Labor Day at 1 Hotel South Beach

This weekend definitely gave me a little more insight on the Miami lifestyle that I’ve ignored since living in Florida. I woke up this Labor Day morning with a text from my cousin Leanna, inviting me to go to 1 Hotel South Beach and go and hangout at the pool. I didn’t have much exceptions since I don’t really know that area much (this has changed due since I’ve been going to Miami Spice participating restaurants – will blog about this food experience at the end of September). My friends and I all met up at her apartment to carpool to South Beach.

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After the drive, we parked at the parking garage by Leanna’s office and we got a ride to the back of 1 Hotel. Very thankful of her connections, we went inside and got a cabana at 1 Hotel. There are multiple pools within the hotel and we decided to go to the roof top pool. I am very grateful for the cabana, since Miami had such a hot weather this morning (which followed thundershowers). The roof top pool was spectacular. Great view of the beach side, white umbrellas and couches, and it really had a zen vibe to it. It was definitely paradise and it reminded me of the hotel pools at the City of Dreams Manila. The hotel itself had great friendly staff and the decor had some quirks that really spoke out to me. It was definitely modern, classy, clean without overwhelming you with sparkles and jewels. When walking out of the hotel, there’s a sense of consistency in the hotel’s decor and style – which I really appreciated. I wish I could have taken more photos, but this is the best I can do for now!

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We enjoyed a round of mimosas in the pool and the staff also served an array of fruits. We also ordered some food such as tuna poke (the marinade was amazing, but the poke is subpar to what you can get in Hawaii), shrimp and tuna ceviche with avocados (pretty great acidity and it went well with the salty plantain chips) , blue crab croquettas, salmon sliders (with a hint of truffle aioli), flat bread and another round of mimosas.

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After swimming at 1 Hotel, we walked back to the car, stopped by Yard House (holy crap over 1000 reviews on Yelp!?) and ate at Shake Shack (reunited with the shack stack at last!). I definitely had a lot of fun cooling down at the pool and enjoying a little bit of the Miami scene. And it’s great to have awesome friends to celebrate the day with you too. Work hard, play hard right? Will I be spending more time in exploring Miami? With today’s experience, most definitely. I want to know what, “live where you vacation,” really means.

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Final thoughts: When I went to Prime Fish for Miami Spice, a conversation came about with the topic of retirement. Generations on generations have told us millennials that we need to save money and work hard now so we can retire early and enjoy life later on. But an argument can be made on our case, why can’t we enjoy life now? Why wait until we’re 60? Yes, save money and work hard, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until later to celebrate. These are our younger years. Let’s make it worth remembering down the road.

Work hard, play smart, and live better.

(sounds like that Walmart quote, haha.)

Have a beautiful week my friends!

These photos were taken with my iPhone 6 and my Canon T4i with f2.8 24mm lens. Shout out to Leanna, James, Belle & Tiffany for a great morning & afternoon. 

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