June 29, 2011
They’re pretty close. But they could be closer. As in... downtown.
Allow us to explain...
Introducing Eleuthera, a tucked-away villa oozing colonial charm, including a massive outdoor garden and freshly hacked coconuts spiked with gin, ready to serve as your Caribbean island stand-in, opening tonight downtown.
This hacienda feels like Andy Garcia’s tropical lair, only with fewer bongo drums and, we assume, more intimate nooks.
The name refers to the island in the Bahamas and is Greek for “free.” The space: a 10,000-square-foot 1920s house called Villa 221, decked out with original Cuban-tiled floors and sprawling gardens secluded from Biscayne Boulevard by a bamboo fence. The lounging: five different rooms, each with its own color scheme and vibe. The lighting: appropriately dim.
You’ll enter via a huge wraparound porch with wicker chairs (good for a late-night stogie), glide past the old fireplace in the lobby and summon a drink from the gold-tiled bar. They don’t have a cocktail menu yet, but they do have a full bar and plan on keeping it island-style. Meaning, they’ll have someone come in to chop up green coconuts with a machete for a “gin and coconut water” night.
A proper night out usually involves machetes.
221 NE 17th St
Miami, FL 33132