Need a last-minute gift for a dapper fellow? Acqua Di Parma’s first U.S. store features a serene men’s treatment room for hot shaves and other services with products from its Collezione Barbiere. Purchase gift certificates for blissful services ranging from 30 to 60 minutes on an authentic barber chair made in Catania, Sicily. The traditional shave begins with clients selecting their favorite fragrance to spray on a hot face towel. Steps include a shoulder and neck massage, facial cleansing scrub, and shaving oil and cream. The shaving brush’s 100 percent badger hair design results in a smoother shave without irritation and ingrown hairs. Upgrade to the prestige shave experience for eye and face serums and creams, as well as a mask. Facials and beard and mustache trims are also available.
Still need to pick up more presents? Give an experience through scuba-diving and snorkeling tours and lessons with the full-service Portofino Diver Academy in Sunny Isles. Miami Beach Botanical Garden is hosting a holiday edition of its monthly Boho Market today until 9 p.m. Shop for handmade gifts while listening to live music. Ladurée created special treats just for the holidays. The midnight blue Apsara Box comes with a dozen or half dozen assorted macarons decorated with frosted crimson flowers. A seasonal macaron is filled with coconut cream and lime zest and dusted with grated coconut, while a limited-edition snowflake-shaped coconut dacquoise blends mango and passion fruit cream, vanilla pineapple brunoise and coconut mousse. The cherry red yule log layers an almond biscuit and cream, rosé champagne mousse and candied strawberry.
In November, we mentioned South of Fifth residents were about to get a new spot to dip in for light bites and delicious drinks. South Pointe Tavern finally opened with craft cocktails like Miami State of Mind, a spicy watermelon and lime concoction spiked with Olmeca Altos Plata. As much as people are exciting about the pours, the appetizer-heavy fare fills a void in the neighborhood. An artisan meat board brims with chorizo, serrano, salami, pâté and olives. Standards like guacamole, spinach and artichoke dip and shrimp cocktail make an instant cocktail party at your home away from home. More filling options come in the form of pulled pork tacos and a mushroom and arugula flatbread. Really famished? Bite into a Reuben smothered in house dressing.
South of Fifth got another cool concept. Tatiana and Riccardo Silva launched Forte Dei Marmi in the former Joia hot spot. Though the hybrid Italian restaurant, which is open to the public, and invite-only, private Arts Club upstairs officially opens January 17, they began hosting previews during Art Basel. Their New Year’s Eve is generating a lot of buzz, too, for its decadent quantities of Petrossian caviar, frutti di mare and 2007 vintage Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. Anyone can attend the soirée at a price of $1,000 per person here. Architect Chad Oppenheim, interior designer Henry Timi and landscape architect Enzo Enea reinvented the Mediterranean Revival property. Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino heads the culinary team, while Cathy Leff, director emeritus of the Wolfsonian-FIU, curates the arts programming.