Deanne Wilder / January 11, 2017 EAST, Miami Hotel Photo credit: Swire Hotels Miami is one of my favourite places to escape to, especially with our cold Canadian winters. The sun, the beach, amazing restaurants and a great scene – it’s the perfect getaway! On a recent trip, I dabbled in the luxe Miami experience with a stay at EAST, Miami, and fully immersed in a work/play environment with no shortage of R&R! Before my trip, I had heard so much about the new, sleek modern hotel nestled in a lively neighbourhood with a range of great restaurants and cafes, paired with beautiful, calming suites – it was the best of both worlds! What better to round out my Art Basel experience, right?!From the moment I arrived, I was blown away. The hotel lobby is bright, modern and inviting, but it wasn’t until I stepped into my corner guestroom suite that I knew they’d have to throw me out or I wasn’t leaving. The open concept rooms were consistent with the overall hotel – modern, very bright, floor to ceiling windows with a balcony what wrapped around the suite. My favourite part – the bathtub. There was a perfectly situated window right next to the tub with a view of the Miami skyline, stunning! Photo credit: Swire Hotels Photo credit: Swire Hotels Care to wine and dine? EAST also offers great spots located directly in the hotel. My favourite was Quinto La Huella – the menu features simple yet delicious dishes utilizing a wood parrilla. The restaurant also includes a wood fire oven, sushi counter, and, of course – an amazing outdoor dining experience. I indulged and ate my way through the menu in two nights, rounded out with their awesome cocktail menu. The hotel also has a cool rooftop bar & garden called Sugar, where you can enjoy more cocktails alongside Asian tapas – delish! If you’re looking more for a low-key vibe, they also have a great all-day lobby cafe and bar that has the perfect balance if you’re feeling a more casual night. Photo credit: Swire Hotels Photo credit: Swire Hotels If you’re like me and can’t travel without shopping, conveniently just a few steps away is the Brickell City Centre below the hotel, where you can find SAKS Fifth Avenue, Giuseppe Zanotti, Pandora and more! Photo credit: Swire Hotels EAST Miami is no ordinary hotel… it brings out all the bells & whistles to provide a 5-star resort experience. It’s a destination to relax, suntan, dine… and is even the host of chic celebrity parties. Don’t mind if I crash! 😉 There were a number of cool parties taking place during Art Basel, and one that I got to check out involved a meet & greet with the legend himself, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC!!! I was amazed at how down to earth he was. I also got to watch him rap to an intimate crowd… where he was just a few feet away from me!!!! Photo credit: Swire Hotels Aside from how gorgeous the hotel was, and it was GEORGEOUS, the whole experience from the oasis pool to the rooftop bar & garden to the exquisite service all made my four-day visit to the EAST, Miami unforgettable, and I highly recommend you visit on your next trip to Miami. A special thanks to East, Miami for making my stay a memorable one! Want to stay at the East, MIAMI hotel? Check out rates and availability here!