The Miami Beach Edition
Dr Elaine Kim heads to Miami to discover just why everyone is raving about the new, achingly hip, Miami Beach Edition hotel
In Miami, a city which is famed for its sparkling shoreline and sexy beaches, is culturally imbued with Latino joie de vivre, and which has become a melting pot of new wealth that is not shy to embrace showy glitz and over-the-top luxury, there's a fine line between ostentatiousness and glamour.
The Miami Beach Edition, the city's hottest new hotel destination , manages to tread the line with skillful aplomb. It's a new addition to the very cool Edition Hotels portfolio, a brand formed through the collaboration between Marriot Hotels (Marriot Rewards points-holders rejoice!) and hotelier Ian Schrager (who had brought the still-chic Delano Hotel to Miami's shores some 20 years ago) . We went to check it out while in Miami for a friend's wedding, and were won over as soon as we stepped through the beautiful lobby.
The interior decor is absolutely gorgeous - large, open sun-lit spaces of white marble accented with shimmery gold mosaics, and made interesting by an indoor jungle of richly-fronded palm trees and plants. Past the chicly gilded public spaces, rooms are classy and understated. Categories range from standard doubles to a beachfront duplex penthouse with private rooftop pool and bar, and all are furnished with blonde wood, tan rugs and soft white duvets on the sleek beds. They roped in Michelin-starred celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to make sure guests eat well and in style. Market is the casual restaurant which offers gourmet options from raw fish served at the ceviche bar to pizza fresh from a wood-fired oven. Matador Room is the upscale fine-dining restaurant, a sexy dining hot-spot for locals and tourists alike. It has a lovely ivy-trellised alfresco poolside terrace perfect for a leisurely breakfast. Cabanas and sun-loungers line the large pools, and the beach is just a few steps away. A private beach-sand enclave near the main pool is a nice touch. At night the fairy lights come on and people lounge about on large cushions by a bonfire for a laid-back movie night.
We loved the spa -the beautiful relaxation lounge looks like something from the pages of the Vogue Interiors coffee table book that sits on the spa console - white-cushioned day beds, gauzy linen drapes, flickering candles in silver framed hurricane lamps and aromatherapy-scented air. The therapists work magic on aching muscles and you can't help feeling utterly relaxed after a visit here. And - oh because, you know, it's standard to have these in any self-respecting hotel - there's a hot and happening night club, bowling alley and 2000 square foot ice skating rink in the basement.
The Miami Beach Edition is everything a Miami hotel dreams to be, and it's well worth the hype. Go while it's the hot new thing, although we think it's gonna be awhile before another property takes the cake.
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AUTHOR’S BIO Dr Elaine Kim is a doctor in palliative care, and looks after terminally-ill patients in their homes with HCA Hospice Care. Outside of medical work, she is a partner at designer boutiques Trinity Bridal in Hong Kong and Trinity Gallery in Singapore, and is also the co-founder of CRIB, a social enterprise that empowers women to become successful entrepreneurs. Travelling often for work, leisure and volunteer missions, she writes about her trips, regularly contributing tatler_tatler_stories to various publications. Elaine is a mother of 2 young boys, Kyan and Luke, and is married to venture capitalist John Kim. You can follow her on her travels via Instagram @elaine_kim.