Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Two VIP Passes to the Volvo Ocean Race Miami and One- or Two-Night Stay at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Glamorous Oceanfront Resort with Award-Winning Restaurants and Electric Nightlife

Shortly after opening its doors in 1954, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach became a winter stomping grounds for Frank Sinatra and other members of the Rat Pack—which is a pretty reliable indicator of the hotel's glitz-and-glamour factor. Recently, the original Morris Lapidus design underwent a $1 billion expansion and renovation. But purists needn't worry: the Fontainebleau is still grand, its history still reverberates, and its guest list still reads like an issue of Us Weekly (recent sightings have included Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna). It's just that nowadays the scale is bigger.

The oceanfront hotel's bells and whistles impress by their sheer number: there are 12 restaurants, 10 pools, four clothing boutiques, and a 40,000-square-foot spa. The multistory nightclub, LIV, is an internationally renowned hotspot where DJs spin for ultra-hip revelers including the occasional celebrity or break dancing Supreme Court justice. Each of the hotel's 1,504 rooms features modern décor, 400-thread-count Egyptian-cotton linens, and a Mac for surfing the Internet.

From May 6 to May 20, Miami will serve as host city for the yachts participating in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race. Held once every three years, this round-the-world competition sets sail from Spain in October 2011 and will end in Ireland in July 2012. This Getaway includes VIP passes to the race's sole North American pit stop, the Downtown Miami Village. Attendees can get a look at the six competing yachts and watch sailing and extreme water sports. Organizers have also arranged for interactive games, live music, food, and other events to entertain an expected 150,000 visitors.

Miami Beach: Pristine Oceanfront and Latin-Flavored Cuisine

Set apart somewhat from the most boisterous stretch of South Beach, Miami Beach is famed for its pristine beaches and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Sun worshippers flock to the area year-round to take advantage of temperatures that stay on the good side of 70 degrees, even in winter. The boardwalk, which runs the length of the hotel and down to South Beach, makes an ideal path for jogging, ambling, or reenacting moments from past games of Monopoly.

Delicious restaurants boasting every type of cuisine—and every price point—abound on both sides of the causeway, but no trip to Miami Beach is complete without some authentic Cuban food, such as the medianoche sandwiches available at any local joint. Latin flavor seeps into the music scene, too, inspiring bouts of salsa dancing after a few rum-soaked mojitos. A morning-after swim in the calm Atlantic is a good way to restore equilibrium.

What You Get

Volvo Ocean Race VIP package; each option includes:

  • Stay for two adults and up to two kids in an Ocean View room
  • Two VIP passes to the Volvo Ocean Race event


Choose from six options:

  • $425 for a one-night stay, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17
  • $769 for a two-night stay, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17
  • $789 for a two-night stay and two tickets for a guided tour of the Race Village, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17
  • $869 for a two-night stay, valid May 11–13
  • $969 for a two-night stay, valid May 18–20
  • $999 for a two-night stay and two passes to VIP Prize-Giving Gala on May 17, valid May 16–17

Amenities

  • 12 restaurants onsite
  • 2 nightclubs
  • 10 pools with luxury cabanas
  • Children’s pool
  • Poolside butler
  • Apple computer in every room
  • Fitness center
  • Spa

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 5/13, 5/17, or 5/20 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 more as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking & check in
  • VIP passes must be used during hotel stay dates
  • $17.95 resort fee per day & 13% tax not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Fontainebleau Miami Beach by expiration date
  3. Choose a valid date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One king-size bed or two queen-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for each guest 18 or older; no additional charge for guests 17 or younger
  • Apple iMac computer
  • iPod docking station

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: gym access, unlimited wired and wireless Internet access in guest rooms and at the pools, daily newspaper, local and toll-free numbered calls, and beach chair for each registered guest in party
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $40 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 80 pounds may be added for $100 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request at booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Stay for two adults and up to two kids in an Ocean View room

  • $425 for a one-night stay, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17 (a $885 total package value)
  • $769 for a two-night stay, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17 (a $1,370 total package value)
  • $789 for a two-night stay and two tickets for a guided tour of the Race Village, valid May 6–10 or May 14–17 (a $1,500 total package value)
  • $869 for a two-night stay, valid May 11–13 (a $1,730 total package value)
  • $969 for a two-night stay, valid May 18–20 (a $2,330 total package value)
  • $999 for a two-night stay and two passes to VIP Prize-Giving Gala on May 17, valid May 16–17 (a $1,770 total package value)

    Included in all options:
  • Two VIP passes to the Volvo Ocean Race event

Getting There

  • By plane: 12 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA); 22 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • By cab: about $33 from MIA; about $56 from FLL
  • By shuttle: $21 one-way, or $42 round-trip, per person

Traveler's Tips

  • Reservations are recommended in advance for the three signature restaurants—Hakkasan, Gotham Steak, and Scarpetta.
  • Hotel guests are not guaranteed admittance to LIV Nightclub or Arkadia.
  • Poolside cabanas can be reserved and accommodate up to six people with a TV, phone, refrigerator, and free WiFi; price ranges from $250 to $550.
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