You might be surprised to learn the Four Seasons Miami isn’t located in South Beach. Yes, when I think of Miami I think of South Beach, or let’s say I actually thought – South Beach. For over ten years I’ve been visiting south Florida and usually would plan to spend some time on the scene in South Beach. Even LeBron James, when he made his “famous” declaration said he was taking his talents to South Beach, not Miami. I understood. Well, I did until recently.
It turns out Miami is a lot more than South Beach. In the last few years, I’ve spent some time in the city and learned more about the different neighborhoods. From a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Gardens to a Cuban lunch in Kendall, I realized, “yes” there is more to the destination.
And now thanks to a growing addiction to the Four Seasons I discovered Brickell, a location receiving major investments and attention. It is quickly becoming an “in” place for the locals and if you want to “be seen” in this new scene, here are three reasons to consider a stop at the Four Seasons Miami.
Outstanding Service at the Four Seasons
One thing I expect from any Four Seasons is service, an attention to detail. When I checked in I received a welcome gift package designed for me and a make-your-own Mojito kit. The detail was there and they thought I’d appreciate a drink…they did know me.
However, when I was upstairs in my room (and the car was valeted and parked downstairs), I realized I’d forgotten a couple of things. I called down and I thought I’d be making the trek to go back into the trunk to actually get the items. No. At the Four Seasons you just call the front desk, give a description of the item and its location and they’ll bring it to you
So I made my make-your-own Mojito and looked out and enjoyed the view and low and behold in just a few minutes, up came what I’d forgotten in the car. Again, the service and attention to detail at the Four Seasons is impressive.
Poolside at the Four Seasons:
There’s something about a pool in the middle of a city. This was not an impressive infinity pool that looks out onto the ocean, but a pool seven floors up with views of the surrounding cityscape. And yet, it did seem tranquil, even an oasis.
There’s the resident pool, the hotel pool, and a third pool with palm trees and hammocks. Plus, with poolside cabanas it was just the kind of escapism I appreciated for the afternoon. Afterwards, I returned to my room to capture a sunset. The Four Seasons even replenished my Mojito kit, so i enjoyed a Four Seasons Miami sunset with a Mojito.
The Edge, Steak and Bar
The steak restaurant, refurbished within the last year, transformed from a place you might only dine if you were staying at the hotel to a restaurant to make reservations for when visiting Miami. Their reputation is built on steaks, but definitely consider the tartare for a starter which includes a few options from the sea.
The restaurant offers indoor as well as outdoor seating. At the time I visited, I opted to dine indoors to keep cool but I really believe when the nights get a little cool and breezy in Miami – terrace dining is the proper choice.
Miami keeps becoming more than South Beach for me, much more. And although I might have my opinions on where to stay in South Beach or even where to have breakfast in South Beach, I was impressed with the beautiful design and vibe at the Four Seasons Miami in the emerging (or really transforming) destination of Brickell.
Stay adventurous and also stay luxurious, Craig
Photo Credit: Thanks to Lauren DiMarco, an expert on Miami and the SoBe scene who also has Lola’s take on the Four Seasons Miami for the first image and the Four Seasons Miami itself for the image of the Edge dining room. Also, special thanks to the Four Seasons Miami for the invitation to experience a night outside of South Beach in Miami.