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This eco-chic emporium, the 1 Hotel South Beach, pays tribute to the start of a new generation of hotels; properties for guests seeking luxury who also care passionately about their environmental footprint and keeping things green; those who want to spend their money with others who share the same values. And in this day and age, I think we’re all there. So the 1 Hotel’s ethos rings true.
Outstanding here, besides the beach, is the rooftop pool which, no holds barred, is the most glamorous in the city. Rooms and suites, too, all 426 of them, are pretty fabulous too. Keetsa beds on solid wood platforms are draped in 100% organic cotton linens and guarantee a great night’s sleep. All rooms have Nespresso machines, but not all have balconies.
Ocean-facing or not, these are some of the largest rooms in South Beach at 650 sq ft (60 m). Meyer Davis gave these rooms a natural and zen-like feeling using ash-grey and cornflower blue recycled woods, natural fabrics and the palest of sea blues as a contrast colour. Bathrooms, too, are equally inviting with their Calacatta marble soaking tubs, rainfall showers and natural cotton-knit towels and robes.
There are several choices for dining and drinking within the hotel, all focused on healthy, organic, locally grown and sustainably sourced farm-to-table choices. Habitat is open for all meals (brunch too) and offers a menu of favourites and staples alike, beautifully prepared with the finest ingredients. Come here if you fancy a delectable steak with the best fries and Brussel sprouts there are. If you’re looking for a smoothie or hummus wrap after your workout in Anatomy, the uber-cool gym, head to Plnthouse.
You could also order food and drinks from there to your room after your visit to the Bamford Haybarn Spa. Holistic treatments offered use the Bamford body and skincare ranges which hail from the British countryside and are made from heavenly-scented, natural ingredients. While you’re there, as a couple or on your own, the kids will have a ball at the Seedlings club (ages 4-12) which has a different agenda every day: a butterfly’s life; eco heroes; and nature explorers to name a few. The only downside to days spent this way is that It may be hard to live up to such levels of entertainment and bliss, for yourself and for the kids, when you leave.
How to get here
20 minutes by road from Miami International Airport