Staycation: August 10-16, 2017.
I don't know why we've never thought to do this before. We live in Florida, but we don't go to the beach often. We don't take advantage of all the possibilities of outdoor adventures. When Olivia's God-family decided to visit at the end of summer, we were dealing with a leak in the roof and we built back the 3rd bedroom. The house was dusty and it smelled of tar (from the new roof). That was definitely no way to host guests, so I did a little research and booked a stay at the SLS Brickell.
They had a beautiful pool on a rooftop terrace that featured amazing views. They also had pink rooms and that may have won me over; we booked two rooms and both were very spacious. We didn't get a chance to try it, but the restaurant in the hotel was highly rated (Bazaar Mar). There was a Gyu Kaku next door (Bubba loves) and it was within walking distance to restaurants, a grocery store, and not too far off from Brickell City Centre. The staff members were super sweet and there's even a complimentary on-site chauffeur service (within x mile radius). The booking rate was affordable ($150ish a night), but the hotel bar was pretty expensive (should be a given).. I think it was $16 per drink.
The kids had a wonderful time together. They loved how easy it was to access the pool and that they got to go just about every day. Olivia and Mila had God-sister bonding time! Once upon a time, they were at each other's throats. Now, they are basically twinsies.
We explored Brickell City Centre for the first time. It's mostly restaurants and a movie theater right now, but there's a Saks and a Zara was opening. It's a nice place to lounge around.
We took them to Wynwood, we hung out at the swings near Perez Art Museum, and we visited the Frost Science Museum.
When you book a room at SLS, it also comes with two beach chairs at the Delano Hotel in South Beach. We took advantage of that and had a beach day. They had free beach toys to use too!
We lunched at Yardbird right after. It is one of the most booked restaurants in Miami, with good reason.. it's delicious. Comfort food. Chicken and waffles are yummy. The house made biscuits are an absolute must. Their bloody Mary is good as well, especially with a side of bacon (I don't drink, but this is the one thing I will drink).
Their vacation also coincided with Olivia's God-mother's and God-sister's birthdays! I picked up some macarons from Sarah of The Little Sugars because they are probably my favorite macarons. It was their birthday "cake."
Olivia's God-mother is my first cousin and also one of my closest friends. We can hold a meme conversation. Yes, really. We're not serious at all with each other and it's just a lot of fun. During one of the nights, just the (grown) girls dined at Zuma (located at the Kimpton EPIC hotel). I honestly don't understand the hype. It's expensive. They use fine ingredients. They plate it nicely. The raw dishes were good, but the cooked dishes not so much. After trying a few "fancy" restaurants in Brickell since then, I think I'd rather eat simple and good.
^^ Obligatory bathroom selfie. And the pretty wall outside of Zuma.
We were so happy to have spent some quality time together. We live too far apart and, sometimes, we wish we were neighbors. Until next time! For now, we'll just message each other inappropriate things we find across instagram.