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I’m back in Miami! I love visiting Miami anytime before April before the humidity and the tourists fly in. We stayed at Four Seasons Miami Hotel for a couple of days before flying out to our tropical vacation to Nevis, Anguilla, and Saint Marteen.
I normally stay on South Beach when I visit Miami but this time, we wanted to be closer to the airport so we stayed at Four Seasons Miami in downtown Miami (1435 Brickell Ave).
Four Seasons Hotel Miami is located in the middle of downtown Miami with a view of Biscayne Bay and is just a quick 15-minute drive from Miami International Airport (MIA). You can easily walk to restaurants, bars, and shops from the hotel so it’s really convenient.
Right when you check into the hotel, you’ll be greeted by three oversized bronze sculptures by celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero and work by Venezuelan painter Jesus Rafael Soto and Cuban-born photographer Maria Martínez-Cañas. This is Miami, one of the top markets for Latin American art.
FOUR SEASONS MIAMI AMENITIES
This resort offers:
- two restaurants
- complimentary house-car – a luxury sedan is available on weekdays on a first-come, first-served basis
- unlimited group fitness classes
- on-site boutique
- 24-hour business center
- 24-hour in-room dining
- concierge service
- evening turndown service
- complimentary wifi
WHAT TO PACK
Miami Florida is relatively mild from January to April (lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s) but the summers from June to September are brutally humid and hot. So pack a light sweater but mostly swimsuits, dresses, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI ROOM
The first thing we did was check-into our room so here’s the view from our room! We were lucky to get a view of the pool and Biscayne Bay. There are also rooms with a city view if you prefer that.
FOUR SEASONS MIAMI POOL
After eating breakfast in the morning was head straight to the pool to soak up the sun! Thankfully this winter in Austin has been pretty mild but not warm enough for swimsuits so I was relieved that Miami was warm and sunny!
There’s a main outdoor pool, palm groove, jacuzzi, and private residential pool.
PRIVATE POOL CABANA
Four Seasons Hotel Miami has several cabanas at the pool and you can book them with concierge. We spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and then relaxing in the shade over a couple of cocktails and paletas (house-made frozen fruit popsicles).
Complimentary local magazines, newspapers, sunscreen, and fruit-infused water are provided at the pool.
On the same level as the main outdoor pool is palm groove that’s a tree-lined urban oasis of swinging hammocks. It’s the perfect spot to cozy up with a book, afternoon nap, or wait for the sunset.
It did get a little windy at night so soaking in the hot jacuzzi while watching the sunset was so relaxing.
FOUR SEASONS MIAMI RESTAURANTS
Let’s talk about dining options because you know I’m all about the food! The Four Seasons has two restaurants on property.
We started off dinner at EDGE Terrace to catch the rest of the sunset. It’s a great spot to start with appetizers, a cocktail, and cozy up around the firepits.
We also had breakfast in the morning at EDGE Terrace.
Sunday brunch: Every day, EDGE Steak & Bar has a Sunday Brunch buffet with unlimited a-la-carte options, made-to-order barbecue, fresh seafood, whole roasted pork prepared Miami-style and endless dessert from 11:30am to 3pm. $95 per person.
Happy hour: Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm with specially priced cocktails, two-for-one Bar Bites and USD 1 oyster at EDGE Bar.
EDGE Steak & Bar
For dinner, we ate at EDGE Steak & Bar, the Four Season’s farm-to-table steakhouse with local seafood. I like eating seafood when I’m in Miami, so I had the grilled octopus and the yellowtail snapper. Advance reservations are required.
Bahía is the casual lounge located next to the pool inspired by the coastal regions of Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. I LOVED the food at Bahía – we ordered the Baja style mahi mahi fish tacos and a bahía burrito bowl with mahi mahi, rijoles, vegetable salpicón, arroz verde, queso, corn, guacamole, jalapeño-agave vinaigrette.
Taco Tuesdays: $3 tacos
Happy hour: Saturday and Sunday from 4pm – 6pm with two-for-one snacks and half-off margaritas.
THINGS TO DO IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI
Brickell City Centre – located right across from the Four Seasons Hotel, Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion shopping center. You can find brands like Diptyque, Chanel, Kendra Scott, Sephora, and Zara.
Maurice A. Ferré Park (Museum Park) – public, urban park in downtown Miami that hosts many events during the year.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) – I love PAMM and highly recommend anyone to visit! I like hanging out on the outdoor patio that’s filled with hanging plants with a view of Biscayne Bay.
Design District – high-end shopping neighborhood with a sleek modern architecture with upscale interior design stores, luxury fashion boutiques, and art galleries.
Wynwood Art – art district neighborhood with craft breweries, local coffee shops, bakeries, graffiti, and murals painted by street-art giants. I try to go to Wynwood every time I’m in Miami because the art changes every month! Popular stops include Panther Coffee, Coyo Taco, and The Salty Donut. You can easily spend an entire day in Wynwood.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – this is one of Miami’s historic treasures that was built between 1914 and 1922 on Biscayne Bay. 18th-century Italian meets Mediterranean architecture in Florida’s subtropical vegetation.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts – if you’re looking for live entertainment, the Adrienne Arsht Center designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli is home to the Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony.
Little Havana – totally worth the 15-minute drive is Little Havana, the Cuban neighborhood with little coffee shops and restaurants. I’ve been here a couple of times!
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – 15 minutes away is the small barrier island of Key Biscayne. You can walk and bike through this nature park and tour the park’s historic lighthouse, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County.
South Beach – and of course, I can’t forget about South Beach. If you want to make the trip from Four Seasons Hotel Miami across the bridge to South Beach, here’s my guide!