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Photo: Michael Raveney
Photo: Michael Raveney

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Magic in Miami – Ray Kay´s best tips

After moving to America from his native, Ray Kay became one of the most successful music video makers in the world. He now lives in Miami and has found some very magical spots.

South Beach

If you asked me to design the perfect city, I’d say it would be a big city with a small-town feel. That’s what Miami is, particularly if you live in the middle of South Beach, which is very lively. I live by the ocean here, which reminds me of home, and I spend a lot of time on my balcony in the warm ocean breeze watching sunsets. It’s magical up there. I’ve posted so many pictures of Miami sunsets on Instagram that all my friends have gotten tired of them.

Partying

Miami is one of the best places in the world to party. You have your pick for every night of the week: Mondays at Rockwell, Tuesdays at Wall, Wednesdays at Mokai, Thursdays and Fridays at Story, Saturdays at Hyde, and Sundays at LIV. There are also a few good dive bars like The Room and Bardot. And if you’re in the mood to just play some pool, go to Lost Weekend. If you want something very local, go to the fun Cuban cabaret show at El Tucán.

Photo: The Standard Hotel

Standard Spa

The Standard Spa is one of my favorite things in Miami. Go just before sunset. Relax around the open fires in the beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. Have a bite to eat at the little Cuban cafe as the sun sets over the water. Get in the Jacuzzi, order a mojito from the rustic-looking bar and enjoy Miami’s pink skies. Head for the steam room and hammam once the sun has set, then get a massage. You’ll be thinking, ‘life could not be much better right now.’

The Standard Spa

40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach

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Eating

Miami is one of the best food cities in the world. For Sunday brunch, go to the River Yacht Club. For Sunday dinner, eat by the sea at steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. The pool restaurant at The Edition Hotel is always a hit, and I love the Chinese food at Mr Chow’s. Go to hole-in-the-wall spot Jimmy’z Kitchen in South Beach for the world’s best chicken pomodoro sandwich. Shake Shack has the best burgers, Sushi Samba for the best sushi, Komodo for great southeast Asian food and Juvia, located on top of the parking garage 11 11 Lincoln Road, for upscale “world” food and the best city views.

American Airlines Arena

If you’re up for something really fun, you should attend a basketball game – watching sports here in America is a completely different thing than in Norway; it’s a spectacle. At the Miami Heat’s basketball stadium, American Airlines Arena, there are dancers and competitions in the breaks and there is even a nightclub in there; Liv. You can watch the game from inside the dark club where everyone is dancing and partying.

American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

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