The New Boutique Hotels
THE STANDARD MIAMI
From $195 305-673-1717
Tucked away on Belle Isle, a short walk to Lincoln Road or a quick cab ride to Collins and Washington Avenues.
Karolina Kurkova, Bruce Weber, Donna Karan, Uma Thurman.
It’s a choice place to enjoy the view over the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay.
Eric Ripert created the Mediterranean menu at the Lido restaurant; guests have free, full use of spa facilities, including a Roman-waterfall hot tub, arctic plunge pool, and self-serve mud lounge.
THE CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB
From $165; 305-674-1160
Across the street from Collins Avenue clubs like Mynt, Rok, and Skybar.
JC Chasez, Usher, Big Boi, Jacob Young.
Young twentysomethings lounge in cabana beds on the pool’s sundeck.
The hotel boasts a hip restaurant (Spy Lounge) and relaxing Zen Garden, plus tons of freebies: complimentary airport shuttle; free drinks from 7 to 8 p.m. every night and breakfast every morning; VIP club passes.
from $495; 305-520-6000
A surprisingly quiet oceanfront that borders Collins Avenue nightlife.
Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, Bono.
Attendants pass out cold compresses and chilled water; behind the pool lies a lively beach bar, set to light dance music.
It’s home to one of the city’s best spas and most expensive eateries (the Restaurant), plus an extravagant sushi, caviar, and champagne lounge.
SANCTUARY SOUTH BEACH
From $250; 305-673-5455
On a residential side street just off Collins Avenue—a block from the clubs and the ocean.
Dale Chihuly, Jeremy Shockey, Shaquille O’Neal.
The rooftop’s wading pool is private, romantic, and quiet—a relief from all the craziness of South Beach. Oversize teak cabanas are perfect for cozying up with a friend.
Treatments at the tiny spa and salon include a post-bikini-wax skin soother and hot-stone massage. The Italian restaurant, Sugo, is civilized, the food delicious: Order black ravioli stuffed with lobster.
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