5 Art Basel Happenings to See and Be Seen At This Year

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Art Basel Miami is filled to the brim with the cutting-edge contemporary art of the moment.

In its 14th edition, and under the new direction of Noah Horowitz, this year is set to draw in a multitude of top-shelf galleries and attract thousands of collectors and visitors to the tropical and glamorous shores of Miami Beach.

As the main fair unfolds beneath white billowing tents, the rest of the city soaks up the art world at secret spin-off events, offering plenty of opportunities to mingle with the international art elite.

1. Art on Paper
Launching this year on December 1st, the buzzed-about Art on Paper is one of Miami’s newest pop-up fairs. Hailing from New York City, the fair’s invite-only opening night will take place at the Deauville Beach Resort at the epicenter of the international art elite. Like its sister fair, Art on Paper Miami’s participating galleries will feature sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography, all unified by the medium of paper.

2. SoHo Beach House
Set inside a restored art deco building, this members-only club plays host to a number of exclusive art talks and pop-up galleries during the fair, while also offering an opportunity to unwind from the Basel bustle.

Relax with a cocktail made fresh at the 1940s Cuba-inspired bar and sample delicious Mexican bites from the rooftop taqueria, in between refreshing dips in the plunge pool.

3. X Contemporary
Debuting the first week of December, with a vernissage for VIPs only, brand-new satellite fair X Contemporary will present galleries focusing on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The fair’s evocative title, ‘X’ representing an area of intersection, conveys a crossover between visual art and fashion and is sure to attract only the most seasoned fair-goers.

4. Miami Project
For the fourth year, Miami Project will join the exhibits and events of Art Basel, celebrating modern, contemporary art and artists on a scenic waterfront location on Collins Avenue. Featuring 60 of the top galleries from all over the globe, this can’t-miss event offers something for every art aficionado’s taste. This year’s event will occur from Dec. 1-6th. Complimentary shuttle service is available, running on 20-minute intervals from the Miami Beach Convention Center (where Art Basel Miami Beach is hosted) and Art on Paper Miami.

5. Alchemist Fashion Drive-Thru
Art and fashion often go hand in hand, with contemporary artists often releasing an array of limited-edition collaborations (think: hand-painted sneakers). In celebration of the art fair, South Beach luxury boutique Alchemist hosts collaborations with artists, musicians, designers and more, creating an innovative and very retro ‘Drive-Thru’ shopping experience for customers. Past collaborations include Pharrell x Moncler, Kenzo x Toilet Paper, Kitsuné, Chrome Hearts, and Thom Browne, to name a few.

How do you experience off-the-beaten-past aspects of Art Basel? Tell us in the comments.

Spectacular Pools in Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour

People from all over the world visit Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour for the ultimate seaside experience. The beach is great, and so are the gorgeous and elegant pool settings surrounding it. World class resorts and condominiums alike are spending high-end money to attract vacationers and residents to their elaborate venues to experience the ultimate pleasure in poolside scenery and entertainment.

photo from: http://www.acqualinaresort.com/luxury-miami-hotel/overview/photo-gallery/

photo from: http://www.acqualinaresort.com/luxury-miami-hotel/overview/photo-gallery/

Acqualina Resort and Spa, Sunny Isles Beach | Pool | Map
This luxury seaside haven features Baroque fountains and is located on 4.5 beachfront acres complete with three oceanfront swimming pools for condo, hotel and beach club guests, plus a private pool for Spa guests. The Beach Club Pool is the perfect place for guests and residents of all ages. Comfortable chaise lounges, poolside food and drink service, private cabanas, and sunny atmosphere all combine together to provide a vibrant day. The Tranquility Pool exudes calm tranquility and sophisticated outdoor relaxation. The adults-only environment makes it ideal for uninterrupted sunbathing or even a catnap in the sun. Poolside food and beverage service complete the feeling of lounging at your own Mediterranean villa. Private poolside cabanas are available for those wishing to elevate the feeling of retreat even further. The Recreation Pool is the epicenter of fun and includes pool games, activities, aqua fitness classes, and other refreshing diversions led by the resort’s staff. Located directly off the main veranda, just in front of the gorgeous beachside front lawn, the Recreation Pool is everything a South Florida pool venue should be. Private cabanas are also available and include food and beverage service. For guests enjoying Spa treatments, the ESPA Spa Pool, is also an oceanfront outdoor spa swimming pool with a sun deck and heated jet pool. The gorgeous Roman waterfall completes the rejuvenating experience.

Trump International Beach Resort, Sunny Isles Beach | Pool | Map
Indulging in a day by the pool is a getaway in itself. At this mega-resort you can dip in and play in the water in a beachfront, grotto-style pool featuring waterfalls, lagoons, hot tubs and an ocean view. Or, practice your swim strokes in a lap pool.  Recline in the comfy lounge chairs, find shade under an oversized umbrella and enjoy beverage and towel service. If passing the time poolside makes you thirsty, then head to the bar or grill for eats and treats.  For the ultimate private poolside experience, reserve an air-conditioned cabana featuring TV, cabana beds, and a refrigerator for up to four people.

St. Regis, Bal Harbour | Pool | Map
This Mega-luxury property offers two dazzling infinity pools: an adult-focused Tranquility Pool and the resort’s main Ocean Pool designed with ample comfortable chaise lounges, daybeds and private Oasis cabanas. Poolside services include special complementary offerings throughout the day, including foot reflexology samplers, smoothie tastings, sunscreen spritzing and refreshing cold towel presentations. And for an extra-ordinary poolside experience choose from a variety of private cabana rentals offering luxury and convenience, including full Butler service. Highlights of these services include Oshi Bori towel presentations, complementary luxury sun care, massage samplers, and food and beverage service including Mojito and Bloody Mary presentations.

The Ritz Carlton, Bal Harbour | Pool | Map
The world’s most notorious luxury resort would do nothing less than feature a spectacular and large heated swimming pool with outdoor cabanas amidst a panoramic ocean view. The European-edged outdoor design boasting radiant, turquoise-blue water offers complementary lounge chairs, umbrellas, Wi-Fi, a poolside bar and grill, chilled scented towels and flavor infused ice water. Top-notch pool attendants walk around eager to offer you a variety of tempting food and beverage options. For extra privacy and at an additional fee, you may rent a private cabana complete with your own personal plunging hot tub. A spectacular cabana lawn featuring green lush landscape is also available for the perfect private poolside event accommodating up to 150 guests.