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By @ 10/30/17 in Allister Chang, CheckOut, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Miami


The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineTHE RITZ-CARLTON KEY BISCAYNE: TOP/BOTTOM LINE

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is a luxurious escape that’s great for gay families, including those of us aiming to fulfill our guncle duties with a little extra help. Drop your kids off at Ritz Kids for a kickball game or an interactive marine biology lesson, and enjoy a cocktail by the adults-only pool. Or take your princ(ess) out for a mani-pedi, complete with complimentary shirley temples. Secluded on an exclusive barrier island, this Ritz-Carlton feels far removed from the other three Ritz-Carltons in Miami – it’s more private, peaceful, and family-focused. This is not your resort to have a crazy weekend to meet new guys. It’s a tropical getaway for you to share with your partner and family.


Convenient and private. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is just 20-minutes from the Miami International Airport, yet feels secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown Miami. Key Biscayne is an exclusive barrier island, and this Ritz-Carlton is the island’s only hotel. Guests have front door access to hiking and biking trails of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. It’s a 20-minute taxi or Lyft ride to the gay bars and clubs in South Beach.


Ocean view guest rooms start at $400. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is not an all-inclusive resort. For breakfast, snacks, cocktails, a private concierge, and a private kids room, add club lounge access. Offerings of snacks at the club lounge during our stay included raw oysters and sushi. Club level rooms with ocean views start around $700. If you’re bringing kids, Ritz Kids offers full-day activities for kids from 9AM to 3PM for $120. ESPA menu items include “THE Mens Facial” at $160 for 50 minutes and a deep muscle massage at $175 for 50 minutes. Our favorite, the 110-minute Tequesta Ritual is priced at $330. Prices for rooms and spa treatments lower during low-season (July to September). The Ritz Carlton Key-Biscayne spa also participates in Miami Spa Month (usually July and August) and even extends these discounted offerings to October.


Just renovated this past year, each of the 490 guest rooms now offer a lighter, more casual and open aesthetic. The new color-schemes more closely reflect the hues of blues and greens of the beach-front tropical landscape. We appreciated the convenience of bedside outlets during our stay. We also appreciated the efficiency of the layout for the marble bathrooms, though we wished there had been more space to place our champagne during our bubble bath. Rooms with oceanfront views include balconies that look over the resort’s two pools. Open the windows at night to be lulled to sleep by the waves. For the ultimate family escape, book the new Ritz-Carlton Suite, which includes 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a dining room, and 2 balconies offering panoramic views of the ocean.


Testament to the quality of the hotel’s restaurants and spa treatments, guests return year after year, as do the local elite. The Tequesta Ritual, our favorite of the spa’s 3 signature location-specific treatments, is a 110-minute detoxifying ritual. The algae wrap, sticky at first, warmly envelopes you and awakes your skin even as your thoughts drift away. The aromatherapy massage and scalp massage bring you back into your body. Request Adrian. After getting re-centered at the spa, take a private class at the resort’s tennis center, or take a jog down the white sand beach to Florida’s third oldest active lighthouse.The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Enjoy a beachside cocktail in the St. Tropez style cabanas at DUNE, and if you’re feeling extra hungry and carnivorous, try their giant bison burger with foie gras. Keep an eye out for Gino, DUNE’s bartender who has been at the resort since the beginning, and ask him to make you his famous 3-rum mojito. The resort’s newest restaurant, Lightkeepers, offers coastal-inspired dishes, including a Sunday brunch with caviar and a full-room dedicated to desserts. Cantina Beach, the resort’s second oceanfront restaurant, offers Mexican food, South Florida’s largest tequila collection, and their own in-house “guacamologist.” Rumbar, their Cuban lobby lounge, offers rums, cigars, and live music Thursday through Saturday. Wrap-up your tropical escape with a complimentary photo shoot with staff photographers.


This resort may not look like a typical gay getaway. Key Biscayne was Richard Nixon’s favorite vacation destination, no gay weddings have yet been hosted at the resort. But look closer, and you see that the resort has been made with a gay touch. Take a complimentary workout class with Mauricio, or ask Omar at the spa front-desk for some green-tea scrub he stashes away for family. Timothy Williams, the Spa Director, who is currently leading a re-imagination of the resort’s shops, tells us that part of why he has enjoyed working here is that the “Ritz Carlton has always focused on equality.” Tim adds that as our community starts to think more about where we want to take our children, nieces, and nephews on vacation, “nothing else compares to this property… nowhere else in Miami has a kids program like here.”

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 12/26/15 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Paul Heney, Travel
Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus in ManAboutWorld by Paul Heney, Go, Daddy

Sunset in Ohio from a Megabus

Our Go, Daddy writer, gay-dad Paul J. Heney,  his partner and kids are heading to Miami for their first-ever experience onCarnival Cruise Line. The first leg of their journey proved less than glamorous aboard a MegaBus heading from Cleveland to Florida.

So maybe the “half” thing is overrated, but we’re trying to keep our sense of humor about things.

My family—including partner and two sons—are journeying down to Miami, Florida from our hometown of Cleveland. It’s all to experience a Carnival Cruise as an LGBT family, and report on it for ManAboutWorld. To economize, we decided to try taking MegaBus to Chattanooga, Tennessee, roughly the halfway point, before renting a car and driving the remainder of the way.

MegaBus was interesting. Our fares were pretty inexpensive, about $55 per person each way. We paid a couple of extra dollars for reserved seats, to guarantee some of the nicer spots and so we could be sure to all sit together. We left at 4:30 p.m. from a nice intermodal transportation center in downtown Cleveland.

Our pleather-like reserved seats were organized around a small table, allowing us space for some drinks, our phones, etc. We even pulled out our new Christmas gift (popular card game “Exploding Kittens”) and the table was great for that.

Luckily, we thought to bring a couple of throws, because, in spite of the unseasonably warm weather along the route, the bus itself was pretty cold. Lance supposed maybe the driver kept himself awake that way. The seats weren’t the luxurious coach type seats I’d guessed it would have, and sleeping was difficult. We also stopped in Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington and Knoxville, waking everyone up about every 2 hours. We also stopped once next to a McDonalds. Although I’d packed plenty of snacks and protein bars, we were famished by that point at 1 a.m. and ate heartily. Go, Daddy, Eat!

Go, Daddy: 1 am snack stop for the crew heading towards their Carnival Cruise in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Time to eat

We stopped in Lexington to bring on two new drivers, and one immediately admonished us for having several of our carry-ons in what appeared to be shared storage space. She then took up all that space with multiple bags of her own and her daughter’s. Odd. We ended up simply moving them to a few other empty seats. (The bus was less than half full.)

I was also surprised by the random spots that Megabus picked for its “terminals” in some cities. In Cincinnati, it was literally in the middle of a large parking lot beside the freeway. Cars were randomly pointed at the bus with headlights glaring, and it felt like we were in some weird James Dean movie where a car/bus drag race was about to begin. In Chattanooga, it was simply on the side of a deserted road near an office park. It was raining heavily, and we had to retreat to a random office building nearby to wait for our Uber to take us to the rental car facility.

As I write, we’re approaching the Florida border in our rented Jeep Cherokee (nice ride!) and it’s only a matter of time before my teenaged son asks to stop at Zaxby’s for lunch. The southern fried chicken fast food restaurant is among his favorites, and he can’t get it back home. We also stopped at my partner’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel, for breakfast. It’s vacation, after all. But I’m struggling to avoid the “dad body” phenomenon—especially on tropical beaches this week—so I think I may have to hit the hotel gym elliptical this evening!

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By @ 11/11/15 in Gay ski, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
ManAboutWorld's November cover: the pulsating skyline of Miami at night.

Miami, our November cover

Blink and it’s November! Seems like it’s still summertime. We love the unseasonably warm weather enveloping most of the U.S. as we go to press, but it’s not helping us mentally prepare for the cold ahead. Where mother nature fails, ManAboutWorld delivers though with our up-to-the-minute guide to Miami, an easily accessible, gay-popular destination that’s undergoing an exciting transformation.

Download ManAboutWorld to discover a city bursting well beyond gay-centric South Beach. Wynwood is home to some of the most exciting galleries on the planet, especially at this moment when they’re preparing for next month’s Art Basel, which we also cover this month. Brickell feels like the capital of Latin America, filled with dining, drinking and hobnobbing. And discover some of the most exciting new hotels in the country that have recently opened their doors, a number of them located in Miami’s newly emerging Mid-Beach district.

In winter, not everyone flees to warm-weather destinations. Some people actually run towards the cold. Gleefully. For you we present a

Aspen gay ski week in ManAboutWorld (gay travel magazine)-November issue which also includes Miami

Aspen gay ski week

hot list of cool snowy events encircling the globe. Aspen Gay Ski week is still the daddy of all gay winter events, and it seems to be getting better with a reinvigorated leadership and truly welcoming vibe. We’re proud to be media partners with this event which benefits a number of worthy LGBT community organizations.

Have you seen our new Radar section? These are discoveries around the globe sent in by our correspondents and friends. We encourage you, dear readers, to send us your discoveries, which you may see included in an upcoming issue. Use our “Contact us” page on the blog. 

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By @ 06/10/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

A living wall at the entrance to 1 Hotel South Beach

The 1 Hotel South Beach recently opened, and we had a quick preview. It’s the first hotel we’ve heard of (and new hotel brand from the brains behind the W Hotel brand) with sustainability as its driving force and DNA. Here are a few photos; expect a full review in an upcoming issue of ManAboutWorld. (Here’s a subscription offer to get you started.)

The photo above is a living wall (that green/black color is actual living plants). Below is chef Michael Fiorello at the Tom Colicchio farm- (and sea-) to table restaurant Beachcraft at the hotel. At the bottom, the eco-friendly “lover’s kit” amenity found in the spacious, sundrenched rooms of the hotel.


Chef Michael Fiorello at Beachcraft


The sustainable ‘lover’s kit’ at the 1 Hotel South Beach



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By @ 01/06/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, Key West, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

VowsCongratulations, Florida! On Jan. 6, the Sunshine State became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage. And so we immediately started thinking of places you could spend your honeymoon. The above photo of Little Palm Island, just off the coast of Key West, isn’t too shabby of a choice. But whether you celebrate at the St. Regis in Bal Harbor or the Delano in Miami, the real news here is that Florida is finally on the gay marriage map!


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By @ 12/04/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

artArt Basel begins today in Miami – known worldwide for its fascinating art exhibits that have recently taken a backseat to the celebrity sightings and A-list after parties. The event runs until Dec. 8.

We covered Miami in our Winer 2013 guide, and our pal Jack MacKenroth shared his favorite Miami hidden gems with us last month! You can read about all our secrets by subscribing here!


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By @ 11/17/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

MIAMI PERSONIFIEDYou haven’t done Miami until you’ve done it with Jack MacKenroth, which is why we’re so thrilled that our incomparable jock-strapped compadre took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about America’s hottest city. Aside from having abs like an action-figure, Jack is a globally-known HIV advocate, an Instagram superstar, and a fashion designer, having appeared on season 4 of Project Runway. In our latest issue, Jack tells us how to do Miami his way.

Click here for a free 1-month trial subscription and see all of Jack’s insider Miami tips!

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By @ 11/03/14 in David DiGiacomo, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

miamiwhitepartyOur correspondent David DiGiacomo has big plans to attend the 30h anniversary of White Party Week in Miami.

Come the end of November, White Party Week — the Care Resource HIV/AIDS fundraising extravaganza and the largest of its kind — hits its “Diamond Jubilee” landmark with a big bash at the new Perez Art Museum in Miami. From November 26 through December 1, more than 20,000 people from all over the world are expected to attend. The museum’s Biscayne Bay and skyline views are tremendous, and the hosts are anticipating the most glamourous white party yet with performances from DJ David Knapp and the White Party Symphony.

We covered Miami and all of South Florida in our January/February 2013 guide. Click here to subscribe and receive all of our insider tips!



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By @ 12/02/13 in Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Meyer Riegger Miriam Cahn Nachdenken über cyan, magenta etc. 8.11.2010 Courtesy Meyer Riegger

Meyer Riegger
Miriam Cahn
Nachdenken über cyan, magenta etc. 8.11.2010
Courtesy Meyer Riegger

What a great excuse to escape from whatever chilly winter place you live in. Art Basel Miami (December 5-8) is one of the most important gatherings of artists, curators, galleries, collectors and looky-loos on the plane with over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participating and over 50,000 visitors every year.

And what a setting. With its endless sandy beaches and beautiful Art Deco architecture, not to mention a few great art museums, buzzing restaurants and thumping nightlife, Miami is a fabulous place to take in art and other objects of beauty, namely hunky guys running, biking and swimming. For a full rundown of what’s happening visit the Art Basel website. To find out where to stay, eat and play in an absolutely fabulous way, download our our Miami issue (Jan/Feb 2013).

Wynwood, the arts district, is one of the centers of action during Art Basel. Be sure to check out R House, an exciting new gay-owned restaurant, art gallery, lounge set to open the same week. It’s owned by Tom Shirk who also owns the fabulous White Porch Inn in Provincetown, which has recently been named one of the “Top Art Inns” by


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By @ 10/27/13 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Jace Harper

Jace Harper

The annual White Party Week Miami (November 27-December 2) is fast approaching. ManAboutWorld correspondent David DiGiacomo is a regular attendee. He brings us this update and his top 8 insider tips for navigating this incredibly fun event. Before you go, be sure to download ManAboutWorld’s Miami Guide (in the January/February 2013 issue).

Frank Wagner, a successful gay businessman, created South Beach Miami’s White party week for Health Crisis Network a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985. White party week is a series of fund raising parties leading up the main even “White Party.” benefitting Care Resource ( White party raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for Care Resource ( .)Partying to help our community? What can be better then that! It is not too late to get tickets for these events though unfortunately the host hotel National Hotel is sold out! Tips:

  1. Get the VIP event pass! It includes open bar and with the price of the drinks at these events it practically pays for itself. Do this ASAP the 4 and 5 day VIP passes are already sold out! This pass as well as other ticket options and event info can be found at

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By @ 03/11/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel


Winter Party 20, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s celebration of 20 years of partying with a purpose, climaxed with Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 10. And what an explosion of male (and female) pulchritude. What’s arguably the hottest collection of gay men on the planet at that time, Muscle Beach coaxes hot fellows from the entire world but mostly North and South America with the promise of the company of other hot fellows. Though it mostly skews to younger age range (20s-40s), there’s pretty much someone for every taste.

Though the party is over, for those in the Northeast this is a great time to go to Miami with reliably warm and sunny days and pleasantly cooler evenings. ManAboutWorld recently visited Miami. Check out our January/February issue for our reportage. We also checked out the fantastic hidden-in-plain-sight the Betsy – South Beach and the Grand Beach Hotel. Stay tuned for write ups about these two properties and other discoveries.


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By @ 03/03/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Party, Travel
This is just a fraction of the crowd

This is just a fraction of the crowd

For those needing a reason beyond weather for visiting Miami, our favorite event is Winter Party Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013 from March 6-11, when those sad saps stuck in winter climates are at their wits’ end and ready to party under the hot Florida sun.

This year, the Shelborne Hotel will serve as the pool party host, though all of South Beach is convenient to the large roster of parties and events. All Winter Party proceeds benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local Miami nonprofit organizations serving the LGBT community. Our favorites: the “Under One Sun Pool Party” on Saturday and the actual Winter Party on the beach on Sunday, both outdoor daytime events so you get to drink and dance in the daylight, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful men, wearing the least amount of clothing.

(Excerpted from ManAboutWorld’s January/February issue, including Miami. To download the entire issue for free, click here.)

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