3 Reasons to Stay at the Four Seasons Miami

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.

Lola in South Beach Miami

Photo: Lauren Dimarco; Lola knows Miami and South Beach

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.

stay adventurous platter, a amenity for a special guest at the four seasons miami

a touch of class from the four Seasons

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.

my Four Seasons Miami make your own Mojito Kit

a mojito and the view.... a lovely way to start a stay

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.

pool side at the Four Seasons Miami

a more tranquil spot among the pool scene

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.

Four Seasons Miami Dining Room

stay classy inside or chose the outside more trendy dining scene

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.


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  • Maryann

    Visits to South Beach did not impress me but I really like Miami. This particular Four Seasons Hotel looks great. I find that wherever I go I can feel comfortable and can rely on this chain for great service. It is listed as one of the top five for Hotel Brands in the Travel and Leisure magazine for August 2013.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Thanks for your comment… definitely Miami is so much more than SoBe….And no surprise the Four Seasons was listed as a top 5 by T&L, (for those keeping score – it definitely makes my top 5 too).

      The brand is also one I plan to build a deeper relationship as my travels continue… especially with the launch of StayLuxurious.com sometime later this year.

      stay luxurious, Craig

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  • Lazy Travelers

    you knoow, we never think of miami as being our style, but you (and the four seasons) (and make your own mojitos), might just have changed our mind.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Definitely good reasons to visit, no doubt. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • lola

    mmmm mojito! i loved touring FS Miami so much that i might have to stay off the beach next time 😉