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MIAMI (December 2010) – As the New Year approaches, Miami offers a plethora of new experiences for visitors looking to escape the cold winter for the warmth of South Florida. New hotels, spas, restaurants, night clubs, retail outlets and other attractions continue to add to the destination’s appeal as a tropical paradise with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, setting the stage for a glamorous winter escape. Here is an update on the latest news from Greater Miami and The Beaches:


Located less than a quarter mile from Miami International Airport, the former Wyndham hotel owned by Thayer Lodging Group has undergone extensive upgrades to open the new Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. Boasting panoramic city and water views, Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is nestled on the banks of the Miami River, just four miles from downtown Miami. The hotel features 405 guest rooms, including 50 rooms that offer the PURE Air system, 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, IACC International Association of Conference Centers) appointed Executive Meeting Center, the first full-service EMC in south Florida. Additional facilities include a health club, outdoor pool and bar, full-service restaurant, Club floor and complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. Miami’s Melreese Golf Course is located adjacent to the property, offering 18-holes of championship golf. Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is close to South Beach shops, nightclubs and restaurants, vibrant downtown Miami, exclusive Coral Gables and several shopping malls. Guests will enjoy easy access to top area attractions such as Gulfstream Race Track, Miami Seaquarium, Metro Zoo, Dolphin Mall and American Airlines Arena. Also nearby are several prominent business parks and the offices of numerous multinational companies.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami is a tri-level sanctuary and is Florida’s only Five-Star Spa rated by Forbes Travel Guide. In July 2010, the Spa underwent a renovation to include newly designed public and private spaces – new welcome reception, brand new spa boutique and relaxation lounge with sauna and steam rooms and experiential shower. The renovation was completed on November 1, 2010. The new design complements the Spa’s 11 private treatment rooms and six VIP Spa suites providing a spectacular spa setting. The experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami sensitively integrates all the senses, thereby creating an imprint of calmness and relaxation of comfort and luxury for guests immersed in a mindful “experiential journey.”

The Bal Harbour Quarzo, which opened Fall 2010, is a waterfront luxury Boutique property situated on the western, dry side of Collins Ave, adjacent to the Intracoastal canal and walking distance from the white sandy beaches. Offering a comfortable and contemporary collection of residences featuring units with two bedrooms and two baths of 1,700sqft. This luxury boutique property has the comfort and security of a 5 Star property with the independence of your own home, as well as attractive communal spaces and a great set of amenities. The Bal Harbour Quarzo offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Miami vibe. On the grounds you will also find a tranquil atmosphere for the guests complete with Zen meditation gardens, a Solarium, two heated pools with natural wood decks, a BBQ area and even a chef you can hire to come and cook for you! If you head down to the local beach you don’t even have to cross the street!

Vikram Chatwal Hotel’s Dream South Beach, which opened Fall 2010, will inject a hit of avant-garde edge to the Miami landscape. A vanguard amongst fashion-forward hotel accommodations, Dream South Beach will occupy an ideal position at 11th Street and Collins Avenue, the epicenter of the renowned Miami nightlife and epicurean scenes. With distinctive architectural elements executed by internationally acclaimed designer Michael Czysz (principal of Architropolis), Dream South Beach will expose guests to progressive, fantastical elements while retaining a comfortable sense of personal, “in-your-dreams” sumptuousness. The hotel will also include Chopra Spa, a serene haven of holistic healing with signature ancient Indian Ayurvedic treatments. For more information, visit, and

The 53-room, Absolut-partnered bar, and scene-stealing restaurant Cha Cha Rooster, Lords South Beach (1120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) is the latest Miami boutique hotel in the growing field of gay hotels and resorts. Lords has taken over the Nash Hotel’s space — morphing into a sleek, stylish and sexy look. With three plunge pools, a penthouse and cabanas, and a 9-foot tall fiberglass polar bear to greet guests in the lobby, the hotel wears its playfulness on its sleeve. For more information, please visit

Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, a private, 44-room boutique property that fuses art and innovation, opened October 2010 inside the new Metropolian Miami development. The hotel is the first-ever to be entirely outfitted with Bang & Olufsen in-room entertainment systems including remote controlled video & sound systems, remote controlled drapery, HD-LCD flat screen TV and home theatre system. Replete with the finest in amenities, views, and art-infused accommodations, each room also features rich, Brazilian cherry dark hard wood floors; touch-controlled, illuminated bathroom faucets; an iPad; and luxurious bedding and pillow menu. The amenities at the JW Marriott Marquis are conveniently available to guests.

The world’s first JW Marriott Marquis Miami opened October 2010. The two-story, 50,000- sq-ft facility will feature a 10,000-sq-ft NBA-approved basketball arena, full-size tennis court, world-renowned Jim McLean Golf School, Virtual Bowling Alley, 3-D media room, Rik Rak Spa & Salon as well as a word-class Fitness Center. Located in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami (The Met), the 313-room hotel will also feature Miami’s first DB Bistro Moderne, a French/American restaurant by acclaimed chef-restaurateur and winner of three James Beard Foundation awards, Chef Daniel Boulud.

Red South Beach Hotel, located on historic Collins Avenue, across from the white sands of the beach, at the gateway to South Beach in iconic Miami Beach, reopened this fall after a multi-million dollar renovation. Red South Beach Hotel is truly a unique destination, only steps from the world class nightlife, dining and shopping of South Beach. Artfully blending classic baroque elements with contemporary finishes, Red South Beach Hotel exudes graceful elegance. The Hotel’s hip design brings you back to an era of simple yet stylish beauty and sophistication. From it’s splendid outdoor pool, a welcome drink upon arrival, luxurious bedding, and relaxing outdoor lounge, Red South Beach Hotel epitomizes the essence of a boutique hotel in America’s Riviera, the sexiest playground in the world. 3010 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140,

Experience the valiantly new Shelborne South Beach, reopened October 2010, in the heart of Miami Beach. Rejuvenated at a cost of US$10,000,000, visionary Jonathan Cardello who has bended the award-winning architectural designs of renowned Morris Lapidus and icon Igor Polevitsky. This new incarnation of one of the original and first luxury high-rise boutique hotels on Miami Beach draws its inspiration from the serene coastal beach and ocean landscapes background of Miami Beach and captures everything the South Beach stands for – excitement, invincibility, fashionable and glamour. The Shelborne South Beach will feature 200 brand new guestrooms;1 & 2 bedroom townhouse apartments, suites, Jr. suites & Executive Penthouse suite; Two Whirlpools, Olympic Size Pool w/ Poolside Bar; a Rooftop Spa & Fitness Club; The New La Esquina, upscale NY Mexican including a Brasserie, Taqueria, Tequila &Wine Bar; Three Entertainment Lounges including the World Famous Studio Lounge; Six flexible Meeting Rooms including a brand new state-of-the-art Ballroom; Production facilities For Sound Top Motion Picture Movie/Film; and 24 hour concierge service. For more information, contact Saun Lightbourne, (305) 341-1318, (800) 327-8757, or visit

Soho Beach House Miami opened Mid-Miami Beach in Fall 2010. Located on the site of the historic Sovereign hotel, their new private members club will offer 44 bedrooms, 6 tower suites, a screening snug, 2 pools, cabanas and a beach, as well as an expansive rooftop “Cowshed” spa with wooden cabins for private treatments and a Cecconi’s restaurant open to the public. For more information, visit


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts embarks on its fifth anniversary season with the new Bombay Sapphire Lounge. Opened October 8, 2010, the lounge offers a variety of cocktails and tapas in an indoor/outdoor setting. It is located on the Arsht Center campus at the base of the restored Art Deco Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Miami.

Goldman Properties will be opening a 4,000 sq. ft. restaurant in Wynwood, the emerging arts district, next door to Joey’s, called Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. The patio dining will be on the green area that houses Wynwood Walls, the largest collection of museumquality street art in the U.S. It’s slated to open November/December 2010. For more information, contact Susan Brustman, (305) 573-0658,

A fixture in Bay Harbor Islands since 1994, Caffe Da Vinci re-opened in October 2010 under the ownership of executive chef Erick Drukmann after a $300,000 renovation. The menu offers house made selections of contemporary Italian cuisine with influences of molecular gastronomy, a scientific discipline that studies the physical and chemical processes that occur while cooking. The interiors offer guests a duel-part experience fro dinner to lounge, while maintaining an old-world-feel that is complemented by contemporary culinary pep. A late night lounge doubles as Bay Harbour’s first-ever supper club with a full-service bar, live entertainment and an eight selection small plate menu. For more information, contact Alexis Knapp, (305) 751-9641

The Miami Culinary Institute will make its debut in January 2011 at Miami Dade College. The new, $22 million eight-story building at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami will feature a professionally run restaurant, wine-and-food demonstration studio and organic food lab. It will be the first public option for a culinary program in South Florida. John Richards, founding director of the new institute who is also director of Miami Dade's International Hospitality Center, has said the program will tap into the latest trends in food culture, using local and organic ingredients grown sustainably. Helping to shape the curriculum -- and eventually evaluate the graduates -- will be a group of eight local chefs including Michelle Bernstein of Michy's and Sra. Martinez, Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Norman Van Aken, who recently opened Norman's 180 in Coral Gables. The cost for the two-year associate of science degree is still being set, but that it likely would be less than half of the tuition a private culinary school, which can cost more than $20,000 a year. Two-year culinary programs are the industry norm. The institute will be the latest expansion for Miami Dade College, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The college opened a $37 million science complex on its north campus in January.

Owner/founder Brian Goldberg has teamed up with managing partner Jonathan Lazar and executive chef Alejandro Piñero and the result is Sustain Restaurant + Bar, located in the hub of Midtown’s burgeoning restaurant row at 3252 NE 1st Avenue. Sustain is opened late November 2010 and is sure to impress South Florida foodies with its progressive American fare prepared from local, sustainable products. Simplicity and pureness of ingredients will characterize the offerings on Sustain’s menu. Piñero, who has worked under Dawn Sieber and Michelle Bernstein, served as sous chef at Casa Tua, and as chef de cuisine at Fratelli Lyon, is enthusiastic about this venture. He will focus on using seafood that complies with the Monterey Bay Fish Guide, as well as meat and produce from local sources and sustainable producers. Sustain will offer refreshing salads, including the notable “50-mile” salad, made with ingredients sourced within 50 miles of the restaurant. An open kitchen will contain a fragrant wood burning oven. The 3,200 sq. foot space will encompass indoor/outdoor seating for approximately 100 guests and an additional 20 at the bar. For more information, visit or call(305) 424-9079.

eden South Beach, a new locavore-inspired, Seasonal American restaurant, bar and lounge will restore the historic building at 210 23rd Street to reflect the mood of its lush, wilderness-like atmosphere, where all inhibitions are lost and eating from the garden is considered a standard, not a sin. With the quintessence of paradise and the modern attitude of South Beach, owners Kelley Jones, acclaimed chef Christopher Lee, nightlife magnate Chuck Schafer and local entrepreneur Lawrence Rizzo are set to arouse South Florida’s dining and nightlife scene with something new to discover. The executive chef is James Beard Award-winning and Top Chef Masters alum Christopher Lee, known best for his artfully presented and refined take on national cuisine. The extensive menu, a combination of “New American Classics,” farm- and garden-fresh ingredients and artisan products at their seasonal peak, features simplicity at its finest.

Seasons 52, the popular fresh grill and wine bar, debuted its first Miami location at 321 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables on November 15, 2010. The 300-seat restaurant brings to the area a fresh dining experience that celebrates living well, along with an awardwinning wine list and nightly live entertainment. Seasons 52 is known for its seasonally inspired menu that features the freshest ingredients in flavorful dishes that are thoughtfully prepared. The restaurant uses natural cooking techniques like wood-fire grilling, brick oven cooking and caramelizing vegetables to let the flavors shine through in its dishes. The result is a delicious, fully satisfying meal, and every menu item is less than 475 calories. Good wine is also a significant part of the Seasons 52 experience, offering an award-winning international wine list handcrafted by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, one of only 170 sommeliers in the world to hold this distinction. The restaurant’s circular piano bar will feature live music nightly, adding to the casually sophisticated ambience. For more information, visit

The Village at Gulfstream Park has an array of new nightlife and cuisine options to choose from including Yard House, which celebrated its grand opening on Sunday, September 26, 2010. This premium, yet casual eatery is known for its extensive menu, classic rock music, and world's largest selection of draft beer. Yard House caters to an eclectic mix of guests and offers weekday and late-night happy hours featuring select half-price, full portion appetizers, daily late-night dining, and take-out party platters for small or large gatherings.

Having recently opened its doors at The Village at Gulfstream Park, Santo Lounge reflects the essence of the luxuriously seductive Miami lifestyle. Santo evokes images of lavish vintage with a modern touch as it combines antique gold frames, mosaic mirrors, exposed bricks, and velvet curtains. Santo’s vibrant live band completes the originality of this unconventional and upscale party scenario. Santo Lounge is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Two more additions to The Village at Gulfstream Park’s nightlife offerings are Bartini’s Premier Martini Lounge and Greenhouse, both slated to open winter 2010-2011. Bartini’s will feature an eclectic mix of appetizing foods and a vast menu of mouthwatering martinis, as well as jam-packed weekly lineup of events and specials. Greenhouse, an eco-friendly outpost of the highly successful New York nightclub, will provide South Florida with a ‘green’ dining and nightlife destination this winter.

Seasoned restaurant veteran Steve Haas, two-term chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), and acclaimed chef Tom Azar, previously of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants in New Orleans, Orlando, and Miami, are teaming up at this new down-home, brasserie-style dining destination. Slated to open for lunch and dinner, January/February 2011 at City Hall – The Restaurant at 2004 Biscayne Boulevard, the two-story, 6,000 square foot eatery, located just north of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, will cater to the area’s business and political folks, residents and theater aficionados. The décor features lacquered concrete floors, floor to ceiling windows with an 80 ft. long light box stretching across one wall created by artist Andrew Reid, and a mural by Miami-based artist Michelle Rojas. City Hall restaurant, at 2004 Biscayne Boulevard, is slated to open January/February 2011, for lunch and dinner daily. There’s a complimentary parking lot is located behind the restaurant; metered parking available. Telephone: (305) 764-3130


SOULCYLCE has jump-started their national expansion by collaborating with Miami's fabulous Mondrian Hotel! Just minutes from the center of South Beach (1100 West Avenue), the brand new studio will be conveniently situated on the third floor, adjacent to the Mondrian's famous Agua Spa and Fitness Center. SOULCYCLE South Beach will feature a 30-bike studio with the same state-of-the-art equipment, sound system and signature SC workout as the NYC studios. The studio will also include a SOULCYCLE Boutique (of course there will be shopping!). The SOULCYCLE South Beach classes are priced at $32 and will include complementary bottled water and shoes.

Miami Beach has long been a top destination for LGBT travelers with its world-class beaches, top-notch shopping, five-star dining and endless entertainment venues. Now, LGBT visitors to the “billion dollar sandbar” have a new destination in South Beach to check out – the new LGBT Visitor Center. Guests of the LGBT Visitor Center can pick up magazines and newspapers, flyers about club events, information about shops and restaurants and even book hotel or dining reservations. Special event and tour information are also available – including tickets for the monthly Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour of South Beach, which visits key spots of LGBT influence – including Palace Bar, Casa Casuarina, the Art Deco Welcome Center and the Breakwater Hotel where Bruce Weber shot the legendary Calvin Klein underwear ad.

Visitors can relax in the Center’s lounge area, catch a DVD or browse literature and information about the 600 companies and individuals who are members of the Miami- Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber. There’s also a computer lab where guests can check emails, surf the Internet, or even post vacation photos to their Facebook page. All at no cost. Located in historic Miami Beach Old City Hall at 1130 Washington Avenue, the LGBT Visitor Center is literally at the epicenter of South Beach. Steps to Ocean Drive and the beach, a few blocks south of famed Lincoln Road and right in the middle of bars, restaurants, shops and hotels, the Center is easily accessible by foot, car, bus or Rollerblade.

Coral Gables Museum –The Coral Gables Museum opened October 10, 2010 will be located at the city’s historic fire and police station on Aragon Avenue. The museum will showcase the civic arts of architecture, urban design, planning, and historic and environmental preservation.

Homestead-Miami Speedway will host NASCAR (November 19-21) Championships in 2010. Construction has been completed on a $3 million, state-of-the-art leaderboard as well as LED displays featuring high-resolution graphics and statistic information. The enhancement offers the finest technology available in motorsports, allowing fans to experience all of the on-track drama as superstars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti—and South Florida-residents Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, and Tony Kanaan—all race for Championship glory. Tickets are now on sale and available by calling 866-409-RACE or visiting

South Beach’s Lincoln Road celebrates its 50th anniversary since being redesigned by famed Miami Modern (MiMo) architect Morris Lapidus. Recent enhancements to this iconic Miami attraction include new luxury stores on its east end at Washington Avenue and recent block-long expansion west to Alton Road, which includes 4-3, MAC, Journelle, Osklen, Coltori, Swarovski, All Saints and Herve Leger. The promenade's captivating 1111 Building and its iconic new parking garage will become another mainstay for visitors of Lincoln Road, with its open-air design, black and white geometric stone paved plaza, and native Floridian landscaping, a tribute to the flora that once dominated the region in the early 20th century. And in January 2011, the Frank Gehry designed New World Symphony performance hall will also open.

In 2011, Jungle Island will celebrate its 75th Anniversary, making it one of the longest running attractions in South Florida. The park began its history in 1936 as Parrot Jungle. Originally located in south Miami and known primarily for its wide array of exotic birds including its famous pink flamingos. The park has evolved over the years and continues to flourish after its move to Watson Island in 2003. Since the move, the park has welcomed a wide array of animals from around the world including Peanut & Pumpkin, a set of twin orangutans; Mama Cass, the world’s only trained Cassowary; and Hercules the Liger, a rare mix between a male lion and a female tiger. To celebrate the anniversary, Jungle Island will be gearing up for all kinds of fun activities and new announcements. Stay tuned to to see what’s coming up next year. For more information contact Ashley Serrate, (305) 400-7291;

The City of Miami Beach and Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design and planning corporation headquartered in Miami have executed an Agreement for the development of a Campus Master Plan for the Expansion and Enhancement of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Arquitectonica has presented a preliminary plan for the expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center which includes: a new 60,000 square foot multi-purpose space; a 20,000 square foot junior ballroom; 200,000 square feet of new exhibition space; more than 100,000 square feet of additional meeting space; and expanded parking. Arquitectonica, now working on architectural designs and other elements, predict improvements would cost over $500 million.


A New Car Rental Center has opened at Miami International Airport, for the first time bringing under one roof all the major and many of the smaller car rental companies that offer vehicles at MIA. The opening of the rental car center will mark completion of the first major phase of the $1.7-billion Miami Intermodal Center travel hub, which by 2015 will connect in one site virtually all county modes of transportation: aircraft, cars, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak and perhaps in the future high-speed rail. The MIC, as the travel hub is known, is one of three major transportation projects underway in South Florida -- along with the $1.8-billion reconstruction of Interstate 595 in central Broward, and the $1-billion construction of a tunnel under Biscayne Bay to the Port of Miami. The new system will replace the multiple rental car shuttle buses now operating at MIA, one of the key contributors to traffic congestion on the MIA road network. Reducing congestion at and around MIA and linking modes of transportation in one hub have been key concepts behind construction of the MIC, which includes the rental car center, the still-under-construction Miami central station and transit services and major upgrades on roads leading to the airport. The MIA Mover station will be housed at the Miami central station, which will also house new platforms for Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak and eventually perhaps a high-speed rail to Orlando and Tampa.


The Village at Gulfstream Park also continues to expand its wide selection of retail merchants. Skemo Shoes & Bags, which opened its doors in September, has established itself as one of the most beloved shoe brands found across the Americas, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East. Skemo sandals embrace the unique combination of nature’s colors and textures with a hint of glam style.

Miami shoppers now also have an additional location to purchase specialty foods and groceries with Jacob’s Classic Market, which opened in August 2010. A premier, fullservice specialty food store, Jacob’s offers a wide variety of products and services, including a bakery and coffee shop, ice cream, prime meats and seafood, as well as scratch prepared meals, an extensive fine wine selection, gift baskets, produce and cheese, deli, gourmet organic groceries and goodies, a full-service catering department and broad Kosher selection.

Nadia Paris Hair Salon and Barker Animation Art Gallery also recently opened their doors. Nadia Paris is an upscale French salon specializing in custom hair color, highlighting and contemporary cuts & styles. Barker Animation Art Gallery is the area’s largest animation art gallery featuring art from Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Romero Britto and Charles Fazzino.

Also making its way to The Village are Back2Back, Via and Zen. Back2Back and Via are two chic boutiques that will carry a broad range in trendy and designer clothing for men and women. Zen will offer shoppers contemporary fashion and permanent makeup application.

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 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 Follow GMCVB on Twitter: @miamiandbeaches or on Facebook: ###



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