Plan a Miami Staycation That Feels Like the South of France

August 07, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Pursuits

If you can't squeeze in a last-minute trip to Saint-Tropez or the like, soak up the end of summer with a French-inspired Miami staycation.

Casa Tua

French-inspired relaxation awaits at Casa Tua. 

STAY: Tucked away in South Beach, Casa Tua feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle on Collins Avenue. Settle into the Mediterranean-style villa containing just five suites—all stocked with furniture and amenities from all over the world, including Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, near Monaco. 1700 James Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1010

RELAX: Book a spa day at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach with a La Maison de Beauté Carita treatment like the Carita Le Renovateur Body Polish, which is part of Miami Spa Month. Using sunflower seeds from France in an exfoliating serum, you'll receive a massage that smooths your skin's imperfections. One Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 786-276-4000

Outdoor dining at Villa Azur.

Outdoor dining at Villa Azur 

EAT: At Villa Azur, diners can indulge in a French Mediterranean Miami Spice menu crafted by Chef Erwin Mallet and pastry chef Sébastien Feneyrol. Dinner is a choice of roasted red snapper with tapenade and basil, or lamb chop with garlic confit and thyme juice, ending on a citrusy sweet note with a lime and raspberry éclair. 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688

Originally from the South of France, Executive Chef Mathias Gervais at The Restaurant at The Setai is also whipping up a Miami Spice menu inspired by Europe's Sun Coast. Though the menu changes every two weeks, we hope you'll get a taste of the lamb tajine entrée with slow-braised lamb shoulder, zaalouk eggplant, and Moroccan harissa, or the chocolate chaud-froid with crispy pralines and salted caramel ice cream. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6000

Nikki Beach

The champagne is flowing at Nikki Beach. 

DO: Cozy up in a cabana at the South of France-inspired Nikki Beach Miami. On Sundays, soak up the sun while enjoying brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. One Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-538-1111

Or, head to the National Hotel Miami Beach, whose sister hotel is the luxe Hotel de Paris in St. Tropez, for a beach bar that transports you to Southern France. 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-2311

PARTY: Inspired by its sister club in Cannes, Bâoli Miami offers a taste of the Riviera in South Beach. If your staycation is a girls' getaway, swing by the weekly dinner party dubbed My Boyfriend is Out of Town, with DJ SUB Z3RO spinning on select dates. 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-8822


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