The Skinny Between downtown Miami and South Beach, on Palm Island, Villa Stella is a five-bedroom manse with easy access to both.
The Look With red-tiled roofs, horseshoe arches and intricate ironwork — including a wrought iron staircase that winds its way to the top-floor terrace — Stella has a distinctly Mediterranean Revival feel. Inside, expect elaborate woodwork, ornate chandeliers and plenty of marble paired with more modern furnishings, including the occasional Art Deco piece.
Would Suit Platinum card members. This villa, with all the amenities of a five-star hotel — from Bulgari bath products to a full-time butler — is made for high rollers.
Room to Nab The king-size master has a wall of glass doors that open to the second-floor terrace, a four-poster bed with Egyptian cotton linens and a gorgeous en-suite marble bathroom.
The Wow The views of the downtown skyline and the Bay of Biscayne from the rooftop terrace — complete with hot tub, lounge chairs and a barbecue.
Palm Island is an exclusive residential neighborhood on a man-made island in the Bay of Biscayne. And the villa has an infinity pool, ample terrace space and a rooftop hot tub
The island is off the MacArthur Causeway, which connects downtown Miami to Miami Beach
Bed & Bath
Stella has five en-suite bedrooms, four in the main house and one in the guesthouse. There are two King suites, including the master, and two Twin suites and One of the Twin bedrooms is a cream dream, with cream walls, carpeting and furnishings. The second Twin bedroom is intended for a nanny or chef
The villa’s living spaces balance wrought iron and ornate chandeliers with modern furnishings. The spacious kitchen has granite countertops, double sinks and a 10-burner stove, and the villa has an office and a movie theater (for work and play). The indoor dining room seats eight; an outdoor dining area seats seven
About the area
Miami, Florida’s most cosmopolitan and exciting city, is more than just beautiful beaches. Downtown’s Design District brims with unique shops and fabulous restaurants, and there’s serious shopping to be found in Coral Gables and Bal Harbour, both a short drive away. Whether you want to scuba dive, catch a world-class concert or party the night away, it’s all at your doorstep.
At New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s new teak and travertine restaurant, Tudor House, you’ll find vintage photographs of old Miami Beach on the walls, stellar dishes like braised lamb belly, bigeye tuna conserve and black grouper cheeks on the menu, plus a suitably glossy crowd. Soho Beach House’s leafy, fairy light–embellished Cecconi’s restaurant is one of the only club facilities that’s open to nonmembers and hotel guests. The menu is Venetian — snapper carpaccio, porchetta pizza, ricotta cavatelli — and features an excellent filet mignon.
Laid-back locals and musicians raise a glass to the chilled-out scene at Buck 15, where models trade their stilettos for Converse for the night. Or grab a bourbon at Yardbird, a hot new restaurant-lounge with a neo-Southern-boho bent. Expect video projections of Johnny Cash, sociological sass and decor as pretty as a Georgia peach.
Designed by brilliant Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road is an uber-modern mixed-used space with design shops, a lingerie boutique, an art bookstore and more. It’s hard to pick just one of the Shops at Bal Harbour, Miami’s high-end shopping haven. If your ABCs are Agent Provocateur, Bulgari and Chloé, you’ll find plenty to love here. And don’t miss the smart vintage store Las Tias; it’s loaded with MiMO furniture and vintage clothes that were featured in Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Pack a picnic, throw a blanket on the grass and tune in to one of the free Wallcasts by the New World Symphony, which are screened regularly on the exterior of the New World Center, in Miami Beach.
Have a digestif of culture at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, tucked into the grand old Miami Beach City Hall building. The theater has an art gallery, a library of scholarly texts on cinema and, of course, movies, from Belle de Jour to El Bulli: Cooking in Progress.
The 28,000-square-foot spa at the Viceroy Hotel might be America’s most dazzling. Designed by Philippe Starck, it has a watery relaxation lounge dominated by an enormous yellow chandelier, and its Sun Worshipper treatment will help you atone for solar sins committed in SoBe