Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
Four Seasons brought new life to The Surf Club, which originally opened in 1930 in Surfside, just south of Bal Harbour. Architect Richard Meier’s glassy building added 77 rooms and suites to the historic club, and designer Joseph Dirand’s interiors bring the colors of nature indoors. Beige walls and warm-toned marble echo the sand outside, while green and blue accents recall the palm trees and Atlantic Ocean, visible from most rooms through their floor-to-ceiling windows. After a day sunning at the beach or pool, guests can dine at Le Sirenuse, the first-ever international outpost from the restaurant at the legendary Amalfi Coast hotel.
Hotel South Beach
Reclaimed woods, organic linens, and a massive living wall: 1 Hotel’s commitment to sustainability permeates every facet of this jumbo-sized oceanfront resort. But going green never comes at the expense of luxury. Its 425 airy rooms and suites average an impressive 700-square-feet each, among the largest in all South Beach, and guests in the sprawling accommodations sleep on grey-toned oak beds topped with cotton mattresses. In the bathrooms, Carrara marble soaking tubs and rainfall showers further solidify this eco-friendly resort as anything but roughing it. Scattered throughout the U-shaped property, four pools cater to different crowds. Families head to the oversized center pool, for example, while lap swingers exercise in the Cabana Pool. The most epic views, though, come from the 18th-floor pool, adjacent to the hotel’s rooftop bar. The adults-only space has 360-views of the ocean to the east and the downtown Miami skyline to the west.