Hadag recently travelled to Florida to enjoy four days and nights at the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Florida is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the planet. The Sunshine State boasts over 663 miles of coastline that contains some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and diving sites. Miami is an idyllic location famous for its vibrant nightlife, upscale shopping, world-class restaurants, impressive skyscrapers and the Everglades alligators.

Hadag recently enjoyed a memorable four-day and night experience at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by golden sunshine and some of the friendliest and most professional hotel staff we’ve encountered over our many years of travelling.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

For starters, we found the Mandarin Oriental to be perfectly positioned in Miami. This five-star hotel is not only located close to the airport, but a mere stone’s throw away from numerous city attractions, including the Brickell City Center, the Design District, Wynwood and the Perez Art Museum.

Upon arrival at the hotel, the staff welcomed us as valued guests and ensured our check-in was a friendly and efficient experience. Mere moments later, we were escorted to our rooms, where we were hugely pleased to be greeted by the luxurious nature of our fine accommodation.

The Rooms

Grateful to be given a personalised tour of the hotel, we discovered that the Mandarin Oriental, Miami houses 326 guestrooms of various sizes, all offering access to private balconies with stunning views of Miami Bay and the city skyline. For those seeking the ultimate in opulent accommodation, the Mandarin Presidential Suite and the Oriental Penthouse Suite are truly sublime and available for those willing to pay for perfection.

I found my 41sq/m Deluxe Bay View Room with its 10ft-high ceiling, spacious and stocked with all amenities required for a productive and comfortable stay. These included a sizy work desk, wireless high-speed internet, an iPhone sound dock, an HD TV with On Demand and one of the most comfortable king-sized beds I’ve ever had the good fortune of sleeping on. My favourite inclusion, however, had to be the in-room, fully automatic espresso machine that enabled me to jumpstart each day with a quick and tasty shot.

Fine Dining

Miami’s Mandarin Oriental ensures all guests are spoilt for choice at mealtimes. Along with the relaxing option of in-room dining, the hotel houses several upmarket eateries for patrons to select from.

These options include food and drinks at the glamourous MO Bar + Lounge, light snacks at the tranquil waterside Oasis Pool Café and the buffet or à la carte serving option of Breakfast by Mandarin Oriental overlooking Biscayne Bay. For true fine dining, however, La Mar by Gastón Acurio was our destination of choice. With its beautiful waterside location and exceptional views of the city skyline, we felt fortunate to sample several dishes at this high-end restaurant throughout our stay.

These must mention meals consisted of Peruvian-inspired appetisers and main courses. We indulged in dishes comprising Spanish octopus, Peruvian botija olive sauce, chimichurri roasted piquillo peppers and avocado. Equally as scrumptious were the pan-seared jumbo scallops, seafood rice with shrimp octopus, calamari and Peruvian peppers, along with one of the tastiest tenderloin stir-fries we’ve ever sampled.

Five-Star Spa

For anyone desiring a little pampering, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami has an award-winning spa and wellness centre within its walls. Our tour of this tri-level sanctuary revealed first-class amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the upmarket JSC salon, a large infinity-edge swimming pool and the spa itself that offers a range of massage, beauty and relaxation treatments, along with sauna and steam room sessions.

Meeting Facilities

For those in Miami on business, the Mandarin Oriental provides an on-site Conference Concierge service and has 15 function rooms and an oversized terrace to cater to all needs and sizes of groups. We found these locations to be most impressive, with their 22ft ceilings, silk wall coverings, natural lighting, built-in screens, stunning rice paper chandeliers and state-of-the-art technology for multimedia productions.

Our Sincere Thanks

We’d like to thank the staff at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami for our personalised tour of their magnificent venue and the exceptional hospitality throughout our stay.