Our stay of the week – The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami

Where better to experience high-end design than in the home of one of the world’s highest-end designers, Gianni Versace? The Villa Casa Casuarina, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winner in Miami’s South Beach, has housed a number of notable residents, but its most famous is the Italian designer who lived here from 1992 until his assassination in 1997 (one so famous, it’s now the focus of TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story). His millions of dollars worth of renovations, plus the opulent, eclectic additions by restaurateur and later tenant Barton G. Weiss, have left this nearly-90-year-old Mediterranean Revival mansion – built by the son of the first Standard Oil treasurer – looking better than ever.

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

The living is just as luxurious as the architecture and decor, thanks to a rooftop lounge and a well-appointed spa (complete with an aroma steam room and a meditation lounge). There is also a sumptuous outdoor pool, with a mosaic inspired by Poseidon and thousands of solid-gold tiles glinting under the sun. On the accommodation front, suites are individually themed and named – yours might evoke the Ottoman Empire or show off walls of hummingbird and dove paintings – but all contain such extras as an oversized marble bathroom and sumptuous linens.

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Savour a delectable Italian dinner at Gianni’s which, offering a lovely dining room and poolside outdoor space, serves multi-course Mediterranean meals; you might follow a burrata-stuffed millefoglie pastry with Milanese parmesan-asparagus risotto, a plate of gnocchi and a glass of wine. Head to Onyx Bar for something to quench your thirst, from fine wines to creative cocktails. Don’t forget that you’re in South Beach – you’ll find tons of restaurants and bars outside, if you prefer a different cuisine.

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

Image courtesy of The Villa Casa Casuarina

From the American Riviera to an Art Deco playground, Miami’s South Beach has been called many things, but one thing’s for sure – there’s no other place like it. And as the cherry on a rather lavish cake, this hotel’s location puts you at the heart of some of the world’s best shopping, nightlife, architecture, beaches, restaurants and history.

We’re offering a stay in a Superior, Exceptional or One Bedroom suite from £219 per person, per night, on a room-only basis.

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