Welcome to Miami! What’s a girl to do with a stopover in Magic City?
I’ve visited Miami previously twice before. The first time is for South Beach, where we enjoyed staying at an Art Deco boutique hotel, parties, the beach and good Cuban food. On my second time, in addition to Miami Beach, I explored Downtown Miami, ate a lot of seafood, and went to aquarium parks.
This time around, it was all about shopping and spa. Before leaving for the Bahamas and after coming back, we set ourselves up for major girl time.
Wearing: ASOS off shoulder dress, EXPRESS sandals, Hat via TJ MAXX
Using the One Night Standard app, I booked us a night at The Standard Spa Miami for a great deal. Luckily for us, we also got a room upgrade at check-in. How sweet? The Standard is lush, tranquil and its rooms are tucked inside the gardens with billowing white curtains. Not to mention, we had an outdoor tub! There’s morning yoga, a hammer bath, luxurious robes, a juice bar and plenty of peaceful nooks to relax in, including the pool, swings area and fire pit. Did I mention the pool plays music? When you submerge yourself for a swim, you can listen to soothing music underwater. For breakfast I had the best mango smoothie and avocado toast. For the rest of our stay, we dined at Lido (must try the seafood pasta), drank coconut water and catch up over the waterfront view. This is just the perfect place for a girls weekend.
Coral Gables, also known as ‘The City Beautiful’ is a luxurious part of greater Miami. Everything was picture perfect, from the tree lined boulevards, to lush banyan trees and old-school 1920’s architecture. Based of a recommendation of our Uber driver, we went to the Village of Merrick Park to explore the shops. It felt was serendipity because that was the day Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale started! I fell in love with the outdoor mall, with the exception with the mosquitos. They ate me alive! After shopping, we went to Elemis Spa there to pamper ourselves after the Bahamian seawater roughed up our nails. It was such a nice surprise to find since I didn’t know there are physical locations. I love their pro-collagen marine cream and it sits on my nightstand. After a day spent doing girly things, we stopped into Love Is Blind for some food. I have to say, it is the cutest decorated place I’ve dined in. I don’t mean cutesy, but I love the quirky details and love theme. Their oyster bisque with parmesan croutons was to die for. The price was so reasonable, too!
Here are some snaps of Miami I took as we departed for The Bahamas. Miami is known as the cruise port of the world, and I’m excited to embark from such a beautiful place.
Up next would be my Bahamas adventure. Until then, here’s a list of hotel spas in Miami I’ve created…