When the time came for my friend’s upcoming nuptials, we knew we had to celebrate her final month as a single woman in style. After mulling over a few destinations, we landed on Miami. What place could be better? It had everything we wanted – the beach, shopping, fun nightlife and luxury hotels. So we decided on a date and booked our flights to South Florida.
I headed down on a Friday morning for the long weekend and met up with the other girls at our hotel, the SLS South Beach. The hotel was fabulous, and had a great location on Collins. After getting settled in, we headed down to dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants, Jose Andres’ Bazaar. The decor was elegant and the food was innovative. Some of our table’s standouts were the nitrogen caipirinha, smoked oysters, ceviche and deconstructed key lime pie.
A stop at the Setai is always a to-do when I’m in Miami. So after dinner we stopped by this Asian-influenced, luxury hotel for some cocktails. Nothing is better than relaxing with a drink in their serene, water-filled courtyard. My must-have is their lychee martini. It’s not on the menu, but they’ll make it upon request. I also really liked their chili passion martini, which had a unique, spicy twist. After about fifteen $20 martinis later and some very fun conversations with the bartender, us girls were on our way. We headed back to our hotel to check out Hyde Beach. This place was packed. The pool was lit up and the music was good. Since we were all a little tired from our morning of traveling, we stayed for a few hours then headed back to our rooms.
The next morning we got up and made a beeline for the beach to soak up the South Florida sun. After lounging all afternoon, it was back to our hotel to get ready to go out. Saturday night to be our big evening out, since it was our last night in Miami. The plan was to get dressed up, drink some cocktails and go out dancing. This was a bachelorette weekend after all! The first stop was the Fontainebleau, one of the most popular South Beach spots. Dinner was at Hakkasan, located in the hotel. I’ve been to this Asian restaurant many times, and even went to the outpost in London. We had a few cocktails and shared plates of dumplings and their crispy almond prawns. It was now time to start the night. A short walk through the hotel led us to LIV. This super club is exactly what you’d expect – flashing lights, good music and a beautiful crowd. It’s something you must do at least once in Miami, and it was exactly what we needed. After lots of champagne and a night of dancing, we were ready to call it a night.
After waking up on our final day, we were in need of a good brunch. Lemon ricotta pancakes, french toast and a round of bloody marys at Tounge and Cheek did the trick. Some cuban coffee at a nearby stand and we were good to go. The afternoon was spent walking through the Lincoln Road Mall and exploring the shops. After a few hours, the time came to pack up for the airport. The time had come to head home and get back to real life. The weekend was amazing, and as always, Miami was a good time.