Archive for May, 2021

The Many Museums of Miami

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The cultural scene in Miami is well-known and established, particularly in the art world, with famous events like Art Basel taking place annually. However, its reputation as a destination for museums is now starting to blossom, in no small part to international events showing the city off to a world-stage.

With a discerning clientele and tourists gracing its luxury villa rentals, there are more museums than ever before to enjoy.

So, if you’re planning a visit to the Sunshine State, why not check out these seven excellent museums during your stay.

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
If you’re intrigued by the many luxury vacation homes in Miami, then set some time aside for the Vizcaya Museum. This stunning estate of James Deering gives a glimpse into some of the inspiration behind the decadence and opulence seen in Miami real estate. The gardens were developed to help preserve the natural habitat, and remain beautifully kept for all to enjoy.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Undoubtedly one of the most talked about museums of recent times, the Frost Museum of Science is one that all the family can enjoy. Interactive, fun and fascinating, the state-of-the-art technology brings its teachings to life, including an awe-inspiring planetarium.

The Institute of Contemporary Art
This new build was opened in 2017 and attracts crowds from far and wide. Yes, there’s plenty of world-famous artworks here, including names such as Pablo Picasso and Julian Schnabel. But equally, there’s a number of exhibits to enlighten and expand the mind. Be sure to add it this world-class venue to your Miami museum bucket list.

Miami Children’s Museum
Take note, this is one of the biggest kids museums in the country, with 14 galleries loaded with interactive activities. You can lose a whole day here, making it a great activity when you’re ready to leave your luxury Miami villa.

Here the little ones will learn around the world all around them, from the oceans to space, and all that’s in between. That also includes a giant piano like the one in the movie ‘Big’ that the grown-ups will definitely enjoy! In short, it has all the ingredients for the perfect family day out.

World Erotic Art Museum
You can always count on Miami to bring a touch of quirky and sass to proceedings. It’s no surprise then, that the World Erotic Art museum is housed here. Far from seedy, there is an impressive collection of over 4,000 historic works throughout, ranging from photographs to sculpting’s. Some works even date back as far as 300 BCE. That all said be sure to bring your camera for the centrepiece – a six-foot penis statue!

History Museum, Miami
The city can thank its colourful past for the luxury amenities, high-end restaurants and luxury Miami villa rentals it boasts today. A great place to learn about all these is the History Museum located downtown. Here you will learn more about how the city came to be the bustling hotspot it is today. It spans the archives back 12,000 years, covering major moments from the Native American settlement through to World War II, and the Art-deco movement. With plenty of memorabilia and historical objects to view, it’s definitely one for the culture vultures.

Jewish Museum of Florida
Miami has a proud Jewish past and present, celebrated in this important museum. There’s over 100,000 artefacts to pour over, curated over the years from the many Jewish immigrants local to the area. It provides a fascinating dip into the local history and how Jewish life in Florida has evolved, grown and been shaped over the past two decades.

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Get Winter Fit in Miami

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Whatever time of year you choose to visit Miami, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing sports facilities available. Whether you choose to rock up to a one-off yoga class, or want to bench-press in five-star surroundings, you can rest assured that the city has it all.

Many who visit during the winter months, want to keep their exercise regimes up, while visiting on vacation, business or often times – a bit of both.

Within easy reach of all the leading Miami villa rentals, here’s our pick of some of the finest winter sports within the city confines.

Swimming
As a popular outdoors destination, Miami has plenty of inspiration for swimming enthusiasts. Sure, you can choose to dip into the Atlantic Ocean on the South Beach shoreline, or equally you can indulge in the heated pool of your luxury home rental, to get a few laps in before brunch.

But if you’re looking for something more special, more… Miami, then there’s nothing quite like the Venetian Pool in the Coral Gables. Perfect for those into wellbeing and rejuvenation, the aquatic facility was founded in 1923 developed from a coral rock quarry, hence its name. The 820,000 gallon pool boasts fresh spring water which is refilled daily. And when you’ve completed your laps, there’s a waterfall for hanging out. Bliss!

Yoga
When it’s time to say ‘namaste’ there’s plenty of choices for yoga enthusiasts throughout the city. From early morning beachside yoga, to free outdoor yoga to enjoy. But, for all those Miami feels, why not treat yourself to a private tutor for a one-on-one experience at your Miami luxury villa rental. It’s the best way to enjoy the views across the bay from the comfort of your home, plus an instructor can work around your schedule. When staying with Villazzo, you can call upon our concierge team to recommend and book a local yogi for your stay.

Running and working out
If you want to go running in the winter months, Miami is the perfect canvas with beautiful beachside views intermingled with city living for an upbeat workout. If you’d rather take it indoors, there’s plenty of pay-as-you-go gyms, where you can use the indoor running machines and more. At Solidcore, you can pay per class, or for a weekly pass, to make the most of their excellent facilities. With daily classes to make you sweat, there’s something for all level and skill.

Personal training
When you’re away from home it’s important to keep up with your usual fitness routine. If you don’t have time for a gym visit, or if the winter weather is holding you back, a personal trainer might just be the answer. There’s plenty of excellent personal trainers in Miami, that the Villazzo concierge can book on your behalf. This allows you to make the most of your time in your Miami luxury vacation rental, as many are able to come to your residence for personalized sessions.

Ice-skating
It’s one of our favorite winter sports as a nation. No matter what standard you are, there’s plenty of ice-rinks in Miami to take all the family. For all the throwback vibes, Basement Miami is the go-to place for some retro fun. As well as ice-skating, there’s a two-lane bowling alley, packed with special effects, for letting the good times roll… or should that be bowl!? One of the more light-hearted of all the sports facilities, it’s a fun place to visit with friends.

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