By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
Anyone stuck in gridlock traffic while attempting to navigate Collins Avenue in any direction over the weekend, or being forced to pay the staggering $50 parking charges soon realized that the International Yacht Show was in town- of course the multitude of multi-million dollar floating vessels stationed along the Indian Creek waterway should have been a dead giveaway. As with any show, festival, event, holiday, climate change, building announcement…on Miami Beach, the Yacht Show brought with it its fair share of fabulous parties and party people. Below were our favorites.
Scarlett Sails Night
We joined over 150 VIP guests who staggered barefoot onto the 60 million dollar, 191 foot Carpe Diem yacht on Wednesday, February 15, for the glamorous, Russian-themed Scarlett Sails party to get a sneak-peek of the magnificent yacht prior to its display at the Miami Beach International Boat Show.
Guests were given a boarding pass and asked to check their shoes upon arrival, before walking the steep incline to board the Carpe Diem. Once aboard, beautiful Russian dancers, dressed in traditional, albeit skimpy, Russian costumes, right down to their furry ushankas, served signature Russian Standard shots and cocktails to help the otherwise uncomfortably barefoot guests forget that their designer footwear was somewhere other than on their feet to perfectly compliment their stylish outfits. We were also distracted by the haute cuisine, which included caviar canapés, George Stone Crabs and oysters courtesy of Edge steakhouse- and informal modeling by Saks Bal Harbour, all of which served to spotlight the grandeur of the mega yacht luxury lifestyle.
The party was presented by Russian Standard Vodka, CSI Management Services, International Yacht Collection and Malinka Productions.
Love Boat at Bâoli Miami
A couple of nights later, we felt transported to the French Riviera as Bâoli Miami brought its popular Love Boat party- straight from Cannes- right to Collins Avenue. The entire restaurant and lush garden were transformed into a nautical paradise, cloaked in white, navy and striped fabrics with nautical accents, flickering white candles, fishing nets, sea props and servers dressed in nautical wear.
From the moment we arrived, we were treated to an on-yacht experience as we posed behind a Captain’s wheel with gorgeous girls in navy blue mini sailor-dresses. Once inside the energetic vibe and music by world renowned DJ Gil, from Le Bâoli Restaurant Club in Cannes, (who flew in from France for the occasion), could barely keep us and fellow diners in our seats to enjoy the restaurant’s outstanding cuisine, which includes an extensive raw bar; signature risotto and pastas and delicious seafood and beef dishes. About every five minutes or so, servers passed out lit flares to diners and party guests and encouraged them to move to the energetic music- much to the disapproval of the Fire Marshall- who put the kibosh on the whole production.
Adorable musician, Joe Jonas, dined at the table right in front of us with a group of friends and socialized and posed for photos with fellow partygoers. In recent weeks, Bâoli Miami has welcomed other celebrities including Larry David and Sean Penn.
Bâoli Miami is The Bâoli Group’s first US location. Known for its exceptional restaurants and lounges in Cannes, France—Le Bâoli Restaurant, Bâoli Beach, and Bâoli —the Miami location of Bâoli (in the former Vita space1906 Collins Avenue) offers exciting nightlife, spirited weekly dinner parties and Mediterranean cuisine.
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