Saturday, December 19, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Getting In The Holiday Spirit

Thank you for your patience with our third post of the week. ICYMI we arrived in Mexico today and will be heading to ski New York late next week. Turns out, packing for two straight weeks of travel is a lot harder/time consuming than we thought so we had to bump our usual writing time to properly plan our luggage. That said, we've been wanting to put together this post for a few weeks because we've heard from you that the bizarre weather this winter—the summer-like rainstorms, the heat—are making it hard to get into the holiday spirit. The winter season is one of our favorite times of the year so today we are highlighting some events going on around town to help you muster that holiday cheer we know and love.

We completely missed the ball on Hanukkah pero there are a few days left to get amped before Christmas. One of our favorite annual events is Conrad Miami's Jack Frost Happy Hour at The Bar at LvL 25. In addition to festive cocktails and special holiday bites, the popular December happy hour livens the 25th floor every thirty minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a flurry of glittering snowflakes. One level below, the Spa at the Conradwhich we've mentioned previously has amazing seasonal specials—has three blissful new treatments that channel the spirit of the season: the Dance of the Sugar Scrub Berries body wrap and Swedish massage, the Let It Glow facial and Swedish massage, and the 75-minute License To Chill mani-pedi. Nothing like the spa to get you through the stress of holiday shopping and planning.

For New Year's Eve, we're more the champagne and chill at home type of people so we don't usually go out. But, for those of you who like to go all out, Miami is the perfect place to ring in the new year because our beautiful city loves exceeding your wildest dreams. If you're looking for that over-the-top, "So Miami" experience, you've got a couple of options. You can treat your palate with decadent prix-fixe menus (think lobster, caviar and the like) from restaurants like BaziCOYA,  Meat MarketIl Mulino New YorkAQ by Aqualina, and Hakkasan. Take a peek at their websites for detailed information on reservations, seating times, menu, and pricing. 

Alternately, you can snag tickets for dinner and a show at El TĂșcan. On New Year's Eve, the new  Brickell hotspot will host a historic performance by the world's most famous cabaret El Tropicana de Cuba—an exclusive preview of the cabaret's world tour scheduled to begin in 2016. If you prefer to sail away, you can charter a Windridge Yacht to party with family and friends over live DJ music, passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert buffet menus, and premium open bar, starting at $224.90 per person. Or, if you're a high roller, you can drop $25,000 to "Ring in the New Year" at W South Beach on a package that includes 6 nights in an Oasis suite, transportation to and from the airport, prix-fixe dinner at The Dutch on NYE, VIP tables at WET and WALL for up to four people.

Whatever the limits of your budget or your imagination, Miami's here to deliver your holiday wish list. All you have to do is have fun, stay safe, and surround yourself with the people you love. Happy holidays, Miami!


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