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What's New in Greater Miami and the Beaches

  • Written by Melina Martinez



TEMPTATIONS
The GMCVB's increasingly popular Miami Temptations Program, sponsored by Citibank®, takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices.

  • Shop Miami Month (March)
  • Miami Sports & Wellness Month (April)
  • Miami Museum Month (May)

For more information on the Miami Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

CRUISE LINES To add to Miami's longstanding position as cruise capital of the world, PortMiami continues to grow. During the 2017/18 season, PortMiami will welcome MSC Cruises' Seaside. MSC Seaside will sail to the Caribbean year-round starting December 2017. In 2018, PortMiami will welcome the world's newest & largest ship – Royal Caribbean will introduce the 5,494 passenger ship Symphony of the Seas debuting November 17, 2018 and sailing 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Symphony of the Seas' arrival will coincide with the opening of Terminal A, Royal Caribbean's new state-of-the-art mega terminal in Miami, in October 2018. Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will also sail from the terminal beginning late 2018.During the 2018/19 season, PortMiami will welcome Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Horizon and Norwegian's Norwegian Bliss. Both will sail to the Caribbean year-round starting September 2018 & November 2018 respectively.

In addition, for its newest ship Carnival Horizon debuting in April 2018, Carnival Cruise Line has assembled a wide array of exciting and diverse itineraries featuring breathtaking destinations throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will offer many of the hugely popular indoor and outdoor dining, bar, entertainment and activity options that debuted on Carnival Vista, currently the line's newest ship. For more information visit PortMiami.com

AIRLINES MIA welcomed a record number of 22.5 million passengers in 2016 (10.9 million international arrivals and 11.6 million domestic arrivals). MIA continues to attract new airline carriers as well as introduce new international routes through existing airline partners.  MIA is home to 106 airlines, more than any other US airport. New scheduled service introduced in 2016: Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark (Scandinavian Airlines) Amsterdam, The Netherlands (KLM) Recife, Brazil (LATAM Airlines) Cologne, Germany (Eurowings) Bimini, Bahamas (Silver Airways) Milan, Italy (Meridiana) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (PAWA Dominicana) Paramaribo, Suriname (Surinam Airways) San Francisco (United Airlines)  New scheduled service in 2017: Guadalajara & Mexico City, Mexico (Volaris) Reykjavik, Iceland (WOW air) Sao Paulo, Brasil (Avianca Brasil) Dublin, Ireland (Aer Lingus) Stockholm, Sweden (SAS) Tel-Aviv, Israel (El Al) Cartagena, Colombia (American Airlines) TRANSPORTATION 

Brightline, the new privately funded express inter-city passenger rail service in Florida, is readying for the anticipated launch of customer service this summer by growing the ranks of its management team. The company announced on March 8th that Dave Howard, a veteran executive from the sports and entertainment industry, has joined Brightline's leadership team as Chief Executive Officer.  In addition, Brightline's first train, BrightBlue, was unveiled at its railroad operations center, Workshop b, in early January. Soon, BrightBlue will have a companion, the next Brightline train to be delivered is BrightPink. For more information visit GoBrightline.com

HOTEL HAPPENINGS

An inspired canvas for meetings and events, experience elevated comfort and sophisticated style at the newly re-designed Loews Miami Beach Hotel! Located in the heart of South Beach's vibrant Art Deco District, the renowned oceanfront resort recently completed an exciting $50 million transformation. Guests are now welcomed to a new lobby experience; 790 upgraded luxury guestrooms; state-of-the-art meeting spaces; a new, oceanfront poolscape including private, adult only cabanas and more. Whether indoor, outdoor, small or large, the hotel's tenured Conference Team consistently delivers exceptional experiences, ensuring planners have everything needed to create and implement a diverse agenda. Located just steps from the shopping and dining of famous Linclon Road, as well as the nightlife and entertainment of Ocean Drive, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is 20 minutes from Miami International Airport. For more information visit LoewsMiamiBeach.com

The Meridian Hotel, located along the tree-lined streets of Miami Beach's prestigious South of Fifth neighborhood, aims to elevate the boutique hotel experience and reach a sophisticated audience with a penchant for vacationing like a local. Featuring 71 guest rooms and food and beverage from some of Miami's favorite businesses including Panther Coffee, Zak The Baker and Wynwood Parlor, the contemporary two-story property offers a stylish yet cozy environment including a striking lobby mural by acclaimed Miami street artist AholSniffsGlue, a beautiful rooftop pool (see photo below) and chic Chill Out Room complete with board games and comfy lounge chairs. Guests to The Meridian Hotel receive a complimentary Mojito and a hearty “welcome home” from General Manager Sexton Garcia and are steps away from many of South Beach's top restaurants, shops and nightlife. With two locations in Buenos Aires, The Meridian Hotel is URBANICA's first U.S. property with plans to launch additional hotels in Miami over the next couple of years. For more information visit UrbanicaTheHotels.com

The Gates lifestyle hotel brand is expanding to South Beach after the success of their first property in Key West. The Gates Hotel South Beach serves as a stylish playground ideally located on Collins Avenue, just a short stroll from Ocean Drive, South Beach's vibrant nightlife and the Atlantic Ocean. Built on the foundation of the 1954 Ankara Motel, The Gates maintains the historic, Art Deco-inspired architecture on the exterior, while breathing new life into a reconstructed interior that blends modern comforts with vintage glamour. The exclusive, boutique-style setting offers fusion dining, vibrant outdoor spaces like private daybeds nestled between the pool and lake, all under a canopy of strawberry guava trees, convenient solar-powered charging stations, private beach chairs, bicycles, and more. For more information visit www.GatesSouthBeach.com

The âme Spa & Wellness Collective officially opened its doors in January at Turnberry Isle Miami, the iconic resort beloved by visitors and South Florida residents alike. The âme Spa & Wellness Collective's opening sets a new standard in luxury spa and wellness destinations. Curated by a collective comprised of forward-thinking global practitioners, âme is at the vanguard of both Eastern and Western modalities, offering integrated strategies that allow clients to manage stress, encourage strength and flexibility, lose weight, cultivate equanimity, look and feel younger, and create new patterns that can last a lifetime -- all within a supportive community.  The newly renovated 20,000 square foot, three-floor luxury spa has 22 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, a spinning room, a private Pilates room, and a weight training and cardio studio. The opening of âme follows a $2.5 million expansion in Turnberry's spa facility and a complete redesign of the spa's offerings. The spa also has museum-quality art installations by Robert Rauschenberg, Ugo Rondinone, and Claus Oldenburg. For more information, visit AmeWellness.com

The Julia, an adults-exclusive boutique hotel, is scheduled to open its doors in Miami Beach in early July. Situated in the South of Fifth “SoFI” neighborhood, a growing enclave of restaurants and shops, the property was built from the foundation of the third oldest hotel in Miami Beach. Named after the iconic founder of Miami, Julia Tuttle, and owned by SMS Lodging, a family-owned company that operates a handful of hotels in South Florida, The Julia is located between 3rd and 4th Streets on Collins Avenue, one block from the beach. The property will feature 29 guest rooms, each outfitted with custom-designed furnishings, coral and grey accents, and solid wood flooring, as well as artwork from local artists throughout the rooms and public space. The interior of the hotel, designed by Stephen Busto, will feature a chic modern lobby complemented by a few features from its original design that includes the authentic Cuban tile flooring. The Julia's exterior has been meticulously restored in order to retain its history with a traditional look that traces back to its original build in the 1930s. For more information, visit TheJuliaHotel.com

The Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, the only IACC member hotel in South Florida, has officially completed an expansive and stylish 10-million-dollar renovation.  Led by the internationally-recognized hospitality design firm, Puccini Group, these transformational enhancements include; all 405 guestrooms, lobby and outdoor pool as well as the entryway and porte cochere of the property – all of which complement 17,000 sq. ft. of recently renovated meeting and event space.  Perfectly located near Miami International Airport, this immaculate renovation blends a modern tropical resort-like experience with the signature Sheraton comfort and convenience that guests have come to find synonymous with the brand. This exciting renovation complements the property's sophisticated design elements, award-winning service, and world-class business and leisure amenities. For more information, visit www.SheratonMiamiAirport.com

In the fall 2016, The Setai Miami Beach unveiled its latest enhancement to its coveted Courtyard, including a built-in retractable rooftop and Courtyard Bar. Allowing guests to enjoy the feel of the outdoors while fully protected from the elements, the 13,000 sq. ft. legendary courtyard of the Art Deco landmark property is now fully sheltered by a new state of the art $1.8-million-dollar custom made En-Fold retractable roof. Each of the two units measure 60'-7” in extension by 57-3” in width for a total coverage of roughly 7,042 square feet making it the largest En-Fold installation in the world.  The two canopies extend out to three stopping positions to provide for maximum comfort so that rain or shine, guests can now enjoy dining al fresco or casual drinks served from the new Courtyard bar alongside The Setai's unique stone-filled serenity pool, with the exceptional level of service that is the trademark of the property. For more information visit TheSetaiHotel.com

Miami Beach's most anticipated luxury hotel project, The Betsy-South Beach, unveiled its expansion following a two-year transformation in December 2016. Merging with the former historic Carlton Hotel on Collins Avenue to debut an “Art Deco” wing addition, the hotel nearly doubled its occupancy and now offers several new outlets and public spaces including an expansive rooftop pool complex, dedicated library, and nearly 15,000 square feet of special event space. Debuting in Spring 2017 will be the hotel's new Conservatory space and unique Spring programming. The historic Carlton lobby is reinvented in the Art Deco wing as the Conservatory, complete with an espresso and wine bar serving coffee, light fare, and curated mixed drinks. The Conservatory will launch at the end of March and the opening exhibition will feature legacy works by photographer Robert Zuckerman displayed on the walls and video screens. While the 200 sq. ft. rooftop swimming pool deck has been open to guests since January 2017, it will experience its first spring in the coming months. The deck boasts unobstructed views of the ocean, Art Deco District, and Miami skyline and offers a relaxing haven for hotel guests. For more information visit TheBetsyHotel.com

El Paseo Hotel, located on Miami Beach's charming Española Way, finalized a complete renovation December 2016. An oasis of Spanish-French revival style just steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the hotel offers a pleasant and relaxing retreat for the business and leisure traveler alike. The select service hotel is managed by Trust Hospitality and spans across six, three-story villas. Guests will find elements of Spanish, Moroccan, Italian, and French architecture, including tile roofs, rounded archways and charming balconies throughout. Located in what was built as an artists' colony in the 1920s, El Paseo housed notable artists of the time. Today, the hotel is a special alcove, offering travelers a more romantic and culturally inspiring South Beach experience. For more information, visit ElPaseoHotel.com

The Faena Hotel Miami Beach has received the prestigious Forbes five-star award by Forbes travel guide!  It takes time to climb to the top. For most properties, that is. But Faena Hotel Miami Beach isn't like most properties. We are proud to announce that their hotel has earned the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award from Forbes Travel Guide, marking the first time an independent hotel is granted the accolade in its opening year. A huge congratulations to their spectacular team — whose hard work ensures that their guest experience is nothing short of magical. For more information, visit www.Faena.com  

Savvy travelers seeking a stylish and functional hotel in an urban setting, will delight in the new design-led, boutique-style AC Hotel Miami Aventura by Marriott opening in mid-May.  The new 233-room property is located at 20805 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, just minutes from the Aventura Mall and Gulfstream Park. AC Hotels by Marriott embody a cosmopolitan and dynamic style with an intrinsic connection to the community in which it is located.  Each property is built from scratch and designed with the 21st century traveler in mind, defining a new way of traveling.  For more information visit: Marriot.com

COOL CUISINE AND NIGHT LIFE

Estefan Kitchen, a new fine-dining Cuban restaurant by international superstars Emilio & Gloria Estefan, opened on March 4th in the Miami Design District. With Estefan Kitchen, the renowned Miami tastemakers collaborate for the first time with their longtime friend Craig Robins, CEO and President of DACRA, to open in the District. Helmed by Chef Odell Torres, who was recently named one of Miami's Hot New Chefs by Ocean Drive Magazine, the menu offers reimagined versions of traditional Estefan family recipes. Torres is also the executive corporate chef at the Estefans' acclaimed restaurant Larios on the Beach & Bongos Cuban Café, and at Estefan Kitchen, he continues to showcase the cuisine of his native Cuba with bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Located in Palm Court, one of the Miami Design District's central hubs, Estefan Kitchen presents a rotating roster of live music acts and performing servers & bartenders, a nod to the Estefans' storied background and passion for world-class entertainment. The interiors are inspired by the beauty and promise of 1950s Cuba, paying homage to the vibrant design, culture and warmth of the era. For more information, visit www.EstefanKitchen.com

Spanish global superstar Enrique Iglesias and two of the most important athletes in Spain's history, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol, along with partners Abel Matutes Prats and Manuel Campos Guallar of MABEL CAPITAL are pleased to announce the international expansion of TATEL, bringing the iconic Spanish restaurant to the heart of Miami Beach's Art Deco District. Opened in February 2017, TATEL Miami is the second location for the Spanish brand, and is located at 1669 Collins Avenue. TATEL was created with the intent to build global awareness for traditional Spanish cuisine and culture. For more information visit www.TatelRestaurants.com

Following the success of their popular New York City and New Jersey locations, KDC Restaurant Group has now brought their upscale Cuban-Asian style dining to the bustling area of Coral Gables in Miami, with Son Cubano Restaurant & Lounge, located just off Miracle Mile at 2530 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Son Cubano offers an authentic and energetic dining experience with a unique take on Cuban Cuisine prepared with an Asian influence. Guests at Son Cubano will experience the excitement of 1950s Cuba with beautiful and modern decor, bringing a distinctive dining, cocktail and lounge encounter to the neighborhood of Coral Gables. Local celebrated Cuban jazz entertainers will perform on weekends.  For more information, visit www.SonCubanoMiami.com

Plnthouse, at the 1 Hotel South Beach by award winning plant-based chef and wellness entrepreneur Chef Matthew Kenney, offers a casual outlet for Kenney's contemporary plant-based cuisine. Located on the second floor of the 1 Hotel at 2341 Collins Avenue in South Beach, plnthouse will feature a café with table service and a full bar program, as well as a grab-and-go component. The 100-seat restaurant will be evenly distributed between an indoor dining room and an outdoor deck with unobstructed ocean views. Matthew Kenney's plnthouse will be the hotel's first plant-based offering and Kenney's focus on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients is in sync with the hotel's larger dining program, which currently consists of six restaurants. For more information visit MatthewKenneyCuisine.com

Lobster Bar Sea Grille the 13,000-square-foot upscale seafood restaurant, set to open at 404 Washington Avenue in South Beach, will be the second South Florida location from the national award-winning Buckhead Life Restaurant Group of Atlanta, Georgia, and owners of the popular Chops Lobster Bar and City Fish Market in Boca Raton, Florida. Guests can look forward to a restaurant with an upscale, sophisticated atmosphere complete with modern-contemporary nautical touches. The menu will offer several signature categories including the “Whole Fish Experience”, the “Live Lobster Experience” and a full line of USDA Prime signature select cut steaks, to name a few.  The restaurant is slated for a April 2017 opening. For more information visit BuckHeadRestaurants.com

Craft Café offers South Beach goers a dizzying array of organic coffee, fresh-baked pastries and handcrafted specialty drinks, Craft Café will be newest addition to the legendary Art-Deco Avalon Hotel this February. As a chic Ocean Drive locale by night, and imaginative coffee shop by day, this new kid on the block will offer a gorgeous beachfront setting where guests can enjoy both classic and innovative drinks. Open for breakfast and lunch, the café expertly prepares latte masterpieces, like the Craft Signature Smore Latte, with overflowing swiss chocolate, toasted marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers. For more information visit CraftCafeSobe.com

Malibu Farm at the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach is a rapidly expanding farm-to-table movement founded by Swedish native, Chef Helene Henderson. Born from Helene's intimate dinner parties in her expansive garden, Malibu Farm found its first home on the pier in Malibu, California and will now find a new home on the East coast at the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach. Offering a selection of healthy selections and influenced by fresh vegetables and seafood, the iconic Nobu Eden Roc Hotel welcomes this out of the box dining experience with open arms and seeks to bring the farm-to-table concept to Miami locals and health-savvy travelers from all around the world. For more information visit NobuEdenRoc.com

Unique and versatile, sophisticated and chic, 601 opened in January 2017 and is Downtown Miami's premier party destination. Located on the waterfront at AmericanAirlines Arena, the two-level venue features floor-to-ceiling glass windows with a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. The flexible event space can accommodate a variety of private events and group hospitality, and dining is available to all ticket holders on Miami HEAT game and AmericanAirlines Arena event days. Among it's amenities are a sprawling 5,000 square foot private dining space on the lower level with multifunctional capability for corporate day meetings to birthday parties, a Decanter bar on the upper level featuring a self-serve craft beer wall, a Tumbler wall offering a wide range of mixed drinks and an extensive wine selection, phone charging stations at every table, and flexible food offerings including Chef's Table and à la carte tapas style menus. For more information visit 601Miami.com

ATTRACTION ACTION AND SPECIAL EVENTS

The World OutGames Miami 2017 will welcome thousands of athletes, participants, spectators and thought leaders from around the globe as they converge on Miami beginning May 26 through June 4, 2017. Making its U.S. debut, the 10-day event will bring to life 30 sports and 400 events across the areas of Sports, Culture and Human Rights. Every four years, World OutGames brings together LGBTQI athletes, many from countries where homosexuality remains illegal and hidden. In the spirit of true inclusiveness, the World OutGames are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation. World OutGames Miami will also feature the 4th Global LGBTQI Human Rights Conference, a three-day event (May 26-29) held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For more information about World OutGames, visit www.OutGames.org

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Monday, May 8, 2017 at its new home in Downtown Miami's Museum Park. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the 250,000 square foot facility combines a planetarium, aquarium and science museum on one campus, furthering Miami-Dade County's vision of Miami as a major cultural hub with one of the most sophisticated science and technology museums in the nation. Frost Science is a leading science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Admission tickets will be available starting March 6 on the museum website. For more information visit FrostScience.org

Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures, located within Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami (401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132) launched a new tour on February 25, 2017, “Miami's Only Way To See Stiltsville”. Thriller Miami's new 1 hour 15 minute public tour to Stiltsville is only available on Saturdays, departing at 3:00pm. This tour is the true Miami Vice experience as we speed guests through the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne, where you will see “The Lighthouse” (Cape Florida State Park, the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade county) then we will slow down to give you a narration of some of the homes still used today in the World Famous Stiltsville within Biscayne National Park before heading back through the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay along the Miami Skyline to Bayside Marketplace. For more information visit ThrillerMiami.com

Miami Culinary Tours has introduced the first culinary & cultural tour offered in Little Haiti. The proud and patriotic people of the Caribbean islands bring their full flavored cuisine and culture to a revitalizing neighborhood near the MIMO District called Little Haiti. Explore the cuisines of Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas, discover local artwork, learn about their religion and way of life while enjoying the sights and sounds of an area that has the passion of the Caribbean evident at every turn. For additional information, please visit MiamiCulinaryTours.com

Join the Village of Key Biscayne and the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Village Hall (88 W McIntyre St) from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM for Families in Paradise. This inaugural event, designed by Komuns, provides enriching, hands-on activities for families to explore local offerings in a fun and interactive way. This fun-filled event includes a wide variety of activities such as sports clinics, creative culinary sessions, art projects, STEM workshops, theater performances, and DIY activities. Tickets: Early Bird single admission $5 (before May 1st) with promo code, general single admission $10. Children 3 and under free. The event will be followed by a free Brazilian concert at sunset. For more information visit FamiliesInParadise.com

Hialeah rose to prominence during the 1980s as one of the largest and busiest areas of production and manufacturing in Florida. Through modernization and outsourcing, the uses that were once prevalent in the area dissipated and this particular area was all but abandoned. Since that time, a medley of different uses has been incorporated into the area including a heavy presence of some of Miami-Dade County's most prolific thrift stores. These thrift stores have been instrumental in introducing Hialeah to an entire generation of antique lovers and artists. The Leah Arts District enjoys a strategic proximity to the newly proposed Hialeah Market Station development project, Miami's artistic hubs, and other destination areas within Miami-Dade County. Because of its location and highly affordable price per square footage, The Leah Arts District is in a position to play a vital and important role in the artistic and cultural development of not only Hialeah, but the entire South Florida community. For more information visit LeahArtsDistrict.org

MIAMI MEDICINE

On the heels of a recently released BBC report stating that the global demand for telehealth services is anticipated to grow from 11.6 billion in 2011 to 27.3 billion in 2016, Dr. Alejandro Badia, Founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, announced that they are accepting appointments for Telemedicine e-visits via Zoom for Healthcare, a robust HIPAA compliant e-visit platform. The software allows the patient and doctor to communicate in real time using video conferencing where two way conversations take place and the affected area can be viewed. For more information or a telemedicine e-visit appointment visit www.DrBadia.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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