It’s that time of year again, when the world descends on Miami for its 18th Art Basel event. Between December 5-8, 2019, Miami Beach comes alive to the sound of art lovers, fashionistas and culture enthusiasts, all in search of the next big thing and latest contemporary art on offer.
If you’re one of the 83,000 visitors in search of; art, luxury home rentals and a vibrant party scene, read on. This feature covers all the essentials.
Dwell Well – Luxury Residencies
From luxury villa rentals to mansion rentals, Villazzo offers the best luxury Miami rentals at last-minute notice. Offering seclusion in premium locations, each property comes fully-serviced with a dedicated concierge, as well as; butler, chef and housekeeping at your disposal.
Make the most of your visit with five-star pampering at Villa Sasha. This modern property oozes sophistication with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and a heated pool. For something bigger, Vila Contenta is one of the largest mansion rentals set within 39,000 sq ft. Ideal for families, it boasts seven sizeable bedrooms with every convenience catered including a games room and library.
If modern living is more your vibe, Villa Vanya brings all the contemporary feels – fully kitted out with a theater and swanky indoor bar.
Just a few blocks from the event in the Miami Convention Center, Villa Siri is conveniently located. This top Miami villa offers stunning views in this prestigious waterfront address.
Touch of Affordable Luxe
For affordable luxury without the fringe benefits, you can simply hire a luxury house rental with Global Luxury Villas.
Larger groups will enjoy the space that Villa Ola affords, with seven bedrooms and plenty of dining spots, ideal for Miami villa get-togethers. While Villa Lori provides a beautiful backdrop for entertaining guests, wooing them with views across Biscayne Bay.
Art Basel Essentials
The Miami Convention Center plays host to the main Art Basel fair, where you can pour over modern masterpieces. Tickets start from $45 and can be booked in advance online.
During the four-day event, be sure to visit its Aqua space in South Beach (December 4-8). This is a popular gathering spot where visitors can rub shoulders with collectors and curators in informal settings.
Equally not to be missed is the critically-acclaimed Scope event (December 3-8). This is where new and emerging artists are discovered. The venue transforms into a club after hours for late night jinx. Held at 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, it’s in a bustling part of town, still within easy reach of the best Miami mansion rentals.
Finally, further along Ocean Drive (at 12th street), UNTITLED is worth a visit, presenting exclusive artworks this year from Tom Bianchi and much more.
When it comes to dining out, there’s plenty of options in the city. However, with it being a busy time of year, be sure to make the most of the concierge booking service at your Villazzo Miami villa.
In the heart of trendy downtown, Zuma brings Japanese izakaya dining to the mainstream, with noted chef Rainer Becker.
Just as alluring is Nobu at Eden Roc. Try the famous black cod at this popular Asian fusion restaurant and celebrity hangout. You’re sure to bump into an A-lister or two.
For American cuisine at its best, head over to Barton G, designed to ‘shock and awe’ the senses. This vibrant eatery is always a great place to impress clients or hang with friends, especially over a cocktail.
A final notable mention is much-loved steakhouse, Prime 112. Located on Ocean Drive, it’s a busy spot for those visiting some of the Art Basel events nearby.
Dress to Impress
Of course, Art Basel is also a gathering of people who come to be seen. From your luxury villa rental to designer clothes, this is an event where you’ll want to impress on every level.
Knowing what to wear is always a challenge, especially in the comfortably warm 69°F breeze.
Layers of linen are always advisable for the many different settings you’ll find yourself in. But don’t forget, this is an event that commands artistic flair – so creativity, colour and personality are encouraged.
Creative Ines Figarado favours hand-designed avant-garde costumes, while visitor Diana Boland celebrates high-street chic in Zara.
In terms of designer brands, art collector Matthew Strauss favours Tom Ford. Publicist Molly Krause opts for a mix of everything, from Theory to Sergio Rossi and Hermes thrown together.
Londoner Shevanne Helmer fuses vintage chic with handcrafted Vita Kin and luxe designer Gucci for a bespoke look. (Taken from Artnet.com)
Art Basel Miami comes once a year, be sure to enjoy it as its meant – in style!