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!

Your Guide to Art Basel 2016

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Twisted Jersey Barrier by Matt Johnson

Art Basel is upon us and what a wonderful time it is. 269 leading galleries will feature diverse art from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Miami Beach show will be a sight to see and experience from opening night, November 30th through December 4th. Exhibition sectors will provide visitors the option of exploring both historical art and artwork from the most recent generation. Exhibitors will display a wide array of inspiring paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, graphic prints, photography, film, and video that will stimulate your senses. The event is based in The Miami Beach Convention Center with locations extending throughout the East of Collins region.

Public
Leading emerging artists will be displaying over 20-large scale sculptures and installations throughout Collins Park. This sector, in particular, is open to the public and opening night is November 30th. Walk-in tours will be offered ($8 per adult, $6 per student/senior) daily. “The Bass Projects”, a city-wide public art program by The Bass Museum of art will feature certain projects from this program in this sector as well. For a list of public exhibitors, click here.

Film
The 2016 line-up will take place in Soundscape Park and The Miami Beach Convention Center. Additionally, a feature-length film screening of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back…, selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone will be shown in Colony Theatre Park, Friday, December 2nd from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. This sector is organized in collaboration with Director of Daata Editions and London’s Artprojx, David Gryn. For a list of Film Artists, click here.

Talks and Debates
Beginning December 1st at 10 am, Art Basel kicks off its Talks and Debates with an Artist Talk by Julio Le Parc and Dr. Estrellita B. Brodsky. For a list of talks and debates, click here.

Parties and Events

Below are our picks for the most exclusive events and parties you won’t want to miss this week:

Interview Magazine and Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso Cocktail Party- Tuesday, November 29th, 7:30 p.m. at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Invite-only.

Theo Parrish (Extended Set)- Wednesday, November 30th, at Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-641-7119; Click here to check out the venue.

Moschino- Thursday, December 1st, 10 p.m., Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Invite-only.

Cool Down- Hosted by MoMA PS1, Thursday, November 30th, 11 p.m., FDR Lounge, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-924-4071. Click here to check out the venue.

UNICO 20°87° Pop-Up- Friday, December 2nd, 12pm, Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Interview Magazine and Cadillac Party- Friday, December 2nd, 6 p.m., MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St., Miami. Invite-only.

David Squillace and Wall Miami Present Blender 3- Saturday, December 3rd, 10 p.m., Wall, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3130. Tickets cost $40 to $800 via wallmiami.com. RSVP via rsvp@wallmiami.com.

Scope Art Show Envelope yourself in international contemporary art of the decade. Open to the public from Wednesday, November 30th through Sunday, December 4th, 11am – 8pm. Select from their exclusive packages for early access or purchase daily passes available here.

Scope Afterparty- Theophilus London, Nick Hook, and Kissey, Saturday, December 3rd, 8 p.m., Ora, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Check out the venue here. Invite-only.

If you can’t make it to Art Basel every day of the event, there will be plenty going on throughout the entire week, especially around the Miami Beach area. Tickets are $50 per day and permanent tickets are $105 when purchased online. Purchase tickets here. It will definitely be a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and Miami Art Week!

An East of Collins Thanksgiving- Traditional & Unconventional Cuisine

Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family, friends, and loved ones to share gratitude. East of Collins has so much to be thankful for, beginning with the residents and patrons that live and visit daily! Thankfully, the community is surrounded by worldwide cuisine and both traditional and unconventional fine dining options available to enjoy on this day, alongside those we appreciate.

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Thanksgiving Meals From Byblos Miami and Lure Fishbar

Atlantikós
Indulge at Atlantikós at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort with a 4-course meal- your choice of traditional or Greek-inspired, $95 per adult and $45 per child. Chef Anastasios “Tasos” Chasekioglou’s authentic recipes will make your Thanksgiving dining experience unforgettable.

Byblos Miami
Byblos Miami on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach is going to be serving delectable options for all  Mediterranean cuisine lovers. Enjoy Salmon Carpaccio and Duck Kibbeh as appetizers, then move on to their exclusive Turkey Ballantine Dinner with a side of roasted pumpkin, crispy jeweled rice, and green beans. Then, finish off with their signature strawberry cheesecake Qatayef. You can’t go wrong- make sure to make your reservation! Full menu details here.

Lure Fishbar
Lure Fishbar in South Beach opens their dining room to you and yours this Thanksgiving. For $55/person, enjoy a multi-course meal with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Their regular dining menu will also be available. Be sure to reserve soon!

Neomi’s
Start your Thanksgiving right! Enjoy Thanksgiving Day brunch at Neomi’s at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. From 12:30 pm – 4 pm, for $55 per adult, $25 per child ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under, enjoy a variety of delicious options. An Antipasto station and seafood bar will be available, along with various festive entrées, such as herb butter-basted slow roasted turkey and Lobster Benedict. Satisfy your sweet tooth with several sweet holiday desserts! Menu here.

Pao by Paul Qui at the Faena Hotel- Miami Beach
World-renowned chef Pao Qui will be cooking up something exquisite this Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy an Asian take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Check out their website for more details.

The Dutch
The Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel is now booking their Thanksgiving reservations. For $55/person, treat yourself to Cider-brined turkey, whipped Yukon potatoes, butternut squash, and other traditional sides. Finish off this decadent meal with your choice of apple pie, pumpkin brûlée, or pecan pie. Full menu available here.

The Restaurant at The Raleigh
The Restaurant at The Raleigh Hotel joins the list of places to go for Thanksgiving, East of Collins, and not only for dinner, but for lunch too! For $49 per person, enjoy an entrée and dessert. Options like creamy mushroom soup, made with grilled trumpet mushroom and truffles, roasted and braised free-range turkey with delicious sides, and sweet potato pie for dessert, are sure to make your mouth water. Check out the full menu.

With food like this, who would want to cook?! Don’t forget to make your reservations early Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mega Luxury Conglomerate East of Collins

Sunshine, luxury, beautiful beaches, upscale shopping; these are a few of the features that come to mind when we think of the luxurious community that is East of Collins. Not only is this community home to iconic areas like South Beach and Sunny Isles Beach, but its property values have been steadily increasing over the last couple of years with the development of luxury properties. With such prestige behind many of these developers and the iconic brands that have also joined the real estate game, it’s no wonder why East of Collins is the place to live and vacation.

Among these developers is The Trump Group, the visionaries behind Acqualina Resort and Spa, The Mansions at Acqualina, and The Estates at Acqualina. This international conglomerate has had an enormous impact on the East of Collins market, creating a nexus of unparalleled amenities, spacious residences, and luxurious properties.
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The Trump Group
Led by brothers Eddie and Jules Trump, The Trump Group specializes in high-end real estate and has been particularly successful in the South Florida luxury market. In addition to the Acqualina properties, other well-known developments include Williams Island in Aventura and Luxuria in Boca Raton. They divide and conquer between finance, marketing, and design, and spend a great deal of time and resources researching their market and discussing with their customers their specific needs when developing a project. With the completion of the third Acqualina property, The Estates at Acqualina, there will be over 1,100 continuous feet of the Acqualina experience along the pristine beaches in the East of Collins Community.

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Fine dining with award-winning cuisines, luxury amenities, world-class service, and 400 feet of gorgeous beachfront scenery are among the many reasons to vacation at Acqualina Resort & Spa. Resort guests and visitors can enjoy an indulgent retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation at the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, complete with state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a private pool deck, and signature European heat experience areas. With a variety of restaurants to appeal to all tastes, several refreshing pools, the AcquaMarine children’s program, and countless nearby activities and shops, the resort continues to appeal to the worldly patrons of East of Collins. The Resort also has a Residences program, for those interested in the ultimate definition of grand estate living. Residents at Mansions and Estates also have privileged access to the five-star amenities and services of the resort.

The Mansions at Acqualina
With breathtaking ocean views through a vast expanse of windows, oversized rooms, and meticulously planned layouts, residents at The Mansions at Acqualina are given a sense of home, not just another luxury condominium. The property is covered in lush gardens, intricate landscaping and architecture waterfalls, and includes private outdoor sanctuaries for homeowners and an amenity-rich pool deck. The hammam spa, sunset reflecting pool and firepit, private theater, children’s center, and virtual golf are among the many extravagant amenities that make Mansions one of Miami’s most luxurious properties. With a top quality gym, exquisite amenities, concierge services all led by highly trained professional staff members, and immediate beach access, the iconic building’s reputation speaks for itself. Resale units are available; please contact us for further details.

The Estates at Acqualina
With projections of breaking ground at the end of 2016 or early 2017, The Estates at Acqualina property is the third and final property of the ultra-luxurious Acqualina development in Sunny Isles Beach. Known as “The World’s Finest Residences”, The Estates at Acqualina property is a private 5.6-acre oceanfront gated amenity experience where multi-generational families can relax, work, and play with complete privacy and security. Residents will enjoy estate-like grounds, complete with lushly landscaped walking paths, cozy gazebos, sculpture gardens, and lobbies designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Apart from the white glove service and excellence that the brand already encompasses, this Trump property also has an ice skating rink, golf and surfing simulator, cigar lounge and billiards room, Wall Street Trader’s Clubroom, bowling alley, disco, soccer field, bocce court, dog park, and so much more. This property is exclusive to only 264 families; from grand penthouses to single-family estate homes, with walk-outs directly onto the beach. Units are available for sale; please contact us for details.

What does this mean for East of Collins?
The Acqualina brand has an ongoing 5-diamond rating and The Acqualina Resort and Spa is AAA’s only Five Diamond hotel on Miami Beach. The brand represents prestige, class, and the highest levels of elegance. With every addition to the brand, comes more and more amenities and higher levels of accommodations for residents and guests, alike. The surrounding area of Sunny Isles Beach, South Beach, and Bal Harbour is easily accessible to all residents and visitors of these properties, which is also beneficial to surrounding businesses. This is tremendous for the real estate market and community East of Collins.

Top 3 East of Collins Spots to Get Your Miami Spice On

Miami Spice is here and the options are tastier than ever! Choose from over 240 restaurants featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Tantalize your taste buds and enjoy discounted, top-notch meals at East of Collins’ participating restaurants for a limited time only! Here are our top choices:
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Stripsteak– Located in the famous Fontainebleau Hotel on Collins Avenue, Stripsteak offers a worldly menu by Chef Michael Mina, alongside an innovative and contemporary atmosphere. Seamlessly contributing to the luxurious atmosphere surrounding the resort, at Stripsteak, guests can enjoy a variety of appetizer, entree, and dessert options during Miami Spice, from Ricotta Cavatelli Carbonara, to Wood Grilled Filet Mignon, to Chocolate Ganache Cake! Choose from only the highest quality, aged cuts of beef, the freshest seafood, and excellent wines. For a full menu listing, click here.

Quality Meats– Enjoy a special 3-course dinner from the famous restaurant based in New York, now on Miami Beach. Meats are hand- selected by reputable family-owned butchers, ensuring quality and delight with every bite. With a wide variety of choices for this special menu, pick from 5 delicious appetizers, 6 entrees, and 4 desserts. The blackened red fish is a rare menu find and sounds mouth-watering! View the complete menu here.

Byblos– Rated a constant “Hotspot” by Zagat and Haute Living, you’re in for a treat during Miami Spice at Byblos. Eastern Mediterranean cuisine at its finest, centered around a family-oriented setting is in full effect at this delectable option, true to its culture and tradition. Start off with your choice of two appetizers. How about the Lamb Rib and the Creamed Spinach Pide? Move on to Harissa Spiced Shrimp or Yogurt Baked Mahi-Mahi, and finish your meal off with some baklava ice cream, salted caramel and couscous pralines, better known as Pizzelle. To explore the wide selection of options on this exclusive menu, click here.

We hope you’re hungry! Don’t miss out on these divine dining options until the end of September. Hurry and make your reservation today!