It’s hard not to instantly see the sex appeal of the Standard’s spa property in Miami Beach. First André Balazs took dusty motels and office buildings in L.A. and turned them into must-stay meccas; with the Standard Miami, he vamped up the time-honored spa. The Standard Miami Beach is an oasis on a small South Florida island, just 15 minutes from the bustle of Ocean Drive. Come for a massage and a scrub; stay for an all-night club adventure. If you’ve ever done South Beach, you know it’s a choose-your-own-adventure type of place.
The funky, coed Turkish hammam is one of the best-known features of the property’s impressive spa.The spa mixes old and new, combining up-to-the-second treatments with ancient massage traditions. Visitors can take a respite from the South Beach scene and indulge in any number of pleasures, from a Turkish hammam “Rub ‘n’ Scrub” to a dip in the sound pool. Coming with a friend? Couples can indulge in a joint scrub session, with plenty of privacy behind thick rubber curtains, or just indulge in sprawling tubs. Scrub-a-dub-dub…you know the rest.
The guestroom decor at the Miami property is subtler than at the other Pop Art-inspired Standard hotels, but the amenities and spaces still stay fabulous. Expect old Miami Art Deco glamour blended with cool colors and eye-pleasing patterns. It’s all about staying in the sun, anyway, and the Standard’s infinity pool overlooking the water doesn’t disappoint.
Also worth noting: the Friday night yoga/sunbathing event called “h20m.” Visitors get the chance to work on their practice with a team of yogis, DJs and live musicians. The event includes additional access to the hammam, aroma steam room, cedar sauna and soaking tubs, all of which are musts for a water-loving Standard guest.
Service at the property is hyperattentive and tailored to the guest; when the Standard does a spa, would you expect anything less? Let loose, let go, and let the sun shine in.
What to do:
- Learn the Classics. In nearby Miami Beach is the Bass Museum of Art, filled with classical European Renaissance and Baroque collections sprinkled with modern photography, Latin American sculpture and Asian antiquities.
- Watch. Check out the Arthouse Film Series at The Standard Miami Beach the last Monday of every month. Popcorn available on request.
- Hit the Water. Take a touristy (and surprisingly fun) 90-minute sightseeing tour of the area’s most beautiful waterfront homes on the Island Queen, which sets sail from Bayside Marketplace.
- Catch a Show. Check out a ballet performance, a Broadway show or one of the many other fine arts offerings at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
- Dine. Worth every penny is chef Scott Conant’s sublime spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta, located at the Fountainbleu on Collins Ave.
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