#kaytips : when in miami
Today, we have the pleasure to welcome our new Kaytributor Fiona Zanetti! You guys might have already seen her several times on my Instagram. Not only is she my very close dear friend, she is also part of the Kayteam as a community manager. She’s been working several years at the Open magazine, a luxury review based in Switzerland and always had a sensitivity towards fashion, luxury and lifestyle. Please greet her as she’ll be from now on contributing new articles on a regular basis to share with you guys some #kaytips! From the coolest places to shop, to the best destinations to travel to. Enjoy :)
Hey everybody! My name is Fiona and I am thrilled to share with you all this new Kaytips article. Let’s get right into it. The art deco aesthetic, the art itself, the warm Latino vibe and mesmerizing weather convinced me to book flight tickets to Miami this October. I have to say, being back in the sun after experiencing the mid-october cold of both New York and Switzerland is quite something. The weather in Miami is mild all year and convinces many foreigners to give it a little visit and discover this soon to be fashion capital (just wait for it). We try to think ahead and are convinced that Miami will become one of the most exciting fashion destination in the next couple of years with it’s fast growing market. So let’s start planning in advance! You’ll find bellow a short list of spots worth the ride either you’re there for vacation or the soon to be Art Basel. Let’s get started!
1. The Villa by Barton G.
It’s the actual Villa Versace, the former residence of fashion designer Gianni Versace and now a it’s a boutique hotel and a must see thanks to restaurateur and events impresario Barton G. Weiss who included in the beautiful mansion his famous restaurant “Il Sole”. The interior design is persian-baroque inspired, old world elegance now infused with new world style.
The Villa, 1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States, +1 305-576-8003
2. Shopping at The Webster
Strong Fashion game here. When I got in the pretty/art deco style boutique, I instantly though I just died and have been sent to some fashion paradise, the selection is insane. From rare Chanel pieces to Thakoon or Wang, it’s impossible not to find your happiness. I spotted pieces that I knew were sold out everywhere. The man section is great as well, you could totally imagine Kanye West swing by for some shopping time. “Actually, he’s one of our client” said the shopgirl. Oh okay, no biggie.
The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, + 1 305 674 7899
3. Miami to The Keys roadtrip
Obviously, you’ll need a car for this. But the roadtrip is worth as it’s one of the United States’ most famous one, it’s all about what happens along the way! More and more you’ll see the green flats of the Everglades disappears until you enter the “Ocean Highway” to Key Largo, then you have 126 miles to Key West, 126 miles of adventures. I selected two great things to do in the Florida Keys below as it’s quite wide!
4 . When in The Keys – Bahia Honda State Park
If you have to choose a beach to stop by, it has to be this one. You have to keep in mind that the Florida Keys are not tropical islands, even if it looks like. If you’re looking for the best snorkeling, clear water and natural beaches, it’s the best place!
Bahia Honda Park, 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
5. When in the Keys – Hemingway’s home in Key West
This is one of the thing I was the most excited about as Hemingway has always been my very favorite author and that I’m quite obsessed with how “boorish” his lifestyle was and the vivid contrast with his delicate, amazing writing. He has been living 11 years in this spanish/colonial style house in Key West and there he wrote many of his famous books including “The Old Man and The See”. You can also visit his favorite bar (and it will help understand the character): Sloppy’s Joe. My advice is watching the recent movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn” before visiting the house, the feeling will be stronger.
Hemingway’s home, 907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
6. Eat Italian
Cecconi’s is the best place to have a good Italian dinner in a beautiful scenery, it’s located in The Soho Beach House, ask for a table outside as they have the cutest garden with lights everywhere. Order the Burratta with pistacchio, thank me later.
Soho Beach House Miami, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, + 1 786 507 790
7. Wynwood Art District
You’re not attending Art Basel? Never fear. Wynwood Art District has the most exciting arty neighborhood, there’s tons of museums to visit as Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. More recently it also has become a great district for nightlife, just follow the cool kids to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drinks. Tips: Wynwood Walls are very Instagramable, so you know.