For guests wanting to enjoy the often sunny Miami weather—it dipped into the mid-30s during our visit, although that’s a rarity in sunny South Florida—recommend La Cote, a St. Tropez-inspired eatery that overlooks the poolscape and beach. Here, guests can vibe to the DJ’s tunes while having cocktails, frozen drinks, tapas-style snacks and a variety of French-inspired cuisine.
For an elegant dinner, tell your clients to check out Gotham Steak, a 16,000-sq.-ft. American steakhouse featuring a menu of grilled steaks and chops, as well as signature entrees that include miso marinated black cod with shitake mushrooms and a sticky rice soy lemongrass ginger sauce; and Alaskan spot prawn risotto with roasted tomatoes and arugula lemon butter.
Or, recommend New York’s well-known Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant serving such dishes as creamy polenta with fricassee of truffle mushrooms, scialatelli pasta with prawns and clams, and a roasted aged sirloin with potato gatto and mushrooms. Be sure your clients save room for dessert as the chocolate cake here is to die for.
There’s also Fresh, a casual eatery with quick grab-and-go items like salads, sandwiches and pizza—they also serve some yummy gelato here—and Solo, the resort’s coffee and pastry shop, which showcases a collection of vintage photographs of the property’s most legendary guests, including Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis.
more room to play “Perhaps one of the most breathtaking features of the renovated Fontainebleau is the expansive poolscape,” Gomez says gushingly. “Multiple pools, both big and small are spread throughout the perfectly manicured lawn and surrounded by cabanas and sun loungers.” She adds that a special area for kids is outfitted with comfortable cabanas and lounge chairs to allow parents a chance to relax while still keeping an eye on the little ones. The resort’s youngest guests can enjoy an interactive play area with a beach-style entry, waterslide, spray canopy, water cannons and zero-entry wading pool. Additionally, there’s an adults-only pool, located right outside Blade, the sushi lounge.
Meanwhile, VIP cabanas are a must for guests trying to keep the paparazzi at bay (recently that includes the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, the latter of whom was showcased at the resort’s New Year’s Eve festivities). Set apart on their own wooden deck, VIP cabanas offer an ideal retreat for up to six people. Each private cabana features a 32-inch, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, butler service, wireless Internet and digital safe.
When the night falls, Fountainebleau is definitely at the top of the list of Miami Beach hotspots. “By many accounts, Miami Beach has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the country, and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach caters to the trendy, jet-setting crowd like no other resort in town,” Gomez says without hesitation. “On any given weekend, celebrities frequent LIV, the nightclub located in Chateau. Guests can also opt to spend a night out at Bleau Bar having drinks or sunbathing at Blade’s Saturday pool party.
“There are very few resorts that are synonymous in people’s minds to the destinations they are located in,” says Gomez. “The Fontainebleau is one of those. And as Miami Beach continues gaining momentum globally as one of the most coveted vacation spots, this was the perfect time for the revival of one of the greatest landmarks of the city.”
Through April 30, Fontainebleau has a Winter Reunite promotion with rates starting at $399 per night. Additionally, the offer allows guests to gain resort credit based on their length of stay. Your clients can receive $100 for 3- and 4-night stays; $200 for 5- and 6-night stays; or $300 for 7-night stays and longer.