Holidaying in Miami, a trip to Mustique and an appearance from Jude Law
Desperate for some heat for my bones, I packed my little family up and headed for Miami. Easter in Miami has become a bit of an annual trip. We were invited to stay at one of Giorgio’s great friends and they have children Vivi’s age. A huge plus as she literally followed them around like a little duck, playing basketball, soccer and learning to boogie board! I found the Miami Beach heat all a bit overwhelming at first, but not my Italian husband. He was a dark shade of tan within hours. We also had some of our great friends staying at the Setai, the Ruskis, so we found ourselves being whisked off for a dinner at Zuma in downtown Miami. Another great girlfriend Jenny Halpern was also in Miami with her girls (Vivi’s little playmates) and so she joined us too. We spent most of the time marveling at the plastic surgery so prevalent in the USA, but also at some of the odd couplings. It was definitely an eye opener.
Jenny Halpern, Katya Fomichev, TB, Ruslan Fomichev, Sara Colombo at Zuma Miami
Another of Vivi’s girlfriends was in Miami, Lola Sofia, and they were desperate to get together. They are quite a handful together so we chose the Big Pink (a Miami landmark) for their reunion. It is a classic American style Diner and the portions should be illegal. My lunch arrived and I was hungry but I barely touched the sides! The waste is beyond wrong. The girls were in heaven however with cheeseburgers, fries – the whole works! Not one of our healthy days.
I decided that since I was surrounded by little girls desperate to be ‘Elsa’ in ‘Frozen’ I would drive us to Aventurra Mall and see if I could find the treasured costumes at the Disney store. On arrival in the store I found a helpful looking assistant. When I asked where these costumes were he practically burst out laughing. He assured me the whole set of ‘Frozen’ dresses, shoes, crowns etc had been sold out for weeks and in fact across the whole of America. That was me put in my place… I bought the soundtrack and much to my horror we listened to it on repeat for the next 3 weeks!
Katya Fomichev, myself and Barbara Becker in Miami
That night was adult time – Miky Grendene the owner of the coolest restaurant in Miami Beach, Casa Tua (with a twin restaurant in Aspen), was having a birthday party. We invited the Ruskis along and having mentioned to Katya Fomichev it might be smart to dress down due to the location of the party, she announced she prefers a dress! We headed off into what was previously off territory, although the Winwood area is considered uber cool and very up and coming. Just as we were about to give up we saw what looked like a make-shift valet.. walking through the door into what appeared to be a shabby warehouse was in fact an off the wall “Man Cave”. The shy host, an Ecuadorian Rock star no less, had his Ferraris, Lamborghinis and a huge array of motorbikes all gleaming in a row. There was an indoor pool, a bedroom and bath with a chandelier hanging sexily overhead. All in all, wow! Rows of guitars framed the stage and then down the middle of the vast room was a dining table littered with red rose petals and candles. Breathtaking and of course the crew were all beautiful. I found our friend Karolina Kurkova and her super husband Archie. It turned out Archie was sharing the party with Miky – it’s such a small world. I was slightly underdressed compared to the Miami dress code but Katya was in heaven in her little cocktail dress and towering heels! We had a sumptuous supper prepared by Casa Tua and suddenly across the candles I was smiling at Barbara Becker. She is the most fun and an absolute character. She flew over and pulled up a chair and we caught up and giggled for hours. In head to toe leather was super star Lenny Kravitz and although he had come along with Barbara I didn’t want to dare hope he would get up and sing! Sadly that was not to happen but after some serious ‘Happy Birthday’ singing to the boys and some even more sexy dancing – I noticed a lot of good salsa movers- I felt it was time to head home.
The next morning we re-packed (not a single high heel required) and headed for St.Lucia where we caught another little itty propeller plane to the magical island of Mustique. This is the only place that both Giorgio and I agree we would be happily deserted. It’s certainly not for everyone, as Tim Jefferies says “It’s Marmite”, but for us we have found a little teeny slice of family time heaven.
Easter in Mustique ©Tamara Beckwith
From the moment we left the charming airport, to Vivi’s first tortoise finding, we started to relax. The house we were staying at was breathtaking French/Colonial and our co-host Tim Attias and his son Duarte (aka Peter Parker!!) were as thrilled as we were to head off Island scouring on the little electric buggy mules.
Life on Mustique is very laid back and happily very early starts. I am lucky to have a sporty child and so Vivi is more than keen to get stuck into Tennis camp and riding. Giorgio disappears for huge chunks of time to play tennis or beat himself up in the beach volley ball. That leaves me with plenty of time to go mad and read a book… What a forgotten treat!
The Colombos, our great friends from Miami, had finally given in to our relentless pressure and followed us to the island. So it was off to the airport to greet them. Vivi was so thrilled and spent the whole holiday asking what time we were seeing them. Tim Jefferies who was also there with his beautiful wife Malin and kiddies is always a ridiculously generous host. So it was with zero hesitation we went for dinner at his. As always every detail was perfection personified. The chef in his house has been trained to Michelin star levels and as we laughed at the caviar crown perched on top of fresh ceviche I assured my own guests this was not the normal food to be expected…
Malin and Tim Jefferies ©Tamara Beckwith
The next day we headed to Macaroni beach where Vivi and I had our first experience of a true wipeout! Not a good look but actually quite scary. Vivi certainly wasn’t keen for Mummy to jump the waves with her again.
A huge picnic was being thrown by some fun Spanish friends and we agreed what bliss it was to be on the island as we tucked into a heavenly pile of BBQ ribs.
En Famille in Mustique ©Tamara Beckwith
My birthday was not to be celebrated, I instructed Giorgio. I felt just lucky to be there and that was enough. Of course he didn’t listen and a beautiful dinner was arranged behind my back. Sitting in the garden with a wonderful, eclectic mix of friends and their friends is a great change from London. I had the gregarious and utterly charming Manfredi Gheradesca on my left and was reminded why Italian men (whilst having many faults!) are such fabulous company.
Vivi, bless her, managed to stay up until 11.30pm to bring in my Birthday cake. She was determined to make it and I was so touched. She had even found the silly “not actually blow-outable” candles which gave her the giggles…
Vivi on the beach ©Tamara Beckwith
As Mustique is reknowned for its much guarded privacy I am having to pick and choose what I share with you but suffice to say when word spread that Jude Law had arrived on the island, activity trebled. We let our nannies go to the famous Basil’s Bar for a night off and I guessed correctly they were on a Jude Law hunt!!!