Worth getting out of bed for
Eager to keep its members happy, the hotel organises a variety of events and activities, including wine tastings and film screenings in the snug. Take part in beach yoga sessions or water sports, or learn to sail with Florida Yacht (www.floridayacht.com). Go scuba diving with Tarpoon Dive Center (www.tarpoondivecenter.com) and angle for bait in deep seas with Blue Waters (+1 305 373 5016, www.fishingmiami.net) at Bayside Marketplace. Alligator-spot at Everglades Safari Park (+1 305 226 6923; www.evergladessafaripark.com) at 24200 SW 160th St.
Scarpetta (+1 877 326 7412; www.fontainebleau.com) is attached to the Fontainebleau hotel at 4441 Collins Avenue, and serves some of Miami’s finest Italian fare. The creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms and duck foie gras ravioli are worth putting on pounds for, and sweet treats are equally delicious (try the home-made chocolate doughnuts and coconut pannacotta). Be transported to a Greek island with a meal at Mandolin Aegean Bistro (+1 305 576 6066) at 4312 NE 2nd Ave. The authentic Turkish and Greek dishes include marinated octopus, calamari with almond dip, fish with lemon and oregano, and seafood stew. The restaurant’s building dates back to the Forties, and has an intimate backyard with a cluster of candlelit wooden tables.
Drink at the Smith-approved Shore Club (+1 305 695 3100) at 1901 Collins Avenue. The hotel’s Skybar has bordello-stye interiors and tropical outdoors areas; the Garden Red Room, an alfresco living room with hurricane lamps and floor cushions, is our current favourite.
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We got a triple upgrade (thank you Mr & Mrs Smith!), so had the whole of the tenth floor; with a huge bedroom, dressing room, dining room, bathroom and a minibar – inside...more