Modern Boutique Hotel with International Flair
Tiffany stained-glass windows cast light on a mini rotunda studded with columns in the majestic lobby of Mayfair Hotel & Spa. Outside, a dramatic façade with Amazonian ironwood trim and Brazilian mahogany doors stands amid blooming asian gardens. Noted architect Kenneth Treister drew from worldwide travels to design this internationally influenced boutique hotel in Miami's posh Coconut Grove area, whose character reflects the colorful cosmopolitan spirit of Miami.
The luxurious Rooftop Cabana Club further exemplifies the South Florida lifestyle. You can relax by the water with a cocktail by day and party at night. Bartenders serve tropical drinks from a teakwood bar, and a fireplace glows against the backdrop of Biscayne Bay. After sunset, DJs spin tunes as guests cut a rug or relax on L-shaped sofas set opposite flat-screen TVs in the private cabanas.
The hotel's suites are decked out in Brazilian wood furnishings and bold art-deco accents. In the morning, natural light floods through windows that look out onto the skyline and nearby tree-lined paths. You can unwind by taking a soak in the in-room jacuzzi or the roman spa bath in the spacious marble bathroom.
Further opportunities for relaxation can be found at the onsite Jurlique Spa. In sunny treatment rooms, staff members administer soothing services such as body wraps infused with organic ingredients harvested in Australia. Head to the candlelit Spartico bar and pizzeria, where chefs sprinkle pizzas with creative toppings such as smoked salmon or figs and honey before baking them in a wood-fired oven imported from Milan.
Miami's Coconut Grove: Vibrant Arts Scene and Natural Treasures Close to Beaches and Nightlife
Tucked between Biscayne Bay and Coral Gables, Coconut Grove is just a few miles from palm-lined beaches and downtown Miami. Though Coconut Grove has gone upscale in recent decades, the neighborhood maintains ties to its eccentric, bohemian roots. Wild peacocks strut through the parks, and modern art galleries still dot the tree-lined streets.
- Best for window-shopping: the three-story, open-air mall at CocoWalk has some excellent brand-name clothing boutiques and specialty shops.
- Catch glimpses of stingrays and manatees on the walking bridge at the nearby Peacock Park.
- Best place to get lost: the Renaissance-style Vizcaya Museum & Gardens has mazes and an orchidarium showcasing natural treasures, and antique furniture and colorful art collections decorate the interior.
- Miami downtown nightlife nearby: Live calypso music blasts from speakers at outdoor bars; it's even livelier at South Beach, which has pulsating nightclubs located just a short cab ride away. Local DJs keep energy levels pumping past 5 a.m. for the crowds that successfully passed the velvet ropes.