New Versace Tea Service at Posh Miami Hotel
Story by Ed Salvato; images courtesy of the Villa By Barton G.; above Villa Tea; below right, the Courtyard; below left, the Fountain
We know you've always wanted to check it out, and here's your chance!
The former Versace mansion on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, where famed designer Gianni Versace was gunned down by deranged 27 year-old spree killer Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997, has been lovingly and painstakingly renovated (more than $1 million was spent on the 19,000-square-foot property) and reopened in March 2010 as the Villa By Barton G.
The Villa by Barton G. houses a boutique hotel, a restaurant, and event space, and, starting November 1, 2010, it will offer Miami Beach's first afternoon tea, the only British tea service in Miami Beach. This special afternoon mini-meal will be served in the fantastic Mosaic Garden besides the famous Thousand Mosaic Pool designed by the late Gianni Versace, and will include a wide range of teas, tasty sandwiches, and sweets ($55 per person) or, optionally, Champagne ($75 per person). Tea is served on Versace by Rosenthal Les Reves Byzantins china.
Barton G. Weiss is a famous events producer and restaurateur.
If you don't stay at the hotel, the tea service affords guests an opportunity to to enjoy the lush surroundings inside the former Versace Mansion which welcomed an illustrious roster of guests, like Madonna.