As the lifts open on the 18th flooring of the W South Beach hotel, I notice a picture of Beyoncé hanging on the wall. “That’s by professional photographer Danny Clinch” the staff member showing me to my space said. “There’s a different musician on every level and the several people offering fitness courses.” When I step inside my space, I’m positive Beyoncé would approve. It’s a huge, light-filled, one-bedroom suite with a large terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows neglecting Miami’s South Beach the sea beyond. I didn’t just happen to obtain lucky– all 408 spaces have a terrace with continuous ocean views.
Located on the sand of South Beach implies this W Hotels residential or commercial property could get away with being all appeal and no brains. But owner and designer Aby Rosen, a veteran art collector, has made sure the hotel has both design and compound by filling it with $40 million worth of art works from his personal collection, from Danny Clynch pictures hanging in hallways and spaces to large installations in the foyer which are rotated annually, usually prior to Miami’s annual Art Basel.
The W South Beach is a favourite of visitors visiting for the worldwide art fair, as it hosts exhibitions and unique events to incorporate. But let’s not pretend you came for the culture (although there’s plenty, such as Wynwood Walls, Miami’s street art center, and advanced gallery Locust Projects). There’s a good chance you seek some beach, sun, and swim after beating your fitness competitors in a beach marathon. The sand is simply actions away– that is, if you don’t get side-tracked by the chic, painfully Instagrammable swimming pool location with its black-and-white striped deck chairs, palm trees, cabanas and cool electro-house music (which starts off cooled in the early morning and ups the volume and the tempo by the afternoon). To top it off, wait personnel are constantly prepared to bring you a mixed drink or 3 and a snack from Wet Bar & Grille, too.
It is among those hotels that make you really frown at having to leave. You can definitely get away with not stepping off the residential or commercial property for a minimum of a number of days thanks to the decent on-site dining establishments.
It’s unworthy ordering space service from bed when The Dutch is simply an elevator ride away. At the Miami station of the New York City dining establishment of the very same name, or the local breakfast cafe, guests can fill up on breakfast burritos, banana-walnut French toast, or the Greek yoghurt with combined berries and homemade granola, if you’re conscious of looking ripped on the beach later on.
Mr Chow, the international chain of eight dining establishments in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, London and Mexico City, likewise occupies area at the W South Beach. It’s described as “great dining” which, sadly, sets expectations a little expensive. While it’s got absolutely nothing on Sydney’s Mr Wong or Melbourne’s Flower Drum, the food readies and the service and atmosphere are fantastic. The squab served in lettuce leaf, the scallion (that’s American for “spring onion”) pancake, and the drunken fish– fresh food and sole poached in wine– will not let you down.
Unlike some hotel health spas which can make you feel like some sort of terrifying overlord, The Bliss Medspa is elegant, professional, and unwinded without being pretentious, and the treatments are legally good. After the Triple Oxygen Facial, I felt as close to being Beyoncé as I’ll most likely ever be.