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Miami, Fl. – December 3, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach brings the glitz and glamour of old Havana alive for its annual New Year’s Eve gala “Azucar!” this holiday season. Taking place on Saturday, December 31, from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., guests are invited to ring in 2017 in true Latin style with an indulgent four-course dinner and poolside extravaganza in the heart of Miami’s famed Art Deco district.

Transporting guests to an era of cabaret and haute living known as the “Havana High Life,” the evening kicks off with an indulgent Latin-infused and sommelier wine-paired menu at Bistro One LR with dinner seating at 6 and 8 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., the open bar will feature handcrafted libations, flutes of sparkling wine and signature rum Mojitos, shaken and stirred to order with fresh tropical fruit at the poolside Starr Barr lounge. Premium cigar maker Gurkha will enliven the spirit of old Havana with hand cut and rolled cigars for guests to enjoy in the ultimate private lounge setting throughout the night. Sultry rhythms of a 10-piece Latin Orchestra band and salsa performances entertain guests under the stars, followed by the New Year’s Eve countdown and champagne toast led by Miami nightlife entertainer DJ Malone at midnight.

“Azucar! promises to be another unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of South Beach,” says Kanat Gurel, Direct of Food and Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. “Dramatic lighting, bold décor and Latin performances will elevate the night, transforming our resort into a roaring paradise of elegance and glamour.”

For those families celebrating at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, young ladies and gentlemen can count down to 2017 at a special Ritz Kids New Year’s Eve celebration from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The price is $95* per child, and includes a buffet dinner alongside a host of activities like arts and crafts, movies, and face painting.

Saturday, December 31

Azucar! New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner
6 p.m.
Price: $180 per guest | $75, per child*

Starters include choices of Cream of Asparagus Cappuccino, Heirloom Tomato with Cherokee Tartar, and Scallop Crudo and Merengue Grapes. For main dish selections, choose from Cobia “a la Plancha”, Truffle Cannelloni and Coffee Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Cuban style. Dessert options include Mojito Crème Brulee and Cortadito Cuban Coffee Chocolate Cake topped with Dulcey Chocolate Ice Cream and Baileys Crème.

Azucar! News Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Package
8 p.m.
Price: $350 per guest ($250 introductory price until December 11)

For an all-inclusive evening of culinary perfection and entertainment, the Gala Dinner Package includes the four-course dinner at Bistro One LR,, open bar at Starr Bar Lounge from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., entertainment, access to the cigar lounge and midnight champagne toast..

Azucar! News Year’s Eve Individual Ticket
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Starr Bar Lounge
Price: $200 per guest ($150 introductory price until December 11)

For guests seeking access to the main event, single tickets can be purchased for the open bar starting at 9 p.m., alongside entertainment, access to the cigar lounge and midnight champagne toast.

Azucar! Ritz Kids New Year's Eve Celebration
8 p.m. - 1 a.m., 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
Price: $95 per child

Price includes buffet dinner, arts and crafts, movies, face painting and more. Recommended for children 5-12 years of age.

To reserve dinner seating, tickets for Azucar! New Year’s Eve Gala, individual event tickets, or Ritz Kids Celebration tickets, email, or dial (786) 276-4000, ext. 4329. Credit card authorization required.

Reservations are required for all Azucar! News Year’s Eve events; early reservations are strongly recommended. All ticket sales are final; a no refund policy will apply. Pricing is subject to a 7% sales tax and 18% gratuity charge. Starr Bar Lounge events are strictly for guests 21 and up. *Children’s pricing is for guests ages 5 to 12. Offerings, times and availability are subject to change.