All of this cold weather has us dreaming about this past summer when the chicks came together and agreed that a little getaway was in order. We rounded up childcare, got the husbands to buy into a getaway for the gals, shopped, planned, and shopped some more (see our airport looks here) and finally booked our tickets for the famous Miami Beach.
It had been AGES since any of us had been there so we did a lot of research and mixed a little old with the new when we planned our stay. For nostalgia’s sake we went to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Towers for our stay, in our 20s we used to enjoy spending time in their gorgeous lobby bar, Bleau Bar. Our suite was heavenly, water on both sides and up in the sky, we knew when we stepped into the suite that no matter what we had planned for the weekend that we were going to have a great time. The suites in the towers at Fontainebleau are fully stocked with a full kitchen and COFFEE! Thank God, mornings without coffee are just awful especially after a long night! The rooms were so comfortable and spacious, we all had room to breathe, spread out, take a break/nap, and gather. We had all the right ingredients for an amazing weekend: good company, gorgeous location, no agenda, good vibes, and for the next three days NOTHING TO DO. We left laptops, books, and to-do lists at home.
We started at the tried at true Espanola Way for an immersive ‘Welcome to Miami’ moment. The weather is always just perfect in Miami, no wonder you can’t help but feel happy when you are there. Espanola way is so unique, with its cafes that spill out into the streets, string lights that stretch the entire block, aromas from foods all over the world, and live music that sets the mood which makes this block one of a kind. Even though the temptation to stop into the first place you see is real, walking all the way down to Tapas N Tintos is well worth it. This has been a chick favorite for ages, the flamenco dancers, tapas, intimate seating and cute servers make this restaurant a truly unique experience that can only be found in this corner of Miami.
We popped into Blo BlowDry Bar for a little pampering the next morning before we started on the day’s adventures, we had an amazing morning with the staff there, so patient and hilarious, nothing like fun people to really elevate a girls weekend. Since our last visit, Miami has become home to many creative hotspots and hosts amazing events like Art Basel each year. Since we were just popping in for the weekend, we were determined to check out the installments at Wynwood Walls which was only about a ten minute cab ride from South Beach. This enormous indoor/outdoor installment is not only beautiful, but also a bloggers dream come true! Backdrop after backdrop grace the grounds and alternative structural installments capture the imagination. After strolling through the walls, we wandered around the corner and popped into KYU a vegetarian friendly restaurant where we ate the most amazing grilled cauliflower head with avocado drizzle. This restaurant was so yummy and such an unexpected find.
After a fairly relaxing day, we were craving a high energy, high intensity environment. LIV nightclub has been on our list, but they were closed for renovations so we headed to Rockwell to get our groove on. A crowded nightclub may have been a little bit different than we remembered but we had a great time.
We knew that we would not want to leave Miami without a dip in the ocean, so we headed over to the beach the next morning to really just get the 360 experience, and the water was so warm, it was hardly refreshing against the Florida heat but it was still so liberating. Something about the way salt water makes you float just makes us tick. We floated for what seemed like an hour with nothing but a view of the sky, definitely one of my favorite moments of the weekend. With a few of our favorite beauty products in our bags, we were good to go!
By recommendation, we headed to the stunning Scarpetta Lounge for dinner, conveniently for us located in Fontainebleau. This restaurant makes you want to sit straight, look on point, order a fancy drink, take pictures, and just relish the moment. The food was excellent; they were accommodating for our vegetarian needs, and made dishes especially for us. This was an expensive meal, but it was worth it! Next stop was the hotel lobby bar where we had so many memories and laughs from years ago. The bar is just stunning and massive! Our cocktail for the night was a French 75, it’s a mix of champagne, lemon juice and simple syrup and a whole lotta sexy. It’s a must try and the bartender at the bar NAILED IT!
SLS Pool Party
We were on a roll; we called it a night since our last day was going to be spent at the SLS pool party by recommendation the next day. I am still speechless when it comes to our experience at SLS. Please know that this weekly pool party books up months in advance so if you are going to Miami and want to go to this book it ASAP here. SLS took a few tips from the Las Vegas pool party model and blew it out of the water literally, we spent eight hours there in total (thank god for physical sunscreen) and each one was different and unexpected. The crowd was diverse but not stuffy, the staff were friendly and attentive and the venue was just breathtaking and intimate. They have mastered the flow of this event and have good control over the crowd which we really appreciated.
Needless to say, we used the flight home to catch a quick cat-nap and hydrate. In summary, our trip was epic and hopefully the start of a tradition with the chicks. A little mommy getaway does the soul and spirit good. We were thrilled to get back to our families but super grateful for the break.
If we had to narrow it down to our top three things that you just can’t negotiate and miss on your next trip, they would be a visit to:
These are a MUST MUST MUST!
What is your favorite thing to do in Miami?
For more travels posts, check out our post on a recent trip to Sao Paulo in Brazil.