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With its white sandy beaches, bustling nightlife and picturesque Art Deco architecture, it’s no surprise Miami’s South Beach attracts visitors from around the world. Travelers looking for a spot to enjoy the beach, shopping, nightlife and a little R&R should look no further than The Julia, an adults-only boutique hotel in the trendy South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood.

The recently modernized hotel, located just steps away from all South Beach has to offer, features Mediterranean Revival architecture and an Art Deco façade from its original build in the 1930s. Seattle-based architect and interior designer Stephen Busto looked to Miami icon Julia Tuttle, the hotel’s namesake, as the inspiration for the interior revitalization.

The hotel lobby, decorated to emulate a Victorian solarium, captivates guests upon entry with its eclectic decor, Cuban tile flooring, tall ceilings, modern artwork and portrait gallery. The property also boasts details like a hand-painted pink ombré staircase and five two-story rooms—coined the Ibis rooms—featuring large-scale paper-cut butterfly installations created by Japanese paper artist Yumiko Mizutani.

Guests looking for relaxation can escape to the beach for sunrise yoga or soak up some rays with a complimentary beach chair courtesy of The Julia. The SoFi neighborhood offers endless dining options for foodies, such as Cibo Wine Bar, an authentic Italian restaurant with modern flair; an extensive wine collection artfully displayed for guests on a two-story wine wall; and stunning rooftop views. For a more casual dining experience, Big Pink serves up comfort food in true American diner style (and portions).

For those looking to immerse themselves in the city’s culture, the Wynwood arts district offers wall murals created by more than 40 acclaimed mural artists and indoor galleries featuring private collections on view to the public. For a tailored experience, join Miami Culinary Tours for a guided tour of the district, paired with cuisine from Wynwood’s talented chefs.

Venture over to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science at Miami’s waterfront Museum Park to visit the planetarium and aquarium, or spend the day shopping the latest in designer fashion at Brickell City Centre.

Back at The Julia, kick off your evening with a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour in the lobby, where the laid-back ambience encourages you to linger. Despite its proximity to nightlife, the hotel sits on a quiet street, creating a private escape for unwinding when the evening comes to an end. With its prime location and artful yet low-key atmosphere, this South Beach retreat encourages guests to enjoy the best of both worlds. thejuliahotel.com

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