The Villa is a unique boutique hotel for a number of reasons, primary among them the fact that this was once the home of Gianni Versace. Built in 1930 but entirely remodelled and decorated by the famed designer, the mansion is the apotheosis of Versace’s baroque aesthetic and, ultimately, his place of death: it was outside the front gates that he was shot by a crazed serial killer in 1997. With a spectacular interior that seems to consciously mirror a history of almost operatic tragedy, the recently re-launched Il Sole is undoubtedly one of the most romantic dinner spots in town. Inside a grotto-themed dining room, expect to dine on an extravagant Mediterranean-inspired menu including stand-out antipasti like lobster with beetroot and burrata and scallops with eggplant caponata and balsamic reduction. Non-guests aren’t supposed to go into other areas of the hotel but staff don’t seem to mind if you want to go for a sticky beak into the pool area and have your photo taken in front of the iconic Medusa head.


SoBe for short, South Beach brings Latino sass and sensuality to the puritan shores of the United States. Lined with iconic Art Deco hotels and some of the best restaurants in America, South Beach can be glam or rowdy but it’s never boring.

Il Sole | 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach | + 1 786 485 2200

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