This is the ultimate luxury Miami art scene here
Miami’s story is one of the American Dream: a once rugged wilderness transformed into a gleaming pleasure palace for all to enjoy.
For more than a thousand years, the Miami area was first inhabited by the Tequesta Indians. It was claimed by the Spanish in 1566. The area experienced steady growth, thanks to its sunny, wet climate and easy access by sea and land, and in 1896, the Florida East Coast Railway was expanded to Miami, when the city had a population of just over 300 people.
Miami Beach, where the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is located, was born in 1913 when a wooden bridge joining the beach and the city was completed, allowing wealthy industrialists to build their winter homes there. During the early 1920s, relaxed laws on gambling and prohibition encouraged more migration to Miami from the northern states. This led to a land boom, when many of the city’s high-rise Art Deco buildings were built, followed by hotels and guesthouses in the 1930s. Now protected as an area of historic importance, the cheerful architecture of Collins Avenue is a neon-lit reminder of the city’s sunny disposition, even in hard times.
And located on Collins Avenue is the award winning COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Hotel which overlooks America’s most iconic beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. Views of water continue behind the hotel, with several rooms overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Pancoast. City highlights, such as the Lincoln Road shopping and entertainment districts, are easily accessible, as are the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami City Ballet.
COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Hotel building, sensitively restored to reflect its status as one of Miami’s historic properties, is protected by the city’s Historic Preservation Board. In keeping the period charm in place, Navone strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated modernity and playful nostalgia. COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach has 74 light-filled rooms across 8 floors.
The ‘Traymore Bar’ is where Miami nightlife comes alive at the Metropolitan Miami Beach — all to a perfectly pitched laidback soundtrack, with this bright and contemporary space shot through with classic Miami spirit. The pastel colours of pink and pistachio contrast with the streamlined, geometric silhouettes of the Art Deco building, creating a stylish, convivial venue.
The urban energy encapsulated across the city is countered by the substantial COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at Metropolitan Miami Beach, which provides a highly personalised approach to wellbeing for both guests and Miami residents. The spa’s light and airy interior represents a clean-lined holistic sanctuary for those looking to escape the city’s partying. A full selection of massages, including a traditional Thai massage and the signature COMO Shambhala Massage, are available, as well as a number of purifying body detoxifications in the four treatment rooms.
One thing is certain, visitors to Miami with agendas beyond the perfect poolside mojito have never been disappointed exploring the city’s lively arts scene.
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Most visitors to Miami will focus on the eating, drinking and shopping to be had, which ranges from hole-in-the-wall Cuban neighborhood joints, to some of the country’s most high profile restaurants.
The shopping opportunities are equally varied, from cool vintage stores (ETC and C. Madeleine’s) to major international brands at mega-malls such as Bal Harbour and Aventura Mall. Other key shopping opportunities include Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market and Lincoln Road’s Flea Market.
Miami museums aren’t just repositories of past masterworks; they’re also forward-looking examples of architecture and contemporary art, often with an emphasis on the New World. Art museums, both intimate and impressive, dot the city, as well as smaller private collections open to the public.
ART COLLECTIONS –
One of the most striking venues, the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach, tripled its exhibition space after extensive expansion by world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki. Now, the Museum’s large collection of European painting, sculpture, and textiles from the Renaissance to the present can be properly showcased, while important large-scale outside exhibits can also be mounted.
The Margulies Collection
Located in the Wynwood Arts District which is a thriving art scene involving eclectic artistic mediums as well as the most impressive private collections. A good example is The Margulies Collection. Here you can view seasonal exhibitions which are considered as one of the most important collections of its kind via curators, critics, dealers and collectors.
Craig Robins Collection
Representing a broad range of design, architecture and art, this private contemporary art collection reflects world renowned artists inducing, John Baldessari, Richard Tuttle, Kai Althoff, Marlene Dumas and Nicole Eisenman.
The De La Cruz Collection
See the story of contemporary American art being influenced or influencing comtemporary artists from Central Europe over decades. The collection includes works from the 1980s that engage in dialogue amongst themleves.
Rubell Family Collection
In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the foundation actively acquires, exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.
WHERE TO SHOP –
Miami Design District
Known as a hub for high-end shopping, the Design District is a neighborhood brimming with creativity and impressive architecture. In addition to its high end designer boutiques and top chef restaurants, the Design District also has plenty of unique art galleries, installations, wall murals and more.
Collins Avenue is home to a unique variety of luxury resorts, boutique hotels and some of the best shopping in town. Nestled between big guns such as Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, United Colors of Benetton, Quicksilver, Arden B., Urban Outfitters, MNG by Mango, Zara and Barneys New York Co-Op
100% Picturesque & Bohemian, Espanola Way is a cut of history served with a touch of culture, hot restaurants, bars, and shops.
Miami City Ballet (MCB) is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and is considered a leader in the field – nurturing new choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet.
Sala Dancing @ Salsa Mia
Learn to dance, or up your moves in a Miamian environment with a well-travelled local dance expert.
A contemporary space with 100% Miami spirit! The bar’s dedicated Gin Club, stocked with over 30 artisanal gins, serves Miami’s best premium and super-premium gin drinks. Signature cocktails, Champagne, wine, as well as a selection of spirits and beers, are served by expert bar staff.
Story Night Club
Created by Groot Hospitality, the company behind Miami’s LIV Nightclub, STORY is a unique destination for consumers looking for an unparalleled, high energy nightlife experience. Story’s in-house production & design team transforms the venue on a nightly basis into an extravagant circus-style setting where nothing’s shocking.
Coral Gables has the distinction of having four live theaters, as well as many fine art galleries. Gables Gallery Night takes place the first Friday of each month, when galleries open their doors and ply visitors with wine and cheese while they peruse Latin masters and contemporary icons.