After a day of exploring the city, sit back and relax at the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach. Watch the sunset over downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay with an appropriately named Biscayne Sunset — concocted with framboise liqueur, orange bitters, Champagne and a lemon twist. Snuggle up in the lounge’s discreet “kissing corners,” or sit outside enjoying the soft breeze and each other’s company as pinks and oranges fill the evening sky.
For dinner, make reservations at Jaya at The Setai Miami Beach. The menu’s shareable dishes are filled with modern Asian flavors such as turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, chilies, coconut milk and tamarind. From the Dim Sum menu, try the Truffle Rice Hot Pot, or choose to share the Thali Platter, which is the chef’s daily selection of assorted vegetarian Indian dishes.
Where to stay: The Julia Hotel, a 29-room, adults-only boutique hotel opened in 2017 in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood and offers a quiet sanctuary — yet still close to the action — to rest your heads on a couples’ Miami getaway. Cozy up in one of the five, two-story Ibis rooms, which each feature unique art installations including one that depicts a delicate swarm of beautiful Miami blue butterflies made of paper.
What to Do in Miami … with Friends
Melting into beach chairs and lounges under the Florida sun and ordering drinks from a nearby beach bar may just be the perfect way to kick off your friends’ getaway. After you’ve unwound a bit, you’ll quickly realize that this city is made for your crew, and there are plenty of Miami activities for adults.
Get a taste of Cuba by wandering through Little Havana for cigars, sandwiches and mojitos. And, if you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, check out Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, showcasing the neighborhood’s arts scene.
Speaking of art, take your friends to see the Wynwood Walls in Miami’s former warehouse district. Muralists from around the world have created vibrant, larger-than-life masterpieces, like Maya Hayuk’s vibrant, symmetrical patterns and Jean-Francois Rauzier and Ara Peterson’s striking black and white stripes of the Wynwood Building, which happen to be terrific backgrounds for Instagram shots.