set you up for your time in Miami and provide you refuge from the masses. Think about your needs. Will you be out late? Will you need access? Plan in advance and set your expectations accordingly. And most of all, enjoy your stay in style!
Header photo: 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop Pool at Sunrise
By Bobby Ciletti, travel and lifestyle expert and founder of TheDaysoftheChic.com. Twitter @BobbyCiletti