Located on Belle Isle in the beautiful Biscayne Bay, The Standard Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach is one of my all time favourite hotels hands down.
The Standard group includes hotels in Hollywood, downtown New York and DTLA (a couple of which I have also been to) – but Miami has a vibe like no other. Somehow it manages to be chilled, relaxed and therapeutic at the same time as a place to be seen, party and play. Poolside celeb-spotting aside they also host lots of hot events in music, art and culture.
Accommodation might not be the most extravagant or luxurious I’ve experienced in Miami but the simple, Scandi beach hut style rooms flank the peaceful garden. Rooms on the ground floor have private front decks and some even have private outdoor baths.
There’s plenty for non-guests too. Access to the spa on a day rate basis is $75-150, including the pool and gardens. On one of my stays I took an incredible early morning yoga class, relaxed in the hamam, steam room and sauna all before lounging in a hammock in the secluded garden.
If I could describe the Standard as it colour it might be green – for the juices, the tropical plants and the cactus garden on the roof terrace.
Relaxation is high on the level of importance here – no children allowed, spa voices and early nights. My friend and I even ate dinner at the Lido Bayside grill in our dressing gowns with wet hair. (We just couldn’t drag ourselves out of the water!).
I regularly day dream about the infinity pool here, most notably the underwater music… imagine floating around with Air – Sexy Boy playing and you will be almost there.
Many times I’ve swung by for breakfast pancakes or the Standard Sampler and a cold pressed juice from the Juice Cafe – try P.A.W.M. (Pineapple, Apple, Wheatgrass, Mint).
The small on-site store is another must stop. Stocking cool brands, small artists and swimwear including jewellery & candles from my favourite Brooklyn boutique Catbird. But best of all, in my opinion, is the Standard candle. For $45 you can literally take the spa home in a jar! Whenever, I smell this fresh scent I am transported back to the Standard instantly. Shop here
Check it out for yourself here and let me know what you think or, if you have ever stayed here yourself what do you love?
40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, FL 33139.
001 305 673 1717