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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

Featured Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Henley Vazquez

'Tis the season for celebrating, and for giving back. Today we're marking the kick-off of the the Museum of the City of New York's annual charity auction, which raises funds for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center. The center serves over 42,000 students and teachers each year, most of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools, and we're proud to join forces with Mandarin Oriental, Miami and Smokks to contribute.

Read our review to see why we love the Mandarin, then click over to CharityBuzz to bid on a spring getaway with your family, complete with mommy-and-me attire by Smokks. 


  • Miami’s Mandarin Oriental sits on the private residential island of Brickell Key, a short drive from Miami Beach and walking distance to downtown.
  • An urban resort, the hotel has multiple restaurants, a 15,000-square-foot spa and gym, a pool with gorgeous bay and city views, plus a man-made beach.
  • Spread over twenty floors, all 326 rooms are recently renovated and have private balconies, water views and Asia-influenced decor.


  • Deluxe double rooms fit a family of four in two full-size beds.
  • Deluxe bay view and deluxe skyline view rooms can connect.
  • Suites are huge; book the Dynasty or Biscayne for the best views (both are on corners) and the Brickell if you prefer a double-bedded set-up.


  • Kids under age eleven eat free.
  • Brickell Key is ideal for the stroller set, thanks to quiet nights, a walking path that circles the island and easy pedestrian access to local restaurants and markets.
  • The hotel’s restaurants welcome families but are equally appropriate for a date night (hint: get a sitter and book a table on the terrace at La Mar, the hip new Peruvian eatery).


  • The Mandarin sits on the bay, not the beach, but they have created a sandy area with sunbeds where children can play.
  • Distance-wise, South Beach is close, but rush-hour traffic can make the drive much longer, so plan your day carefully.
  • There’s only one pool, not separate children and adult swimming areas; keep the cannonballing in check to avoid being that family.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key, Miami
(305) 913-8288