Widely considered one of the best football players of all time, IWC friend of the brand Sam Kerr divides her duties between representing Australia with the Matildas and playing for London-based powerhouse club Chelsea. On her rare days off, Kerr is always keen to escape the drizzle in England. “If I’m going on holiday, I love South Beach in Miami,” she says. “The weather is good all year round, especially coming from the European winter. Miami has a mix of pools, beaches and nightlife – everything I’m looking for on a break.” Here, Kerr shares the secrets to unwinding in the Magic City.

Revel in rooftop views of South Beach 

Australian soccer player Sam Kerr’s travel guide for Miami, South Beach

Park yourself poolside with a rosé champagne in hand, 18 storeys above the beach at the five-star 1 Hotel South Beach. “It’s my favourite thing about the hotel; it has the most amazing views of the coastline and poolside service so you never have to leave.” Inside, the hotel features a zen-like coastal blend of white and beige and features furniture crafted from upcycled driftwood, mattresses filled with a hemp blend and energy-efficient lighting in its mission for sustainable luxury. 

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Watch a private chef cook tableside 

Australian soccer player Sam Kerr’s travel guide for Miami, COTE restaurant

The Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse COTE delivers a performative dining experience transplanted from New York City. Inside the moody-yet-sleek dining room, tables are installed with smokeless charcoal grills where chefs sear cuts of beef to your specification. “It’s all cooked on a grill at your table so you learn all about the different meats and how best to cook them.” Kerr’s personal recommendation is the A5 Japanese Wagyu rib-eye. “It tastes like butter and melts in your mouth – it might be the best steak I’ve ever tried.” 

See the city from a jet ski 

Australian soccer player Sam Kerr’s travel guide for Miami, jet ski tours

“When I’m in Miami I’m always by the water, whether it’s the pool, beach or hiring jet skis.” Take the 90-minute Miami Vice tour with Jet-Ski Tours of Miami for a water-bound perspective of the Florida metropolis. Zipping through the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, you’ll circle the appropriately named Star Island (home to Millionaire’s Row) and even spot the odd dolphin and manatee if you’re lucky. 

Australian soccer player Sam Kerr’s IWC Portugieser Chronograph

On the football pitch, Kerr is renowned for her consistency – terrorising defenders with her goal-scoring capabilities and technical excellence. It’s not surprising then that she gravitates towards the IWC Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. IW371611), a sporty timepiece at heart, thanks to its stopwatch function. Kerr personalised her watch by pairing it with a rubber strap that dresses it down while adding a striking touch. “I think a watch can be such a popping part of your outfit.” $27,500 RRP

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