Sonia Gil discovers the world of South Beach on a bicycle cruiser rental.
Sonia Gil starts the day on Miami Beach with sunrise yoga and ginger shots.
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Sonia Gil enjoys a free outdoor New World Symphony concert via wallcast.
Sonia Gil walks us through the many sections of Miami's famous beaches.
Sonia Gil gets an ocean view of Miami's Biscayne Bay from a paddleboard.
Miami's South Beach is a year-round hot spot.
If you’re looking to get a true South Beach experience, look no further than the Avalon Hotel on Ocean Drive, in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district. Start the day off right with the Avalon’s complimentary breakfast buffet before exploring the city’s bustling street cafes and famous beaches. But make sure to get back for dinner when the Avalon’s lobby and terrace transforms into A Fish Called Avalon, a tropical seafood grille -- grab a street-side table for some serious people watching.
Ideally located on a lush private acreage on Brickell Key, the tasteful Mandarin Oriental tower may feel like it occupies its own island when, in fact, it’s a part of Miami’s glitzy downtown. A small beach and bay separate the 326-room property from glittering high-rises, a view best afforded with a fresh fruit cocktail in hand at the hotel’s outdoor Café Sambal. The Mandarin Oriental is best known for its impeccable service and talented spa teams, so don’t miss an expert massage in one of the property’s waterfront treatment rooms.
This reimagined and refurbished Art Deco wonder sits near Lincoln Road and iconic Ocean Boulevard. Based on a design collaboration between musician-turned-designer Lenny Kravitz and boutique hotel maven Philippe Starck, this edgy property fronts a beach. Whimsical and eclectic, the property spins a mood of lavish fantasy and amusement. From a vintage kayak converted into a lobby chandelier to Louis XV trompe l'oeil paneling and powder-pink glasswork in the bathrooms, the design defies era. Mirrors abound -- some on bedroom ceilings, others outdoors in a sitting area around the 8,000-square-foot pool. Posh cabanas -- with interiors by Kravitz -- invite languor.