Last month, Brett and I took a celebratory trip to Miami’s Surfside neighborhood. From the white sand beaches, ridiculous-amazing shopping, and yummy restaurant offerings, the city left quite an impression on us. I wanted to share about our trip and pass along a colorful mood board of Surfside, Miami-inspired buys. First up: where we stayed!
Where We Stayed in Surfside, Miami
Surfside is an oceanfront neighborhood in Miami that is home to a number of luxury hotels, storefronts, and restaurants. We opted to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, a new luxury hotel with a legendary past. Although The Surf Club initially opened in the 1930’s. Since then, the property has been revamped into a glamorous, photogenic beach hotel.
The property common areas are expansive- think tall ceilings, wide hallways, and numerous arched doorways- and the decor leaves me looking for Ernest Hemingway around every corner. Inside the lobby, palm trees and clay tile flooring juxtapose with vibrant velvet upholstery and mirrored tabletops. The greenery continues through the lobby bar and restaurant where planters overflow with fronds and moss. Outside, the hotel offers two pools, both of which serve as a quiet respite from the usual party noise of Miami’s beaches.
While the main areas of The Surf Club reflect its storied past, the rooms are definitively modern with minimalist luxury touches throughout. I loved the plush white bedding, sleek marble bathrooms, and floor to ceiling windows that offer a glimpse of ocean waves. At the spa, patterned tile and shuttered windows offered cozier beach vibes, which I absolutely loved during my services. All in all, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club was divine, and I’d revisit in a heartbeat.
Where We Ate
Narrowing down our restaurant choices in a city brimming with options was tough, but we ended up enjoying a number of fabulous meals. A collective favorite was our dinner at Bar Harbour’s Makoto. We enjoyed a number of small-plated Japanese dishes, and their cocktail menu was fabulous too! On the evening of Brett’s birthday, we popped over to Thomas Keller’s Michelin star restaurant, The Surf Club Restaurant, and enjoyed classic American dishes like beef Wellington and chocolate soufflé. Everything we ate was fabulous, and I’ll share a restaurant list below.
Makoto Coloful, spunky, and full of sass, Makoto is the coolest Japanese restaurant in the city.
The Surf Club Restaurant Tremendous service and classic American dishes is just the beginning of what to expect at this Michelin-starred restaurant.
Lido Restaurant and Terrace Perfect cocktails and small plates come with a lively Art Deco atmosphere.
Atlantikos A serene white and blue dining room sets the scene for a contemporary Greek meal.
Aba Mediterranean cuisine in a modern atmosphere.
Doma Come for the Italian food and stay for the cocktails!
A Taste of Surfside, Miami
One of my favorite parts about Miami? THE SHOPPING. There was no shortage of boutiques, niche stores, or high-end shopping, and I loved every minute of it. Surfside drips with luxury beach feels, and I found myself flipping over glasses and salt shakers in restaurants trying to find out who made all the beauty I was seeing. As a result, I landed with this happy little guide that reflects the vintage prints, citrus colors, and clean lines I saw all over the city. Give a peek below and pass along any favorites! Happy Shopping!
1. Assouline Miami Beach Guide 2. Rattan Cane Tray 3. Stemless Glassware 4. Beaded Citrus Coasters 5. Acrylic Shadowbox Frame 6. Montce Sarong 7. Tory Burch Raffia Slides 8. Georg Jensen Salt and Pepper Shakers 9. Turkish Towel Robe 10. Retrospec Bike 11. Lorna Murray Pleated Hat 12. Larkspur Lamp 13. Woven Tote