Decadent art deco buildings. Sleek, lavish cars driving down Ocean Avenue. Beautiful people in bathing suits along South Beach. Miami has long been a city that loves to go over the top and put its best, most glamorous foot forward. And you too will find yourself drawn to its many shiny, alluring qualities.
Do Miami in the most over-the-top way possible and head for the sky. As the elite know, the bird’s eye view is the best way to take in all the glam and Miami Helicopter delivers. With themed tours ranging from Grand Miami to Golden Beaches, you’ll get a good look at everything Miami has to offer. But make sure to stop here first before you go exploring — it’s the perfect way to plan your glam.
14970 NW 42nd Ave Suite 45-08, Opa-locka, FL 33054
If opulence is what you’re after and you’ve got your dancing shoes on, then LIV won’t let you down. Get up close and personal with celebrities, VIPs and Miami’s most beautiful people at one of Miami’s most striking clubs. Complete with table service and private skyboxes that overlook the packed dance floor, it’s the rhythm of glam if there ever was one. But make sure to come dressed to impress — they set a high standard for all who enter.
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Located in South Florida’s exclusive Bal Harbour Shops, Makoto is a celebrated culinary destination created by famed restaurateur Stephen Starr and Chef Makoto Okuwa, an Iron Chef competitor and disciple of the famed Chef Morimoto. The chic and modern restaurant, which opened in 2011 to critical acclaim, features a contemporary design and showcases the elegant and masterful flavors of Japanese cuisine. Makoto also boasts a carefully curated beverage program featuring sakes, food-driven wines, Japanese craft beers and cocktails influenced by Japanese flavors and classic techniques.
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL
Miami Design District
There’s a new-ish kid on the high-end shopping block and Miami Design District is it. Over the past decade, Miami’s once fledgling furniture district has been redeveloped to become the home of all things design – from art galleries to architecture firms to luxury fashion boutiques and fashionable restaurants. It has quickly become the shopping district of choice for the international elite, and no matter if it’s new or old money that they’re coming with, there’s no shortage of places to spend it.
3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Bal Harbour Shops
Long regarded as the place to shop for any luxury fashion brand, this swanky open-air mall commands the glam market. There’s always a waitlist for retailers looking to open a shop in this tropical oasis, which is no surprise given it’s draw of the affluent crowd. An inner courtyard is surrounded by countless stores selling high-end brands, the courtyard sometimes even playing host to fashion shows and other VIP events. Which explains why some say it’s the most luxurious mall in America.
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
An oasis from one of America’s most glamorous decades still remains at Deering Estate. Now a nature preserve and historic house museum, there are two original houses on the 444-acre property — one a former hotel and the other a personal residence of Charles Deering, designed in 1922, and inspired by Charles two Spanish castles. Inside the museum all kinds of surprises, including a false wall concealing a Prohibition era wine cellar that once housed over 7,000. Pack a picnic lunch and head out beyond the walls and explore the lush grounds including a butterfly trail and picnic area overlooking the historic boat basin where manatees like to gather nearby.
16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
A glamorous walk awaits you at Vizcaya, a grand Italian villa surrounded by European-style gardens and a lush tropical forest. The villa itself is awe-inspiring — the interiors still preserved with lavish furnishings and ornate art reflecting the palaces the owner had it modeled after. You’ll stroll the same halls as film stars from the ‘20s and world leaders who have met here for many summits over the years. It’s full of character, and only a mere glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the rich and famous man who once lived there.
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129