We decided to take a quick trip to Miami…specifically to South Beach!
We were taking the dogs for a walk in South Beach and we came upon a large Tuscan looking villa. After some debate I decided to google it. We turned out to be the mansion of the late Gianni Versace. As fans of architecture, fashion, and style, we were of course transfixed for a moment taking it in. After another delving search into google (thank goodness for google!), we discovered it was a boutique hotel and restaurant! We were able to get a lunch reservation and it was kismet.
Inside the mansion is stunning. To think of it as a private home is so indulgent. There is a large open courtyard right in the center with the ascending floors having an open hallway to look over into the courtyard. Although the courtyard is in the center, the centerpiece of this home is the pool and garden area.
We sat overlooking this spot as we enjoyed a classic Italian meal. The food was fresh and so satisfying and paired perfectly with the view. Considering the fact that we were sitting just a few yards from the Atlantic ocean only made the experience all the more thrilling.
My advice if you are venturing to the Versace Mansion for your own opulent experience is to soak it in as much as you can. The grand exterior foyer, the pool area, the library bar, the courtyard, and the ideas that must have followed through that space while Gianna Versace lived there.