South Beach is indisputably one of Florida’s best destinations, but how and where you experience South Beach has a huge impact on your visit. We have taken a look at all the hotels in the area and picked our top three incredible locations that will make your trip to South Beach incredible.
Featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top 10 Most Anticipated Openings of 2012,” The James Royal Palm has exceeded its hype. The hotel mixes Miami’s energy with New York inspiration from the Meatpacking District. Right on the shore of Miami Beach your days can be spent soaking up the sun on the sand or one of the hotel’s two swimming pools! Then, sit the famous South Beach Nightlife! We loved Cameo, a 3 story dance party just a block away from the hotel. The James recently opened their new locally inspired, and award winning restaurant called the Florida Cookery you have to try—alongside CATCH Miami, a globally inspired seafood cuisine serving sushi, to Po’ Boys. Adjacent to CATCH is SL Miami, a swanky subterranean club with New-York origins as well. Fun is not just restricted to adults, however. Kids can enjoy the “Lil’ James” created in partnership with Miami Children’s Museum, and includes reading, art, and outdoor activity stations.
Located in the heart of South Beach, the Delano perfectly embodies South Beach’s unique “high energy” lounging, in both day and night life. Upon entering their rooms, guests are greeted with the Delano’s signature green apple…as well as rainfall showers and iPad concierge communication technology. The Delano Beach Club is a true Miami seaside retreat. Take an “Alice in Wonderland” inspired garden path to the Delano’s swimming pool which has ocean access. As you lounge by the pool, you are served cocktails and seasonal dishes and can enjoy spa treatments in a private cabana. To escape the heat, you might head to the Delano’s Rose Bar, a world famous cocktail bar, Umi, a sushi and sake bar, or FDR, the intimate “pregame” nightclub. Or even check out the Delano’s private media theatre for 20. Groups of guests or businesses can reserve the room for movies or presentations. Whether you are inside or out, you can be guaranteed great drinks and relaxation at the Delano, located in the heart of South Beach.
Although not exactly on South Beach, Fisher Island is a mere 7 minute boat ride away. However, because the island can only be accessed by helicopter or boat, it is highly exclusive. William K Vanderbilt famously traded his yacht to Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher for 7 acres of Fisher Island. Today it remains a tourist destination for the wealthy elite, with its intimate setting of Historic Cottages, Courtyard Villas, and Junior Suites. Fisher Island’s sporting club has eighteen hard, clay, and grass tennis courts, along with a P.B. Dye designed nine-hole golf course. Their deep water marina, exotic aviary, stargazing observatory, and private day school really make this a unique location to explore as well as relax. With a $60 million renovation nearly completed, the island is grand as it has ever been. Also through June 30, 2013, the Island Club is featuring their Great Gatsby inspired limited “Great Getaway” vacation package. Whether you decide to boat over to South Beach or relax on Fisher Island’s own private one, you can be guaranteed a one-of-a-kind South Beach experience.