Sun and beach: check. Nightlife: triple check. Art, music and design? Something to do all year round. Miami shines, whether you come here for a relaxing stay or to wander around Florida, from the Everglades to the fabulous Keys Islands. Nothing less surprising than to find a rich and diversified hotel scene – you will be a little more surprised, the first time, by the delirious pool parties that are organized there. Lovers of art, opera, design and culinary explorations will find their happiness in the downtown atmosphere that pleasantly complements the seaside, at the foot of the city’s most audacious museums and a few minutes in Uber from the street art temple of Wynwood. This is where ME Miami by Melia, one of the best 5-star hotels in the city, is located.
A top-of-the-range pied-à-terre to explore the city.
Arriving at night and in a flash (barely 30 minutes from Miami Airport), the first thing I did when I entered my suite, a large design space open to Biscayne Bay and extended by my private terrace, was to launch Will Smith on my Spotify account. “Welcome to Miami, bienvenido à Miami…” The ME Miami emanates this vibration from Florida’s most fashionable city. It is particularly aimed at those who know that staying in Miami Beach itself is not necessarily the right option: restaurants and sharp shops, up-and-coming neighbourhoods, breathtaking views of the bay: all this is happening on the downtown side of the city! Do you miss the beach? A few minutes in Lyft or Uber and here you are in South Beach.
Welcome to Miami, with spectacular views and immediate surroundings of the Perez Art Museum, the American Airlines Arena, the Frost Museum of Science and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s largest cultural center. The Wynwood Walls and the Miami Design District are accessible in minutes… even if with its two pools, one of which has an overflow, its over-equipped gym and cozy XXL beds that are difficult to leave, ME Miami is already a destination in itself.
Michelin-starred Argentine chef Sebastian La Rocca brings his know-how to ME Miami for the opening of his first eatery in the United States, CVLTVRA, “Cocina de Mercado”, with about thirty dishes designed to be shared. He has worked with Jamie Oliver in London, Four Seasons Papagayo in Costa Rica and Argentina, among others. Executive chef Fabian Di Paolo, who has worked with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the W Hotel Washington, is in charge of the kitchens, so you can enjoy a sharp and friendly dinner after a cocktail on the hotel’s rooftop bar! An ideal address during the next Art Basel…
Oh, and don’t miss joining the MéliaRewards loyalty program at the same time: there are plenty of offers and points and benefits are accumulating very, very quickly.