“It reminds us of Mumbai,” says accessories designer Ranjana Khan of Miami, the city that she and her husband, fashion designer Naeem Khan, recently adopted as their third home. “The bright colors, the chaos, everyone speaking different languages, even the traffic!” The couple has roots—ancestral and aesthetic—in India’s entertainment hub, where they had a great, big, Bollywood-style wedding in 1984, after moving to New York City. From their downtown Manhattan studio, he creates glamorous dresses in handmade fabrics with ornate patterns, while she makes intricately detailed jewelry and accessories; in the past, she has collaborated with other designers, such as Alber Elbaz of Lanvin (we have Ranjana to thank for that famous tulle-covered pearl). After 30 years in New York, however, the Khans began to miss palm trees, sunshine, and balmy afternoons—and so they started weekending in Miami. “We just throw on our flip-flops and go,” says the couple. They love to browse the shops, eat fresh seafood, take long walks on South Beach, and wander in the Design District near Biscayne Boulevard. Plus, says Ranjana, “it takes us less time to get there than the Hamptons.”
The Khans’ Miami Hot Spots
Adrienne Arsht Center The couple takes in the ballet at the Cesar Pelli–designed performing arts complex in the Design District.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market For crabs and fried plantains, they head to this unassuming spot on the water. Dinner for two $50.
Lanvin When in need of a dress, Ranjana shops at the French fashion house’s brand-new boutique at Bal Harbour Shops.
The Standard The duo lunches at the hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired Lido restaurant—and spends the afternoon by the freshwater swimming pool. Lunch for two $28.
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 hydrotherapy at the Aroma Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Roman Waterfall Tub, and more. Relax with a Chinese herbal bath, therapeutic massage or acupuncture before attending one of the Standard’s many fitness classes. At the Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill, chef Mark Zeitouni proves that you can eat healthily and still have dessert! So come rejuvenate your mind and body at what the Miami Herald calls "a holistic paradise."
Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market
Miamians love the views of pricey speedboats and overloaded cargo ships from the open-air tables set along the Miami River at this downtown joint, but the real star is the seafood. It comes fried, blackened, or grilled to perfection and is served with sweet or green plantains. At lunch or dinner, a fish-of-the-day sandwich—often grouper, one of the restaurant's standards—is enough for a meal. The place is casual, and the service is less than impeccable, but in the evenings, when the skyline of Miami looks like Babylon in the distance, Garcia's is enchanting.
Signature Dish: The grilled yellowtail—an entire fish—is a standout: always fresh, nicely cooked, and big enough for two.
Adrienne Arsht Center
Florida’s largest performing arts venue presents hot-ticket events including everything from opera and ballet to live comedy and theatre, even concerts. Located in the downtown Omni neighborhood, the three-venue complex straddles Biscayne Boulevard and was erected at the site of a circa-1929 department store. Today, the only original structure in architect Cesar Pelli’s 2006 demolition-and-rebuild project is the seven-story art deco Carnival Tower. Behind-the-scenes tours (offered bi-weekly) include information about the center's architecture and history and a glimpse into spaces not open to the public like dressing rooms.
When Lanvin first opened its doors inside Miami's Bal Harbour Shops in 2009, it was the French fashion house’s first freestanding boutique in the USA. The stylish women’s line mixes well with the other high-end designers in this open-air shopping center. Mirrored walls and parquet floors set the stage for racks of high-fashion dresses, tops, skirts, and pants. The boutique’s seasonally changing merchandise includes luxury accessories like shoes, handbags, and jewelry.
Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation treatments. The Standard emphasizes communal experiences, but also offers one-on-one services including in-room. Indoors, trained practitioners give massages including detox cleanse, hot stone, and fourhanded. Guests can head outside for mud baths, a roman waterfall hot tub and 50-degree arctic plunge. The spa's menu of hydrotherapy includes the Hamam, aroma steam room, cedar sauna, sound pool, and mud lounge. Yoga and movement classes are also available, including vinyasa, tai chi and sacred dance.