Although summer 2014 was non-stop on all levels, KONCEPT EVENTS Program Coordinators made it a priority to break free of the daily workflow in order to experience some of our favorite MIAMI venues first hand. Our first stop began in South Beach at the historic boutique hotels, THE BETSY and THE VILLA BY BARTON G. This was followed by the stunning NEW WORLD CENTER for some light entertainment. Join KE for some Hot Venue Highlights:
The Betsy Hotel
The first stop on the 2014 “KE Summer Road Trip” was the historic and gorgeous BETSY ROSS HOTEL. THIS IS THE ONLY STANDING FLORIDA GEORGIAN BUILDING ON SOUTH BEACH. Fully renovated in 2009, the now Betsy Hotel South Beach, makes a great offsite venue for a variety of events from small to midsize groups.
THE DECK is the Betsy’s rooftop space that showcases spectacular and refreshing views of the ocean. The KE team was in awe. But our favorite location was definitely the unexpected underground B BAR – a 1920’s drinking den located just below the hotel’s wine cellar. This discreet yet dramatic location features large framed customizable lightboxes lining the walls, a glowing tufted bar and a low infinity ceiling that mirrors the entire room from overhead. Imagine, the room is literally mirrored in the ceiling – how’s that for a fresh experience?
Also noteworthy is the hotel’s restaurant BLT STEAK – perfect for your next dine-around on South Beach. All of the KE crew agreed they serve the best Gruyere Cheese Popovers in South Florida, delicious Modern American style cuisine, and stellar sushi. Don’t even get us started on the dessert! This restaurant truly has something that appeals to everyone!
The Villa by Barton G.
The VERSACE MANSION, now known as THE VILLA BY BARTON G., is back and it’s as smashing as ever! The vacation home of the late GIANNI VERSACE is most definitely a unique offsite venue that offers a luxurious destination backdrop. KE’s advice is to save your budget on décor; it’s not priority in this already gorgeous property. A little mood lighting goes a long way here. Interactive entertainment, LIKE AN AERIALIST POURING CHAMPAGNE ON ENTRANCE, is definitely a must. Thankfully, The Villa is accommodating to all sorts of unique acts!
Rest assured all foodies…you are sure to enjoy outstanding, quality Mediterranean-style Italian cuisine catered by Barton G. & IL SOL. A dessert upgrade worth mentioning is the 24kt gold dusted chocolate medusas. Versace’s own face is dusted in edible 24kt gold. 24kt gold desserts? You’ve officially reached rock star status!
The New World Center
In a cultural melting pot such as Miami, THE NEW WORLD CENTER brings to life a language that is universal to everyone – music. This state of the art, high-tech fortress is the home of MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS’ NEW WORLD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Here students, or fellows, are the first priority; the NWC is their second home, which KE highly respects. Perk: KE has access to hire these happy fellows to act as a musical accompaniment at your next event!
Internationally acclaimed architect, FRANK GEHRY, designed the NWC as a fully functional work of art; making it a WOW venue. Think sleek and clean Miami design all wrapped into one acoustically sound package with features such as large panel walls perfect for video projection, image mapping or gobo, and a massive glowing wave bar under a reflective ceiling structure.
Throw an event in the Atrium, Performance Hall or on the Rooftop Garden overlooking views of South Beach. Want a taste of the arts without the price tag? Local residents can experience the symphony for free in the adjacent Miami Beach Soundscape where WALLCAST CONCERTS are projected on a 7,000 sq ft outdoor projection wall. It just doesn’t get any cooler than that!