Resort Hotels in South Beach & Miami Beach, Florida

by Mark Heidelberger Google
Miami Beach is one of South Florida's most fashionable vacation destinations.

Miami Beach is one of South Florida's most fashionable vacation destinations.

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Miami Beach, Florida, is well known for its energetic nightlife, Art Deco architecture and miles of coastline that serve as a paradise for warm-weather sports enthusiasts. Many resort hotels in the city, particularly in the South Beach area, aim to take advantage of this lifestyle through customized services and amenities aimed at discerning, younger travelers. In addition, these resort properties offer easy access to many hip neighborhood shops, popular restaurants and major roadways like I-95.

Miami Beach Resort

The 424-room Miami Beach Resort is situated less than three miles from both South Beach and the shopping galleries of downtown Miami. Active guests can try their hand at jet-skiing, scuba diving, beach volleyball or deep-sea fishing, while others can simply soak up sun around the outdoor pool deck or on the sugar-white beach next to the property. Golf lovers get premier access and special discounts to the Miami Beach Golf Club located nearby, which features 6,813 yards of play from the back tees across tree-lined fairways and fast-rolling greens. Event planners and executive travelers are also able to utilize 40,000 square feet of function space as well as a catering service, business center and audio-visual support. On-site dining options range from an extensive breakfast bar to an island-themed bistro to an oceanfront bar and grill. Spacious guest rooms offer a choice of one king or two double beds and feature a mini-bar, pay-per-view movies and a room service menu.

Savoy Hotel South Beach Miami

The Savoy Hotel South Beach Miami is a 75-suite resort property nestled in the heart of South Beach's Art Deco district, with easy access to the Little Havana and Coconut Grove neighborhoods. The property features services like same-day dry cleaning and a 24-hour concierge as well as a gym and two outdoor swimming pools surrounded my verdant tropical foliage. Additionally, guests can order food and cocktails or request chairs and umbrellas through the resort's beach services desk. For business travelers, a beachfront meeting room comfortably fits anywhere from 75 to 125 people. The Savoy's own restaurant offers al fresco dining and a menu of American-style cuisines with regional twists, while the "Terrace" offers a place to mingle over daquiris and Lavazza coffee. Each suite is between 575 and 1,400 square feet, with marble baths, couches, dining tables and full or partial kitchens.

The Palms Hotel & Spa

The AAA-rated Four Diamond Palms Hotel & Spa lies in close proximity to South Beach's Bass Museum of Art and the famed Merrick House. The spa menu includes full body wraps, facials and massages influenced by ancient Ayurvedic holistic philosophies; guests also receive a complimentary cocktail to sip on during their first hour of treatment. Other property amenities include a beauty parlor, state-of-the-art fitness center, large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by private cabanas, and concierge desk that can arrange anything from tee times to dinner cruises. A restaurant/ lounge serves gourmet cuisine, including a large selection of fresh Florida seafood, while the tiki bar's hammocks swing between swaying palms. All 251 guest rooms are outfitted with custom-designed wood furnishings, pillow-top mattresses, iPod docking stations and 32-inch plasma TVs.

The Shelborne Beach Resort

The historic Shelborne Beach Resort, built in 1940, is convenient to local events like the Miami Beach Motorcycle Expo and South Beach Comedy Festival. The hotel's exterior is bathed in pink pastel with a 30-foot deco sign, and the cabanas around the oversized pool feature private bathrooms and showers. The property offers direct access to the local beach and boardwalk, where guests can run, bike, snorkel and swim. And corporate guests can utilize any one of five different conference rooms. In addition, the on-site nightclub, "Shine," is one of the most popular in South Beach. The indoor/outdoor cafe-style restaurant serves a variety of international dishes, while the lobby lounge and poolside bar offer a wide selection of imported beers, fine wines and after-meal cocktails. Accommodations range from standard rooms with a king, queen or two double beds and basics like cable TV to suites with washers and dryers, kitchenettes and private balconies.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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