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If you can pull yourself away from the pool and spa while staying at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, you’ll find plenty of other diversions nearby. Here are the five best things to see and do near the luxury hotel:
1. Shop. Miami certainly has great shopping, beginning with an outpost of Shanghai Tang right in the hotel’s lobby. The luxury Chinese boutique has colorful accessories and housewares you won’t be able to resist (think: cufflinks with the Chinese symbol for happiness and beautiful lacquer boxes). The famous Bal Harbour Shops are also just 15 minutes away. You’ll find a drool-worthy roster of upscale boutiques there, including Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent. Lincoln Road Mall, the pedestrian-only street mall in South Beach, is a quick drive away. It has more specialty shops, as well as big chains. Ask the concierge to arrange a shopping trip for you—you can use the hotel house car to reach your destination, or for a fee, have a personal shopper do all the work for you.
2. See South Beach. Located six miles from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, South Beach is a scene that must be taken in. The miles of prime beachfront brimming with beautiful—and eccentric—people is what makes Miami Miami. Take a quick taxi to South Beach to enjoy the beach scene, then head Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue to shop and eat.
3. Visit Vizcaya Museums and Gardens. This 1916 Italian Renaissance villa is filled with European art and antiques and gorgeous worth-the-trip-alone gardens. The historic site is just a seven-minute drive from the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
4. Explore Key Biscayne. This other well-known key is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, and is home to the Crandon Park Tennis Center (drop by to see where the Sony Ericsson Open is held each March). You can also hit the less-crowded beaches, or set off on a 12-mile guided bike trek through the key’s significant sites.
5. Explore Brickell. Miami’s downtown Brickell neighborhood (adjacent to Brickell Key) is booming, with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars close enough to walk to from Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Stop at local favorite Perricone’s Marketplace, near the lively Mary Brickell Village shopping center, for a coffee or gelato—the palm-shaded outdoor patio is a prime spot for people watching.