The Villa Casa Casuarina past the iron gates (and the many celebrity seekers) that surround the 1930s villa that was Versace’s home for a long time — is located in Ocean Drive across from the beach in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco district — the property opens up like a scene from One Thousand and One Nights. The layout is reminiscent of a Moroccan riad: 10 suites set around an interior courtyard with a fountain, carved wood doors, and intricate tiling.
Twenty-four-karat gold tiles line the property’s Thousand Mosaic Pool. This villa is Versace’s former boudoir and, unsurprisingly, is the most lavish of the 10 — think two balconies, gold shower fixtures, and a truly enormous (9-by-12-foot) bed — but the other nine suites are close contenders.
Each has Frette linens, Versace fabrics, a Sono sound system, a Kindle e-reader and a sleek bathroom clad in Italian marble — not to mention a personal butler who provides round-the-clock service and can get you on the list at the top Miami Beach restaurants and nightclubs.
And while those spots are just a five-minute cab ride away, you’d certainly bethink to reserve a table at the villa’s 30-seat restaurant, where river pebble mosaics adorn the walls, candles in colored vases cast a glow over the tabletops, and Versace china announces that eating here is as much an aesthetic pleasure as a gustatory one. The menu from chef Jeff O’Neill (of Miami’s exclusive Gibraltar) features Old World dishes infused with innovative ingredients, such as the clementine carrot veloute with mascarpone and maple-glazed barramundi in white ginger broth.
The scene here is all about the worldwide know Versace’s style, with original colors furnishings and fabrics, and of course from the beach on where the hotel has a prime seat right across the street from the legendary Ocean Drive stretch. But if you’re looking for a more private spot, try the property’s Thousand Mosaic Pool, where Versace’s original 24-karat gold tiles still sparkle in the hot Miami sun.
The villa’s decadence is Miami all the way but taken to another level — an experience that’s as much about soaking it in as being transported entirely. For the rest of the things, you’re practically near to everything, the beach is in front of you, Washington Avenue’s clubs at 5 minutes walk, the Lincoln Road Mall is less of ten minutes away, you do not need a car to live this hotel. Villa Casa Casuarina has 10 rooms only. The best suite is the “Venus” with a balcony overlooking South Beach’s vibes!
Bar & Restaurant
Pets are not allowed
Private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 42 per day.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.
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The Villa Casa Casuarina
1116 Ocean Drive Northeast, Miami Beach