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!

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!

Top 3 Spots to Celebrate the 4th in Luxury!

Fireworks, barbecues, good food, and great times with friends and family- these are all things to look forward to every 4th of July. Wait no longer! Independence Day is almost here and East of Collins has some amazing ways for you to celebrate the good old USA’s birthday in luxury.4th of July- 6-29-16

An Independence Day Soirée at The St. Regis Bal Harbour– Take a trip to The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort from 7 to 10pm for a modern day American barbecue. Enjoy live music and a variety of buffet stations, including sides and a grand dessert display put together by Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour. VIP table service is available to interested guests, along with a private spot on the beach to watch the fireworks. Call 305-993-0614 or email Rania.Pierre@stregis.com to confirm your ticket!

IndepenDANCE party at Nikki Beach– For those who want to celebrate all day, join the party from 12pm to 5am at Nikki Beach. Featured DJ’s from around the world will be providing music all day and night at this exclusive event, so make sure to reserve your cabana, daybed, VIP table, or just get a ticket!

Faena Beach Yoga and Barbecue– Tierra Santa Healing House celebrates the 4th at 7am, by welcoming the new moon with a New Moon Ashtanga Yoga Session lead by Tim Feldman of the Miami Life Center. Call 786-655-5570 to make your reservation! Keep the celebration going and indulge in the Faena Celebration package for a variety of activities all weekend with Faena Play, a classic breakfast and access to the “July 4 Beach and Barbecue”. Call 855-851-8905 to book your reservation!

Happy 4th of July to all!

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Celebrate Dad East of Collins Style

Father’s Day is around the corner and thankfully, the East of Collins community has a variety of ways you can celebrate Dad on his special day.

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For the Dad Who Loves Food

  • Kick off the day by taking your favorite man to a delicious brunch at Bianca at the Delano between 11am and 4pm.
  • Enjoy the finest ingredients from Northern Italy by taking Dad to a classic Italian dinner at Cecconi’s in the Soho Beach House.
  • Have a Dad who’s a hipster? Take him to The Dutch Restaurant in South Beach to enjoy upscale American comfort food. Don’t forget to complete the meal by trying some of their  sweet treats, like fruit turnovers or berry cream tarts, sold behind the bakery counter.
  • For the trendy Dad- Brunch at Nikki Beach is always a great option East of Collins. From a premium carving station to a sushi rolling station, encourage Dad to feast on a meal fit for a king and unwind beach-side for the rest of the day!
  • Staying on Collins Avenue? Enjoy one of the many scrumptious restaurant options in any of the top-rated resorts such as AQ at Acqualina or Il Mulino New York in the Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach. AQ at Acqualina serves brunch from 12pm to 4pm every Sunday. Indulge in unlimited Mimosas, Prosecco, Mojitos, and Bloody Marys with Dad!
  • Pop into the 1 Hotel & Homes on South Beach and enjoy breakfast, brunch or dinner this Sunday with Beachcraft’s unique combination of locally caught fish, antibiotic-free meats, and produce. You can’t go wrong with a seafood dish and a side of fresh vegetables and Dad will definitely appreciate the unique experience.
  • Spending the day at Bal Harbour? Finish Father’s Day on the right foot at Makoto for  succulent Japanese cuisine.

For the Artsy Dad

  • Give him a taste of the art gallery scene in East of Collins. Visit the Art Center of South Florida on Lincoln Road and several other galleries that extend beyond South Beach.
  • Just in time for Miami Film Month, take dad to see a movie from his favorite genre at Miami Beach Cinematheque in the Art Deco District/South Beach area.
  • Gather together the entire family and attend a world-class orchestra concert, chamber music event, or family concert at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.

For the Dad Who Loves the Outdoors

Haven’t bought Dad a gift yet? Have him choose his own from the variety of upscale shopping opportunities in the world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Either way, East of Collins is sure to help you give Dad the best Father’s Day yet!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day, East of Collins Style

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There is a plethora of ways to celebrate your love with dear ones this weekend. Here are a few recommendations from our experts in the East of Collins community.

Romantic High-end Dining

  • Start your day with a skip in your step by delighting in a “Jazzy Brunch” at Jaya, reminiscing with your spouse, while listening to a live band.
  • Delight yourselves to a formal Cantonese lunch or dinner at the Hakkasan, located at the famous Fontainebleau, where you or your partner may indulge in their mouthwatering Dim Sum, while the other orders from their specialty à la carte items.
  • Entice your lover with a rendezvous at the world-renowned restaurant by award-winning Chef José Andrés, The Bazaar where you can tantalize not only your taste buds, but all of your senses at the SLS South Beach.
  • Only fresh, local seasons and ingredients are found in the kitchen of Essensia Restaurant & Lounge for the foodies of Collins Avenue! Sit outside by the water as the sun sets and the moon rises over the Atlantic, or indoors in the venue’s jubilant ambiance, and enjoy a 6-course specialty dinner with champagne aperitif at the The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Intimate Lounges

  • At Nikki Beach, you’ll find one of the chicest hot spots for you and yours to escape. The Pearl Lounge is the place to enjoy a variety of champagnes and let go of the work week with your one and only, or spend the day snuggling with your Valentine in one of the outdoor bungalows.
  • The Miami Beach Edition offers both a Lobby Bar to sip specialty mojitos and champagne cocktails by their unique punch fountain, as well as Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s exclusive Matador Room for gourmet Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors & cocktails to enjoy that much needed alone time before heading out to the beach.

Spa Retreats

  • Whether it’s for private couple’s massages, a “Spread the Love” group package to share with friends, or just to treat yourself, the Ritz Carlton of South Beach celebrates this month with options for all curated by Cupid himself.
  • At The Betsy Hotel, you’ll find the only outdoor spa in Miami Beach, shaded by retractable sails and private cabanas, perfect for a couple’s pampering date. You can choose between their tranquil rooftop oasis or the privacy of your own guest room to experience their unique spa treatments and massage therapies derived from food- and plant-based ingredients.

Poolside Snuggling

  • Head down south to Delano Bech Club to enjoy the privacy of a personal cabana after a dip in the pool with your other half or show some PDO at their iconic chair & table in the pool itself!
  • Dream, dance, and drink together at the Tropicale on the poolside of the Miami Beach Edition with an ocean view, island tunes and entertainment such as their outdoor movie theater, bocce pitch and Ping-Pong table.

The Full Valentine’s Day Package or Staycation

  • Carillon Hotel encourages all to have a “Lovely Weekend” with nightly romantic flicks, couple’s ballroom dancing, “lover’s beach day,” a spa package, dinner at Thyme, & a trunk show. Plus, all this and much more is offered throughout their special “Sensuality Month.”
  • Acqualina Resort is overflowing with activities to engage in quality time with your valentine, from exhilarating art festivals & the annual boat show to relaxing at their one-of-a-kind, grand spa, all thanks to their February specials, including “Valentine’s Weekend at Acqualina.”
  • St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort offers more than an array of amenities along with their “Seduction” and “Taste of Luxuryromance packages., including floral adornments, bubbly champagne, and other amenities to spoil yourselves with.