One Day Stay: Miami, Florida


If you know much about Lola, you certainly know that Miami is one of my favorite places to visit. Why? It is easy to get to from practically anywhere. Certainly from chilly Boston but this visit I actually flew direct from Barcelona. How about that? Then there’s the whole great food, great cocktails, great hotels, great beaches – the list goes on! Finally, since I love international travel, Miami is a perfect place for me with so many people from all over the world visiting and living there. Here’s my ‘One Day Stay’ round up of Lola’s visit this time to Miami.



Newcomer on the Miami South Beach scene, The James Royal Palm debuted in November 2012. This luxury boutique hotel originally built in 1939, has 179 guest rooms and 211 studios and suites, most with ocean views. Tres bon! A totally prime location being steps off the beach and world-famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hasΒ two swimming pools, a poolside bar, a fun lobby lounge and a full-service spa. The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm’s rich history keeping the European-influenced Art Deco style and playing up the style’s vertical elements and horizontal lines meant to denote movement and fluidity. Also, on property are two fabulous signature restaurants – Florida Cookery and CATCH. Yummy!Β The James brand has 2 other properties – one in New York and one in Chicago. I look forward to checking out these locations as well as this hipster hotel is completely ‘Lola Approved’.


Delano Cabana Day

This isn’t new Lola Miami news. When I get to South Beach, I cannot resist a cabana day at Delano. Everything is always “just right” at this posh destination. It’s the way to chill & play amongst the cool set. You can rent a cabana for the day and enjoy all the perks the guests of Delano have but at a fraction of the cost. How does little hourly treats from the gorgeous staff sound? What about complimentary neck or foot massages? YES…I thought you’d like that. Plus, the crowd is always fun and friendly. I’ve truly been hard pressed to find a better day long pool scene. TRUST ME ON THIS!


ultimate gin & tonic at SLS Miami

As you know I’m not one to shy away from a good cocktail. During my most recent visit to Miami, I had a few that I could carry on about. Every drink at Delano during my annual cabana day tasted amazing for starters but, then again, don’t most poolside cocktails?! Β Nevertheless, my favorite cocktail of this adventure was the ultimate Gin & Tonic at SLS South Beach. It tastes delicious but the presentation is so pretty, it’s a drink you hope lasts all evening!


Khong River House

Khong River House is one of the newer hot spots to try in Miami. Serving fabulous Thai-inspired food, the best loved dishes are theΒ Burmese Noodle Wraps, Roast Chicken, Crispy Shrimp and Coconut Cake. Also known for their yummy cocktail list and attentive staff, Khong River House is a hip and trendy place without any of the attitude. HOW DELICIOUS!

PS – an honorable mention goes to Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm. Your experience here is meant to be innovative and fluid, serving globally influenced seafood. All I can say is my server, Ashley, was one of the most knowledgable I’ve ever had and after describing all her favorite dishes, that is what I promptly ordered. AMAZING!



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51 Responses to One Day Stay: Miami, Florida

  1. Esther

    Love. Love. Love.

  2. Richard Calvin via Facebook

    Have you been to the tennis Lola?

  3. tennis in Miami Richard no. i didn’t do that πŸ˜‰

  4. Richard Calvin via Facebook

    Are you still in Miami? have some old tennis friends like Alessandro Cinelli who might be there. You two guys who would get on like a house on fire! πŸ˜‰

  5. no, sadly, i went directly from BCN and returned last Wednesday. it was a QUICK trip. never enough time though there. going back in may πŸ™‚ drat about Alessandro – love making new friends!!

  6. That drink sounds and looks lovely!
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  7. Direct flights to Barcelona from Miami make me wish I still lived there. Other than that not so much.
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    • πŸ™ that’s too bad Jeff. it is interesting though. Miami has a lot of directs from Euroland. that’s one of the reasons it’s such a fun international destination πŸ˜‰

  8. I will make this trip next year. This post solidifies it.
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  9. I love love love MIA.
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  10. Next time you go to Miami, please pack me in your bag!
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  11. I’ve only driven through Miami a couple times on the way to the Keys. Looks like a cool place!
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  12. Oh PLEASE let me come wit you next time!!!!! I need a cabana day!!!!!
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  13. OMG Lola – looks beyond amazing! A cabana day would certainly be what the doctor ordered! Who needs an apple a day with a massage and cocktails??!!!
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  14. I need to go back to Miami! Love it πŸ™‚ and would love to go with you πŸ™‚ dangerous!!!
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    • that will definitely be in the cards Mrs. O. i can’t wait to share Miami time with you. i dare say, it will probably be my favorite of all time visit!

  15. Glad you got some Miami in on your way back from Barcelona! And as always, you lived it up!!
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    • yes Raul but it was kind of a wicked tease. i was only there for 2 full days and i was so goofed up from the jet lag. i’m happy to tell you that i will be back for a longer visit in May πŸ™‚

  16. alright, lola. consider this an official request for you to take us to miami!
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  17. Love this article! I live in Miami and there’s never a shortage of new things to do or places to explore. Thanks for a great post! πŸ™‚
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    • thank you for your comment. i agree with you. since i do frequent Miami a fair amount i like to try some new things every time i go be it different restos or a new hotel. i’m always looking for the best & fun to report back on! πŸ™‚

  18. Ugh, I don’t know what’s keeping me but I’ve never been to Miami. But I should, it sounds totally up my alley. One day..
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  19. Have never been to Miami or Florida for that matter but The James Royal Palm sounds like it would be a stunning introduction Lola!
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  20. I actually have never been to Miami but will definitely get there one day. With all the Brazilians in my family, there’s probably no way I won’t get there!
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  21. This idea of a cabana day at a lower cost than staying as a guest at the hotel sounds good to me!
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  22. Clearly, Francesca needs to spend more time with Lola. Sign me up for a Delano Day!!
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  23. If there is one thing I am capable of doing it is doing, drinking, and dining (wait that is three things), in Miami or anywhere, but you sold me on South Florida.
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  24. South Beach and Lola seems like a perfect match to me. Thanks for the tips… I usually find myself there once a year. I know who to ask for recommendations before my next journey.

    stay adventurous, Craig
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  25. SLS is a nice place to spend the night πŸ™‚

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