The Standard, South Beach

To infinity and beyond, dive into the salt water infinity pool here and never leave. Yes, The Standard of Miami really does cut it a bit above the rest in being hands down the most unique spot in South Beach. This has to be the only pool where you can actually ‘chill out’ in Sobe, tucked away up on Belle Isle Park in the retained structure of original art deco architecture. Eveything is on one mellow level; from the cabanna like suites to the general ambience. Overlooking the beautiful docks of Biscayne Bay, the hotel is perfectly positsioned. Spend your day by the pool, indulgling in their unique out door mud baths or simply unwinding to the still of the water. I like to call this place the detox to retox zone of Miami. Why? Beacuse you can spend all afternoon detoxing on the healthiest (and most delicious) food in Miami (everything from their infamous tuna tar tar to vegan lasagne and kale salad) whilst practicing yoga on the docks or paddleboarding off them…Only to then find yourself by 5pm at their bar intoxicating yourself on the yummiest and healthiest cocktails around around, such as their splenditos (mojitos sweetened with splenda) and pina colada (made with coconut water and fresh pinapple) On Fridays the latter is accompanied by beachy live jazz and an incredible view.In essence, the motto here is ‘if your going to do it in Miami, do it in the healthiest way possible’ – and believe it or not this motto works. If you want to know how locals manage to keep up with all the party city of Miami, this is how. The Standard is exclusive and more than just a hotel, is a club too for local residents. This keeps the vibe low key but fun. On the weekends, people are partying and friendly but no one looks like they came off girls gone wild. Quite the opposite. Its VIP but not snobby by any means. For the committed detoxers, post drinking all day in the sun, there is a unique (and I mean UNIQUE) spa inside the hotel itself which offers a number of steam rooms and a famous ‘hammam’ where one can rest, relax and flush out any toxins – leaving you feeling revived and ready for anything this city may throw at you. Having lived on the beach now for three months, one of my most common sayings is now officially…’screw it lets go to the Standard’…and why? Quite simply it just works everytime.

To book a room or the spa, visit The Standard Miami Beach website

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