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06 WELCOME A few words from General Manager Greg Cook.

11 ICONIC RENAISSANCE Eden Roc just keeps getting better. 12 CHEERS! The Lobby Bar headlines the resort’s cocktail collection.

14 SOULFUL FEASTS Chefs get to the roots of freshness and flavor. 19 CHEF Q&A Executive Chef Thorsten Leighty brings passion to the table.

20 TASTE OF EDEN ROC Chefs share a few favorite recipes.

24 THESE WALLS CAN TALK Celebrate famous visitors, past and present.

29 SERVICE PROS Eden Roc Ambassadors turn hospitality into art.

34 GARDEN OF EDEN Fashion and style naturally intersect at Eden Roc.

44 GRECIAN GETAWAY New ELLE Spa offers stylish rejuvenation. 46 ALL IN GOOD FUN The resort presents activities for all ages. 50 GATHERINGS Eden Roc hosts unforgettable meetings and celebrations.

53 ON THE TOWN Find a wealth of activities, arts and culture just minutes away.


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Doug Scroggin Publisher

Mark Gauert Editor Anderson Greene Designer Advertising

Anne Regan Account Executive Larry Schwingel Special Sections Writer Production

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Dear Eden Roc Guests, Welcome to Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach! We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our beautiful resort. Since 1956, we have hosted guests looking for superlative hospitality, and we continue that tradition today. On the pages of Eden Roc magazine, you will discover what makes the resort so special – superlative dining and cocktails at our restaurants and bars, rejuvenating care at the new ELLE Spa, and exciting recreation possibilities at our four distinctive outdoor pools and beautiful Atlantic beach. You will learn about the fascinating city of Miami Beach, with its myriad opportunities for enjoying the arts, architecture, nightlife, shopping and natural beauty. You will also be introduced to a few of our stellar Ambassadors, who represent a broad and diverse team of people dedicated to making your stay extraordinary. It’s all part of the allure of Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, and it’s yours to discover! Again, welcome. We look forward to creating an experience that will have you planning your next visit before you leave. As our famous architect Morris Lapidus once said, “Too much is never enough.” Kind Regards,

Greg Cook

Greg Cook General Manager


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“If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part.”



orris Lapidus created Eden Roc to be a grand theater. Straight-line Italianate exterior punctuated with opera-box balconies and skyward-reaching, bluegreen mosaics. Circular sunken lobby embraced by massive Brazilian rosewood columns and flanked by an entrance-worthy crescent staircase. Swanky dining and entertainment spaces, elegant guest rooms, expansive swimming pool. Beginning in 1956, the curtain lifted, and the players streamed through its doors – celebrities and dignitaries, wedding parties and business travelers, visitors and locals. And the production continues today. A recent renovation and expansion has broadened the stage, re-establishing Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach as a model of style and luxury, says General Manager Greg Cook. “It has always been an iconic hotel in the City of Miami Beach,” he says. “Everyone has a story about the hotel – or knows somebody who does.” So when Cook was pegged to oversee the construction/renovation project, he was eager to play his part. The property was in extreme need of renovation, he says. The original Resort Tower had to be gutted and rebuilt, while the 21-story Ocean Tower was constructed from the ground up. The resort was closed for 18 months during the process, reopening in October 2008, with the new tower debuting in January 2009. Architect John Nichols and his Coral Gables firm focused on preserving Lapidus’ Miami Modern style. Thus, the architecture of the new tower blends gracefully with the original building, just as the reproduced terrazzo in the lobby blends seamlessly with its older prototype, except for one detail. Embedded pearlescent shells distinguish the newer sections from the vintage flooring. Other updates have included the establishment of the popular farm-to-table steakhouse 1500 Degrees by eminent hospitality developer Seth Greenberg and Hell’s Kitchen Chef Paula DaSilva. Cabana Beach Club’s renovation (expected completion mid-2011) features retracting window walls that take full advantage of its beachside location. ELLE Spa adds another jewel to the resort, offering a Mediterraneaninspired getaway and revitalizing treatments. To date, Eden Roc has spent more than $220 million on its reinvention. With every change and addition, Cook says, the goal has been to preserve the resort’s tradition and history while embracing modern luxury, comfort and convenience. Now the stage is set for guests to continue the legacy. “We have a great story here, and we invite our guests to create their own history along with us,” Cook says.

– Eden Roc Architect Morris Lapidus


ith the restoration of the historic Resort Tower and the addition of the 282-room Ocean Tower, Eden Roc Renaissance is able to accommodate a wide variety of guest room preferences, says Resident Manager Todd Winch. “With multiple room configurations, including bi-level bungalows and suites, there is a floor plan to meet and exceed any guest’s desire,” he says.    The Ocean Tower, appointed in yellow and orange tones, offers a contemporary atmosphere and sweeping views of the Atlantic and the pools. The Resort Tower, decorated in blue and brown hues with mahogany accents, captures the historic texture and presents views of the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.   Everyone has their preference, whether it’s for the historic or new tower, Intracoastal or ocean vista, Winch says. The Intracoastal view from the Resort Tower is especially appealing at night, he adds, when guests can sit on the balcony with a glass of wine, watch the boats go by and see the lights of the city.

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In addition to the see-and-be-seen Lobby Bar, Eden Roc presents several other inviting locales for cocktails, connections and conversations. Cabana Beach Club Bar is a fun, casual spot for drinks, from the specialty Coco Loco and Cabana Passion to a bucket of brews. The 1500 Degrees lounge, tucked in a corner of the restaurant, offers a warm, intimate setting, and the ELLE Spa rooftop is a refreshing getaway. Aquatica, on the pool deck, keeps the party going during high-use times and special events.


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westerly breeze flows through Eden Roc’s entryway, stirring the floor-to-ceiling sheers of the Lobby Bar and playing the crystal chandelier like a wind chime. There is a dreamlike quality to this historic setting, which seems to channel past glamour as it exhibits contemporary chic. Architect Morris Lapidus’ original Brazilian rosewood columns rise from the gleaming terrazzo floor to the cloud ceiling high above, defining a striking center stage. Bar stools and banquettes surround the oval-shaped bar, and Deco-inspired seating groups dot the lobby, providing myriad venues for meeting, relaxing or just watching the flow of passing visitors and locals. Open from midday, the Lobby Bar serves an everchanging clientele – business people having lunch alongside their laptops, a photo crew conducting a fashion shoot, late-night celebrants partying with friends. As the sun sets, the lights dim, the red lamps glow, the music shifts and the mood transforms into an evening vibe. The bar features an extensive selection of premium liquor, wine, beer and cordials, plus specialty cocktails, including the Watermelon Mojito, 45th & Collins and Cucumber Martini. The bar menu provides light bites as well as more substantial offerings, such as shishito peppers with sea salt and lime, crispy tempura oyster mushrooms, Caprese thin-crust pizza and the 1500 Degrees burger. Open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends, serves until 1 a.m. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach





pig farm on the far side of Lake Okeechobee may seem an unlikely destination for Eden Roc Renaissance chefs, but the trip was enlightening, says Food and Beverage Director Marty Clarke. “We learned how the animals are raised and how their stress level can affect the quality of the meat,” he says. “It’s important that their environment is as stress-free as possible.” Farm to table and field to fork are buzz-phrases in culinary circles these days, but the Eden Roc food professionals have given legs to the concept, getting to know the people and processes behind their ingredients to monitor quality from the ground up. Robert Moehling, who began selling his father’s cucumbers from a roadside stand near Florida City 51 years ago, is a case in point. The stand, called Robert is Here after the signs that first drew passersby to the then 6-year-old’s table, now has more than 50


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Char-grilled octopus, baby artichokes, preserved lemons and parsley sauce from 1500 Degrees.

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1500 Degrees

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Eden Roc enlisted a pair of dynamic personalities to create 1500 Degrees. Hospitality impresario Seth Greenberg brings more than 20 years of experience acquiring and developing high-end hotel, restaurant and nightlife properties in New York, Boston and Miami. Executive Chef Paula DaSilva, formerly of Fort Lauderdale’s acclaimed 3030 Ocean and runner-up on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen, brings more than a decade of experience as a chef. Paula recruited fellow Hell’s Kitchen alum, the classically trained kitchen dynamo Ben Walanka, as her sous chef. Their combined efforts have turned up the heat on the Miami Beach dining scene.


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1500 Degrees Roasted Chicken fruits and vegetables, and Robert, along with his wife, Tracey, and four grown children, still runs the business. He knows his stuff, says Executive Chef Thorsten Leighty, who recently enlisted Robert and his family to make a presentation on tropical produce and recipes for an Eden Roc conference. “Food needs to speak from the heart, and Robert has a passion for his produce,” Chef Thorsten says. The harvest from passionate suppliers is served in the resort’s restaurants every day, from the Homestead-grown strawberries to the Florida grass-fed beef, Atlantic-caught snapper and handmade local burrata cheese. In the hands of Eden Roc’s talented chefs, great ingredients are transformed into unforgettable dining experiences.

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Crops are growing on the pool deck, just outside the windows of 1500 Degrees restaurant. Well, they are more like garden patches of lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, herbs and such. They won’t feed the masses, but the vegetables do symbolize the farm-to-table concept of the restaurant. Swank Farm of Loxahatchee, one of Chef Paula DaSilva’s favorite suppliers, created the garden for her. “I pick it when we’re doing tasting menus,” Chef Paula says. Whenever possible, she likes to patronize Florida suppliers who produce top ingredients – burrata cheese from Mozzarita in Pompano Beach, micro

vegetables from Paradise Farms in Homestead, pork-loin chops from Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon Park. However, she will also go far afield, if necessary, to acquire the best products, such as oysters from Little Skookum Inlet off Washington’s Puget Sound and a host of vegetables – English peas, ramps, micro greens – from The Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio. “We don’t get bogged down in pedigree,” she says, citing fresh, topquality, seasonal ingredients as the foundation of great menus. Indeed, her dinner menu changes daily to incorporate foods that are at the peak of flavor. Steaks headline the bill of fare – the name 1500 Degrees derives from the optimal broiling temperature for beef – with choices such as a 14-oz. Florida grass-fed Wagyu ribeye and a 34-oz. prime porterhouse center-cut for two. Freshness dictates the seafood offerings, which may include whole fried yellowtail snapper, grilled black grouper or seared ahi tuna. For vegetarians Chef Paula always offers Local Farmer’s Delight, a selection of seasonal vegetables and specialty grains. Small plates bring such delights as roasted beets with creamy goat cheese, charred Brussels sprouts with mustard sauce, grilled rare teriyaki beef skewers with peanut sauce and – one of Chef Paula’s specialties – crunchy pork-belly tacos with homemade kimchee. Inventive side dishes take advantage of newly harvested vegetables, and the raw bar serves up fresh offerings from the sea. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


1500 Degrees presents farm-to-table cuisine in a chic, contemporary setting. Guests who prefer to put their palates in the chef’s hands may choose the tasting menu – five specially chosen courses, paired with wine, if desired. Open daily at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast; dinner 6-10 p.m. SundayThursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For dinner reservations call 305-674-5594.

Cabana Beach Club

Cabana Beach Club embraces its ocean-side surroundings as it celebrates Floribbean cuisine. A renovation, expected to be completed in summer 2011, features window walls that open to Atlantic breezes, soft seating that encourages conversation and fire pits that illuminate tropical evenings. Executive Chef Thorsten Leighty and Cabana Chef Mario Morejon present an enticing selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrées, focusing on sustainable Florida foods with Caribbean twists. Mojo-marinated chicken breast, for instance, is served with black beans and jasmine rice. Tropical Caesar salad is accented with coconut-bread croutons, crisp plantains and mango Caesar dressing. The 12-oz. pork chop is glazed with rum and served with smashed boniato, sautéed spinach, caramelized onion and roasted beets. Fresh offerings from the raw bar include a ceviche trio, each version named for its piquant element: Leche de Tigre, Aji Amarillo and Rocoto. 18

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Desserts also take on the flavors of the tropics, including Key lime pie, guava cheesecake and café con leche flan. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday.


ELLE Spa features a spacious private outdoor roof deck with spectacular views, VIP Cabanas and food and bar service. Look for light and healthful offerings here, such as almond, grape and garlic gazpacho; fattoush salad with Moroccan spiced salmon; lobster salad with fava beans, tomatoes, avocado, corn and Applewood-smoked bacon; grilled tenderloin salad with roasted artichokes, asparagus, peppers, organic greens and feta cheese; and tropical fruit sushi. Visit www. for information.


Starbucks, right off the lobby near the Collins Avenue entrance, offers fresh coffee, specialty drinks and pastries. Open daily 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

In-room, all-around dining

Eden Roc serves guests wherever they prefer to dine, from the Lobby Bar to the pool deck to the guest rooms. Order from the restaurants or bars, or take advantage of 24-hour in-room dining. Check out the guest room menu and call 3240 to order, or select the in-room dining button on the guest-room phone.

Thorsten Leighty,

Eden Roc Executive Chef


passion for food, an adventuresome palate, a generous spirit and classical French culinary training – Eden Roc Renaissance Executive Chef Thorsten Leighty brings considerable talents to his post overseeing the restaurant and banquet kitchens. However, his first concern is always the people he serves. “Chef Thorsten is completely involved in working with customers, both on personal and professional levels,” says Food and Beverage Director Marty Clarke. “Whether it’s providing an outstanding dining experience to a guest proposing to his girlfriend or a large group seeking an extraordinary, never-seen-before event, Chef Thorsten engages and makes it happen.” The chef’s skill is backed by an impressive resume, beginning with his initial training at the five-star Nassauer Hof Hotel in Wiesbaden, his hometown in Germany’s Rhine Valley. He went on to work in the kitchens of several European master chefs before coming to America 10 years ago, landing as sous chef in the renowned Patina restaurant in Los Angeles. He joined the Marriott family at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in California. It was a good move professionally and personally – he met his wife, Tike, at a Hollywood wine tasting. He then opened the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz., and served as executive chef at the JW Marriott in Ihilani, Hawaii. “My son was born in Hawaii,” Chef Thorsten says, adding that Jack is now 3 years old. “Then I got a tap on the shoulder to open up this beautiful hotel here [after the renovation].”

Chef Q&A What’s the best aspect of your job? I enjoy the challenge of overseeing so many moving parts, the restaurants, the catering, constantly feeding up to 1,500 people a day. I also enjoy leading a team of 100-plus employees that is very diverse. We have associates from the Caribbean, South America, Korea, Turkey. I recently came back from a recruiting trip to Peru, and we will have 10 Peruvian interns with us for a year. Everybody works together to put out great food. How would you describe the style of your cuisine? Contemporary, straightforward and fresh – simple presentations, done well. What cuisines are you most drawn to? I try to keep an open mind, to pick up local cultures and flavors. In Hawaii there were strong Asian influences, in Miami it’s Caribbean cuisine. I like to take the indigenous food and use my classical training to put a spin on it. How did your upbringing influence your cooking? I always knew I wanted to be a chef…from 8 years old. My mom was a great cook, and I especially enjoyed back-yard barbecues with my family. In the summer, I didn’t go on vacation, I took a cooking class. What is the essence of good cooking? Passion. A good dish has emotion. It has to come from the heart, whether it’s fried chicken or tomato-mozzarella salad or an omelet. You select the best, fresh ingredients and prepare them with passion. What do you like to cook at home? I like to keep it simple, grill a piece of meat or fish and have a nice grilled vegetable salad. Recently I bought a smoker, and I’ve been smoking ribs and brisket and pairing them with fresh produce. What are your favorite flavors? The simple combination of peanut butter and chocolate is an all-time favorite.

Whole fried yellowtail snapper with bok choy, shishito peppers and Thai chili sauce from 1500 Degrees. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach



EDEN ROC CHEFS AND MIXOLOGISTS SHARE A FEW OF THEIR SECRETS Chef Paula DaSilva’s stuffed onions, served at 1500 Degrees, take some time to prepare, but they are worth it. POTATO GRATIN-STUFFED VIDALIA ONIONS 3 1 1 1 ½ 6 2 2


Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced cup cream tablespoon prepared horseradish tablespoon minced garlic cup grated Gruyère cheese Salt, to taste medium Vidalia onions, peeled cups milk bay leaves Water Olive oil Freshly ground black pepper, to taste cup chopped chives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9-inch pie pan. Combine the potatoes, cream, horseradish and garlic. Place in the pie pan, cover with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour. Remove the potatoes from the oven, add Gruyère cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt to taste. Let the mixture cool; refrigerate. In a large pot, add the whole onions, milk, bay leaves, a dash of salt and enough water to cover the onions. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat; then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the onions cool in the milk mixture. When cool, remove the onions from the milk. Working from the bottom of each onion, use a sharp knife to hollow out the center, leaving an onion shell about ½ inch all round. If you make a hole in the top of the onion, patch it on the inside with a strip of the onion you have removed. Heat oven to 400 degrees; grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Stuff the onions with the gratin mixture. Place onions, cut side down, in the baking pan. Brush the tops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the onions until golden and heated through, about 30 minutes. For additional browning, place the onions under a preheated broiler on high for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes 6 servings.


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Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

Rediscover Brussels sprouts in Paula DaSilva’s surprising roasted or fried incarnation.


1 2 2 1 ¼

Salt to taste pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed Olive oil spray or olive oil for brushing tablespoon butter tablespoons crème fraîche tablespoons whole-grain mustard tablespoon sherry vinegar cup chopped chives Freshly ground pepper to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts. Return water to a gentle boil and cook 3 minutes until sprouts yield to fork but are still firm. Drain and place them in a bowl of ice water stop the cooking process. Drain sprouts well and cut in half lengthwise. Place on a broiler pan cut side down and spray or brush with olive oil. Place about 4 inches from broiler element and broil on high until dark brown. Turn, brush or spray with olive oil and return to broiler until tinged brown. In a sauté pan combine butter, crème fraîche and mustard. Cook over medium-high heat until blended, and then add Brussels sprouts, vinegar and chives. Toss and season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Cabana Beach Club Restaurant Chef Mario Morejon shares a Florida favorite: conch fritters accented with a creamy remoulade and the tang of pickled slaw. CONCH FRITTERS WITH PICKLED SLAW AND CREOLE REMOULADE Vegetable oil 1 dozen egg whites 4 pounds conch, bruised*, cleaned and finely diced 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons baking powder 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt, or to taste 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning 2 Scotch bonnet peppers, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced 2 bunches chopped cilantro ½ cup fresh lime juice Creole Remoulade (recipe provided) Pickled Slaw (recipe provided)


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Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fat fryer to 350 degrees. In a large, non-plastic bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Ensure the conch meat is dry. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and Old Bay seasoning until well blended. Fold all ingredients into the beaten egg whites until well blended. Using a 2-ounce scoop, carefully drop batter into preheated oil and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Serve with Creole Remoulade and Pickled Slaw. Makes about 48 fritters. * To bruise conch, place between plastic wrap and pound on both sides until tender, but do not tear the meat. CREOLE REMOULADE 1 ½ ¼ ¼ 1 ½ ½ ½

cup mayonnaise cup ketchup cup Worcestershire sauce cup fresh lime juice red bell pepper, finely diced teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes cup chopped cilantro cup finely diced Spanish onion


garlic clove, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Makes about 3 cups. PICKLED SLAW 1 1 ¼ ½ 2

small head green cabbage, thinly sliced large carrot, grated cup minced Spanish onion cup cider vinegar teaspoons kosher salt

Blanch cabbage in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute, drain and transfer to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients until well blended. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Slaw will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 8 cups.




Fresh basil adds an aromatic edge to this Cabana Beach Club cocktail. CABANA PASSION 3 2 2

fresh basil leaves ounces Grey Goose vodka ounces pineapple juice Ice Sprite Pineapple slice and basil leaves for garnish

In a shaker, use a muddler to crush the 3 basil leaves. Add Grey Goose, pineapple juice and ice. Shake and strain into a white wine glass filled with ice. Finish with Sprite and garnish with pineapple slice and basil leaves. Makes 1 cocktail.

Muddled lime and mint marry with watermelon in this ultra-refreshing mojito, a specialty of the Lobby Bar. LOBBY BAR WATERMELON MOJITO 5 2 1¼ 1 ¼ 1

mint leaves lime wedges ounces rum ounce watermelon juice ounce simple syrup (see instructions) ounce club soda Lime wedge for garnish

Place mint leaves and 2 lime wedges in a highball glass. Use a muddler to crush, releasing the juice and oils. Add rum, watermelon juice and simple syrup, and fill the glass with ice, leaving room for soda. Shake or stir. Top off with soda and garnish with lime wedge. Makes 1 cocktail. To make simple syrup, mix equal parts of sugar and water and boil until sugar dissolves. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.  Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach





den Roc began as a place to see and be seen. Since its opening in 1956, the lavish resort has drawn a host of celebrities and dignitaries. “Miami Beach was in a total artistic renaissance in the ’50s and ’60s, and Eden Roc Hotel was a crown jewel,” says Sales and Marketing Director David Siguaw. “Miami Beach is vibrant again, centered in international music, fashion and hospitality, and we are recreating another classic era today at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach.” The proof is in the famous faces that have been showing up at the resort. Recent performers have included Wyclef Jean, Patti LaBelle, The Gypsy Kings and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. In addition, Eva Longoria, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Andy Garcia have celebrated special events at Eden Roc. Today’s luminaries follow in the footsteps of notable guests of yesteryear, and a stroll around the resort brings that legendary glamour to mind.


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Overcoming a wall of spite This early rendering of Eden Roc shows the pool, the beach, the boardwalk and the opera-box balconies that would define the resort’s profile when it opened in 1956. What it does not reveal is the tower that would cast a shadow on Miami Beach history – and on Eden Roc’s pool deck. After architect Morris Lapidus had designed the Fontainebleau, Harry Mufson commissioned him to create Eden Roc, right next door (to the left in this rendering). Fontainebleau developer Ben Novack and Mufson had been business partners, but they had acrimoniously parted ways. In 1962 Novack built what has come to be known as the Spite Wall, a 17-story addition on the northern edge of the Fontainebleau property line, which shaded Eden Roc’s pool. Appearing like a wall of concrete, the building had no windows facing Eden Roc, except for a few that belonged to Novack’s apartment. To remedy the problem, Eden Roc built a second pool on the northeast corner of the property, near what is now the Cabana Beach Club. These days the Spite Wall is no longer visible from the Eden Roc pool deck, thanks to the 21-story Ocean Tower, which opened in 2009.

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Illustrious Eden Roc visitors from the ‘50s and ‘60s included, clockwise from top left, Lena Horne, Milton Berle and Jerry Lewis, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball and, in center, Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor.

Imagine Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd celebrating in the Mona Lisa Room for the premiere of Todd’s film, Around the World in 80 Days. Envision a jewel-bedecked Lena Horne or Ann Margret making an entrance gliding down the grand staircase. Picture Sammy Davis Jr. or Jerry Lewis holding court in the sunken lobby, now the Lobby Bar. Visualize Lucy and Desi filming an I Love Lucy vacation throughout the scenic resort. The 10,000-square foot Pompeii Ballroom, formerly Café Pompeii, carries the memories of supper shows by entertainers such as Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, Georgia Gibbs, Johnnie Ray and Roberta 26

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Sherwood. Here guests dined on American and Chinese cuisine and took to the dance floor until 2 a.m. The more intimate Mona Lisa Room, which serves today as a 5,000-square-foot ballroom and performance venue, once treated celebrities to an elegant atmosphere, with Continental cuisine, candlelight and strolling string musicians. This is where Nat King Cole launched his famous song Mona Lisa. Just off the pool deck, Harry’s American Bar, named for owner Harry Mufson, was the hot night spot for enjoying cocktails and dancing back in the day, drawing the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Durante,

Groucho Marx, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Gleason, Liberace, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Ernest Hemingway. A caricature mural depicting the era’s luminaries by artist Al Hirschfeld graced its walls. Although Harry’s no longer exists, a mural featuring vintage celebrity photos and news clippings, created by New York artist Peter Tunney just outside 1500 Degrees restaurant, recalls the resort’s glamorous clientele and history. There’s always a chance of glimpsing current notables dining in 1500 or having a cocktail in the Lobby Bar, Siguaw says. He has made it his mission

to bring performers back to Eden Roc, once again booking singers in the Mona Lisa Room and enlisting bands to rock the pool deck. “It’s the reinvention of live music on the beach,” he says.

Model Cindy Taylor with Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

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Recent celebrity visitors have included, clockwise from top left: Patti LaBelle performs at the Blacks Annual Gala at Eden Roc Renaissance. Gloria Estefan, Steven Bauer, Andy Garcia and Emilio Estefan celebrate the release of Liz Balmaseda’s book, Sweet Mary. Joe Francis, Lil Wayne and Lance Bass at the Blacks Annual Gala. Singer, songwriter and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.


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elcoming, delivering, cooking, cleaning, serving, planning, arranging – the Eden Roc Renaissance ambassadors are busy exceeding your expectations. Although they all have different roles, they share a common trait – the uncommon desire to provide exceptional service. Meet just a few of the ambassadors who define that special brand of Eden Roc hospitality. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


Hannah Lombardo



Liggia Mancia FRONT DESK


orking on Eden Roc’s front desk by day and on an industrial engineering degree by night, Liggia Mancia stays busy. Yet she always takes the time to connect with guests…and to fulfill their requests. “Liggia is like a one-stop shop. If she doesn’t know the answer she will be sure to let you know, and she will find it,” says Front Desk Manager Vilma Fernandez. “If guests want to know about the area or if they are here on a special occasion, she takes care of them. She makes emotional connections with our guests, and it shows in their feedback.” Satisfaction surveys and letters speak of Liggia’s warm and accommodating nature and her habit of going above and beyond to provide superior service. Friendly and unfailingly pleasant, she also demonstrates a genuine empathy for the concerns and interests of the people she encounters. She tells of one guest who was anxious about proposing to his girlfriend. “He had flown her here as a surprise, and he wanted our best room for her. He was so nervous, he was shaking.” Liggia listened to his story and arranged for a lovely suite. Later, the man brought his fiancée to the front desk to meet her. “I told them Eden Roc is a great place to get married,” she says. Liggia came to Miami from her native El Salvador two years ago for college. She says sometimes it’s tough to keep up with her studies and work, but she is determined to graduate. After that, she will explore her options, she says. “Before I came here, I never thought of working in a hotel, but after I get my degree, maybe I can work in the engineering department.” In her free time she enjoys going out with friends, watching TV and movies, and – like most college students – sleeping.


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hen a fierce wind blew through Cabana Beach Club last June, bartender Hannah Lombardo gathered all the patrons inside the kitchen to keep them safe, continuing to serve them in the makeshift storm shelter. It was an unusual tempest, but the caring response was not at all unusual for this Eden Roc ambassador, who joined the team in 1997. “There’s a reason Hannah has such a faithful, almost fanatical following,” says Cabana Manager Ainsley Dixon, adding that it’s not just because she makes killer cocktails. “I love people, and I like to make them feel happy. I treat everyone like they are at my house. I guess that’s the Irish in me,” says Hannah, who came to Miami Beach 30 years ago with six girlfriends and soon had a job as the Fontainebleau’s first female lifeguard. Marriage followed, then daughter, Veronica, and two grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas Lombardo, passed away 10 years ago. Opportunities for adventure and service always seem to find Hannah. She worked as an extra on the Miami Vice TV show and served as the personal bartender to Harrison Ford and the Random Hearts film crew. “I would come in at 2 in the morning just for them. It was a fun time.” Off the job she serves as president of her condo association, visits a nursing home with her two dogs, works with animal rescue groups and tends to stray cats on the beach. She also boxes at a local gym. “It’s a great workout,” she says. “My father boxed, and my brother boxed in the 1972 Olympics. It’s in the blood.” Connecting with people must be in the blood, as well. No one stays a stranger for long to Hannah. “I love getting people to interact with each other. I say, ‘He’s from Germany, she’s from Sweden,’ and soon everyone’s talking.”

Gloria Portuondo



Maureen Solomon HOUSEKEEPER


ousekeeper Maureen Solomon has a system for dealing with demanding situations. “First of all, I smile. Then I figure it out from there,” she says. No matter what the challenge, she figures it out, says Assistant Director of Style Graziella Makdissi. Meticulous and detail-oriented, Maureen is one of the VIP housekeepers, taking care of the Platinum Marriott Rewards guests. These frequent travelers expect a high level of service, and Maureen always delivers, making sure that the room is spotless, amenities are in place and everything is in perfect order. “Maureen will never say no,” she adds. “She always finds a way to do what is asked of her. She is very friendly and has a great attitude all the time.” Growing up in Jamaica, Maureen learned about excellence from her grandmother. “She taught me how to do things the right way. It has been with me ever since,” she says. “I always strive to the best of my ability. I don’t like failing. I’m miserable when I fail.” An avid sports fan, she roots the loudest for teams from her former New York home – the Yankees, the Knicks. Off work she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jimmy, and 17-year-old daughter, Shanae. She also has found a sense of family on the job. When her father passed away, her coworkers rallied around her, collecting money to help with expenses. Maureen describes herself as a very religious person, and she says her beliefs influence her encounters with people. “God wants us to serve each other and to love each other. We are different people, but we’re all brothers and sisters. We are one. I try to treat people that way, to be respectful of them no matter what they might say or do.” It all starts with a smile, and she figures it out from there.

t was like hospitality boot camp. When Eden Roc closed for renovations a few years ago, former Front Office Manager Gloria Portuondo joined a task force opening new Marriott hotels. The intensive process involves wide-ranging tasks, including role-playing exercises with the staff on phone etiquette and guest check-in, moving furniture into the rooms, even arranging the bathroom amenities just so. “It’s a marathon,” Gloria says. “There is so much orchestration that goes on before you open the doors. It’s a great learning experience.” Tenacity for the task at hand has distinguished Gloria’s career, says Director of Sales Olivia Pritchard. Before Eden Roc reopened, she took on the groundbreaking job of destination sales manager to conduct site tours for potential clients. “Even when the hotel was closed, she was giving hard-hat tours and selling the dream,” she says. A year later, Gloria achieved her long-term goal of becoming a Senior Account Executive, promoting the resort to groups. “It’s selling like hotcakes,” she says, listing some of the features that make the resort so appealing – beautiful Miami Beach setting, Eden Roc’s great restaurants and bars, grand as well as intimate meeting spaces, ELLE Spa treatments, recreation and team-building programs, even special branding features. For one group the entire Eden Roc staff donned T-shirts bearing the client’s company logo, she says. Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, Gloria earned a degree in hospitality management in Switzerland and ventured to the United States as an intern. Hurricane Katrina put an end to her last job as a front desk manager in New Orleans, which precipitated her move to Eden Roc. She and her husband, Manolo, have a 1-year-old son, also named Manolo. Being a busy working mother may be her toughest assignment to date. “It’s very challenging, juggling two full-time jobs,” she says. “But I love being a mom. It’s a fantastic experience.”

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Gerard Ladson



s culinary supervisor, Gerard Ladson oversees breakfast at 1500 Degrees, lunch at the Lobby Bar and room-service orders. Occasionally, he even lends a hand at dinner. He calls himself a behind-the-scenes guy. “You know Gladys Knight & The Pips?” he asks. “I’m a Pip. I stay in the background and make things happen.” 1500 Degrees Executive Chef Paula DaSilva would agree. “Gerard’s attention to detail, striving for perfection and strong customer focus make a huge impact,” she says. He is always looking for inventive ways to keep the breakfast buffet interesting, bringing in tropical fruits and freshly baked pastries and creating a special omelet of the day, she adds.  It seems his creative mind just won’t settle for the status quo. “If I’m bored, I figure other people are bored, and I try to spice it up,” he says. He also pays attention to the groups visiting the hotel and plans accordingly. For Southerners, he breaks out the grits, biscuits and gravy. For Indian groups he offers more vegetarian options.  “I try to take them back home…give them something they will remember,” he says Gerard served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was in the kitchen, but only washing dishes. After the service he helped mentally challenged people develop life skills. While teaching cooking, he realized how much he enjoyed it. He got a job on a grill and never looked back, gaining experience working with different chefs – and learning how to give them what they want. “One chef’s fine dice is another chef’s large dice. You have to learn the chef first,” he says.   At home his four kids and five grandkids are in and out all the time, he says. Left to his own devices he is a “total sports fanatic couch potato.”    “My drug of choice is my remote,” he says.


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Alvaro Reyes BELLMAN


lvaro Reyes got in at 6:20 a.m., as usual, and was shining his shoes, as usual, when a fellow bellmen told him, “We have a problem.” At midnight a guest had asked for some shirts and shorts to be cleaned by morning, but the cleaners could not get them back in time. Alvaro had a solution: He took the clothes home, washed and dried them himself and delivered them to the guest. “I go out of my way to please the guests at the hotel,” says Alvaro, who has been a bellman for 45 years, including 11 years at Eden Roc. Consistently positive, he says there is no such thing as a bad day. “I smile, and the rest comes easy.” Front Office Manager Monica Alvarez says Alvaro is truly an ambassador for Eden Roc. “He goes by the motto: ‘The answer is yes, what is the question?’ He takes pride in showing the resort to guests and sharing wonderful stories with them. He is a role model for all of us.” Alvaro has been married to Margarita – “the best thing that ever happened to me” – for 25 years. He has two daughters and nine grandchildren. At 72, he keeps up with co-workers half his age, staying in shape by walking in his Miami Beach neighborhood, doing pushups and stretches. Longevity is in his family – his 94-yearold mother lives nearby, and he visits her frequently. He also enjoys dining with friends, choosing just the right wine variety to complement the meal. It’s simply in his nature to provide a gracious experience for his guests – like the gentleman who wanted a quiet place in the hotel to have an espresso late one evening. Although the restaurant was closed, Alvaro made the arrangements, and the guest, who happened to be John Travolta, enjoyed his espresso in peace.

Located inside the 

The Eden Roc Renaissance  Miami Beach  4525 Collins Ave  Located in Lobby near Starbucks  Miami Beach, FL 33140  305.420.5378  ‐ Tel  305.677.2146  ‐ Fax 


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Lobby Bar sightings Safari jacket and khaki twill trousers from Faรงonnable. Striped silk shirt and ecru jeans from Harmont & Blaine. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach



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Suite Ocean Tower vistas Double-breasted denim jacket from Tommy Hilfiger and linen trousers from Faรงonnable. Jeans from J. Lindeberg. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


Palm Terrace moments Linen shirt and white jeans from Faรงonnable; cotton-eyelet sun dress from Zingara. 38

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Wide Ocean Tower horizons Swimwear from Zingara. Khaki jacket and shirt from Etiqueta Negra and ecru jeans from Harmont & Blaine. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


Adult Pool escapes Striped long-sleeved tee and fitted jeans from Tommy Hilfiger and wide-brim sun hat from Zingara. Swim trunks from Harmont & Blaine.

All stores located in nearby Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 3318, 305-935-1110. Phone numbers subject to change Etiqueta Negra, 305-961-1674 Faรงonnable, 305-792-2610 Harmont & Blaine, 305-466-4425 J. Lindeberg, 305-935-9012 Tommy Hilfiger, 305-931-1631 Zingara, 305-405-1212 42

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ith soaring ceilings and elements of distressed wood, granite  and pebble stone, the new ELLE Spa recalls a sun-bathed monastery of Santorini, Greece. Splashes of muted color in artwork and accents – blues and greens from the Mediterranean seascape, grays from the volcanic hillsides – foster a sense of serenity. Atlantic sea and sky vistas in ever-changing hues complete the picture.    ELLE magazine chose this tranquil setting at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach for its first ever fullservice spa, says Spa Director Tim Williams, citing the catchphrase that could serve as a mission statement:

We believe in the perfect harmony of style, service and serenity. Within this sanctuary of Grecian-island grace, ELLE Spa provides a wide menu of rejuvenating services performed by skilled therapists. “The offerings change frequently to stay fresh and inviting,” Williams says, adding that options include facials by celebrity esthetician Tammy Fender. Red Flower has created products exclusively for ELLE Spa, and at the Red Flower Polish Bar, a mixologist creates scrubs, lotions and body mists customized to a guest’s scent preference. The 22,000-square foot spa features 18 treatment rooms and a 24-hour fitness center with oceanfront views. Men and women have separate areas, complete with keyless lockers, immersion jet bath, cold plunge, eucalyptus-infusion steam room, Finnish sauna and hydro-experience shower. Three couples’ suites offer a private whirlpool tub, rain shower and Clodagh treatment beds. The group exercise studio hosts classes such as spinning, Pilates, yoga and beach boot camp.   A private upper sun deck provides 360-degree views, from the Intracoastal Waterway to the ocean. Refreshing beverages and healthful cuisine are served at the bar and in the VIP cabanas. The spa also features a  professional  hair and nail salon and a retail boutique with  unique  merchandise that is hand-picked by beauty editors from ELLE magazine. It all comes together – the stylish and welcoming setting, revitalizing treatments, state-of-the-art fitness center and caring staff – to create a refreshing getaway. Or, as Williams says, calling upon another ELLE Spa saying:

We believe a few days at the beach can undo a few months of real life. Open 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily; fitness center open 24 hours. Visit for information. Reservations: 305-531-0000.

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hilling by the pool, splashing in the waves, revving up a Jet Ski, jogging down to South Beach, golfing in Miami Beach, fishing in the Atlantic. There is no shortage of recreation possibilities in and around Eden Roc Renaissance. The tough part is settling on which one to try first.

Pools, pools, pools

Even spending the day by the pool requires a decision: Which of the resort’s four pools to choose? There’s the large Resort Pool; the smaller Palladium Pool, with accompanying whirlpool; the Adult Pool, just outside Cabana Beach Club; or the Ocean Pool – a great place for kids – near the sandy play area. Cabanas and seashell chairs are available for rental. Towels are provided at the pool hut. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


The Palladium Pool is one of four pools on Eden Roc’s deck.

Walk, run, bike

Just past the pool deck is the Miami Beach Boardwalk, which provides for a beachside stroll or jog down to South Beach. It runs from 47th Street, a couple blocks north of Eden Roc south to 20 th Street, says Concierge Lucille Acocella. “There it turns to brick pavers down to Fifth Street – to the delight of bikers and skateboarders, who are not allowed on the boardwalk itself,” she says. South of Fifth Street, hardpacked sand continues the pathway down to South Pointe Park. “At the park you can stroll along the water from the beach up to MacArthur Causeway on the bay side. You can watch beautiful sunsets over downtown Miami from there,” Lucille says. “Also, any Friday through Monday, you can watch the cruise ships glide out to sea.” The path, about five miles round-trip from Eden Roc to South Pointe Park, flows past Art Deco buildings, cafes and shops. It leads to Lincoln Road (between 17th and 16th streets) and parallels Ocean Drive, intersecting it at Fifth Street.

Surf, sun, sand

The beach opens up even more opportunities for fun and adventure. Boucher Brothers handles rentals of Jet Skis, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing poles, surf boards, skim boards and more. They also offer parasailing and Jet Ski tours (off site). For those in a more laid-back state of mind, Boucher has beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and double beds. For the kids there are buckets, shovels and other beach toys. Visit the beach hut, open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, until 6 p.m. weekends, call 305-535-8177 or visit 48

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Putt, spike, serve

● Golfers will find a variety of courses just a short drive away, including Normandy Shores Golf Club (3 miles north) and Miami Beach Golf Club (2 miles south). ● Eden Roc maintains beach volleyball courts just north of the resort property. Balls are available at the pool hut. ● Tennis courts are available nine blocks north on the waterfront in the Carriage Club North condominium. ● Check with the Concierge for more information; call 5554.

Boat, sail, dive

South Florida is a mecca for scuba divers, fishing enthusiasts and boaters. Situated between the Everglades and the Atlantic, with the Intracoastal Waterway and myriad lakes, rivers and canals in between, the area offers abundant opportunities for water sports. Captain Joe Boat Rentals, Tours and Charters operates out of the Eden Roc Marina, just across Collins Avenue from the resort (305-218-2249, www. Capt. Joe Ramirez, a U.S. Coast Guard master licensed captain and certified diver, offers prepaid packages, good for one year, that include boat rental, hands-on two-hour lesson and a cooler filled with ice, bottled water and sodas. For more information on boating pursuits, contact the Concierge, ext. 5554.

Kids Roc Out

There’s never a dull moment at Camp Roc, the supervised program for children 5-12, filled with activities built around a rock-and-roll theme. Kids can groove with Guitar Hero and play other Wii games, exercise their creativity with arts and crafts and get moving with physical activities, such as soccer, tee ball, tug of war and potato-sack races. The ceramic painting and the sand art continue to be favorites for the kids, since they create something they can take home as a souvenir of their time at Eden Roc Renaissance. The half-day program runs from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., full-day from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Check out the recently renovated Bungalow 143 next to the pool hut or call 5562.

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Ocean Gardens, with Aquatica Bar, is a lovely alfresco space for cocktails or receptions.


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ith its rich history and recent renovations, Eden Roc Renaissance is an inspired setting for celebrations and meetings. Located in quiet central Miami Beach, it’s just minutes from South Beach excitement as well as an international airport, a busy seaport and the Miami Beach Convention Center. The resort offers superlative dining, abundant recreational opportunities, a top-notch, service-oriented staff and the new ELLE Spa. With 71,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor gathering space and 28 function rooms, the resort can accommodate groups from 20 to 2,000. The grand Pompeii Ballroom and smaller Mona Lisa Room recall the glamour of their historic namesakes. Two new Ocean Tower ballrooms and a rooftop terrace offer ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views. The banquet kitchen creates exceptional dining experiences, focusing on fresh ingredients, skillful preparation and expedient delivery from pan or

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The Pompeii Ballroom presents elegance, a sense of history and superb acoustics.

grill to table, says Food and Beverage Director Marty Clarke. In addition, the menu allows diners to select from a variety of smaller offerings, he says. For instance, each guest can enjoy two or three different desserts – such as mini crème brûlées, cheesecake bites and mini fruit tarts – instead of one large portion. The menu features diverse selections, from a meeting break of trail mix, fresh fruit and energy bars, to the Steakhouse Dinner, featuring an array of seafood appetizers, 1855 Angus beef cuts and lamb, chicken or seafood choices, with complementary sides and tantalizing desserts. In between, there is something for every taste and time of day, including a special menu of healthful options. Eden Roc also specializes in ethnic events, says Director of Event Management Mary Jo Ferrazza. “For instance, we have culinary partners who are experts in exotic fare from all regions in India.” Dedicated professional meeting planners and certified wedding planners assist with any detail, from inception through execution. Swank Audio Visuals provides expertise for high-impact presentations. Wedding packages can be customized for groups large and small. Options include ceremonies and receptions on the sand, in a ballroom or on a yacht. The hotel’s separate Glatt kosher kitchen is available for wedding receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs and other social events. “We have our own kosher chef, and we focus on small bites, action stations and modern kosher cuisine,” Ferrazza says. 52

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Taking care of business The UPS Store – Located just off the Collins Avenue entrance, The UPS Store offers a wide range of business services, including copying, professional finishing, custom printing, faxing, packing and shipping, computer time rental, office supplies, money orders and transfers. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Contact: 305-420-5378, fax 305-677-2146, Hertz Car Rental – On the lower level, just beneath the lobby, Hertz maintains a full-service office, offering cars from compacts to luxury SUVs. The rental office is open daily from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., with 24-hour car drop-off. Contact: 305-673-1002.




South Beach

f ever there was a place destined for fun, it’s Miami Beach. Stretching from North Beach to South Beach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, this subtropical island is a prime spot for water sports and outdoor activity all year round. Beyond its natural assets, Miami Beach is a hot spot for nightlife and superlative dining, a shopping mecca and the home to world-class museums, art galleries and cultural programs. Even the Art Deco architecture, with its festive motifs and tropical pastels, suggests a sense of vibrancy and joy. Set against this idyllic backdrop, Miami Beach and the greater Miami area offer a world of diversions. It’s quite simply a land that’s on perennial holiday. Here is a sampling of nearby attractions to help you make the most of your visit. For more hidden gems in Miami Beach, visit the Renaissance Navigator website, For a complete list of area attractions, visit www. In addition, the Eden Roc Renaissance Concierge (ext. 5554) is always ready to assist with suggestions and information. Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach


EDITOR’S NOTE: Listing information is subject to change. Please phone in advance of your visit.

MIAMI AREA ATTRACTIONS Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-9496722, Year-round performances in theater, dance and music in this state-of-the-art facility. AnCient sPAnish monAsterY 16711 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 305-945-1461, Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst brought the pieces of the monastery cloister – built in Segovia, Spain, in 1141 – to America. In 1952, Miami developers reassembled the monastery on its current site. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closes without notice for special events, so call before visiting. Admission: $4, $8. Art deCo distriCt WeLCome Center Miami Design Preservation League Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305672-2014 or 305-531-3484, The largest 20th century National Register Historic District features more than 800 historic buildings from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. The league preserves and interprets the history of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District through tours, lectures, films, exhibits and other events. The gift shop features unique books, posters, vintage collectibles and souvenirs. The league presents 90-minute guided walking tours, departing every day except Thurs. at 10:30 a.m.; on Thurs. at 6:30 p.m.; $15, $20. Self-guided audio tours, $10, $15. Private tours are also available. BAss mUseUm of Art 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530, Located in the Art Deco District, this museum offers an overview of major European paintings, sculpture and textiles, plus temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The museum also features educational programs, film series, lectures and live performances, plus a gift shop. Open Wed.Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon., Tues. and holidays. Admission: $6, $8. BisCAYne nAtionAL PArk 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead, 305-2307275, Glass-bottom boat rides and diving and snorkeling trips, plus canoes, kayaks and paddle boats, walking trails, fishing, camping and shower facilities. Waterfront visitor center offers exhibits, films and information. Park open daily 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Boat information: 305-230-1100 or visit CAPtAin Joe BoAt rentALs, toUrs And ChArters Eden Roc Marina, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-218-2249, www.miamicaptainjoe. com. Rentals, charters, tours and lessons, plus prepaid packages (good for one year) that include boat rental, two-hour lesson and a cooler filled with ice, bottled water and sodas. CooPertoWn AirBoAt rides 22700 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-226-6048, Offers tours through hardwood hammocks in the Everglades plus gift shop and restaurant, with a menu that includes frog legs and gator tail. Airboat tour: $11, $22. deering estAte 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668, This 444-acre preserve on Biscayne Bay offers butterfly hikes, canoe rides, guided nature tours and tours of the historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.), except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Admission: $7, $12. eVergLAdes nAtionAL PArk 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, 305-2427700, The nation’s largest subtropical wilderness features 1.5 million acres encompassing a variety of habitats. The park, accessed via four visitor centers, features miles of hiking and biking trails and great fishing. Boat tours are available through the Gulf Coast and Flamingo areas. Open every day, but check website for operating hours at the various entrances. Admission $10 per car, good for seven consecutive days at all entrances to the park. fAirChiLd troPiCAL BotAniC gArden 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305667-1651, One of the world’s leading botanical gardens, this 83-acre oasis features extensive collections of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Admission: $10-$20; 5 and under free. fiLLmore miAmi BeACh At the JACkie gLeAson theAter 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-9382505, This theater re-opened in October 2007 in the historic Jackie Gleason Theater following a massive renovation. Located in the Art Deco District, it is operated by Live Nation and features concerts, comedians and other productions.

isLAnd QUeen CrUises Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Office: 555 NE 15th St., Suite 102, Miami, 305-379-5119, www.islandqueencruises. com. Enjoy a bilingual, narrated 90-minute sightseeing cruise along beautiful Biscayne Bay. See the downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row. Discounts are available for Internet purchase. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to receive boarding passes. Other cruise experiences and yacht charters, plus helicopter, sea plane and bus tours are also available through this website. GO MIAMI CARD, 866-637-8817. offers one- to seven-day passes to 35 greater miami attractions, advertising up to 55 percent off the cost of separate tickets.

JUngLe isLAnd 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, 305-400-7000, This world famous bird sanctuary features tropical birds in a lush garden setting, plus monkeys and rare creatures, such as a 900-pound liger. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. until 6 p.m. Admission: $24.95-$32.95, under 2 free; parking $8. miAmi Art mUseUm 101 West Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-3000, www. Founded in 1996 as the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami Art Museum emphasizes art from the 20th century to the present. It features an international permanent collection that reflects the multi-cultured nature of Miami. Open Tues.-Fri.10 a.m. -5 p.m., Sat. & Sun noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and many holidays. Admission: $4, $8, children under 12 free; second Saturdays free. A new home overlooking Biscayne Bay is being built for the museum at Bicentennial Park (just over MacArthur Causeway at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The area will be renamed Museum Park, and it will include the Miami Science Museum. miAmi BeACh BotAniCAL gArden 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-7256. This 4½ acre garden features a variety of plants, including orchids, bromeliads and a huge collection of subtropical palms. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.Sun. No admission fee. miAmi ChiLdren’s mUseUm 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-3735437, This hands-on museum on Watson Island is housed in a whimsical, 56,500 square-foot building designed by Arquitectonica. It

features hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs, classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication; plus the Kid Smart educational gift shop, a 200-seat auditorium and Subway restaurant. Open daily 10 a.m.6 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission: $12, $15, children under 1 free. MIAMI FOOD TOURS 786-228-7651, tickets 800-838-3006, A local guide takes visitors on a gastronomic tour of restaurants while sharing tidbits about Miami Beach history and Art Deco architecture. Call for reservations. Tour: $45 for adults, $30 for children. MIA-SCI - MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM 3280 S. Miami Ave., 305-646-4200, www. Features national traveling shows and hands-on science exhibits. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; box office closes at 5:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission: $10.95$14.95, under 3 free. A new home overlooking Biscayne Bay is being built for the museum at Bicentennial Park (just over MacArthur Causeway at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The area will be renamed Museum Park, and it will include the Miami Art Museum. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM/DOLPHIN HARBOR 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 305-3615705, Features 38 acres of marine-life exhibits, plus shows and entertainment. Dolphin Harbor offers encounters with the marine mammals and behind-the-scenes experience as trainer for a day. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; last series of shows begins at 2:30 p.m.; ticket booth closes at 4:30 p.m. Admission: $38.95, $28.95 plus tax; under 3 free; parking $8. NEw wORLD CENTER 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305-673-3331, Miami Beach, The New World Center, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, is home to the New World Symphony. The season includes orchestra concerts, chamber music, family concerts, open rehearsals, educational concerts and numerous free events. MONKEY JUNGLE 14805 SW 216th St., Miami; 305-235-1611; This tropical rain forest is home to 30 species of primates, most running free on a 30-acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore. New exhibit includes rare Amazon parrots,

the Cameroon Jungle and the Mandrill Baboons. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; ticket office closes at 4 p.m. Admission: $23.95-$29.95, under 3 free. VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-2509133, Italian Renaissance-style villa containing 15ththrough 19th-century antique furnishings and art, surrounded by more than 10 acres of formal gardens and fountains. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission: $6-$15; 5 and under free.

ZOO MIAMI 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, 305-251-0400, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals on 740 acres of subtropical habitat. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Admission: $11.95-$15.95; 2 and under free. Online purchase available.


communities, Cocowalk offers major stores, restaurants and the Paragon 13 movie theater. Also presents live music at night and special events. CORAL GABLES This Mediterranean-themed city features historic buildings and charming architecture. The street named Miracle Mile, located in the heart of downtown, is a great shopping and entertainment destination, with art galleries, fine dining and theaters. DADELAND MALL 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, 305-665-6226, Dadeland Mall is anchored by Florida’s largest Macy’s, as well as Macy’s Home Gallery & Kids, Saks Fifth Avenue, JCPenney, Nordstrom and the country’s largest The Limited and Express. It also features more than 185 specialty stores and eateries, such as The Cheesecake Factory and Johnny Rockets. ESPAñOLA wAY Bounded by 14th and 15th Streets and Washington and Jefferson Streets. This historic Spanish-style village in the Art Deco

AVENTURA MALL 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-9351110, This 2.7 million-square-foot shopping mall includes 300 stores, 35 restaurants and eateries, plus a 24-screen theater. Anchor stores include Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears. BAL HARBOUR SHOPS 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-0311, A legendary fashion center in a tropical garden setting, Bal Harbour features such names as Carolina Herrera, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and anchors Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Restaurants include Carpaccio, La Goulue and Lea’s Tea Room & Bistro. BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-577-3344, www. Overlooking scenic Biscayne Bay, Bayside has more than 150 shops, restaurants and bars, including Miami’s Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and an international food court. Also offers free entertainment and tour boat cruises. COCOwALK 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-4440777, Located in one of Miami’s oldest and most prominent

SAWGRASS MILLS 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, 954-846-2350, This colossal outlet destination encompasses more than 350 stores, plus abundant dining and entertainment options. The adjacent Colonnade Outlets open-air promenade enhances the mall’s draw with its fashion-forward shopping collection. The Colonnade recently completed an expansion, adding Prada, a 25,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s, Canali, Giorgio Armani General Store, TAG Heuer, Tommy Bahama Outlet, True Religion Brand Jeans and Tumi. The new stores join favorites such as Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry Factory Outlet, Coach Factory Store, David Yurman, Hugo Boss Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and many more. International visitors can enjoy even more savings with the Sawgrass Mills Coupon Book, available at Guest Services with proof of a valid driver’s license and/or passport.

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District of South Beach is a colorful shopping and entertainment district filled with unusual shops, restaurants and art galleries. LincoLn Road MaLL Collins Avenue to Bay Road, between 16th and 17th streets, Miami Beach; www. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian-only shopping, dining and cultural mecca featuring unique shops, galleries and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s also a prime people-watching site. Check the website for special events. MiaMi design distRict Northeast 36th to 42nd streets, between Northeast Second and North Miami avenues, Miami, This district is packed with design studios, art EDEN ROC’S LUSTRE Lustre, a high-end boutique that specializes in resort wear, jewelry and accessories, is just off the eden Roc lobby, near the front entrance. Look for items from Britto, hats and bags from local designers, ladies’ beach tunics, men’s dress shirts and unique snacks, plus basic sundry needs, such as aspirin and toothbrushes. open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (from Jan.-May until 9 p.m.); call 305-531-0000, ext. 5617.

galleries and restaurants. Check for store and showroom listings and events online. Organized tours include a three-course lunch or dinner at a participating restaurant and savings at stores. See the Concierge for more details. the ViLLage at guLfstReaM PaRK 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-378-0900, www. The Village at Gulfstream Park is an open-air lifestyle center adjacent to the Gulfstream Park horse-racing, gaming and entertainment complex, with shopping, dining and nightclub options. the ViLLage of MeRRicK PaRK 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-5290200, This Mediterranean-style village features about 100 boutiques and restaurants, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Artefacto, CH Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Pottery Barn Kids, Hugo Boss and La Perla.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS BASEBALL: florida Marlins – Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 877627-5467, (A new 37,000-seat ballpark, expected to be ready for

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the 2012 season, is under construction on the former Orange Bowl site in the Little Havana section of Miami). BASKETBALL: Miami heat – AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-7771250; FOOTBALL: Miami dolphins – Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 305943-8000, HOCKEY: florida Panthers – BankAtlantic Center; One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-8357825,


caLdeR casino & Race couRse 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305625-1311, This race course offers action year-round with 1,200 slots, Studz Poker Club and three restaurants plus the Center Casino Bar and grandstand food and beverage options. Enjoy thoroughbred horseracing ThursdayMonday from April-January, plus full-card simulcasts every day. guLfstReaM PaRK 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, The thoroughbreds still run at historic Gulfstream Park, but the park also offers slots, poker, entertainment and restaurants. Enjoy live racing January through April, culminating in the Florida Derby. Watch simulcast action and wager on races at top tracks in the country. The adjacent Village at Gulfstream Park offers shopping, dining and nightclub options. MiccosuKee ResoRt & gaMing 500 SW 177th Ave., Miami, 305-925-2555, This resort on the southeastern edge of the Florida Everglades features 24-hour gaming with more than 1,900 gaming machines, 32 poker tables and high-stakes bingo. seMinoLe haRd RocK hoteL & casino 1 Seminole Way (Stirling Road and State Road 7), Hollywood, 866-502-7529, www. This massive complex features more than 2,500 slots and Las Vegas-style table games, including blackjack and baccarat. The 86-acre Seminole Hard Rock and Seminole Paradise complex also offers entertainment at Hard Rock Live, retail shops, nightclubs and restaurants.

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HEADING OUT TO SAMPLE THE WORLDFAMOUS NIGHTLIFE AND RESTAURANTS OF SOUTH BEACH? HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM THE CONCIERGE DESK (305-531-0000 EXT 5554). NIGHTCLUBS LIV at the Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305-674-4680 Mansion 1235 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305-532-1525 SET 320 Lincoln Road Miami Beach 305-531-2800 Cameo 1445 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 305-532-2667 RESTAURANTS

AMERICAN/LOCALS Burger & Beer Joint, 8 oz. Burger Bar, Van Dyke Café,


Texas de Brasil,



Mr. Chow,

Baires Grill,

The Setai,



A Fish Called Avalon,

Thai House,




Bond Street,

La Marea, dining/lamarea.html

ITALIAN Café Avanti, La Locanda, Sardinia, Bellini, Tagliatelle, Macaluso’s, Grazie, Osteria del Teatro, Quattro, DeVito, Prime Italian, Spiga,


Nexxt Café,

1500 Degrees,

Big Pink,

Joe’s Stone Crab,



Tap Tap,

Red The Steakhouse,

ASIAN China Grill,

Prime 112,

The Forge, Gotham Steakhouse, Meat Market, Grillfish, Barton G,

SPANISH/MEDITERRANEAN/TAPAS Solea, Ola, Asia de Cuba, Sazon, Yuca, Larios (a Bongos Cuban Café restaurant), Bella Cuba, Adriana, Blue Door Fish, Tapas & Tintos, Maya Tapas & Grill, Fifi’s Place,

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DINING OUT Editor’s note: Information compiled by Sun Sentinel and City & Shore magazine dining writer John Tanasychuk (J.T.), except those marked with an ++, which indicates information provided by the merchant. Listing information is subject to change. Please phone in advance. AltaMare 1223 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-5323061. Chef-driven, intimate seafood restau-

rant puts the focus on local fish paired with the fresh produce. Expensive. Dinner. – J.T. Joe’s Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-6730365. Serving South Floridians right since 1918. Come for stone crab claws, but don’t miss fried chicken or Key lime pie. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. – J.T.

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Michy’s 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-759-2001. Chef Michelle Bernstein and her husband, David Martinez, serve inspired contemporary classics in an elegant, modern setting. Dinner. – J.T. ++Rare Steakhouse 468 W. 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-532 7273, Rare Steakhouse is a unique space that fuses contemporary dining in a non-traditional kosher restaurant setting. It crosses the lines to create a singular synergy, bringing kosher fine dining to a new level. From interiors to cuisine, Rare Steakhouse permeates trend. “In a city littered with ‘classic American steakhouses,’ you have to cook and present yourself with a little chutzpah to stand out,” says owner Baruch Sandhaus. The goal: to redefine the cookie-cutter approach to fine dining for its respective clientele; while introducing a new way of dining for Floridians and travelers alike – removing the association that kosher cuisine is exclusively about religion. At Rare Steakhouse you can find some of the most prestigious cuts of meats available on the market. Rare Steakhouse is one of the newest and coolest restaurant in town. It is a RARE find in a HOT location, but well done on prices and food. ++Roasters’ N Toasters 525 41st (Arthur Godfrey Road), Miami Beach, 305-531-7691, www.roastersntoasters. com. Straight out of New York, Roasters’ n Toasters is everything a NY Style Deli should be. Our generous portions, fresh deli platters, specialty sandwiches and breakfasts are without question the best in town. Stop by or order by phone and see for yourself why Roasters’ n Toasters was voted “Best New York Style Deli” in Miami.


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Magazine about Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, published by City & Shore magazine, written by Elizabeth Rahe