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Sophisticated Miami

Even after a century of existence, Miami still has the feel of a place that went up last night. Still, pockets of Art Deco, Miami Modern (MiMo), and Spanish Revival remain in neighborhoods like Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Key Biscayne. The Miami of today, full of sophisticated hotels, restaurants, and museums, may be America’s most modern city: multicultural, unfettered by the historic baggage of other cities, and always up for trying something new.

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Inspired by: Where to Go Next: Miami — by Heidi Sherman Mitchell, Published Dec. 2004

Hotels (8)

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    Catalina Hotel and Beach Club

    The Catalina takes the value-added approach to South Beach nightlife and succeeds without feeling cheap or cheesy. Guests receive free VIP passes t

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    The Standard, Miami

    Picturesque, serene and located on Miami Beach, the Standard spa offers the perfect wellness getaway. At the spa, you can revel in all types of hyd

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    The Raleigh

    A 1940 Art Deco masterpiece that served as a backdrop for many Esther Williams films, this hotel delivers the grace and pure fantasy of old-line Mi

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    Biltmore Hotel

    This 1926 Mediterranean-style historic landmark that anchors Coral Gables still feels very Old Florida. The palm-adorned central courtyard's gurgli

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    The Setai

    With some 40 floors, the Setai rises over South Beach like an opulent obelisk, serving as a playground for damn-the-expense visitors. Adrian Zecha

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    Mandarin Oriental, Miami

    Besides the Mandarin's trademark luxury Asian touches, the reason to stay here is the view of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Of cours

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    Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

    Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami's best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids' programs,

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    Delano Hotel

    When Ian Schrager opened the Delano, a revamped 1940s Art Deco building, in 1995, it was considered a brave, even misguided move, as South Beach wa

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Restaurants (6)

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    BIANCA

    Formerly Blue Door at Delano

    Delano’s signature restaurant reopened in early 2012 with a renovated interior and a new modern Italian menu by Chef

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    Creek 28

    Set in the lobby and brick-lined patio of the 1936-era Indian Creek Hotel, Creek 28 has the allure of that earlier era and, fortuitously, wonderful

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    Indomania

    Just 13 tables fill this pocket-size Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, where a cozy gray banquette runs the length of the space and walls are hung with

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    Table 8, Miami

    Dreadlocked star chef Govind Armstrong has created dinner-as-theater here, with fussy service, a dramatic and soaring space, and a formal Los Angel

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    Café at Books & Books

    The most civilized refuge on South Beach's main shopping artery, this café offers a mix of Latin and Southern cuisine, along with a healthy dose of

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    The Lido Restaurant at the Standard

    The Lido—just off the main lobby of the hotel—is a highly designed Scandinavian-style room, but for the ultimate in casual chic, dine beneath the u

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Activities (16)

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    Standard Spa

    Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation tr

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    Club Nautico

    Headquartered in Key Biscayne, Club Nautico provides powerboat and yacht rentals for those looking to explore the waters off the coast of Miami. Th

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    Martini Bar, Miami

    This small hotel bar in South Beach’s art deco landmark, the Raleigh Hotel, offers a taste of a glamorous bygone era with its circa-1940’s mahogany

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    Art Basel Miami Beach

    The citywide art-apalooza, which began in 2002 as an outgrowth of the renowned Swiss art fair, happens every year on the first weekend in December.

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    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    Built in 1916 as a winter home by industrialist James Deering, this Italian Renaissance-style villa and its 10 acres of formal gardens was the firs

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    Upper Eastside Garden

    This quirky garden that's about the size of a suburban yard is tucked behind the vintage store Divine Trash, and serves as a groovy oasis that reca

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    MiMo Architecture Tour

    South Beach was founded on the saving of Art Deco, and now it's Miami Modern's (MiMo) turn. Prime examples of this architectural style line the cho

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    Love Hate Lounge

    Offering a typical South Beach party scene, Love Hate Lounge was founded by Miami Ink's Ami James and Chris Nunez. As befits a bar opened by realit

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    Fox's Sherron Inn

    Centered around a beautiful oil painting of a jet taking off, this is a classic Miami cocktail lounge with aviation-themed décor and an aren't-the-

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    Circa 28

    One of the best dance clubs in Miami, Circa 28 lies in the heart of Wynwood and is full of hip artist types, especially on Circa Saturdays, when tw

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    Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club

    Sandoval—a trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie protégé, and first-rate jazz legend—runs a first-rate club, perfect for a downbeat evening. It's a welcome ad

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    The Transit Shop

    Italian labels Transit and Dusica Dusica fill this smart white-on-white boutique, with clothes and shoes for men and women. Look for refined items

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    Tomas Maier

    The Bottega Veneta designer is given to stocking an eclectic range of items, including high-end Santa Maria Novella shaving cream imported from Ita

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    Julian Chang

    The Miami-based fashion designer, whose fans include Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, and Paris Hilton, has opened his own store, an opulent space wi

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    Genius Jones, South Beach

    This diminutive operation is the ultimate destination for luxe kids' gear. Just off Lincoln Road, the store carries Bugaboo baby strollers, Marc Ja

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    Miami was founded on the fun-above-all principle of nightclubs, and the idea that the august Swiss art fair would pick the city as its sole satellite has a certain loopy logic. Despite the fair’s f

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