By Bob Schulman
Check out your old storage closet to see if you still have your peach-colored Italian sport coat and the black T-shirt you wore under it. And your white linen trousers. And your oh-so-hip sockless loafers. Still got 'em? Good. You'll need togs like these (maybe with a few alterations) for your “Miami Vice” stay in – where else? – Miami.
Pegged to the hit TV series, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa (www.mayfairhotelandspa.com) on Miami's artsy Coconut Grove waterfront is cooking up a year-long slate of special promotions to debut over the coming New Year's weekend. What's the link? The Mayfair opened in 1984 – the same year Miami's famous undercover duo started zipping around town in their Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Beemers and Corvettes.
Millions of viewers watched the NBC series (remember its rat-ta-tat-tat opening theme www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiTCTsTyjdw) each week as James “Sonny” Crockett (played by Don Johnson) and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) blasted or otherwise put bad guys away against rockin' tunes by The Police, Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey, Iron Maiden and the era's other heavy metal superstars.
Miami Vice came to prime-time life on the small screen over five seasons (1984-1989), then popped up again in the re-run leagues. You can actually still see it – if you happen to be in spots like Bulgaria, Estonia, Turkey and Australia.
Mayfair's 30th anniversary promotion – called “Miami Vices New Year's Escape” – kicks off on Dec. 31. Among highlights of the event, guests will be able to stand in for Sonny, Rico or Detective Saundra “Gina” Santiago in their own Miami Vice video (just itching to be posted on YouTube and the like), zoom back to the 80s in a vintage Ferrari and thunder across Biscayne Bay aboard an original Miami Vice speedboat. Back at the hotel, guests might opt for a nap on their suite's private terrace and perhaps a dip in a two-person Japanese soaking tub on the terrace.
All this and much more – like a nostalgic tour of the old Miami Vice locations, a Miami nightlife tour, a couples’ massage at one of the Mayfair’s rooftop poolside cabanas and a gift bag loaded with Miami Vice goodies – can be yours during the promotion. The price of the package, including three nights in the posh Mayfair Suite, is $4,000.
Originally named The Mayfair House Hotel when it opened in 1984, the property has been called “an artistic masterpiece blending design elements from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.” It was a mecca for nightlife, glamour, notoriety and the other excesses of the 80s. Its famous nightclub, “Ensign Bitters,” was THE hangout of Miami's glitterati.
“We are excited to revisit and recreate some of the delightful decadence of 80s Miami,” says Mayfair Hotel & Spa General Manager Axel Gasser. He noted the 179-suite hotel was recently renovated at a cost of over $10 million.
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