Meetings in Miami

The first time I went to Miami nearly 3 years ago, I really disliked it. I didn't really understand what all of the fuss was about, bars and restaurants seemed ludicrously over-priced and I found the "guest list only" attitude frustratingly pompous. I couldn't wait to get back to the laid back beach bars at home. Since that first trip, however, I've been back to Miami a number of times both for business and pleasure, and every time I go I like it more. It's a city that really grows on you. And truth is, it has everything. Beach, bars, culture, museums, good food, funky hotels, shopping, boating, people watching, kitesurfing. Everything that makes me happy.

These people also live there - that's reason enough for me to go back :)

Coral gables Miami
Coral gables Miami

On this particular trip I stayed in the Savoy Hotel on Ocean Drive – towards the bottom of the “strip”. It’s one of the slightly older Art Deco hotels and compared to the Sagamore which I stayed in a few months before it was a little dated but it’s location on South Beach was still second to none and the rooms were clean, comfy and very spacious.

A lot of people ask whether you lose an appreciation of how privileged you are to live in paradise once you’ve been in a place like Cayman for a couple of years. I can honestly say that I haven’t lost it at all and still pinch myself when I drive past the electric blue sea on my way to work every morning. But nothing beats pulling up to a hotel on Ocean Drive on a “work trip” to remind yourself of how lucky you are. Miami is definitely an upgrade from the trips to Liverpool I used to be treated to! Whilst most of my days were taken up with meetings in windowless hotel conference rooms, I tried to make the most of my surroundings by ducking out at break times for a Starbucks fix and some shopping :) but when I'm traveling for work I always like getting up early to do some exercise so I don't fall asleep in the long presentations. The Savoy is right on South Beach so every morning I tore myself out of bed to pound the sand and catch sunrise.

Is there a better way to start the day than seeing this?

This particular conference for Miller Lite also treated it’s delegates to a couple of tourist attractions including the Miami Thriller! A ridiculously fast speedboat that whizzes through the port, along South Beach and around “Star Island” home to the rich and famous. The music, commentary and exhilarating ride are well worth the $36 regular price tag.

Thriller Miami dock
Thriller Miami bay

After a fast and furious ride we returned back to the skyscrapers as the sun was busy setting the stormy sky on fire.

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This lovely lady was presenting at the conference and used to go to university with some friends of ours in Cayman! #smallworld

I really enjoyed my 3 day trip and I now really love Miami. Every time I go I discover something new and I can't wait to go again.

What are your top tips for the Magic City?