Serena Williams’ Miami bridal shower: See inside her luxurious hotel

By Chloe Best

Serena Williams and 20 of her closest friends and family headed to Miami last weekend to celebrate the tennis star's bridal shower. The world number one player, who announced in April that she is expecting her first child, hosted the festivities at 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach – an eco-hotel that is loved by stars including Ellie Goulding.

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The mom-to-be enjoyed a relaxing and indulgent weekend with her loved ones, including her mom Oracene, sisters Venus, Lyn and Isha and her closest friends. After checking into the hotel on Friday evening the group started off the celebrations on Saturday morning with a "mind and movement" yoga and meditation class, which was followed by foot massages in a poolside cabana by the Bamford-Haybarn Spa located within the hotel.

Serena Williams and her guests had foot massages in a poolside cabana

After being suitably pampered, the group headed off for a cruise around Miami on a private yacht, where they would have been able to enjoy the Floridian sunshine and taking a dip in the clear blue waters. Serena stayed in one of the 1 Hotel's "Retreat Collection" suites, which offered stunning ocean views, décor inspired by nature and a full kitchen, making it the ideal place to host Serena's bridal party.

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The bride-to-be's friends decked out the suite with bridal-inspired decorations that included a piñata shaped like a cartoon version of Serena and her future husband, Alexis Ohanian. They were also catered for and looked after by their very own "Personal Guru" – a member of staff on hand for all guests who stay in the 1 Hotel and Homes luxury holiday rentals.

The group hosted Serena's bridal party do in one of the hotel's luxury suites

The lavish property was the perfect place for the festivities; as well as having an impressive swimming pool, beach views and apartments that are ideal for large groups, the hotel also has its own fully-equipped fitness centre where the mum-to-be could keep up with her training, along with a healthy vegan restaurant, PLNTHOUSE.

Serena Williams revealed the happy news that she was engaged to her boyfriend in December with a Facebook post titled "I Said Yes". In April the athlete revealed that she and Alexis were expecting their first child together, but has since admitted the announcement was an accident as she hadn't meant to share the post publically on Snapchat.

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