Since opening in January, North America’s first superyacht marina, has welcomed some of the world’s largest, ultra-luxe yachts, with over 20 sailing in for the inaugural Superyacht Miami Show in February earlier this year. With the vessels on display collectively valued in excess $1 billion, it’s easy to see why Florida has claimed its spot as the newest megayacht capital of the world.
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But for those of us don’t have the resources to fork out for a floating palace of our own, Miami’s Island Gardens is the next best thing: guests are invited to wander along the promenade to view the vessels, some with helicopters on top or sail boats strapped to the side. They’ve also opened two luxury hotels surrounded by high-end boutiques designed to cater to those who don’t live a millionaire’s life (but like to pretend they do).
Offering panoramic waterfront views of Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami, and beyond, The Deck restaurant and lounge bar is the latest addition to the Island Gardens development – and it’s has quickly become a hotspot for socialites and yachting elite since it opened in May.
With the option to arrive by either land or sea, it’s not uncommon to witness a grand entrance to The Deck. Ultra-high net-worth clients routinely arrive on megayachts, sail in by speedboat, or even drive onto the marina in one of their favourite on-board vintage cars.
The one-stop entertainment and lifestyle destination comes to life on the weekends, offering a plethora of music, food, leisure, health and wellness activities from Friday to Sunday.
The Friday Night Dinner Party series takes place weekly between 6:00pm to 1:00am is a tantalising entrée for your weekend. Guests mingle with yachting royalty and indulge in menu items inspired by the global yachting circuit, like salad nicoise that tastes like a bite of the Cote D’Azur or the M/Y Octopus, a nod to the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Ibiza.
On Saturdays, members of the public are invited to practice yoga or take part in a range of other fitness activities as the sun sets. Know as WELLTH Saturdays, it’s a nod to the new-age notion that wellness is the new wealth – and it’s a pretty rewarding option.
When Sunday finally rolls around, guests are invited to make the most of it at The Deck: Brunch, for obvious reasons, is served later than traditional breakfasts and provides an expansive buffet filled with decadent comfort foods.
Later on, soak up the atmosphere (and affluence) at one of the waterfront cabanas, followed by an exclusive sunset party. Come Sunday evening, The Deck is transformed into a luxe speakeasy frequented by the likes of Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima to Ivana Trump, and where you can wine, dine and dance late into the night right alongside them.