Was hoping for a few suggestions am meeting a girlfriend from Australia (im coming from England)in NYC for 5 days, we then want to go somewhere else maybe somewhere like Miami resort type hotel not sure what the weather is like there in March... or could someone suggest anywhere else in the states...both in our 40's like a little luxury and night life.. Thanks
Ithink going to Miami is a fantastic idea.. especially if you want some warmer weather. Its one of my favorite cities in the US. In March it's plenty warm enough to hit the beach. I'd suggest staying in SouthBeach (SoBe) because there's lots of shops, restaurants and nightclubs that you can walk to... but if you're looking for something a little quieter try a hotel a little further north on Miami Beach directly on the ocean. Then it's a short cab ride or drive to SouthBeach but without being in the middle of all the hustle and bustle.I wouldn't suggest staying in Downtown Miami, it's not as safe and its about 20 - 25 minutes drive if you want to go to the beach.
Beware however that March is spring break month and it's also Winter Music Conference which is the week of March 23 - 29 in 2008. Don't go during conference unless you want loud music everywhere you go and lots of crazy party animals. The hotels are all overpriced during that time also. If youre going the first or second week in March you should be ok.
LL has packages for The Hotel of SouthBeach with is very chic and in a perfect location one block from the beach and near all the good shops.. and it has a great restaurant Wish.
Mandarin Oriental: Its not is SoBe but its the ultimate in Luxury in Miami and sometimes its pretty reasonably priced. Ive seem them have rooms for only 199 a night!!
Viscaya: This is my favorite! Its a gorgeous mansion and gardens that was made into a museum. Definitely worth a visit.
Sawgrass Mills: This is a Huge outlet mall about 30 40 minutes Northwest of Miami. Seriously.. you wont believe how huge it is. They have all the major designer retailors..Saks Off Fifth, Neimans Last Call, Nordstrom Rack.. and with the dollar being as week as it is, you wont believe the deals.
Hope this helps, if you decide to go to Miami and need any more suggestions let me know.
Miami is not a bad idea and great if you particularly are interested in night life and it is very close. However, it is not really that warm in March, unless the weather is unseasonable. It might be in low 70's. You also might get a fair number of spring breakers. Also, I may be alone in this, but I don't quite think of Miami's as having "resorts". It's usually a series of uber trendy hotels with lots of partiers, but that might just be my personal experience.
Orlando/Disney might be more "resort" like. Although people think of a Disney vacation as more for children/families, I think it's a pretty amazing place for couples as well. Disney pays great attention to detail. The food is amazing and there are plenty of shows and activities. The night life in Orlando isn't quite as wild as Miami, but it's not non-existant either. Orlando does have Pleasure Island which can be fun and sans the hastle of doormen.
Vegas also has plenty of resorts. It's not my favorite place, but I think it's one of those places everyone should check out in the states. There isn't really another place quite like it. If you do go, I would suggest seeing La Reve, which is now my favorite show in Vegas. I'm starting to think that Las Vegas now rivals broadway for it's various productions and a strong argument can be made that it is better than broadway from an elaborate production standpoint. Vegas has fantastic night life. Tons of clubs.
Hi Bailie and welcome. One idea might be to visit Baltimore. You could either take Amtrak or fly. Once in Baltimore, you have the beautiful Inner Harbour. If your friend from Australia ever visited Darling Harbour in Sydney, she will be amazed at the similiarities with Inner Harbour. In March, the weather would be chilly but you MIGHT have some flowers beginning to pop especially if it is towards the end of May. Keep in mind that Easter is in March this year so many properties are getting full. Also, it is spring break time for many schools and universities. Baltimore would provide you with nightlife and great restaurants plus some history. I am not sure of boutique hotels, but there are many chain hotels such as the Marriott. You will enjoy beautiful scenary, waterfront location, great restaurants with seafood, and wonderful people. Plus, this is a close trip from New York.
bailie344....should you decide to head to South Florida after New York, you have many alternatives offering you warm weather and interesting options.
When friends and business associates visit South Florida, I suggest they considernot staying in Miami or on SouthBeach (visit for the day, afternoon or evening). There arelots of boutique properties in Fort Lauderdale offering wonderful service at more reasonable prices that Miami.
The Westin Diplomat in Hollywood http://www.diplomatresort.com is a convention hotel simply because of its size and facilities, but its in a convenient location, on a nice beach (of course, nothing beats the hard bodies and models on SouthBeach) and close to excellent dining. Only a few miles west youll find The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the Seminole Reservation http://seminolehardrock.com . I dont recommend the hotel, but in the evening. the casino and entertainment clubs, such as The Gryphon and Pangaea clubs, are great for late night/early morning party goers. a lot of SoBe escapees and celebrities close out their bar tabs here!
If you stay in Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood, you will have nice beaches and an excellent selection of restaurants at much more reasonable prices that SoBe.
Also, you can jump a shortflight out of FLL directly to Paradise Island, Bahamas and hang out for a day or two at Atlantis http://www.atlantis.comif you feel the need to soak up some island fun.
You can even rent a convertible and work on yourholiday tan as you drive down to Key West!