Whether you’re a couple, single, or a group of friends wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Miami, you’ll find choice picks of things to do, special menus, an oh-so- sweet gift idea. Plus, over the top overnight getaways. Check out our 11 best bets for 2019.
Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables
An art museum might not be the first outing that comes to mind for Valentine’s Day. Read on, and you’ll likely change your mind. At 1 p.m., they’re hosting a 40-minute guided interactive experience on looking, discussing and sketching works of art in the galleries . The works focus on relationships throughout history and culture. Become a member that day and receive a free gift.
Baker’s Cay Resort, 97000 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo
Located on a former pineapple plantation in Key Largo and boasting a romantic private beach, this exclusive resort is set to begin bookings on Feb. 14. Their Valentine’s Day package at $970 for a two-night stay in their suite includes a dolphin experience at Dolphins Plus, private sunset boat tour with champagne toast. Then there’s a couples’ massage at the all -natural Green House, an Aveda exclusive salon and a tequila tasting for two at the hotel’s signature Dry Rocks restaurant and bar.
W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
A definite splurge, the W South Beach is now a decade old and in honor of the anniversary is offering a romantic over the top escape for couples who stay in the 2,056 sq. ft. E-WOW Penthouse Suite on Valentine’s Day. The suite features four balconies, a rooftop terrace with plunge pool and piano, and fabulous views. Rates start at $22,000. The offer also includes a private rooftop dinner, in-suite mixology class to learn how to craft libation, and a Tiffany & Co crystal carafe engraved with the couple’s initials. And of course…. butler service.
La Centrale Food Hall at Brickell City Centre, 601 S. Miami Ave., Ste. 181-C, Miami,
Miami’s Italian food hub, La Centrale, is hosting Valentine’s Day celebrations for singles and couples alike at La Cucina, their cooking studio located on the third floor. On Feb. 13 they will host a pasta making class for singles with slots allotted for six people. The class is $55 per person. On February 14 the fun switches to a pasta making class for couples looking to celebrate with something more than the standard dinner, also priced at $55 per person. La Centrale’s wine shop has a choice selection, especially of Italian wines. (We bought a wonderful one from Puglia and another Montepulciano).
Or perhaps a night-in is more your style. In that case, try picking up an at-home pizza making kit for two at the first-floor Mercato. The kit, which includes fresh ingredients to make two margherita pizzas and a bottle of red wine is $44.99.
dbakers Sweet Studio, 3501 NE 2 Ave., Miami
Chocolate almost has to be a part of Valentine’s so at dbakers they’ve created a special edition Valentine’s Day gift box set. It features their newest pastry creations including a mini macaron sandwich, three mini cream puffs, four macarons, a cookie and a vanilla truffle cake. All those decadent items are just $32.
Zuma Miami, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami
Aside from the desirable waterfront location along the historic Miami River, Zuma’s Truffle Valentine’s Day Omakase is an ideal choice for couples who want to enjoy a truffle feast. The specialty tasting menu features sliced seabass sashimi with yuzu, truffle and salmon roe, beef tataki with fresh shaved truffle, and rock shrimp with truffle mayo. Then there’s grilled Chilean seabass with green chili and ginger dressing, 12-ounce ribeye with truffle sauce and fresh shaved black truffle. Topping it all off, Zuma’s special chocolate truffle dessert. $149 per person.
Kaido, 151 NE 41 St., Miami,
The latest sensation by superstar Chef Brad Kilgore is keeping true to the restaurant’s Japanese menu and theme by providing a traditional Japanese custom of a festive dessert the woman gifts to the man. It includes a dark chocolate curd, with Matcha tea, passion fruit and 24kt gold. Come dessert time, your loved one will be surprised by the decadent treat brought straight to the table. Recommended for dinner is the Uni Fondue, a blend of uni and aged parmesan. The dessert needs to be pre-ordered by phone.
National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The lobby at this iconic South Beach hotel is just as impressive as its pool. At the pool is where the special Poolside Cabana Dinner is being hosted on Valentine’s Day. Dine in one of three exclusive cabanas romantically decorated with candles, a private guitarist and specialty dinner menu for two. $340
Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Offering one of the most unique Valentine’s Day experiences, FAENA Art Forum is hosting LIPS© Chocolate and its exhibit at the FAENA Art Forum from 6-9 p.m. The sensorial experience connects two people with a piece of chocolate. The evening will feature a ballet performance, an art exposition featuring top exhibition artists and a party with DJ Stefano Ravasino with romantic cocktails. Tickets are $20-$60.
Tapas y Tintos, 488 Española Way, Miami Beach
Española Way is already one of South Beach’s most romantic streets with string lights and European-inspired architecture, so imagine enjoying a romantic dining special at the Spanish restaurant. Enjoy traditional Spanish paella for two and two glasses of sangria for $39.99. End the meal watching a live salsa performance.
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
This exclusive resort has by far the most choices to please any Valentine’s Day couple. Choose from a butler-served four-course dinner served in an oceanfront villa and including a bottle of Taittinger champagne. Available Valentine’s Day only, $1,200 per couple, call 305-993-0614 to reserve. Or choose the four-course dinner at Atlantikos authentic Greek restaurant that includes Kumamoto oysters, cobia tartar, grilled lamb chops and a dessert specially curated by Executive Chef Anastasios ‘Tasos’ Chasekioglou. $125 per person, Feb. 14 and 15 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Sushi is the meal of choice at St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge and for $350 per couple you can indulge in a sushi tower of sushi, sashimi, nigiri and signature rolls paired with a bottle of Taittinger Champagne. Reservations required. Feb. 14 from 5:30 – 11 p.m.