Escape to Miami for the Ultimate Romantic Retreat

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

The warm, sultry sun in Miami makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Chef concierge Jorge Rocha at Viceroy Miami has suggestions for creating an unforgettable couples’ retreat in the Magic City.

 

Rise and Shine

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Sweep a loved one off his or her feet with breakfast (7-11 a.m.) or weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar on the 15th floor of Viceroy Miami, overlooking Brickell Avenue. Ease into the morning and prepare for a romantic day ahead by indulging in pancakes, waffles and omelets while sipping bottomless mimosas or bloody marys, and taking in the unrivaled views of Biscayne Bay and the resort’s 300-foot infinity pool—billed as the longest in Florida—from indoor or outdoor seating. (viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)

 

The Grand Tour

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

To avoid the stress of driving and parking—and focus on enjoying every moment together—arrange for a car service from Worldwide Transportation to a romantic rendezvous at enchanting landmarks like the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Vizcaya, which was built in the early 1900s, was the winter home of Miami millionaire and industrialist executive James Deering. Stroll the museum’s beautiful grounds inspired by 17th- and 18th-century European designs or walk through the maze garden to admire subtropical species such as exotic orchids growing amid the trees. (Worldwide Transportation: worldwide-limo.com) (Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: vizcaya.org)

 

Couples’ Cruise

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Take in the turquoise waters and ocean breeze off Miami’s coast by chartering a vessel—from a 24-foot boat to a 122-foot yacht—for a private cruise. Cuddle up while viewing the city’s impressive skyline, Biscayne Bay and local islands. The Advantaged Yacht Charters & Sales provides the boat, captain, crew and every amenity imaginable, including complimentary soda, water and a small fruit and cheese platter. For an additional fee, Champagne and a full gourmet dinner can be served onboard, or request to be dropped off at top waterfront restaurants like Zuma or Seasalt and Pepper. (theadvantaged.com)

 

Sunset Dinner

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As the sun sinks below the horizon and streaks of orange and pink fill the sky, enjoy dinner at Red Fish Grill, which is one of Miami’s most romantic restaurants and hidden in an oasis at the back of Matheson Hammock Park. Boats up to 50 feet are allowed at the marina nearby for those wanting to dock and dine. Toast a perfect day together while savoring Chilean sea bass, herb-roasted chicken or grilled Angus hanger steak at this waterfront gem. After dinner, take a stroll through the park to reflect on the day. (redfishgrill.net)

 

Scenic Sips

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(Courtesy of Juvia)

For an after-dinner drink and spectacular views of the glittering skyline, head to Juvia, a penthouse-level restaurant and lounge on Lincoln Road. The scenery at this James Beard design winner extends inside with a lush vertical garden by acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc. Signature cocktails made with Grey Goose vodka include the Juvia lemonade (created with ginger shrub and “chicha morada”—a sweet, nonalcoholic Peruvian drink made from purple corn) and Purple Rain (made with lemon sour and blueberry preserves), while the menu features Asian and South American cuisine prepared through classic French techniques. (juviamiami.com)

 

—Written by Sharon Stello