Hotel at a Glance: Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is a restored art-deco classic in the heart of Miami’s South Beach. Guests at this chic property have easy access to the ocean as well as the city’s famously electric nightlife. It’s been awarded a Four Diamond rating from AAA and ranked among the top 30 hotels in Miami Beach by TripAdvisor.
- Gourmet dining: The hotel boasts a restaurant from world-renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, as well as a bistro offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches.
- Innovative cocktails: Head to the speakeasy-like Library Bar to try artful drinks made with local ingredients and botanicals.
- Chic decor: Guest rooms feature sumptuous Frette linens and interior design inspired by classic cars of the 1950s.
- Indulge in massages and skin treatments at the onsite Blue Harmony Spa.
- Poolside cabanas are available for an extra fee.
Miami Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches, Glamorous Nightlife, and Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach is a small barrier island situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, a shallow lagoon that separates the beaches from downtown Miami. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by mid-morning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Lincoln Road pedestrian-only mall. There’s also a handful of vibrant ethnic enclaves to explore here, and Little Havana is among the most notable. The neighborhood is lined with family-owned restaurants and Caribbean-style marketplaces, making it a great place to discover some of the country’s most delicious Cuban food, from sugary guarapo juice to pastelitos, or Cuban pastries.