Marvelous. Martini. Mandarin. Miami. Mmmmm!
Last night, I had martinis and appetizers at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's M-Bar, where dozens of martini options and succulent appetizers entice the palate. My mango martini was the perfect accompaniment to dragon and soft shell crab rolls.
The Mandarin Oriental, a five-star hotel known for fastidious attention to detail and sophisticated architecture, is surrounded by Miami's Biscayne Bay. It is just offshore on Brickell Key, which has long been one of my favorite spots to unwind.
As the sun set, I was enjoying a mini-Tweetup hosted by the hotel along with a handful of other South Florida social media users. Our table overlooked the signature skyline of Miami's Brickell Avenue.
I reluctantly said goodbye a few hours later, as always anticipating my next visit to the Mandarin. I'm thinking next up will be a trip to the spa, an award-winning, 15,000 sq. ft. oasis with 17 private treatment rooms and six VIP suites. It's the only spa in Florida to receive the distinguished 2010 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award.
Although... with two weeks left to enjoy Miami Spice, a prix fixe dining program during low season, perhaps it's time to return to Azul, the hotel's highly acclaimed restaurant.
South Beach, Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove are just ten minutes from the Mandarin Oriental. Yet this remains a sanctuary from the frenzied pace of business nearby. A stop here is a magnificent way to enjoy Miami.