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South Beach, a world apart

Moët & Chandon Champagne

South Beach feels like nowhere else in Florida, or even Miami. Welcome to a world that seems fixed in time.

South Beach is an art deco fountain of youth that attracts celebrities of all kinds: Hollywood actors, designers who wish to plan restaurants for some of the world’s most respected chefs, models, jet set globetrotters, and local residents, who, although more discreet, don’t shy from showcasing beautiful cars, couturiers dress, and other signs of success that let them skip the line at the latest trendy restaurant.

One of these establishments, Nobu, ranks among the best Japanese restaurants in Miami, with its unique Peruvian touch, amazing atmosphere, and attention to detail. We crossed paths here with Donald Sutherland who was friendly and more than happy to meet his countrymen.

Taking full part in the action, one is overawed to see only beautiful people, young and better known than oneself. But apart from the fleeting desire to be twenty years younger, better to leave no room for nostalgia. We’re here for other things: the restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs are attractions in and of themselves. The beaches and other surprises on this pleasure island remind us of this constantly.

We were absolutely delighted with the SLS Hotel. Product of the imagination of creator, designer, and French architect Philippe Starck, and Lenny Kravitz (the singer is also passionate about design), this boutique hotel is where you want to be seen, whether you’re in town for the swimsuit portion of Fashion Week or to enjoy the dishes of one of the most decorated Spanish chefs on the planet, José Andrés, at Bazaar.

Next door, Starck vowed in 1995 to again make The Delano the subject on everyone’s lips, by adding to his unique style flourishes from the works of Antoni Gaudi and Salvador Dali! Needless to say that in addition to design and iconic architecture, with its two restaurants (Italian and Japanese), and two bars, where you can eat and watch the comings and goings of lobby passerbys, it’s an establishment worth visiting.

The weather, the beach, the Latin heat, fine dining, art deco, neon lights, and party scene help make this city a haven of timeless relaxation as well as a landmark for wild nights.

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Photos : Mixte Magazine et Delano

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