The Great Staycation: Mandarin Oriental

There are four essentials musts when it comes to a great staycation, which I’m going to share using my recent stay at the Mandarin Oriental.  Ready? Here we go …

Eating In Bed

Smack at the top of this list is eating in bed. Why? Because it’s something you would never ever do at home. But this isn’t your home. There’s a full-time maid here. And you can eat in bed because if you make crumbs someone else will deal with them. While I’ve long had breakfast in bed at hotels, my new thing is dessert. What’s better than having chocolate mousse in a robe in a big fluffy hotel bed? Very little. That’s what.

The Amenities

The pool, the bar, the spa—it’s your job to investigate during your stay. I checked into The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental because robe life is the best life. And now during Miami Spa Month at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, having a 50-minute Restorative Massage for just $109 is well, just another reason why staycations beat the heck out of staying at your own house. The robe, the relaxation lounge with its tinkling fountains, the massage itself—this alone is why you leave home.

The View

A stunning view of Downtown on the Miami River at Brickell Key. Yup, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on at the Mandarin Oriental. Spend time looking at it. It’s relaxing. It’s soothing. It’s just plain beautiful. you won’t see this from your own windows at home so take it all in.


The best meal of the day? Brunch. And those of the buffet variety, well, they’re that much better. There’s just so much good stuff at La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Go ahead, have it. Have it all. Knowing there’s a soft comfy bed upstairs waiting for you to dive back into after you’ve had much too much, makes having too much all the more fun.

And there you have it, four solid reasons to stay in a room at the Mandarin Oriental instead of your own home. Happy staycation-ing.