May 16, 2017

Stephane Dupoux’s River Yacht Club To Receive Awards From American Academy Of Hospitality Sciences

River Yacht Club (RYC), a unique waterfront lifestyle destination on the Miami River, recently celebrated its one year anniversary. On the heels of this milestone, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), an esteemed organization of reviewers who rate hotels & resorts, spas, and airlines as well as restaurants and chefs around the world, will be awarding Stephane Dupoux and RYC two awards, an unprecedented honor for an establishment open only one year. River Yacht Club joins a group of highly esteemed restaurants such as New York’s Jean Georges, Le Bernadin and Per Se, Mexico’s San Angel Inn, Megu Tokyo and Moscow, and resorts and hotels around the world including the Bel-Air Hotel, the Grande Hotel du Cap Ferrat, Plaza Athenee, Boulders in Arizona and Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. The awards will be presented on Friday, May 26 at the River Yacht Club by AAHS president Joseph Cinque and includes:

  • The Six Star Diamond Award for River Yacht Club for concept, design, food, service and lifestyle
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality Design to Stephane Dupoux, CEO of Dupoux Design

Dupoux, an owner of RYC is the visionary behind the nautical chic design of the sprawling complex which is dotted with exquisite artwork.  He is also the designer behind such projects as Nikki Beach Club and Pearl Miami Beach, Buddha Bar and Cielo New York, Seasalt and Pepper, and Nylo and Sole Hotels among other projects.

According to Dupoux, “I’m honored to receive such a prestigious award; especially upon the completion of RYC. To transform a run-down bar that had been sliding into decrepitude into an elegant laid back venue reminiscent of the open air restaurants and clubs of Ibiza was one of my greatest challenges to date.”

AAHS board members will join director Joseph Cinque in Miami for the awards presentation, along with River Yacht Club partners Von Dutch and Jetsmarter on Friday, May 26 at 7PM.  Star Diamond TV, the organization’s online video outlet, will film the event


Open since March 2016, River Yacht Club (RYC) is a unique and visionary waterfront venture in the heart of the burgeoning historic Miami River District featuring two fine dining restaurants, a stunning outdoor garden and lounge, and marina. A lifestyle destination that combines gastronomy, entertainment, art, and maritime activities into one special retreat for all urbanites, River Yacht Club serves lunch TuesdaySaturday; dinner TuesdaySunday, and Sunday brunch; Dashi serves dinner onlyTuesdaySaturday.  RYC is located at 401 SW Third Avenue on the Miami River.; For reservations, call (305) 200-5716.


The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) is an establishment of reviewers specializing in the reviewing of hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, automobiles, products, restaurants and chefs. It is most notably known for its reviews on the hotels, resorts, and travel industries. The Academy started off as a restaurant rating bureau, founded in 1949. The current establishment is an offspring of this early group of reviewers and was officially founded in 1989. The Academy is most known for its International Star Diamond Award. The Academy is based in New York City and is directed by Joseph Cinque. The members of the Board are experienced in both travel and the stated industries. The Academy also includes a large board of honorary trustees that serve as regional directors, general managers, restaurateurs, chefs, and other functions. The most known aspect of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is the International Star Diamond Award. The award is the most prestigious award of true excellence in hospitality, gastronomy, attitude, quality, cleanliness, and above all service. The Academy receives a large number of possible recipients for the award from respectable sources around the world. The selection is then refined by the Board of Trustees. The final evaluation is a visit by an anonymous inspector to review the destination and its services.

River Yacht Club

401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33130

(305) 200-5716

Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations

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