Las Vegas is known for the Strip, with its modern hotels with casinos, entertainment and shopping set against the backdrop of the Nevada desert; however, there is a new destination where the world congregates to let loose and have a great time.
Miami Beach, known for the sandy beaches during the day and hot nightlife by night, is experiencing a renaissance, as it is hotter than it is been since the late Art Deco era. To keep up with demand, real estate developers have built several new luxury hotels to attract both international tourists and those seeking to escape the East Coast winter.
Here are five spots to experience Miami Beach and lay your head this winter 2015.
Eden Roc Miami Beach
Close to the Fontainebleau hotel and home to a large and tastefully designed Nobu restaurant, the Eden Roc Miami Beach was originally designed by the trailblazing architect Morris Lapidus and had a reputation as “the Grande Dame of Miami Beach,” with its theatrical architecture that embodied all the glitz of a Hollywood stage set. Following a complete restoration, the resort hotel now boasts extensive dining, spa, and accommodation options.
For more information see www.edenrocmiami.com
Hotel Croydon Miami Beach
South Beach Hotels Group, helmed by Nathan and Alan Lieberman, have created a new best kept secret on the world-famous Collins Avenue. The hotel is located close to the Miami outpost of Soho House, the Fontainebleau, and is only a 10-minute walk from the Setai Hotel and nearby convention center which hosts the Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art exhibition each December. Recently voted one of Miami’s 10 best new hotels by Fodors, the accommodations do not disappoint. The 7-story luxury Hotel Croydon dazzles with 104 guest rooms including a sprawling penthouse with ocean views, meeting rooms and banquet space, a gym, an outdoor pool, a spa, an on-site restaurant and bar, and a rooftop sun deck with 360-degree views of the ocean and Miami.
For more information see www.hotelcroydonmiamibeach.com
The Miami Beach Edition Hotel
Set in a 3.5-acre private enclave stretching from Collins Avenue to the ocean shoreline, the boutique resort’s 294 guest rooms and 28 bungalows offer a combination of experiences in the sunshine of Miami. In addition to its plush accommodations, guests may take advantage of the Spa at The Miami Beach Edition, which offers a wide range of customized services in a soothing, relaxing environment.
For more information see www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach
The Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Opening December 21, 2015: Argentinian Hotelier Alan Faena is launching his most ambitious project yet. This new, mostly suite hotel designed by renowned architects Rem Koolhas and Sir Norman Foster is meant to recapture the glory days of Miami during the Art Deco era of the 1920s. With a vision developed in conjunction with Hollywood movie producer Baz Lurhman, this property has chic cool hard-wired into its DNA. With room rates starting at $745, the hotel will have no problem maintaining its sense of exclusivity.
For more information see www.faena.com/miami-beach
1 Hotel South Beach
This Barry Sternlicht property is the luxurious oasis for the eco-friendly in Miami Beach. The 426 rooms— a spacious 700 square feet, on average—come with Triple-Clear water filters, hemp-blend-filled Keetsa mattresses, terrariums, yoga mats, and meditation guides perfect to escape from cold East Coast temperatures. 1 Hotel South Beach boasts 600 feet of beachfront, perfect for a relaxing day soaking up the sun. Chef Tom Colicchio’s first Miami Beach outpost entertains with a farm-to-table dining option that is simple and yet highly satisfying to the palate.
For more information see www.1hotels.com/south-beach
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