With palm trees swaying in the balmy breeze, the rolling sounds of the nearby surf and an ultra sexy vibe hovering above, Miami was made for lovers. Be it on an anniversary, first date or any other night, the city is full of romantic spots to take your significant other. Here are five unabashedly romantic spots to whisk your loved one to for an unforgettable evening.
For a French Escape: Palme d’Or
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Palme d’Or is the signature restaurant at legendary Four-Star The Biltmore. Bringing a taste of France to Coral Gables, the menu is expertly crafted by 2010 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year nominee Gregory Pugin. On Cupid’s special day that will only continue, thanks to a special five-course menu of sumptuous selections such as crab royal d’Alaska, escargots à l’ail noir, coquilles St.-Jacques (poached scallops), succulent cochon de lait (roasted suckling pig) and an exotic Le Kir Royal blackcurrant sorbet.
For Elegant Glamour: Azul
Located at Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key, the view from the Five-Star Azul is arguably one of the most impressive in town. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning looks onto Miami skyline lights reflecting off Biscayne Bay. Outdoor tables are even better and more intimate. And if the vistas don’t knock out your significant other, the cuisine most certainly will sweep her off her feet. On February 13 and 14, savor an extra romantic five-course menu created by Azul chef William Crandall, which will include Wagyu beef duet au poivre, caviar and Beausoleil oysters, champagne and sinfully decadent chocolaty desserts.
For a First Date: Cecconi’s
The setting at Cecconi’s Miami Beach, the Italian eatery on the garden floor of the Soho Beach House, is breathtakingly spectacular. The Miami-meets-British style of the courtyard dazzles with what seems like millions of little white lights strewn across trees and adorable fixtures made from mason jars hanging from the pergola roof. Cecconi’s has an exceptional — and quite sexy — menu every night of the week. On Valentine’s Day, sparks will fly as you dine alfresco and laugh over a couple of glasses of rosé, oysters and the restaurant’s delicious branzino.
For European Delight: Villa Azur
A French-Mediterranean restaurant with an Italian twist, Villa Azur is a lovely spot for a tête-à-tête located in the heart of Miami Beach. The indoor area has a part-library, part-lounge feel, with wood plank floors, bookshelves and fireplaces mixed with chandeliers and sleek contemporary furniture. White French doors open onto a lushly landscaped courtyard accented by plush leather couches. On the menu for your special night: roasted lobster in shell, lobster reduction and Périgord truffle, and a special “Love Potion” cocktail.
For Timeless Treasure: Casa Tua
A hidden oasis away from the bustle of South Beach, Casa Tua sits behind a veil of green, where fragrant fresh flowers and a garden dotted with twinkling candles and impeccably starched white linens await you for an amorous evening over beef carpaccio or Taylor Bay scallops. End the night on a sweet note with a plate of mini assorted Italian pastries dipped into a saccharine wine or the cold zabaglione with mascarpone cheese, rum flavor and mixed berries.