Mayfair Hotel & Spa
Though upscale houses, restaurants, and stylish boutiques have added elements of elegance to the area, historic Coconut Grove still maintains ties to its bohemian roots. Wild peacocks strut through the parks amid local residents, and modern art galleries dot the tree-lined streets. Just steps from the Mayfair Hotel and Spa, window-shoppers and door salesmen can weave through three stories of brand-name clothing stores and other shops in the open-air mall at Coco Walk. The nearby Peacock Park beckons travelers to its walking bridge, which frequently reveals glimpses of stingrays and manatees. A short jaunt northeast takes travelers to the Italian and French Renaissance–style Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. At this historic estate, maze gardens and an orchidarium showcase natural treasures, and antique furniture and colorful art collections decorate the interior.Tucked between Biscayne Bay and Coral Gables, Coconut Grove resides just a few miles from palm-lined beaches and humming downtown Miami. Come nightfall, Mayfair Hotel and Spa lodgers can meander through the Grove's own bar scene, where live calypso music blasts from speakers at family-friendly outdoor bars. Clubbers make the beeline to South Beach's pulsating night scene—just a short cab ride away. Local DJs keep energy levels pumping past 5 a.m. for the crowd that successfully passed the velvet rope by guessing the bouncer's spirit animal.Classic Italian fare populates the menu at Spartico, and pizzas arrive piping hot from the wood-burning oven and topped with selections such as speck, ripe figs and honey, and chorizo. Other eateries throughout Coconut Grove draw from a flavor palette that spans the globe, their menus traversing the culinary landscape from France and Spain to Latin America.