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WHAT’S NEW IN GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES FOR FALL/WINTER 2015

MIAMI (October 2015) – As hot a destination as ever, Miami continues to invest millions in cruise lines, airlines, hotels, restaurants, clubs and tourism attractions.  Here is an update on the latest news in Greater Miami and the Beaches:


CRUISE LINES


Royal Caribbean PortMiami expansion scheduled for late fall of 2018. Royal Caribbean, the world’s 2nd largest cruise company, plans to build, finance and operate new terminal in the northeast section of PortMiami. Royal will invest more than $100 million dollars in the construction of this new project that will double annual passengers at PortMiami to roughly 1.5 Million cruisers once the terminal is completed. The new cruise terminal, which would be called Terminal A would provide easy passenger boarding and departure. For more information visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com

 

Norwegian Escape (November 2015) the largest in Norwegian’s fleet of 14 vessels, features an elevated design that makes for a decidedly upscale experience. Quality finishes, curated artwork and the most luxurious The Haven by Norwegian™ exclusive ship–within-a-ship suite complex are just a few of the standout features that put Norwegian Escape in a class of her own. Norwegian Escape’s Haven is the largest in the fleet and the most luxurious. At the heart of the private enclave on the top of the ship lies a three-story covered courtyard. An expanded forward sundeck with a cantilevered whirlpool, along with a new outdoor dining space in the Haven’s private restaurant make Norwegian Escape’s Haven the ultimate small ship experience, while still providing the freedom to enjoy large ship dining, entertainment and amenities. Norwegian Escape’s dining options offer guests a mix of complimentary options, signature favorites and new premium specialty outlets. Showcasing all-new upgraded menus across all restaurants, the ship’s 11 complimentary dining offerings and signature specialty restaurants Le Bistro, Cagney’s and La Cucina rival those of luxury lines, with menu highlights including Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Fresh Maine Lobsters and Steak au Poivre with cognac sauce. Two new specialty restaurants from James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces include Bayamo, a Latin seafood specialty restaurant, and Pincho Tapas Bar. Also new onboard is the Food Republic, a sophisticated food hall developed by Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group. The combination of choice and quality in dining options onboard and her upmarket design sets Norwegian Escape apart in the contemporary cruise market. For more information visit www.Escape.NCL.com

 

Carnival Vista (December 2016) Designed to connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features, 12 different indoor/outdoor culinary and bar concepts, from a classic American steakhouse called Fahrenheit 555 to the RedFrog Pub featuring the line’s first on-board brewery and the Cherry On Top sweets store featuring a new mixed-to-order ice cream venue. In addition to: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX theatre on a ship; an expanded water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first raft-riding water tube slide; Seafood shake, a delectable New England-inspired eater; RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery, and other enhanced dining, bar and entertainment options; as well as new scenic and family-friendly accommodation types.  Carnival Vista will offer a wide variety of well-appointed, beautifully designed staterooms and suites including two new accommodation classes. Tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas feature accommodations with private outdoor patios – complete with lounge chairs and hammock – that face the expanded Lanai ocean-air outdoor promenade and offer magnificent sea views in addition to easy access to the Havana Bar and Pool. For more information visit www.Carinval.com/CarnivalVista

 

Virgin Cruises (2020) Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, announced that Virgin Cruises has selected PortMiami as the home port for its first cruise ship that will set sail in 2020. Virgin Cruises' three new mid-size ships, of about 110,000 gross tons each, are slated for delivery in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship will feature 1,430 guest cabins to host more than 2,800 guests. There also will be 1,150 crew on board to deliver the famed Virgin customer service. Embarking from PortMiami, Virgin Cruises plans to offer a range of seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with a Sunday sail date. For more information visit www.VirginCruises.com

 

MSC Seaside (December 2017) With a gross tonnage of 154,000 tons and the ability to accommodate up to 4,140 guests at double occupancy, MSC Seaside will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri shipyards. The ship will offer a vast range of popular itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean. MSC Cruises will provide North American guests with a 'Mediterranean Style Cruise' experience that no other line is able to offer, and guests from around the world a unique setting as it sails to the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean. As part of a first look at what MSC Seaside will offer on board, the company also unveiled that the ship will boast the most interactive and originally-designed aqua park at sea with five water slides and attractions for all ages. The park is being built by WhiteWater West Industries of Canada, the award-winning designer and manufacturer of waterpark attractions globally. Highlights of the multi-story aqua park will include: Slideboarding™, Duelling High-Speed AquaTubes™, AquaPlay™& AquaSpray™, and Adventure Trail. For more information visit http://bit.ly/MSC-Seaside



AIRLINES

 

Debuted 2014:

  • Swift Air – Latin America/Caribbean
  • TAM Airlines – Belem & Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Jetairfly – Brussels, Belguim
  • InselAir Aruba – Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Air Europa – Madrid, Spain
  • Boliviana de Aviacion – Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Qatar Airways – Doha, Qatar
  • Finnair – Helsinki, Finland
  • Frontier – Chicaco ORD, Denver, New York LGA, Philedelphia, Washington IAD

 

Debuting 2015:

  • American Airlines – Austin, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, San Antonio
  • American Airlines – Frankfurt, Germany; Monterrey, Mexico; Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Frontier – Atlanta
  • Aeromexico – Monterrey, Mexico
  • Thomas Cook – Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Aruba Airlines – Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Aerolineas Argentinas – Cordoba, Argentina
  • Austrian Airlines – Vienna, Austria
  • Turkish Airlines – Istanbul, Turkey

 


HOTEL HAPPENINGS

 

The 175-room, all-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Beach-Surfside is scheduled to open in February 2016 at 9200 Collins Avenue.  The new four-story hotel will combine a stylish upscale charm with its quaint beachside location in Surfside, creating a destination within walking distance of the ultra-exclusive Bal Harbour Shops. Domestic and international travelers alike will experience a modern Lead Certified hotel with distinctive architecture, chic amenities and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Guests simply choose to escape and relax or stay productive and on task because at the Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Beach-Surfside, options abound. Promising to go above and beyond expectations, the hotel will feature an expansive lobby accented with a towering ceiling, chandeliers,  beautiful terrazzo floors and soaring glass windows that connect the outdoor courtyard  with the inside spaces.  In the modern lobby, a chic bar will serve organic, hand-crafted cocktails and a tapas-style menu.   In the courtyard, a lush arboretum surrounds a sculpture fountain and will welcome guests with inviting walkways and bistro-style sitting areas. Bordered with lavish tropical landscaping, the hotel’s expansive elevated pool deck will showcase a large pool and eleven private cabanas.  In this secluded and private oasis, the Poolside Bar and Grill will serve pizza from its wood-fired oven and locally-sourced plates perfect for sharing.  The hotel’s 1,000 square feet of meeting space will open to the expansive 5,000 square foot pool deck offering flexible event space ideal for small group meetings, corporate receptions and memorable benevolent events.  Guests may also visit the private beach club that offers food and refreshing drink service as they pamper themselves in the rejuvenating crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For more information visit www.Marriott.com

 

As part of a multi-year, $250 million renovation, Trump National Doral has just unveiled last month a brand-new, state-of-the-art tennis facility to the resort’s five-star amenities. The Tennis Center boasts four brand-new courts with Har-Tru surface, the best, safest and most convenient surface available. Har-Tru surface is known for drying very quickly, not only allowing guests to play shortly after rain, but even allowing guests to continue playing under light rain conditions. This top of the line surface material is also better for the body, reducing the incidence of common tennis injuries to the lower extremities and is also 10 to 15 degrees cooler to play on than traditional hard courts. The tennis courts are also lit with state-of-the-art LED lighting. Off the court, the Facility also features a tennis boutique carrying a full selection of high-end tennis apparel and equipment by the best, most recognized brands in the sport. Private restroom facilities are available courtside, as are umbrella-shaded tables where guests can cool off and sit down for refreshments.  For those looking to learn or improve their game, Trump National Doral offers private tennis lessons expertly led by certified instructors. Intermediate players and above can also sign up for an engaging tennis clinic, which is available daily from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Trump National Doral will be debuting their all-new spa suites designed by Ivanka Trump, as well as refreshed spa facilities, by early 2016. The completion of the Trump Spa and Trump Spa Suites will mark the culmination of the legendary resort’s $250 million transformation. For more information visit www.TrumpHotelCollection.com/Miami/

 

YVE Hotel Miami, A Destination Hotel designed for the modern and savvy traveler, is debuting the Bayfront Meeting Space, its new conference rooms for business travelers. Adjacent to YVE Hotel’s existing meeting space, the Bayfront Meeting Space adds 2,000 square feet of space composed of one main conference room, two boardrooms and two open break areas that fit up to 50 people. In total, the hotel will now offer more than 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Each room offers the perfect blend of functionality and ambience and features state-of-the-art audio and visual technology equipment, in-house AV and telecommunications support, ergonomic chairs and creative catering options by Biscayne Tavern, the hotel’s restaurant. In fall 2015, YVE Hotel will also reveal its new lobby renovations. YVE Hotel Miami is just a few minutes away from the Adrienne Arsht Center, Brickell’s dining and shopping destinations, The Shops at Midtown Miami, Miami Design District and the street art murals and galleries synonymous with Wynwood. In addition, guests are a short 15 to 20 minute drive from South Beach, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and the Miami Beach Convention Center. YVE Hotel Miami, A Destination Hotel, is located at 146 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, Florida. For more information visit www.YveHotelMiami.com

 

Joie de Vivre’s first East Coast hotel, The Hall, introduces a distinctly fresh approach to South Beach hospitality. Hallmarked by playful design elements and experiences grounded in local discoveries, Joie de Vivre Hotels’ vision for The Hall is no exception. The distinctly bohemian hotel features three buildings, including its namesake – the historic Art Deco landmark, Haddon Hall, designed by world-renowned architect L. Murray Dixon. The newly-renovated, three-story buildings are seamlessly connected via colorful pathways to create an inviting, beachside village, chock-full of unexpected places of discovery. To help bring The Hall’s lively and eclectic personality to life, Joie de Vivre Hotels has collaborated with multi-talented designer Robert McKinley (The Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s) to create a hotel immersed in Tropical Modernism, reflective of the brand’s relaxed California roots. To convey this same spirit from a culinary perspective, the team has tapped star chef and restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza, Béarnaise) to shape The Hall’s food and bar offerings. The Hall’s 163 newly-renovated guestrooms are washed in refreshing shades of mint green and tropical orange, complete with original hardwood flooring. All rooms will feature custom and reclaimed furnishings, such as wire mesh night tables; lacquered case goods in pastel green; louvered doors in orange sherbet; and vivid artwork of palm trees, surfers and beach waves by famed photographer Scott Rudin. Set on a lush and verdant 1.4-acre playground, The Hall will feature an Olympic-sized pool and deck flanked by chic cabanas. Situated just steps away from the fun, the Pool Rooms – one of three buildings that comprise The Hall – will offer premium room categories, semi-private balconies and views of the supersized pool. Campton Yard is the hotel’s 5,000 square foot backyard space, where guests can kick back over a craft beer just as easily as they can play a game of bocce ball as the day transitions to night. Anchored by a larger-than-life banyan tree, the rough-hewn will be casually outfitted with tree-hung string lights, social games, and picnic tables, offering patrons a backyard hangout-style environment with a tropical touch.  Guests staying in the Campton building – the third building at The Hall – will be closest to the action, enjoying a direct pathway to the hotel’s backyard. For more information visit www.AEDistrictMiami.com

The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is part of the multi-million dollar vision to revitalize and re-launch the Eden Roc name and property. Similar to the highly successful Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the property will represent the same key principles as Nobu restaurants; a perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft and theater. The new Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel will feature a “hotel within a hotel concept” with Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach with feature 350 guest rooms; a signature Nobu restaurant and bar; an additional new beach front restaurant concept; new banquet and catering menus; unique in-room dining offerings; 20,000 square feet of spa and fitness facilities; over 70,000 square feet of re-energized and stylish meeting and event space; and two luxurious pools. Guests of the Nobu Hotel will enjoy a VIP entrance to the Nobu Hotel Pool and lounge with views over the beach and sea.  The guest rooms will be located in the hotel’s legendary tower and offer the imaginative, energized and sophisticated environment exclusive to Nobu Hotels.  David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group is leading the design of the project’s interiors ensuring the Morris Lapidus ethos is preserved and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach is re-launched. Rockwell’s vision for the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is to use lush and natural materials, fused with contemporary style in a modern setting with elegant touches with inspiration drawn from both Japan and also the spectacular beach location. The art of fusion is a core thread of the Nobu brand and one that will be used throughout the project, adding layers of Nobu’s lively, fun and luxurious aesthetic while paying homage to Eden Roc’s classic heritage. Nobu restaurant, in addition to Eden Roc Resort’s iconic Lobby Bar are slated to open November 2015, and Nobu Hotel will debut Spring 2016. For more information visit www.EdenRocMiami.com

 

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, the 126-guestroom Langford Hotel, affords modern-day travelers chic accommodations in the center of the city. The new boutique property, opening Winter 2015, combines the allure of Miami's past with culture inspired by the area’s blossoming business and art district. The newly restored hotel, formerly the Miami National Bank and designated a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places, is a stylistic reflection of Miami’s diversity, adding to the area’s overall revitalization. The hotel will offer sophisticated food and beverage concepts, such as PB Station Restaurant and Pawn Broker by The Pubbelly Boys to the burgeoning neighborhood. Old Miami and European sensibility collide in the fashioned Beaux Arts style of the remodeled 1925-structure.  The Langford Hotel is located at 121 SE 1st St., Miami, FL, 33131. For more information, please visit www.LangfordHotelMiami.com  

 

COOL CUISINE AND NIGHT LIFE


The Wynwood Yard, a pop-up community gathering space, launches Miami’s first culinary incubator on Nov. 14, 2015 at 70 NW 29th Street. The Wynwood Yard will be a hub for talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the Miami community. In addition to these food pop-ups, The Wynwood Yard will collaborate with local design, culture, fitness and entertainment businesses to create a dynamic community space and entrepreneurial hub. Four pop-up culinary concepts, along with a pop-up bar, will be anchored within a vibrant outdoor setting. Confirmed tenants include Della Test Kitchen, offering plant-based “healthy bowls of happy,” the omakase sushi food truck, Myumi, Middle Eastern concept The Arabian Knife, and Vibe 305, serving twists on Americana-influenced cuisine. A central design element of The Wynwood Yard will be LivBox, a prototypical container home by design start-up Wyn- Box. For more information visit www.TheWynwoodYard.com

Beaker & Gray - Conceptualized by chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/owner Ben Potts, the restaurant will be a 120-seat eatery with an inventive, playful, globally-inspired menu and vibrant after-hours bar. Named after two elemental culinary tools – the Beaker, used by bartenders to mix drinks, and a Gray Kunz spoon, used by chefs to execute dishes, Beaker & Gray will be a new destination for Wynwood’s artsy environs. A veteran of Lure Fishbar in Manhattan, Wish in Miami Beach, and former executive chef at SushiSamba, Nasajon will play with global flavors and signature ethnic ingredients for something that goes beyond fusion. Entertaining the ‘Beaker’ aspect of the venue, the bar program will be spearheaded by Ben Potts, formerly of Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary. Potts’s bar program will be divided into three key sections – Shaken, Stirred and Strange. Aligning with Nasajon’s vision of making refined dishes approachable, complex cocktails will be created with familiar ingredients and simplified descriptions of flavor profiles. For more information visit www.BeakerandGray.com

 

Pincho Factory will be opening in the former Koki’s BBQ space, a neighborhood classic. “Opening in Hialeah is a definite homecoming for us,” says Nedal, whose burger-making bona fides helped lay the foundation for the Pincho Factory concept and led to the “People’s Choice Award” win at the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash, part of the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival.  “We grew up in Hialeah and after opening restaurants in South Miami and Coral Gables it feels good to be back and opening in a space that’s historic to the neighborhood.”  The Pincho team has planned to dedicate a mural in the new space to celebrate Koki’s BBQ’s legacy. The Hialeah opening will signify the third corporate location from the successful trio. For more information visit www.PinchoFactory.com

 

Glass & Vine will be part one of an explosive culinary and retail revolution Grove Bay Hospitality has in store for Coconut Grove, including an exciting redesign of The Harbour. Led by local favorite, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, this exciting restaurant project is slated for a late-2015 opening and will be an intimate garden oasis by the bay in Coconut Grove’s iconic Peacock Park. For more information visit www.GroveBayGroup.com/Project/Glass-Vine/

 

Chef Dale Talde along with his partners, David Massoni and John Bush, the team behind TALDE, one of Brooklyn’s most beloved restaurants, will bring their popular Asian American fare to the Thompson Miami Beach in Fall 2015 with TALDE Miami Beach. Chef Talde blends his heritage into his menu with signature items like Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings with tahini mustard and Korean Fried Chicken with spicy kimchee yogurt sauce. Eager to embrace Miami’s energy, culture and cuisine, Talde has already begun experimenting with some of South Florida's signature spices and flavors which will be incorporated into new dishes. For more information visit www.TaldeMiamiBeach.com


Centurion Restaurant Group, owners of the popular Coral Gables restaurant Bulla, announces the opening of their newest restaurant concept, Pisco y Nazca. Set to open in fall of 2015, the restaurant will be located in Kendall’s Town & Country plaza. Setting a new standard for Peruvian cuisine, Pisco y Nazca will effortlessly execute authentic Peruvian cuisine with a unique, modern perspective. The shareable menu is divided into three sections: Ceviches, Small Plates and Large Plates with nearly ten different ceviches. At the uniquely designed bar, cocktail enthusiasts will find a range of classic and innovative libations. For more information visit www.PiscoYNazca.com

 

NaiYaRa (ni-ya-ra) will offer genuine Thai street fare served with enthusiasm and grace in a fun, retro-contemporary, slightly kitschy environment located at 1854 Bay Road in the Sunset Harbour area of South Beach. NaiYaRa’s menu will feature a mix of both exotic and familiar selections originating from the various regions of Chef Bee’s native Thailand enhanced with influences derived from his global culinary travels.  NaiYaRa will use only the freshest and finest locally sourced ingredients and natural proteins. The restaurant’s design is distinctive and artful, showcasing retro Thai culture, materials and artifacts in a contemporary setting. Menu highlights include: Crispy Bok Choy; Burmese Noodle Wraps; Crispy Chicken Dumplings. 

SIXTY Hotels is excited to announce the much-anticipated Nautilus, its first hotel in South Beach, and introduce its food and beverage outlets. Opening in October 2015, Driftwood Room will be under the culinary direction of Food Network Star and Executive Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and operated by China Grill Management. Inspired by the casual grace and energy of European beach clubs, Driftwood Room will offer an experience that is polished without pretense that combines the simplicity of beachside dining with the allure of Miami Beach. The menu will feature creative updates on simple dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. For more information visit www.SixtyHotels.com

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, known as the originators of Classic Southern Pizza, opened in South Miami’s Shops at Sunset Place in February 2015. This family-owned franchise—led by Vincent Landis, former Chief of Police of South Miami; wife Judy; and son Grady—boasts a contemporary-bohemian interior and a whimsical, family-friendly environment, complete with local art pieces that make the décor distinctly unique to the South Miami location. Known for premium ingredients and components made in house daily, the menu centers on stone-baked pizzas made to order, flavorful hoagies, satisfying “munchies,” and now carefully crafted  burgers. Mellow Mushroom sources the best possible ingredients for their signature Mellow dough, including the finest variety of high protein, unbleached wheat flour, Appalachian spring water and no refined white sugar. Healthy options abound, including salads and build-your-own salads; vegetarian options; a hearty veggie burger; gluten-free pizza crust; the option of Daiya vegan cheese; and Tofu and Tempeh hoagies. In fact, Mellow Mushroom South Miami has no fryers in house and produce is delivered fresh daily. What goes with pizza better than beer? Craft beer—and Mellow Mushroom offers a diverse variety of 52 drafts and additional canned and bottled beers, including many Florida breweries. Guests may even opt to sit at the self-serve tap table, seating 10, where they can pour their own beers from four taps featuring local brews—the only table of its kind in South Miami and at any Mellow Mushroom franchise. On the dining side of the restaurant, seating options include tables, booths and a communal table seating 20. On the bar side, guests can choose from 20 bar seats as well as high-top tables and high-top booths while enjoying 20 large flat-screen TVs broadcasting NFL Ticket, College Gameday, soccer and more. Outdoor seating is also available on the patio. Mellow Mushroom South Miami is located at 5701 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143. For more information visit www.MellowMushroom.com 

 

El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience. It is a modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transporting revelers to the bygone era of glitz and glamour. Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the venue features a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, bringing international bands, as well as renowned and emerging DJs from around the world, center stage in stunning costume designs by the famed stylist Danny Santiago. In addition to an eclectic musical lineup, El Tucán houses a resident 12-piece Latin orchestra, carefully curated by Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and producer Marlow Rosado that is reminiscent of the big bands from the jazz eras of the 40s and 50s. Food and drink also are a mainstay at El Tucán, featuring luxe libations by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab and Caribbean and South American fare that include hints of Amazonian ingredients created by Chef Jean Paul Lourdes. The intimate, theater-style venue is open late night so partygoers can continue fêting after-hours. For more information visit www.ElTucanMiami.com

 

Marion is a breezy Mediterranean restaurant and market affording gourmands a new neighborhood meeting place in Miami where they can shop or dine on fresh, locally sourced produce and artisanal delights. Serving up fare and products of the highest quality, handpicked by Executive Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, patrons have the option to sit down and dine on exquisite Mediterranean fare or grab-and-go one of the restaurant’s savory rotisserie chickens or its variety of pastries and other gourmet food items. Complemented with superb service, Marion blends a Mediterranean restaurant atmosphere with a traditional European market ambiance, bringing the best experience to our customers, whether they are there to shop or simply enjoy a meal. Located one block south of Mary Brickell Village, at 1111 SW 1st Avenue Marion is open for lunch and dinner from 11am to 11pm. For more information visit www.MarionMiami.com

 

 

ATTRACTION ACTION AND SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Wanderlista Miami, located inside Hotel Croyon Collins and 38th Street, will celebrate its one-year opening anniversary in November. Their first concept store in the U.S. following successful in-hotel shops in Greece and Fiji, Wanderlista Miami will complete soft renovations, expansion on the mezzanine and introduce new lines of international brands and continue to support emerging designers from around the world, curated by founder Andria Mitsakos. This fall, Wanderlista Miami also introduces in-hotel shopping events, private shopping sessions for local residents and borrow-to-buy lending program for Hotel Croydon’s guests. For more information visit www.Wanderlista.com

iPic Theaters (www.ipic.com) is the nation’s fastest growing affordable luxury movie watching escape that will be launching at North Miami Beach’s Intracoastal Mall just in time for the holidays this November. The 40,000 square foot visionary architectural escape prides itself on bringing innovation to the customer’s night out experience with a “your night, your way” mantra, with eight auditoriums sitting between just 50-90 people in each.  The iPic Theaters experience presents two seating options: Premium and Premium Plus. Premium seat ticketholders can relax in large, plush leather seats and may purchase gourmet food and beverage from iPic Express and carry it into the theater to enjoy at their seats. Premium Plus ticketholders enjoy the comfort of full-leg-reclining leather seats, courtesy pillows, blankets, unlimited popcorn and personal service-call buttons that summon servers called ‘Ninjas’ to deliver signature dishes and hand-crafted cocktails from a more elaborate menu of gourmet food and beverage offerings from iPic Express. Be ready to indulge in chef-driven culinary offerings and a dining-in-the-dark menu helmed by Sherry Yard, three-time James Beard award winner and Food Network personality in addition to Award Winning Mixologist/Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, known as the Charlie Trotter of cocktails. Launching this fall adjacent to iPic Theaters, will be Miami’s newest best kept secret – The Tuck Room, a concept by three-time James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard. The Tuck Room is the epitome of the modern speakeasy; a vibrant gastro-lounge and cocktail-driven restaurant that boasts ultra-chic décor and a clandestine ambience. Menu offerings include shareable, playfully-crafted plates with American and World Cuisine influences and Prohibition-themed libations. The Tuck Room boasts skillfully curated cocktails by Master Mixologist and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, who fashions homemade elixirs, syrups and infusions using garden-fresh herbs and spices. Here, drinking is elevated to a culinary experience. iPic Theaters North Miami Beach and The Tuck Room are located at 3701 NE 163rd St, N. Miami Beach, FL 33160.  For more information visit www.iPicNorthMiami.com

 

Heighten your senses as you step inside Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, our extravagantly sensational fire lounge and ice bar. This one-of-a-kind social experience promises a sensory-stimulating journey unlike any other; Fire & Ice is Miami’s must-see and must-do destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable night on the town.  Our sultry fire lounge is accented by candle light and adorned with precious gems, crystals and artwork by renowned photographer Peter Lik. This electrifying lounge offers nightly entertainment and state-of-the-art mixology.  Creative cocktails are crafted using locally sourced ingredients and served in unique presentations. VIP bottle service is available in the fire lounge for guests with a reservation. Upon entering the fire lounge, customers will discover a hidden 23-degree ice palace made of more than 100,000 pounds of ice, custom-cut ice sculptures, and an ice bar featuring unique vodkas from all around the world. All ice experiences come complete with use of plush faux fur coats and gloves, with additional package options that include 2 vodka beverages served in genuine ice glassware and a souvenir photo. Step into the iciest haute spot Miami has to offer. Drinkhouse Fire & Ice is located at 1672 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information visit www.SobeFireIce.com

The Falls announces new tenants. Hannah Andersson and ALEX AND ANI will be opening at The Falls in the coming months.  Additionally, Los Ranchos Steakhouse will be relocating within the mall in early 2016. Hannah Andersson, an organic clothing store with Swedish roots, will soon bring the latest and greatest in organic clothing, shoes and accessories for kids, babies and women to The Falls! The brand, which was founded to give kids the freedom to explore, play, and get dirty in comfortable, durable clothing, will open a 1,905 square-foot store near BCBGMAXAZRIA.  American made accessory brand, ALEX AND ANI, will open a new 956 square-foot store located near Michael Kors at The Falls in December 2015. This unique brand designs and creates eco-conscious bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit with positive energy. “The additions of Hanna Andersson and ALEX AND ANI continue to show the dedication The Falls has to providing an exciting shopping environment for the Miami market,” said Lourdes Menendez, director of marketing and business development at The Falls. “This new announcement comes on the heels of other new store openings, and we are thrilled that these retailers will be open in time for the holiday season.” Additionally, Los Ranchos Steakhouse, which opened at The Falls in 1992, will be relocating within the mall from their original space in Center Court. The Latin American restaurant, best known for its deliciously tender and flavorful Churrasco steaks, will be moving to a fresh, new and modern 4,498 square-foot space located near Bloomingdale’s, directly across from American Girl, and overlooking our most prominent water feature. For more information visit www.ShopTheFalls.com    

 

Centrally located between Wynwood and Downtown Miami, the burgeoning Arts + Entertainment District – or A+E, for short – has become a local watering hole and outpost for both locals and visitors, given its propensity for culturally rich and locally drenched events and happenings. Recent events of note include “Movies under the Stars” outdoor film screenings in partnership with the Miami International Film Festival; “Miami Soul Train,” a silent dance party on the Miami Metromover in partnership with Miami Dade Transit; and “Lazy BrunchBQ,” a community gathering featuring live music, area food vendors, and outdoor social games. A+E is also currently in the midst of a restaurant competition, A+Eats: The Search for Miami’s Next Great Restaurant Concept, in which the winning concept receives a year of rent-free restaurant space in the A+E District.  October’s schedule includes events such as Miami Flea, S’mores Under the Moonlight, and a new series of breakfast lectures- “Caffeinated Conversations”, the first of which will be on bridging the cultural gap in business between the US and China.  Roughly bounded by 21st Street (North), Interstate 395 (South), Biscayne Bay (East), and North Miami Avenue (West), A+E is more than just a place where locals and visitors come to play – they live here, too. In addition to Filling Station Lofts, an 81-unit “true loft” residential building located at 1657 North Miami Avenue, the neighborhood will soon welcome a second residential building called CANVAS. This planned 513-unit property will usher in a new wave of ‘affordable luxury’ living to the downtown urban village. For more information visit  www.AEDistrictMiami.com

 

Tarbay, product of sister duo Ana Sofia and Marta Tarbay, offers a fresh and elegant take on jewelry designs. Founded in 2002, each piece of Tarbay jewelry is personally designed by the sisters with the intention to “transmit joy”, reflecting the individual spirit of each woman who wears it. Individually handcrafted in a workshop on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela, where the sisters reside several months out of the year to focus solely on their designs, each piece of Tarbay jewelry is created by intricately manipulating gold and silver wire, pearls, precious & semi-precious stones. The result is that, even though they may share the same design, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.  Each piece of Tarbay jewelry carries with it a story – from the inspiration behind a design to the woman who begins to craft the piece, the woman who selects it as a representation of her own style to the one who stops her on the street to inquire about its origin. Tarbay jewelry is a conversation starter that personifies both the women who have contributed to it, and those who continue to enjoy it. With its broad range of offerings, from classically elegant to fashion-forward designs and modest to luxury price-points, Tarbay has built a strong following of women of all ages and lifestyles. Tarbay jewelry can be found at retailers in Holland, Italy, Curacao, Honduras and the United States, including at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and its own eponymous Tarbay shops. Tarbay will be opening its first boutique in Miami this October 2015 in Brickell. For more information visit www.Tarbay.com  

 

For consumers who want to visit multiple attractions in the Miami area, Go City Card has recently introduced a new multi-attraction pass. The Go Miami Card - South Florida Explorer is a new type of multi-attraction access pass which includes admission to a choice of 3, 4, or 5 popular attractions from over 25 options including Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Duck Tours South Beach, Key West Conch Train Tour, the Jungle Queen Riverboat, and 20 others. The pass retails for between $85 and $125 for adults and $65 to $95 for children (ages 3 to 12) depending upon the number of attractions selected, and offers up to 40% savings versus paying at the gate.  For more information visit www.GoMiamiCard.com 

 

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a non-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiAndBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. Follow GMCVB on Twitter:  @miamiandbeaches or on Facebook: Facebook.com/miamiandbeaches

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