Miami’s Hottest New Restaurants 2015

It wouldn’t really be a vacation to Miami if you didn’t get to rub shoulders with the city’s culinary elite. From weekend brunch to nighttime nosh, here are the hottest new eateries in The Magic City, as of September 2015

Brunch

  1. Bistro Cassis

If you are a traditionalist who believes brunch should be available well before noon, Bistro Cassis might satisfy your appetite. Available Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this brunch features à la carte French fare as well as unlimited sangria, mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis—all for just $19 per person.
Located at: 118 Buena Vista Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137

 

  1. Centro Taco

For those who are interested in brunch with a little more kick to it, Richard Hales’ new Mexican restaurant is bound to deliver. Among the menu’s offerings are chicken and waffles with tequila-infused syrup, chilled lobster tail and vegan pancakes. Don’t forget to keep the margaritas flowing!
Located at: 125 SE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33131

 

  1. Coya

Peruvian restaurant Coya—also found in London and Dubai—offers a rich brunch menu. Available to you are a selection of ceviches, tiraditos, maki rolls, causas and salads, followed by signature anticuchos and desserts for the table to share. You will pay between $75 and $95, depending on your drink of choice, for a brunch that is served Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
Located at: 999 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131

 

Lunch

  1. Alter

New to Wynwood is Brad Kilgore’s restaurant Alter. You can expect relatively inexpensive fare and impressive plating techniques. Consider dining on scallop carpaccio, blue crab shumai, glazed brisket or panna cotta. Too many good choices to decide? A five-course tasting menu is available for $42.
Located at: 223 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127

 

  1. Golden Fig

If you’re interested in satisfying your craving for classic American dishes while simultaneously being kind to your body, Golden Fig has many nutrient-rich offerings. It would be hard to go wrong with their grass-fed burger and hand-cut fries, but their pan-seared chicken breast with collard greens would be sure to satisfy. And don’t forget dessert—peach cobbler as well as key lime and s’mores jars are available for $9 each.
Located at: 1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4, Miami Financial District, FL 33130

 

Dinner

  1. Red Ginger

If Asian cuisine is your food of choice, you won’t want to miss Red Ginger. Located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, this joint is just steps away from the beach. It features izakaya fare, sushi, specialty cocktails and a large selection of Japanese whiskey, among other refreshments.  And don’t worry—if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your Luxury Rentals Miami Beach lodging, Red Ginger also offers delivery.
Located at: 736 1st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

  1. The Continental

A sister restaurant of Stephen Starr’s 20-year-old Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar in Philadelphia, this new eatery features a variety of flavors and refreshments, including tiki-inspired eats. You even have choices when it comes to ambiance: eat inside the mid-century modern dining room or step into paradise on the tropical patios (if you do this, be sure to order a Island Thyme Sangria, to complete the effect). Currently the restaurant is open for brunch (Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), dinner and cocktails, and a lunch menu is on the horizon.
Located at: 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

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8 Reasons to Make Miami Your Fall Destination

Looking for a reason to take a luxurious vacation in Miami this fall? We’ll give you eight!

1. Sketching in the Galleries

Image: Wolfsonian.org

On Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., The Wolfsonian is hosting this free event in which people of all skill levels are invited to spend time sketching in the galleries. Drawing materials and stools will be provided, along with professional instruction, which will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

For more information on this event, visit the Wolfsonian website.

2. Robert Parker’s Matter of Taste

Robert Parker’s Matter of Taste tour will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 6 p.m., in the Moore Building.

Are you a lover of wine? This event will feature 150 fine wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain, all of which have been rated at least 90 points by The Wine Advocate. World-renowned wine expert Luis Gutiérrez handpicked these selections for you to taste at this casual event. Tickets start at $50.

For more information, visit the Matter of Taste website.

3. Debris Free Ocean’s Eco Fashion Show

At this event, held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Freehand Miami, fashionistas and lovers of marine life will collide.

This will be Debris Free Oceans’ first time hosting a fashion show/fundraiser, but they’re guaranteed to make a splash by showcasing designs by some of the most in-demand brands dedicated to marine preservation. Guests will also have the option to bid at a silent auction.

All proceeds from the event will go toward funding education and outreach for Debris Free Oceans. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased on the Debris Free Oceans website.

4. Afternoon of Bridal Luxury: Something Borrowed, Something “Bleau”

Also being held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is Modern Luxury Bride South Florida and The Caribbean’s and Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s nuptial event.

This wedding showcase will feature activities for both brides- and grooms-to-be, including a luxurious luncheon, a private showing by designer Silvia Tcherassi and a special lounge for grooms.

All attendees will receive a swag bag full of wedding paraphernalia from some of the event’s sponsors.

Tickets start at $50 get yours from the eventbrite Afternoon of Bridal Luxury page.

5. 9th Annual Taste of Harbor Beach

On Friday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, attendees will be able to participate in live and silent auctions benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital, and dine on choice dishes and international wines.

Tickets start at $60 and can be reserved by contacting Pam Cook at 954-765-3021 or pam.m.cook@marriott.com.

6. 4th Annual Haute Tea

On Friday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Young Society of Love and Hope will host their 4th Annual Haute Tea at The St. Regis Bal Harbour. In addition to attending a formal tea, guests will be able to have lunch and participate in live and silent auctions—and even receive prizes for wearing the finest hats!

The focus of the event is to bring women together in awareness of diabetes and the work of the Diabetes Research Institute. Love and Hope’s Executive Chairman Sandra Levy will be the guest of honor.

Tickets are $175 and can be purchased on the Diabetes Research website.

7. Suited For Success’ All in for the Men

If you are interested in good food and drink and casino games, this benefit for Suited for Success’s employment skills training program for men may be the event for you.

Held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at Eden Roc Miami Beach, guests will partake in food and drink, dancing, a poker tournament and more.

Tickets will start at $250 and can be purchased on the Suited for Success site.

8. 2015 Diamond Ball: Diamonds are Forever

Image: Miami Childrens Health Foundation

Held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at JW Marriott Marquis Miami, this event marks the beginning of South Florida’s gala season.

This is Miami Children’s Health System’s premier event, which will raise funds to help position Miami Children’s as a world leader in pediatric health.

This black-tie event will feature cocktails, a silent auction and more. It costs $1,000 to reserve your seat—or $10,000 to reserve a private table for 10— reserve a seat or table here.

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Horseback Riding in Miami

Smiling Riding GirlWhen you imagine a vacation in Miami, Florida, probably the last thing you would think of is horseback riding. An agricultural area known as “Horse Country” is a popular destination for people who love horses and want to see some lush country scenery. Horse ranches are well-maintained and are dedicated to helping equestrians to experience Miami in a different light. Most of the places in the area are designed for giving lessons and experiencing the horse trails this way. A few are open to visitors to go for it on their own.

Why go horseback riding?

  1. Horses are majestic creatures. To interact with one and to connect with one can be a truly amazing experience.
  2. Horseback riding provides great exercise. As you find your balance, you are also getting a great core workout. Inner thighs and pelvic muscles also get toned. You will probably feel it the next day, but it is a great feeling!
  3. Riding is very calming and provides a mental vacation. You find peace as you engage with the animal and observe nature. The clip-clopping rhythm soothes your mind.
  4. See the world from a different point-of-view. You are up higher on a horse and will see things you would normally miss when walking or riding in a vehicle.
  5. Make your vacation unique by doing something nontraditional! How many other people do you know go horseback riding when they visit Florida?

Bar-B-Ranch

The Bar-B-Ranch, just a short drive from Miami in Davie, is the largest and most experienced stable in the area. They can accommodate riders of all experience levels and have enough horses available that reservations are not necessary. Ride on the trails in the nearby public parks to catch a glimpse of what Florida used to look like before populations took over.

Lady Palm Ranch

The Lady Palm Ranch in Miami allows you to take a trail ride along the Everglades Canal Waterway. The rides only accommodate four riders at once, but children are welcome to double up with parents. Reservations are required and can be made and paid for online.

American Horse Trails

Choose from three different packages at this popular location in Southwest Ranches. Those who want an easier terrain with just walking can choose the Sugar Mill Trail. If you’re more comfortable on a horse and want a longer ride, walk and trot along the Harvest Moon Trail on their two-hour ride. Experienced riders will enjoy the three-hour tour on the Wind Cove Trail that allows walking, trotting, and cantering. Not sure which one is the best option? Contact them for a personalized custom package. Reservations are required. They do have a cancellation fee if you cancel three days or more prior to your scheduled ride. Cancellations made within three days are only given a make-up date.

Where do you like to go horseback riding in the greater Miami area? Share your tips with us in the comments!

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Explore Miami’s Waterways

Miami WaterwaysWhen you come to Miami, of course you are going to want to spend time at the beach. It is a time-honored tradition that requires at least one dedicated day on your vacation. Local waterways offer other ways to get wet while engaging with the beautiful flora and fauna that the area has to offer. Take one of the guided tours, or create your own paddling experience.

Why Kayak?

1.Whether exploring on your own or following a guided tour, kayaking is a very relaxing activity.

2.It is exercise, and a pleasant form of it that isn’t going to overtax your body.

3.Natural areas are not always visible from hiking trails or cars. To truly see the beauty as it once was, you have to be on the water.

4.You’re more engaged with nature as you are sitting on the water. Get up close and personal to the local flora and fauna.

5.It can be hot in Florida, especially in the summer! Kayaking is a great way to stay cool during your adventures.

So, where are some of the best places to go kayaking?

Miami Eco Adventures

Miami Eco Adventures is designed for a true water experience in the Miami area. They currently feature three specific tours to get you out on the water.

The Key Biscayne Kayak Adventure takes you along the natural shorelines of Key Biscayne. View coastal birds and marine life in their natural habitat. Touch base with history as you see the summer fishing villages of the Tequesta. Indulge in childhood fantasies as you discover pirate shipwrecks off the shore.

The Fossil Reef Snorkel Adventure allows you to also traverse sea-grass beds and sand flats as you pass an ancient fossilized reef to get to the mangrove forests.

Snorkel along the reef to see the tropical fish up close and explore the Bear Cut Preserve on the Sea Kayak & Snorkel Adventure.

Or, you can contact them to create your own personalized adventure for your group.

Matheson Hammock Park

Adventure Sports Miami provides kayak and standup paddleboard rentals for exploring Matheson Hammock Park. Some people even like to go kiteboarding here. You can check out a manmade atoll that is naturally flushed by the tide. Enjoy your ride along the Gables waterways as you look upon the Biscayne Bay and skyline of Miami.

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Miami. This preserved land is best viewed from a kayak and gives you an historic glimpse into what the area was like before civilization took over. Weave through the mangrove estuaries and check out the hardwood hammocks either on your own or through a guided tour by Blue Moon Outdoor Center.

Other Small Trips

People also love to go paddling near Chicken Key, which is a small island near the Deering Estate. The Coral Gables Waterway is several miles long, taking you through a beautiful neighborhood.

Where are your favorite paddling destinations? Let us know in the comments section!

Summer Fun in Miami, Florida

Miami Summer FunWhen you imagine vacationing in Miami, you picture those white, sandy beaches with tons of palm trees. Perhaps you see yourself hitting up some nightclubs. Summertime in this area brings about more seasonal events than this standard fare, guaranteed to give you a unique experience to remember.

Miami Spa Month

When you’re on vacation, the goal is relaxation. Pamper yourself during Miami Spa Month, which actually runs from July 1st-August 31st. The greater Miami area is home to some of the top spas in the nation. Whether you are craving yoga, a hot stone treatment, or a massage, you can easily find a location that will indulge your senses and help you find ultimate relaxation. Some may even be available at your hotel. Then, keep your eyes open for fresh local foods and natural beauty products at local farmers’ markets, to help you continue to feel your best.

Miami Spice

Now that you have pampered your body, indulge your tastebuds by experiencing some of Miami’s unique, authentic cuisine. Miami Spice runs from August 1st through September 30th. World-renowned chefs at Miami’s most famous restaurants are showcasing their talents and signature dishes through three-course meals.

Get a preview on July 23rd at the Miami Spice Mash-Up at Dolce Italian. The three-course meal features dishes from Chef Paolo Dorigato and Cesar Zapata, representing Dolce Italian and The Federal, who battled it out on the premiere season of ‘Best New Restaurant’ on Bravo.

July 30th is the Miami New Times Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff event where you can preview the upcoming offerings from participating restaurants. Watch two local chefs face off in the Iron Fork competition in a big cook-off.

Dance the Night Away

Music is the spice of life, and salsa is usually the spiciest. Get up close to salsa superstars at the International Salsa Festival, July 23-26 at Tamiami Park. This is the largest international salsa event of its kind. Live concerts with special performers and Djs surround you in the music. A gala night brings together fans and performers. Get a three-day pass free if you purchase a ticket to the Gala Night, which is available via Ticketmaster.

The Overotwn Music and Arts Festival takes place on July 25th on NW Third Avenue between NW Eighth and 11th Streets.

The Miami Salsa Congress meets in various locations through Miami Beach from July 29-August 2. Observe dancers in action and even get some lessons! Over 500 performers, including local and international artists, dancers, instructors, and Djs, help you to party to the sound of the Caribbean all night long. You can even hit up some pool parties, pre-parties, and go out for the evening galas. This is considered to be the largest festival of its kind on the eastern coast and one of the Top 5 of its kind in the world. Get event passes or individual event tickets through the Miami Salsa Congress website.

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Things to Do in Key West, Florida

 

Key West Beach Florida

If you’re planning a trip to the infamous Key West, it pays to plan ahead. You will want to know what you’re doing, or at least a general idea of it, in advance. Key West isn’t the same as it was even just a few years ago but there is still as much beauty to see and fun to be had as ever.

The 2-by-4 mile island is all about kicking off your shoes and having some fun in the sun and sand but if you’re visiting, you might not be sure of where to go to find what you need for the full, Key West experience. If you want to see the Key West that inspired Hemingway you might want to do a little more digging for that laid-back atmosphere. Tourism has made this a popular beach destination but it’s still a true Florida gem.

Here are some tips on things to do in Key West, Florida to help you make the most of your visit.

  • Watch the Turtle Race: Seriously, what better place to chill out and relax than at Key West? The Friday night turtle race at Turtle Kraals is one opportunity to unwind and experience a piece of Key West culture. It’s fun, a bit silly and a great source for laughs.
  • Bahama Village: Another great traditional part of Ky West is Bahama Village. You can stroll down Petronia Street or other areas of this historic part of the island and find old and new world charms, shops and even some great places to enjoy a bite to eat. There is also the iconic Blue Heaven restaurant found down this way.
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park: This is a beautiful beach with wide stretches of sand, tranquil water, excellent opportunity for water sports and much more. You can rent kayaks or go snorkeling or just enjoy some time on the beach.
  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory: You will love the quiet side of Key West and there are tons of beautiful butterflies and other natural foliage and more. Great photo ops, nice quiet piece of Key West and well worth taking the time to stop in while you’re there.
  • Boat Tours: There are many different types of boat tours for you to choose from and so many different options for enjoying all that this great island has to offer. There are sightseeing tours, water sport day tours, parasailing, dolphin watching, scuba diving and so much more. You might even decide to take in more than one boat tour while you’re visiting to get more of the experience.
  • Enjoy the Nightlife: People in Key West are not drunk all the time (contrary to what you may have heard) but if you do want to party it up with some nightlife, you’ll find plenty of exciting places to do exactly that.

Whatever you decide to do in Key West, getting in some of the charm and history of this little island makes it a greater experience all around. You’ll have fun and leave with some wonderful stories to pass on to friends and family.

Do you have any ideas of things to see or do in Key West? We want to hear about it in the comments.

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National ParkMiami, Florida is filled with natural beauty that you won’t find anywhere else. Many tourists flock to the area to enjoy nature at its finest and one of its main attractions is the Biscayne National Park. It’s the largest marine park in the nation covering 172,000 acres and over 90 percent of that is underwater. You can enter the park at Dante Fascell Visitor Center, which is located in Homestead, Miami. You’ll find a museum, the Jetty Trail and boat concessioners at the entrance of the park.

Four incredible and very different ecosystems come together to create the park. You have the Biscayne Bay, the mangroves, the coral reef and the Florida Keys. The mangroves are the longest found on the east coast of Florida and it makes a great habitat and breeding ground for a variety of fish and birds.

The Biscayne Bay is made up of both salt and fresh water. You’ll find all types of creatures such as the stone crab, tulip snail and spiny lobster in the seagrass along the bay. Soft coral and sponges make up the bottom and that is just the beginning. There are so many things to do at this National Park that you’ll need to make several trips to see and do it all but here are a few of the main attractions.

Take the Ferry to Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park

Elliott Key is the largest island in the park and visiting it is an adventure all its own. The only way to reach the island is by boat so make plans to take the Ferry, unless you bring your own watercraft. While on the island, you can enjoy picnicking, camping and swimming in the crystal clear water.

You can also walk the Spite Highway Trail that is seven miles long. Restrooms and showers are available along with fresh drinking water. However, it’s still a good idea to bring your own supply of water just in case something happened with the generator on the island.

Canoe or Kayak through the Mangroves

The best way to explore the mangroves is by taking a canoe ride or kayaking. This will give you a close up view of all the wildlife in the area. You can bring your own transportation or take advantage of the guided tours offered during the months of January through April. Just be sure to make reservations because they usually stay booked up.

While traveling through the mangroves, you’ll see dolphins, stingrays, nurse sharks, manatees and even jellyfish. There’s also a wide variety of tropical birds scattered throughout the area.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

Snorkeling and scuba diving is fun and exciting anywhere but the living coral reef located in the park is simply amazing. Snorkeling is a great option for most visitors and trips are scheduled to go out twice a day. Experienced divers can take a private charter to explore the amazing world beneath the waters.

In addition to the reef and wide variety of marine life, there are several shipwrecks to explore. Of course, not everyone wants to go into the water so if you prefer to stay dry, you can always take a tour on the glass bottom boat.

The only thing that can make visiting this national park better is booking your stay at one of the luxury hotels, condos or mansions located near the park and we can help. We specialize in the hospitality industry here at Luxury Rentals Miami Beach and we manage some of the most exclusive privately owned properties in the world.

If you love nature, you’re sure to enjoy spending a day or two at Biscayne National Park. It truly is as amazing as it sounds so start planning your trip today!

Hotel Mobile Check-In: The Easy Way to Check into Your Hotel

mobile check inWhen you travel for pleasure or business, do you dread having to check in when you get to the hotel? If you’re like many travelers, all you want to do is go straight to your room and settle in. Traveling can be very exhausting. Packing, making sure everything is in order before you leave and then dealing with the hassles associated with flying or making your way through traffic takes a lot out of you. After all that, you don’t want to stand in line to check into your hotel, too!

Many hotels understand that having to spend time at the front desk after traveling to your destination is a burden for many people, which is why they began offering mobile check-in services. Anyone can use this service whether you’re traveling for business or taking a luxury vacation, provided you’re using a hotel that offers it.

How Hotel Mobile Check-In Works

The purpose of mobile check-in is to enhance the overall experience of staying in a hotel by offering a simple and fast way to check into your room. Simply book your room with a hotel that offers this service. Then use your mobile device to access the app and check-in prior to your arrival. You’ll receive a notification telling you when your room is ready.

When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll pick up your key card at the designated location and then you can go straight to your room without having to go by the front desk. It really is that easy! However, keep in mind that the actual process will vary depending on which hotel you use. Therefore, you’ll need to go over the details with the hotel representative when you make your reservation.

The whole point of using this service is to make checking into your hotel easy. If you have any questions about how to use the app, be sure to ask when reserving your room.

The Benefits Associated with Mobile Check-In

If you’ve ever had to wait in line to check into your hotel after a long drive or flight to your destination, you can understand why this service is quickly gaining in popularity. One of the main benefits you’ll get with this service is convenience. You won’t ever have to stand in line and wait to check into your room again. This means that you can be relaxing in your room while other guests are still waiting to get into theirs.

Once you experience the benefits of using hotel mobile check-in for yourself, you may never want to use the front desk again. Luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton in Miami thrive to make your stay a pleasant one. Offering mobile app services as part of their rewards program is just another way to make your stay more relaxing and enjoyable. You can even use the app to request special services the hotel offers.

Being able to bypass the front desk when checking in or out of your room is convenient but not all hotels offer this service. Here at Luxury Rentals Miami Beach, we can help you find hotels in your desired location that offer mobile check-in along with all of the amenities you want and expect from a luxury hotel.

With mobile check-in, you can begin enjoying your trip right away. You never have to wait in line or stand around a crowded lobby waiting to be checked in. It certainly makes staying in a hotel more convenient. How do you feel about this type of service? Have you used it before? If not, is it something that you would be interested in trying out?

Bal Harbour: A Great Place to Spend Your Miami Vacation

One Bal Harbor CondoMiami is a beautiful city with so many fun and interesting things to see. When planning your vacation, you have to decide which part of Miami to visit and Bal Harbour is an excellent choice. It has a little something for everyone, regardless of age. One thing that makes this area stand out is the beautiful, sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy your vacation. You’ll have access to the private beaches when you stay in one of the luxury rentals located in the area.

The beaches are beautiful but that’s just the beginning. Bal Harbour has so much more to offer visitors of all ages so it’s perfect for families, couples and even singles looking for a friendly and fun place to visit. Below are a few more things that make this part of Miami a great place to spend your vacation.

Bal Harbour Shops are Some of the Finest In the World

If you love to shop, you’ll be very impressed with the options you have here. The shops are incredible but don’t get so caught up in your shopping that you’re not aware of who’s around you. It’s not unusual to see a celebrity or two walking around some of the more glamorous shops such as Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Choo and you don’t want to miss your chance to say hello. There are many different shops in the area so be sure to allow plenty of time for shopping. This way, you can walk through all of them at least once to see what they have to offer.

In addition to having some of the finest shops in the world, you’ll also have an amazing view to enjoy as you go from one shop to the next. The harbor is basically a narrow strip of land that sits between Haulover and Surfside beach, so you have a great view of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The lush courtyard and amazing foliage also helps to enhance the shopping experience.

The Luxury Hotels are Exceptional

Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world are located in Bal Harbour. You can expect to be treated like royalty when you stay at hotels like The Ritz-Carlton and The Bal Harbour House Resort. If having access to excellent customer service, lovely décor and a variety of amenities designed to help you have a relaxing and soothing vacation is important to you, this is where you want to be.

Here at Luxury Rentals Miami Beach, we can help you find and reserve one of these luxury hotels or locate the perfect condo, villa or mansion to make your vacation one you’ll always remember. Just tell us what you’re looking for in a luxury rental and we’ll find the best match at the lowest price possible.

You’ll Dine In Style

If you’re looking forward to dining in some of the finest restaurants in Miami, then you’ll love Bal Harbour. From Japanese to Italian, you have a wide variety of options to suit anyone’s taste. Be prepared to relax and dine in style as you partake of some of the most delicious foods you’ve ever tasted.

Bal Harbour seems to have it all. Gorgeous beaches, exotic shops, great restaurants and some of the best luxury hotels in the world are found here. They even have something to offer those who enjoy staying out late and having a few drinks while listening to live music. If you’ve never spent any time in this part of Miami, it’s certainly worth checking out. You’re sure to have a great time, so start planning your vacation today!

How Do You Feel about Hotels with Micro-Rooms?

miami hotelYou’ve most likely heard about the tiny house movement but in case you haven’t, it’s where homeowners are trading in their big luxurious homes for tiny ones. The average tiny home is 400 square feet or less, which is smaller than the master bedroom in some luxury homes.

For some, it may be difficult to understand why someone would make this kind of change in lifestyle but there are many reasons for people to take part in the micro-living trend. For example, it’s better for the environment and it’s more affordable. Considering the benefits, you can understand why many homeowners would be interested in living in a small home but how do you feel about vacationing in a hotel with micro-rooms?

This trend is beginning to catch on, too so you’ll probably be hearing a lot about them soon. In fact, these small micro-rooms may make a big impact on the hotel industry in the future, especially since they can be just as luxurious as large, spacious hotel rooms.

Hotels with Micro-Rooms Can Be Luxurious, Too

When you think about having a small hotel room, normally you automatically think of being cramped, crowded and uncomfortable. You may even be used to choosing your luxury room based on how much square footage it has. This is because people are so used to thinking that a room has to be big to be luxurious but that is not always the case.

There is a hotel chain proving that tiny rooms can be luxurious, too. According to DNAinfo, the Yotel Hotel Chain, which is known for its luxury micro-rooms, is in the process of building a 14-story micro-room hotel in Williamsburg. You can read more about it here but you can see how you could add more luxury items to the rooms when they are smaller.

Since there is less space to cover, you can invest in fewer, more interesting pieces for each room to set them apart from the average hotel room. Hotels can also opt for the more expensive materials for the interior design and invest in the finest bedding for each room.

It definitely takes an experienced designer to create a room that is smaller in size while still providing a comfortable and relaxing environment. It requires a bit of creativity to include all of the necessary items in these rooms that guests need to be comfortable but it is possible.

Who Benefits the Most from Micro-Rooms?

Micro-rooms are not for everyone. For example, if you’re traveling with your family, these rooms are not practical because they would be too crowded. They’re also not a good fit for anyone that enjoys staying in traditional luxury hotels or condos with large spacious rooms that include big screen TVs, sofas, chairs and similar luxuries.

However, if you’re traveling alone or with just your partner, then it could be a great experience. You may even find the rooms to be cozy and more comfortable than the larger ones.

These rooms are also an excellent choice for those who plan to take part in activities and who want to visit the attractions in and around the area instead of spending most of their time in their hotel room. If all you plan to do is sleep a few hours, get up and head out, then you don’t need much space.

While micro-rooms can be a great fit for many travelers, it also benefits the hotels. Smaller rooms mean that you can fit more guests in your hotel, which ultimately means more profit for the establishment.

Today’s travelers seem to be more interested in the overall experience of visiting new places and seeing the sights instead of what’s in their hotel rooms. Therefore, having a huge room with excessive furnishings is not as appealing as it once was. How do you feel about micro-rooms? Would you stay in one on your next vacation?