By Paige Mastrandrea By Paige Mastrandrea | February 17, 2022 | Lifestyle Feature
AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE TO MIAMI’S MOST OVER-THE-TOP EXPERIENCES.
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STAY: Faena Miami Beach
If you’re seeking opulence, look no further than Miami Beach’s Argentinian-born Faena Hotel. Dripping in rich red hues, ornate gold finishes and animal print accent touches, this hotel is the go-to destination for those looking for an over-the-top Miami experience. With endless cultural and entertainment opportunities, including weekend shows at the Faena Theater; live music at the downstairs bar, The Living Room; an indulgent Tierra Santa Healing House spa; shopping excursions at Curio at Faena Bazaar; and decadent dining experiences at its restaurants, Los Fuegos and Pao, the hotel serves as an exotic haven for all things luxury. With five-star service, lush accommodations and a blissful oceanfront respite, Faena allows its guests to slip into a vacation state of mind, where no want or need is too grand. To immerse yourself in a true high-rolling experience, opt to stay in its jaw-dropping penthouse suite, which runs on average at $50,000 per night—spanning 14,507 square feet and featuring five bedrooms with individual and wraparound furnished balconies. Spanning two levels, guests will enjoy nine bathrooms, giant soak-in bathtubs and waterfall showers, grand living spaces, views of sunrise and sunset and so much more. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, @faena
Faena’s penthouse suite is the ultimate luxury palace, boasting a jaw-dropping interior design and sweeping panoramic views of Miami Beach. PHOTO COURTESY OF FAENA MIAMI BEACH
PHOTO COURTESY OF FAENA MIAMI BEACH
RIDE: Concours Club
For those who seek adventure and speed, Miami’s new Concours Club is the ultimate member-only destination for car lovers and connoisseurs. Located within the grounds of the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport, it lies at the most convenient location, ready for drivers to hop out of the jet and into their supercars or for a quick break in between the work day. The club’s focal amenity is of course, the Circuit, which features over 2 miles of driving range with varying configurations and elevations—serving as the most technologically advanced driving circuit in the world, and ideal for drivers of any skill level. True speed junkies can also take advantage of technologically advanced exercises through the club’s professional instructors. After, members and their guests can enjoy resort-like amenities, from exquisite food and drink offerings curated by award-winning Chef Brad Kilgore to multiple indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Or, hop back in and test out one of the club’s fleet vehicles for a further spin around the circuit, including the factory-built racecar, BMW CS Racing. One Concours Way, Opa Locka, @theconcoursclub
Delicate dessert offerings inside The Concours Club. BY RUBEN CABRERA
CRUISE: Sunreef Yachts
One of the greatest elements of Miami is enjoying life at sea. And what better way to do so than sunbathing on an ultraluxe yacht along the deep blue waters of Biscayne? Sunreef Yachts (@sunreefyachts_usa), the world’s leading manufacturer of custom-made luxury catamarans, offers just that, complete with attentive service and luxe accommodations. Landing in Miami for the annual Miami International Boat Show, its latest beauty, Double Happiness, offers 80 feet of luxury and fun. Take advantage of its karaoke bar on its flybridge, or soak up the rays on its plush sundeck.
Sunreef 80 Double Happiness yacht COURTESY OF SUNREEF YACHTS
PLAY: E11EVEN Miami
Miami nightlife has become synonymous with late-night partying, bottle service and live performances. While there are a plethora of options, there is truly no better place to indulge in this than the 24/7 megaclub E11EVEN. Remaining on the cusp of technology and innovation, E11EVEN was the first nightclub in the country to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. Over the years, it has played host to A-list performers ranging from Drake to Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, G-Eazy, Cardi B, Migos, 50 Cent, Marshmello, Lil Wayne, Nas and Diplo, among many others. Artists will continue to tell you time and again that there are few more iconic stages to grace than E11EVEN’s center stage. In addition to the live musical acts, the club also features theatrical performances that captivate the audience—from go-go dancers to aerialists, contortionists and the destination’s version of Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment does not stop. All combined with the nightclub’s bottle service, food and beverage offerings and incredible hospitality, a night at E11EVEN provides a party-seekers’ paradise for nightlife—so much so that you may end up there until sunrise without realizing it. 29 NE 11th St., Miami, @11miami
Inside Miami’s E11EVEN megaclub BY ADINAYEV
WINE & DINE: Papi Steak
South of Fifth’s Papi Steak excels in over-the-top experiences. Maintaining a “more is more” attitude, the eatery recently launched The Beefcase, which not only brings the wow factor to the dinner table along with a picture-perfect moment but also delivers the finest wagyu beef on the menu. Inspired by Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, those who order the prized menu item will be presented tableside with a temperature-controlled briefcase holding a $1,000 tomahawk wagyu steak complete with a laser light show and booming music, a la nightclub bottle service. To complete the moment, the steak is branded tableside before it’s taken back to the kitchen to complete the seasoning and grilling. 736 First St., Miami Beach, @papisteak
Papi Steak’s The Beefcase
A close-up of the premium cut of wagyu beef featured in The Beefcase.
INDULGE: Marky’s Caviar at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
At Marky’s Caviar, extravagance is the name of the game. Appealing to those who seek no moderation in terms of indulgence—located just steps away from the nightlife and casinos of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino playground— Marky’s Caviar presents an undeniable selection of caviar, of course, as well as other ultraluxury ingredients that make it one of the most decadent dining experiences possible. From fancified bar bites including the HUSO Dog—a luxe twist on a ballpark frank, complete with a brioche roll, caviar, king crab, avocado and pickled mustard seeds—or caviar fries loaded with caviar, Kewpie mayo and smoked trout roe, guests dine like royalty without compromising on their favorite craveable treats. For the full experience, opt for the Beluga Caviar Flight, which is the creme de la creme of caviar, serving as the first-ever legal harvest of purebred Beluga caviar in the U.S. Enjoy it for a sticker price of $831 per ounce and toast with a glass of bubbly. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, @markyscaviarlounge
Marky’s Caviar. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARKY’S CAVIAR
Beluga caviar and blinis with all the fixings from Marky’s Caviar.
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