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Miami Spa Month Kicks Off Tomorrow

Where: Miami, FL
June 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The view from the rooftop hydro therapy spa terrace at COMO Shambala Urban Escape.

You may be avoiding South Florida because itís 90 degrees and feels like 100. But skip Miami in the summer and you miss out on one of the best times of the year: Miami Spa Month.

Weíre not sure if itís the blistering heat that renders people unable to count or rename this annual promotion, but the good news is that Miami Spa Month actually runs for two months: July and August.

There are many great spas in Miami, and all across town (ie: not just at the beaches), but here are five spa month specials that caught our eye for being, as the cityís tourism slogan goes, ďso Miami.Ē

All treatments are $99, unless otherwise noted (some spas are also offering upgraded treatments for $129.)

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Lincoln Road in South Beach to Get The High Line Treatment

June 25, 2015 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The High Line is bringing its talents to Miami. Okay, well, the landscape architect firm who created it is.

Lincoln Road on South Beach has seen a lot of changes lately, with glossy new retail stores pushing out local eateries. (RIP Van Dyke Cafe and Pasha's.) The tourists who come to shop up a storm are no doubt happy, but locals have long lamented the loss of Lincoln Road's character. Perhaps the revitalization plans, as reported by Racked Miami and The Next Miami, will lift their spirits.

The most striking feature in the master plan proposed by James Corner Field Operations (they of The High Line) is the stretch of green running from one side of the South Beach island to the other. With temperatures in the 90s and little shade, Lincoln Road is a sunburn death trap in the middle of the day and this plan should make it a much more pleasant place to stroll. And isn't that the point of Lincoln Road in the first place?

As Racked reports, the proposal calls for more easy access to the cool MiMo water features that already exist in the middle of the Lincoln Road strip, as well as more stylish seating, an outdoor art and sculpture gallery and an outdoor market.

With much cooler spaces like Wynwood and the Perez Art Museum Miami around town, it sounds like South Beach has put itself on notice. Fingers crossed this plan gets approved and goes ahead.

[Image: Master plan rendering via The Next Miami]

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Hologram Helper Still at Miami Airport, Still Slightly Creepy

June 23, 2015 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of Miami today

It's been a few years since we checked in on the airport hologram helpers that have popped up in several U.S. airports but the trend is still going strong at Miami International Airport.

We spotted a creepy lovely hologram helper speaking Spanish and English just after we went through security at the airport's South Terminal. Of course, we had to stop and take a picture. Technically, the official name for the hologram helper is called a "Virtual Reality Passenger Assistant". And she also has a "human" name, Leticia. She may not be the hardest working airport employee but she does "work" seven days a week, 24 hours a day. (Cue the movie about a man who falls in love with the hologram helper and decides to move into the airport to be closer to her.)

Unfortunately, Leticia can't help you get an upgrade or put you on a different flight as her main goal is to give passengers tips on where to shop within the terminal. #hologramfail. Well, at least she looks pretty?

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The AMEX Centurion Lounge is Now Open at MIA

June 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

MIA just got a lot more, well, ďso Miami.Ē

That is, the airport now has a new hard-to-access lounge where you can mingle with the moneyed set and enjoy cocktails and food from one of Miamiís best chefs. So, itís just like the clubs and hotels of South Beach!

The good news is, you donít have to be a club kid partying past 2 a.m. to hit up this lounge. Itís open from 5 a.m. so even if you have the first flight out, you can still enjoy some serenity and first-class amenities before you board.

The catch is that youíve gotta have a good Amex, baby. The Centurion Lounge from American Express is complimentary for global Platinum Card and Centurion members who are visiting on the same day as a flight. If you donít have the expense account, credit or stomach for the $450 annual fee that comes with the Platinum Card (or the $7,500 initiation fee and $2,500 annual membership fee for the Centurion Card), you can still access the lounge for $50 per day if you have a valid American Express credit or charge card. (Thatís subject to capacity, of course.)

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Adventures with Uber in Miami Beach

June 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Usually, there's nothing better than arriving at your destination and finding the airport taxi line completely wide-open. That means there's no waiting; just drop your bags in the car, give the driver the address of where you're headed and you're off.

Usually.

The other day this editor arrived at Miami International Airport at 5:30am after a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. The taxi line was free and clear so I took the first taxi available. Before I got in, I made sure the taxi took credit cards. The taxi line agent assured me this taxi did and the driver himself assured me as well. (It's also a new law in Miami that taxis must be equipped to accept credit cards.)

But once we got moving, the driver asked me if I had cash. "Er, no," I said. "I need to pay by credit card." He sighed and then got on with the driving. During the quick drive (about 20 minutes), he seemed to struggle with keeping his eyes open. Which I could understand since he was probably at the end of a long overnight shift. But he also wasn't wearing a seatbelt and he was driving about 80 miles per hour on a highway. And I thought turbulence was bad.

Once we got over the bridge and into Miami Beach proper, he turned around and told me, "I'll take you to ATM now and you can get cash." There was no way I was going to have a cab driver take me to an ATM at 6am so I could get cash. I responded firmly with "No, I'd like to pay by credit card." When he dropped me off at my hotel, I gave him a cash tip. On the bright side, the fare was just $35, by far one of the cheapest airport taxis we've ever taken. But also, one of the scariest.

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South Florida's Tri-Rail Now Finally Doing Its Thing To MIA

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the areaís commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.

Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airportís transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.

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Throwback Thursday: The Incredible Price of a 10-Day Cruise to the Bahamas...in 1960

March 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

How much was a 10-day Bahamas cruise over 60 years ago? Well, you have your answer in the ad above, placed in Playboy in 1960. It advertises a voyage on a Windjammer sailing ship, departing Miami, with stops at Bimini, the Berry Islands, Nassau, Havana, Abaco, Cay Sal, and Grand Bahama all for $175 per person.

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Get Schooled in Street Art at Miami's Jose De Diego Middle School

Where: 3100 NW 5th Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Miami's Wynwood district has become the city's epicenter of art but, ironically, the neighborhood's middle school has no arts programs for its 600 students, due to budget cuts.

Last year, the Wynwood Arts District Association and WynwoodMap.com brought together a group of non-profits, corporate partners, local businesses, artists, and city officials with the common goal of not only bringing color to the Jose De Diego Middle School's stark white walls, but to create a long term fundraising campaign that will finance a new arts program at the school.

The RAW (Reimagining Arts Wynwood) Project was launched during Art Basel in December 2014 as an army of more than 30 world-renowned arts - including David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face, Jaz, LezaOne, ABSTRK, Shark Toof, Santiago Rubino, and Derek Hunter - covered JDD's exterior walls with large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals.

And now you can make it a stop on your next trip to Miami. Jose De Diego Middle School, located at 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami, welcomes the public to tour the grounds, view the murals, take photos and, most importantly, donate to their cause.

To make a donation, visit crowdrise.com.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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5 Things to Do Right Now in Miami Beach

February 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Snow? Slush? Ice? Never heard of it. Unless it comes in the form of a slushy, boozy drink. Welcome to Miami, where it's a sunny 75 degrees in the middle of winter and the arrival of The Season means that the town is full of the bold, the beautiful and the highly entertaining.

Here are five ways to get into the swing of things here on South Beach:

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Art Basel Miami Beach Imagines MIA as a Where's Waldo Wonderland

December 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.

Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.

The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."

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How to Get Tickets to the 2015 Winter Music Conference in Miami

December 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Winter Music Conference will return to Miami on March 24 Ė 28, 2015, and you can be a part of it.

WMC 2015 will be held at the Deauville Beach Resort and include EDM and dance music performance sets, conference workshops, panels focusing on the newest technology and sounds, and much more. In its 30th year, WMC is the largest EDM gathering in the world with dozens of DJs, artists, music labels, producers, promoters, techies and club goers coming together for one epic weekend.

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Trade Beach Clean-up for a Miami Hotel Discount

April 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami is the latest hotel to offer their guests discounts in exchange for doing good.

The "Our Beach Is Your Beach" Package includes an additional 10% off the best available rates, $50 spa daily credit, and free daily breakfast for all guests who participate in a 3-hour beach clean-up and a 2-hour environmental beach walk.

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