Twenty-four hours in Miami

A roof terrace overlooking the sea.
A woman sitting on a sun lounger on the beach.

Photographer and member Omar Cruz captures a day at Soho Beach House with philanthropist Sarah Akiba

Omar and Sarah stayed in room 44 at Soho Beach House.

A woman having her photograph taken through a window with the silhouette of the photographer reflected on the glass.
A hand turning the pages of a journal.
A hand holding a cocktail with a chilli in it.
A close up of a woman's face with half of it in shadow.
A woman sunbathing.

‘From the Roof, I take in perfect silhouettes against the Miami sunset’

Through a series of portraits, explore Miami’s Soho Beach House with photographer Omar Cruz and his partner Sarah Akiba. Travel with them as they relax on the white sand, take in sunsets from the roof and embark on a private tour of Allapattah’s Rubell Museum.

10.17am: check in

Welcome to room 44. We check in and immediately undress – relaxing and taking in the view. 

A woman using an outdoor shower.
A woman eating food at a table with a towel wrapped around her.

1.15pm: refresh under the Miami sun

We escape to Ocho for a splash in the pool.

2.27pm: refuelling at Ocho

After our swim, we indulge in cold Mojitos and French fries on the Roof.

A woman floating in water.
A woman protecting her face with a hat.

4.01pm: Riviera feels. Miami sands.

We spend the afternoon on the beach. As time stands still, I capture the perfect moment.

A woman standing in front of a large painting of a man in a gallery.

‘The museum is empty of people, but filled with culture and colour’

5.32pm: private viewing at the Rubell Museum

We take a trip over to the Rubell Museum near Wynwood for a private showing of Amoako Boafo’s artist-in-residence exhibition, as well as pieces by Kehinde Wiley and Vaughn Spann. The museum is empty of people, but filled with culture and colour.

7.15pm: Picante hour

Back at Soho House, Sarah sips a cocktail as I work with the last bits of sun left in the day.

7.53pm: sunset on the Roof

From the Roof, I take in perfect silhouettes against the Miami sunset – playing with light on skin as the sun goes down.

A woman sitting on a side table.
A woman relaxing on a sofa at the end of a bed.
Room service on a tray.
A woman in a bath.
A woman having her photograph taken by a photographer.

9.03pm: room service and cocktails

We settle in for a private evening in the suite, accompanied by room service and cocktails.

10.17pm: a quiet moment

We end the night with a dip in the marble tub and quiet moments in room 44.

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