Travel heals all. I truly believe it. There’s something about transplanting yourself into a new environment that really makes your eyes open up to the world. I feel like it makes us better people, more empathetic, and truly more loving. 

So far, Dave and my goal for 2017 to travel more has been pretty on track. Although we haven’t done any large scale, 10+ hour flight trips… we’ve seen a lot so far! Adding to that list is our most recent trip to Miami. 

I’ve been to Miami before, but I always spent most of my time on the beach or at the resort I was staying at. I never ventured out, I never experienced the culture, and I never really saw anything besides the one hotel I stayed at and the airport. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this last trip showed me that Miami is just so much more. 

Last month, Dave and I had the opportunity to go on a press trip with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. We had a jammed packed itinerary but I’m so glad we did. I got see experience Miami and its culture like never before. 

It’s no surprise that tourism is the major growth driver for Miami – so the hotels in Miami are truly what set the tone for the city. These hotels, however, are truly so much more than hotels. They’re everything you’d think – glamorous, beautiful, grand, resort relaxing… but the other side of them showed culture, vibrancy, unique opportunities, and incredible history. 

I’ve rounded up the Top 5 hotels we got to visit and the best things about each of them.

Check out my 2 min travel diary of the round up too:




A joint complex of the two hotels, the Nobu Eden Roc is a crowd fav in South Beach. Its modern architecture and covetable beach front makes for a perfect Miami getaway. We had an ocean front room and when you step out, all you see is ocean. It’s beautiful. I loved the way that the complex mixed modern style with classic accents. They also have the gorgeous Malibu Farm restaurant, one of the hotel’s signature restaurants. 






Possibly the most glamorous hotel we got to visit, hands down. From the bright red accents, the old school theatre, the Gatsby-looking bar, and the incredible Faena district, this hotel, for me, is the definition of Miami heat. 






The vibes of a boutique hotel, with the amenities of a luxury resort, the Edition is probably the most fun hotel we got to experience. Mostly because of its “Basement” entertainment hub. It takes Miami nightlife to a whole new level. Seriously. With a bowling alley and ice-skating rink (yes, like a real Canadian one), it topped the list as the most “fun” hotel, hands down. 



Literally surrounded by water and gorgeous Miami views, the Mandarin Oriental is everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel. With a infinity edge pool (sadly we didn’t get to check it out), and a gorgeous day spa, the Mandarin adds that Asian inspired serenity to the hustle of Miami. 




We had the incredible pleasure of staying at the Biltmore for the second half of our stay in Miami and boy, was it amazing. The Biltmore Hotel is actually a National Historical Lanmark in Coral Gables. It opened in 1926 and the history of the resort really shows. It’s immaculately maintained but the architecture, the decor, everything was reminiscent of Al Capone’s Miami. The building is incredible and the pool beneath the gorgeous yellow structure transports you back in time. In the hallways, they even have images of notable people and old school photos from the hotel in the 90s. SO COOL. 

On top of all of this, we got to do a night of cooking with the Biltmore Culinary Academy, which was literally the highlight of the trip! 






I always thought of Miami as a party city – somewhere people went to get really intoxicated, let loose, and come back home with it all out of their system (not really my style). But after this trip, I’ve realized that Miami is truly so much more. It’s cultured. It’s historical. It’s beautiful and it’s definitely worth another trip to explore more!

mel inspired

  • beautiful photos!!


    • Mel

      Thank you so much Christine! Miami definitely made it easy with how beautiful it is.

  • I always just associate Miami with “The Birdcage” – all art deco and drag queens. But obviously there’s a lot more to it!

    • Mel

      Totally! I hear you girl. I used to think Miami was just a big fat party city, but there’s actually so much culture and depth to the city. I can’t wait to get back there again. Thanks for reaching!

  • Nada

    great πŸ™‚

  • I love traveling! Amazing photos, looks like a great time

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

    • Mel

      Thanks so much Narhee! Totally agree – there’s nothing like traveling. It truly opens up your soul and eyes to the beauty of the world!

  • Is the Biltmore the same one that is in LA – the one in Ghost Busters?
    I always stay there when I come to LA.
    All the food looks wonderful.
    And I love love love the gold skeleton artwork!
    Set to Glow

    • Mel

      Ohhh! I actually don’t know. I’ll have to look into it! If so, I totally have to check out the one in LA. I loved the hotel! The deco was honestly so on point, I feel like I could stay there and shoot forever! Thanks so much for stopping by Kiri πŸ™‚

  • You look absolutely fabulous in the first picture! Definitely going to have to keep these in mind when I go to Miami next.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • Mel

      Aw thank you so much Emily! You totally made my day. Definitely check these out when you’re there next! I’m already trying to plan my next trip there haha πŸ™‚

  • Those places look like paradise! Beautiful post and photos! πŸ™‚

    • Mel

      Thanks so much girl! It definitely was paradise, no doubt!

  • Oh I so want to get to Miami one day. I was supposed to go this past winter with my step family who were in town from Paris but they went during spring break it got to crazy expensive, so I went to St Petersburg instead. And my coworker is in Miami right now, we work for the publisher of Ocean Drive so cool you included it in your video!!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    • Mel

      Ah! That’s so cool Alicia πŸ™‚ And you should definitely visit Miami – it’s so beautiful… but I would LOVE to go to St. Petersburg. I’ve never been. Thanks so much for stopping by lovely πŸ™‚

  • It looks so amazing there, I would love to go

    • Mel

      It’s definitely as amazing as it looks! I’ve been to Miami before but never realized how much there is to see (beyond the pretty beaches and hotels). Thanks for stopping by Laura πŸ™‚

  • That metallic bathing suite is lovely! Am searching for my very own at this moment!

    • Mel

      Thanks so much Jessica! I actually got it on sale at the Zara sale for $15! Sadly I don’t think they have it in stock anymore but good luck on your hunt. I’m sure you’ll find an epic one!