2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
1 Hotels have quietly been popping up in our favorite neighborhoods over the past few years—first in New York, and then in Brooklyn, but South Beach, with its laid-back pool scene right along the waterfront, might just be our favorite so far. The décor is decidedly minimalist, from the white-washed pool lounges and umbrellas to reclaimed wood walls and cozy white linens in the bedrooms. The light aesthetic feels at once at home in South Beach, yet more zen and relaxing than some of the other hotels in the area, so it's a perfect pick if you're in town on business, as the rooms feel like a complete escape from the city. Another major pull here is the food: With two Tom Colicchio restaurants on site, a newer, plant-focused debut by Matthew Kenney, a farm stand with local produce, a juice bar, and a rooftop bar, they've got all the bases covered. Plus, there's the serene British Bamford Haybarn Spa, a SoulCycle, and a legit 14,000-square-foot gym space (that's Spartan certified, if that's your thing).
1500 Reynolds St., Key West
This is a big, beautiful, Deco-style resort that somehow manages to strike a balance between the glitz of a Waldorf Astoria property and local clout: the structure has been here since the ’20s and is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The massive, 300+ room compound sits on a private beach, so you can retreat to a lounge chair, or your beautifully appointed guestroom, or the world-class spa whenever the craziness of Duval Street, which is walking distance from the hotel, gets to be too much.
1685 Collins Ave., South Beach
As far as South Beach hotels go, the Delano is OG Miami. Helmed by hotelier Ian Schrager, the property has many of his signature trappings: high hedge-marked entryway, indoor-meets-outdoor lounge spaces, plus Philippe Starck-designed interiors. Since it’s Miami, the scene outside is the real draw with its infinity edge pool and bungalows with rainfall showers. Escape the party 15 floors above at the Agua Spa, where the all-white aesthetic permeates the space.
3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
A spinoff of Alan Faena's famed Buenos Aires hotel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a reimagining of the 1947 Saxony building, which was an early lavish Miami hotel (Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and the like performed there). It blends old-school glam with a vibrant South American vibe, richly decorated in ruby red and cool teal and turquoise blues, with Art Deco touches and serious animal print accents throughout. For the hotel’s design, Alan Faena collaborated with film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The expansive hall lobby (called "the cathedral") is lined with gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals done by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti. (Faena’s collaborator list goes on to read like a who’s who of the arts and entertainment world, and the result is visually stunning, not unlike a Baz Luhrmann movie set.) The rooms, which begin in the $700 per night range are generously sized, with the suites bordering on enormous. Rooms with an ocean view—another splurge—do not disappoint. The long, wide balconies are ideal for taking in the sea and the grand stretch of sand leading up to it.…
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Hwy., Little Torch Key
Lush tropical plants tower over the thatched-roof bungalows on the private white sand beach of this luxury resort on Little Palm Island. No phones, TVs, or kids under 16 make it a romantic, secluded retreat with not much else to do besides lounge or learn how to deep sea fish or sky dive. The resort’s SpaTerre offers delicious sounding treatments inspired by the area, like coconut sugar scrubs and margarita-infused pedicures. They also offer massages on the beach for optimal relaxation.
Miami Beach EDITION
2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The beautifully redone EDITION hotel (it was formerly the 1955 Seville Hotel) is kind of a one-stop-shop for all things Miami: There’s the fashionable, often hard-partying crowd, a palm-fringed lobby, a slick swimming pool, and even an underground “Basement” nightclub which includes both an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak furnishings, and all the tech-y trappings, including a Beats Pill wireless speaker to keep the party going long after you’ve left the pool scene. Matador Room, their upscale restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is the talk of the dining scene.
0 Duval St., Key West
The Ocean Key resort sits at the very top of Duval Street on one side and the lively Sunset Pier on the other, making it a convenient home base from which to explore. The décor is fittingly perky, with pops of turquoise and rattan accents scattered throughout the rooms, on-site restaurant, Hot Tin Roof (killer sunset-watching spot), and the rooftop pool, but just enough so as not to be overwhelming.
Pritikin Longevity Center
8755 NW 36th St., Doral
Situated on a lavish estate outside downtown Miami, the Pritikin health center is particularly well suited for those looking to slim down, control their diabetes, and manage other weight-related issues. The accommodations have all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel, which is good considering you’ll likely find yourself beat after a day packed with exercise classes, lectures, nutrition demonstrations, and spa visits. The one- and two-week programs are popular choices for those looking for an intense overhaul. Meanwhile, the Family Health Camp gets the whole family involved; they also offer nutrition-centric programs that focus on teaching healthy cooking skills.
Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
On a stretch of what’s referred to as “Mid-Beach,” the private members-only club has brought a level of exclusivity to Miami with the opening of its 50-room, Latin-inflected property. (SoHo House operates as a private club, but hotel guests have a run of the premises.) For those familiar with the club’s amenities, there’s the Cowshed Spa, a rustic relaxation retreat, as well as Cecconi’s, which serves largely Italian fare in a scenic courtyard setting (light-adorned trees overhead, included). Rooms are generously sized, and in contrast to much of the minimalism seen elsewhere in Miami, feature gorgeously tiled Moroccan-inspired floors, raw concrete beams, and worn-in leather armchairs. A strip of private beach is lined with blue-and-white covered lounge chairs and Tiki bar, while the requisite daybeds flank the always-buzzing swimming pool.
9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Right across from Bal Harbour Shops (where everyone from Aquazarra to Valentino has a storefront), the 243-room beachfront hotel was designed by Yabu Pushelberg. There’s nothing quaint about the 27-floor hotel, which is a hybrid hotel and residential property, occupying a prime stretch of shoreline. Rooms are comfortable, done up in a muted color palette of soft beach and grayish blues; many feature balconies overlooking the ocean. There are a few dining options on-site, one of the most notable is the new Atlantikos, which exudes major Santorini vibes with its largely white-and-blue design and Chef Chasekioglou’s take on traditional Greek cuisine. Dishes like the grilled octopus and roasted manouri cheese with honey, are meant to be shared. The BH Burger Bar, with its build-your-own burgers, are sure to a hit with the littles. For the adults, there’s local craft beer on tap and decadent parmesan tater tots. When it’s time to decompress, the 14,000-square foot Remède Spa, is wholly transporting and features Finnish saunas and aromatic steam rooms. Treatments are offered outdoors in the spa cabanas upon request.
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