Six Swanky Spots to Spend NYE

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne? Alas, the 2016 year has come to an end; on to the next! New Year’s Eve is a simultaneous goodbye and hello, filled with some of the best parties and celebrations of the year. What better place to ring in 2017 than East of Collins? Featuring some of the most iconic spots for high-end and luxurious celebrations, check out our top picks for the six swankiest spots to celebrate New Year’s Eve.nye-2016-blog-collage

1. Faena Miami Beach – A Night in Havana
Faena is the place to be this New Year’s Eve, paying tribute to “old-world Cuban glamour, romance, and music”. First, enjoy dinner at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman or Pao by Paul Qui. Then get ready to indulge in the sounds of a live band in the Faena Theater. There are two packages to choose from: A Night in Havana Dinner Package that includes a four-course dinner, house wine and spirits, and exclusive access to the Faena Theater party, or the Party Package, including an open bar at The Living Room or Tree of Life and access to the Faena Theater Party. Make sure to book your tickets early here.

2. Nobu Eden Roc Featuring The Knocks
The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel invites you to join the fun this New Year’s Eve in an exclusive bash, alongside The Knocks. Tickets include drinks, dinner, and dancing, with more extensive packages available as well. Tickets start at $300. Get them here.

3. Old Havana at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
“Azúcar” is the name of the annual New Year’s Eve gala to be hosted by The Ritz-Carlton South Beach this year! Be dazzled by old Havana glamour, starting with a four-course dinner and one of a kind poolside experience. The evening will feature a Latin-inspired and sommelier wine-paired menu at Bistro One LR and an open bar at 9 pm. Enjoy hand cut and rolled cigars by renowned cigar maker, Gurkha, music by a 10-piece Latin orchestra band, as well as salsa performances, and so much more! See which package option works best for you!

4. Acqualina Resort Lavish Dinner
Spend New Year’s Eve at Acqualina, indulging in Chef Michael Mazza’s unique four-course dinner at Il Mulino. There will be live music and a premium open bar from 8 pm to 1 am. The Four Course Dinner with Premium Open Bar is $495 for adults only. AQ by Acqualina will also be hosting an exclusive dinner open to the entire family, with a live DJ, dancing, and a spectacular buffet including lobster, caviar, an open bar, and more! Prices are as follows: $495/adult, $395/ juniors ages 14-20, $250/child ages 3-13. Read more about the events here.

5. Fontainbleau Featuring Justin Bieber
Poolside at the Fontainebleau will be the best way to end 2016. Join Justin Bieber by the pool and take part in exclusive packages such as stage-side tables and cabanas. Keep the party going as Grammy winner, Skrillex takes over LIV Nightclub and Story Nightclub. Tickets start at $500 for a general admission ticket and go up to $50,000 for a stage-side table and private space for 25 guests. Read more here.

6. Dine at The Setai
Jaya at The Setai will be offering two seating times featuring a delicious and exclusive New Year’s Eve menu; one at 6:30 pm for $175/person, or $90/child, and another at 8:45 pm, for $395/person and $210/child. A champagne toast is included in the second option. For an even more elegant experience, take part in the six- course pre-fixe menu at Chef’s Kitchen, featuring Florida Stone Crab, Truffle Egg, and more. Don’t forget to reserve by calling (855) 923-7899 or email dining@thesetaihotel.com!

East of Collins wishes you a happy and safe New Year. May you reach all of our resolutions and of course, have an amazing time celebrating! Cheers!

The Fontainebleau: Yesterday & Today

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Located on oceanfront Collins Avenue, the Fontainebleau Hotel is said to be the reinvention of legendary architect Morris Lapidus’ original vision. It’s one of the most historically valued hotels on Miami Beach due in part to its architecture. It was the most luxurious hotel on Miami Beach when it opened in 1954, and is thought to be the most significant building of Lapidus’ career. Fontainebleau has even been awarded Top Building in Florida in the “100 Years. 100 Places.” competition. The structure was further acknowledged architecturally when recognized in critic and novelist Tom Wolfe’s From Bauhaus to Our House, published in 1981.

The Miami Beach monument has been a common setting for many iconic shows and films throughout the decades. It was featured in two films starring Frank Sinatra; A Hole in the Head and Tony Rome. Jerry Lewis’ The Bellboy was also taped at the famous hotel in 1960. It was  featured on numerous occasions in the 1960s series, Surfside 6. The beautiful property is featured in the popular James Bond film Goldfinger. Another classic film featuring the hotel and its pool area is Scarface. Other films filmed onsite include: Go for It, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, The Bodyguard, and The Specialist. Decades later The Fontainebleau is seen in season 4 of The Sopranos.

The Collins Avenue landmark went through a $1 billion renovation with the direction of a select group of leading architects and designers, opening its doors once again in 2008 with an A-list celebration hosting the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Attendees included Sofia Vergara, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sean Diddy, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Alex Rodriguez, and many others. Special performances from Mariah Carey, Usher and Robin Thicke made the night even more memorable.

Globally esteemed chefs assisted Fontainebleau in choosing its hand selected menus. The resort proudly offers 12 fine dining and casual restaurants, bars and lounges, including the well known Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Hakkasan, Michael Mina 74, and StripSteak by Michael Mina. The bar for gourmet and exciting experiences is set high here for tourists from around the world to indulge themselves.

Fontainebleau is the spot to do it all thanks to their wide array of extravagant amenities, including a 40,000 sq. ft. loaded luxury spa, an expansive poolscape, a breath-taking beach with water sports, a marina, and a nearby golfcourse.  Modern-day luxury meets golden era charm through a fusion of contemporary design, art, music, fashion and technology, making it the undeniably renowned resort it is today.

What’s your favorite thing about the Fountainbleau? Be sure to comment and share your interests with the East of Collins community!