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By Erika Chassner

I once heard someone say that South Beach – aka SoBe, for those that like to copy the Soho naming trend – was the lovechild of Manhattan and Miami. As a native Miamian, who has returned after spending the last five years living in Manhattan, I can see how a torrid night of romance between these two, may have indeed produced such a scintillating offspring.

This winter, escape the cold winds of New York City by chilling out in SoBe, which promises to warm up your senses. Read on for a few of my choice picks…..

Where to Stay: Mondrian

The Mondrian in Miami is the Morgans Hotel Group’s third property in South Beach. The grandness of the lobby will immediately transport you to another land with the floating staircase, eccentric furniture and brass bells. The pool area, complete with secluded cabanas and towering white curtains, create the Sleeping Beauty Castle feel that designer Marcel Wanders intended. The location on West Avenue is close enough to the action, yet concealed enough to feel peacefully away from it all. The view of downtown Miami and the Intracoastal is breathtaking. Should you get hungry, thirsty or long for a massage, the Mondrian happens to house Morgans’ world-renowned Agua Spa, Jeffrey Chodorow’s Asia de Cuba, and Ben Pundole’s Sunset Lounge. Sounds a bit like a Trifecta to me!

The Mondrian
1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Drink, dance and be merry:

Floating high above Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue, HIGHBAR rooftop lounge boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean, a lustrous heated pool and plush lounge chairs. The sleek ‘70s inspired lounge is on top of the Dream South Beach hotel and is the perfect combination of Modern Art Deco, luxury and tropical scenery. Sip on a fresh fruit Mojito made-to-order by some of Sobe’s finest mixologists while lounging on a daybed or chaise lounge. If you stick around till evening time, HIGHBAR transforms into quite the nightlife destination with weekly events and national DJs.

1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Operating hours are daily from 9:00 a.m. to close.


Prepare to have all five of your senses blown away at famed restaurateur Myles Chefetz, Prime One Twelve. Located in the heart of the high-end South of Fifth neighborhood (sometimes called Sofi), this ultimate celebrity-hot spot is a must. With a menu offering the finest quality beef, aged to perfection; Hawaiian Tuna Poke to die for; and Truffled Lobster Mac N Cheese that could make a grown man cry, this culinary experience is sure to have you talking about it for weeks. Make sure to leave room for a dessert…or three. Resy’s strongly recommended!

Prime One Twelve
112 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Stay tuned as I rediscover Miami and share with you more of my favorite places.

Originally published December 2011
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