The Four Seasons Hotel Miami opened in 2003 in what is the tallest building in the southern United States. The 70-story skyscraper sits at the southern end of Miami's Brickell Avenue business district and houses residences, offices and a 50,000-square-foot gym in addition to the hotel. The Four Seasons' lobby is situated on the seventh floor as is its swimming pool, which is surrounded by lush tropical plants and offers bathers a bird's-eye view of the city skyline. The Brickell neighborhood has evolved over the past decade, putting Four Seasons guests within walking distance of not only major banks, corporate offices and consulates but also a plethora of restaurants, cafes and shops.
What restaurant would you recommend for a professional lunch or dinner?
Il Gabbiano (Tel. 305-373-0063) serves traditional Italian dishes in a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay. This downtown Miami restaurant is a staple of the local business elite. For a completely different ambiance and style, Zuma (305-577-0277), also downtown, offers contemporary Japanese cuisine in a high-energy environment that attracts a sophisticated, professional clientele.
I have 24 hours in Miami. What itinerary would you recommend to impress a client?
Start the day poolside with some of our signature amenities like an Evian Spritz and frozen-fruit brochettes while browsing the day's newspapers on an on-loan Kindle. Now one of the country's top art destinations, Miami has a number of galleries and exhibition spaces that merit a visit. The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in the Wynwood neighborhood represents some top local artists, including Edouard Duval-Carrie, whose work is also on display at the hotel.
For dinner, a table at either Prime One 12 in South Beach or Il Gabbiano downtown is always a good option. People watching in Miami Beach is a great way to end the evening. Take a seat at an outdoor table at the Nespresso Cafe on Lincoln Road, a pedestrian-only street, order a cortadito and enjoy your coffee while watching the world go by.
Can you suggest one or two places to shop?
Bal Harbour Shops is a must. This elegant open-air mall on Collins Avenue in the beachside...