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Xixon Cafe has settled in nicely into their new digs on Coral Way and what a phenomenal location it is. The place is elegant, sophisticated while still maintaining a casual touch that evokes the look and feel of Spain throughout.
Upon entering there’s a market and deli selling specialty cheeses, hams, chorizos, peppers, olives and olive oils all imported from Spain.
The new larger location has two floors in addition to the main floor and each space supplementing the other by offering different dining ambiances, downstairs the Vinoteca and upstairs the Mezzanine with oversized tables for larger groups and private parties along with a main dining room and Tapas bar.
In the kitchen, Chef Jon Gonzalez, a native of San Sebastian, is preparing the classics as well as some more contemporary recipes. He uses plenty of fresh caught fish and seafood for his recipes and introduces daily tapas and entrees to keep the menu interesting.
Xixon is located at 2101 SW 22 St. Miami, FL
Move over Canyon Ranch, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is Santa Monica’s answer to a mind and body retreat without going anywhere! The luxury hotel’s escapist, private feel is obvious by just driving into the enclosed grounds. World renown Exhale Spa offers premium body toning in Core Fusion classes. For post class unwinding, opt for Exhale signature spa treatments like the TRUE Facial and Fusion Massage. Poolside bungalows are a tanning treat with tasty snacks prepared downstairs by FIG Restaurant chefs, who have made a name for themselves by escalating fresh California flavor into upscale dining with the serenity of an outdoor garden and waterfall.
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is also prime Los Angeles beach locale: walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Beach, 3rd Street Promenade and only a short drive to Main Street, Malibu and Venice. Rooms with an ocean view are worth the splurge, but either way the sinkable bed is hard to leave at The Fairmont Miramar.
The name Four Seasons immediately conjures up images of a luxurious hotel filled with beautiful, well-to-do people, and the five-star Brickell Avenue Four Seasons does not disappoint. If anything, it exceeds those expectations with a fabulous location in the heart of everything that is pulsating in Miami, but offers the best of quiet serenity, too, making it the perfect place to stay for relaxing AND living it up.
Of course, in a subtropical climate like sunny South Florida, the pools (yes, there are two) are one of the main attractions. They are surrounded by gorgeous private cabanas for stylish and comfortable relaxation, and the hotel’s spa offers treatments in those cabanas as well as in-room service.
The guestrooms are luxuriously designed and feature city and bayviews, so the balconies are the perfect spot to begin or end the day. If splurging is an option, take it to the top and stay in the Presidential Suite, complete with dining and living rooms, impressive bayviews, a large soaking tub and oversized separate shower in the master bedrooms, and comfy lounging chairs throughout.
If you find the urge to get out of the hotel (although we don’t blame you if you don’t!), it’s easy to hit up one of Brickell’s many nearby hotspots for some dancing and cocktails to top off the night.
Sofitel is a name synonymous in the hotel industry with prestige, luxury and elegance. The Sofitel in Philadelphia is right off of ritzy Rittenhouse, and carries the company’s signature blend of French and American styles.
The Sofitel notoriously houses some of Philadelphia’s most high profile visitors, including politicians and famous musicians (have you heard of the New York Philharmonic? I thought so). It is no surprise that the cream of the crop is staying here because the service is impeccable, having won Travel & Leisure’s Best Hotels of 2010 award.
The basic run-down of amenities is quite more than basic. Sofitel is pet friendly, and by that we mean the front of house staff will learn Fido’s name before they learn yours, and the hotel’s charming brasserie Chez Colette has received accolades over its lifetime for its French cuisine and stylish 1920s atmosphere.