Luxury All-Suite Hotel Overlooking Biscayne Bay
Throughout the 1970s and early ’80s, the Mutiny Hotel, along with its famous Mutiny Club, was a major player in Miami’s nightlife scene, attracting international jet setters, celebrities, music moguls, and athletes. Even Miami Vice depicted characters partying at the club. Though the Mutiny closed its doors in 1985, it reopened in 1999 after renovating its suites and adopting a more intimate, laid-back atmosphere. The luxury boutique hotel is housed in a distinctive 12-story tower that rises above a yacht-filled section of Biscayne Bay.
The hotel’s spacious and stylish one-bedroom suites feature a modern tropical yet understated motif, as well as full kitchens and flat-screen TVs. Some units have private balconies overlooking the water.
Executive chef Atchana Capellini crafts contemporary Asian-fusion fare at the onsite Atchana’s East/West Kitchen, where you can dine indoors or sit outside near the poolside waterfall. To relax, take a dip in the heated pool, which is lined with lush tropical plants and tiki loungers.
Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, Florida: 1920s Magnificence Alongside Cuban Culture
Located just a few miles south of Miami, Coconut Grove is a small seaside town along Biscayne Bay. The elegant and highly walkable locale is characterized by sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and tropical gardens. In the neighboring city of Coral Gables, you’ll find boulevards lined with Mediterranean Revival mansions such as the Merrick House, which once belonged to the city’s founder, George Edgar Merrick. To the south, the Miracle Mile features popular restaurants and independent boutiques.
To experience another side of Miami, head to the nearby neighborhood of Little Havana. Calle Ocho, or Eighth Street, brims with Spanish-language cafés and restaurants serving everything from coconut-laden Nicaraguan cuisine to Cuban sandwiches pressed as flat as an elephant’s flip-flops. Nestled at the center of Calle Ocho is Domino Park, where domino masters play from dawn until dusk. The area buzzes with live music, gallery openings, and free walking tours held during the last week of every month.