Luxury at the Loews: A Diamond Destination in the Heart of Famed Miami Beach
By: Lisa Kinchen
Ah, Miami—what is there to say about sexy Miami? It’s glamorous. It’s fun. It has nearly perfect summer weather all year round. It’s both the ultimate Spring Break destination and a popular city for lovers, friends and families to indulge in art, culture, and with the rise of stellar restaurants over the past decade, some delicious food. Its towering city skyline only rivals its two miles of sprawling, soft, golden-sand beaches. And with all its attributes, Miami is where celebrities like the Kardashians, Madonna and Snoop Dogg like to visit… and Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull love to call home. In short, in Miami, anything can happen. (After all, they don’t call it “the Magic City” for nothing.)
And right in the heart of one of its trendiest areas, Miami Beach, is one hard-to-miss Miami gem: the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Recognized for its majestic steeple-like rooftop, its hotel-within-a-hotel—the St. Moritz, which has been fully restored to its Art Deco splendor—and at 681,659 square feet (this is the total of both buildings and the pool deck combined), for being one of the largest hotels on Collins Avenue, this Art Deco treasure is the mainstay of choice for elite travelers and Miami’s finest alike. Confirming its reputation as a must-do spot, it effortlessly plays host to some of the most iconic events in town. Don’t believe us? Just ask anyone who’s ever been. The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is the official headquarters for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival each year, and it was even the hotel of choice for the ABC hit reality show, The Bachelor Season 18, when it came through Miami.
Now on the heels of a $50M renovation, the newly re-designed Loews Miami Beach Hotel is bigger and better than ever. When future travelers book their stay there, they’ll notice more than just the 790 upgraded guestrooms. In fact, the reimagined lobby dazzles, the food is tastier than ever, the poolscape shines with a new oceanfront watering hole surrounded by private, adults-only St. Tropez-inspired cabanas, and when adults want to hit that pool and have some “alone time,” there’s a new state-of- the art Kids Club where the little ones can play, too.
And despite these sparkling amenities, the new guestrooms aren’t to be overlooked. Inspired by the ocean just outside, each updated room has been transformed into a traveler’s personal oasis. Equal parts sophisticated and relaxed, they’re the perfect respite after a long day immersing yourself in sunny South Beach. In the main building, the beds are luxurious, the technology is ultra-modern (think Smart TVs in every room), and the views are, well… excellent. You can relax with fanciful vistas of Collins Avenue, the Miami Beach skyline, or of course, the crashing waves of the deep blue Atlantic. In the St. Moritz tower, step that ultra-luxury up a notch with a boutique hotel experience that promises to fit your every need In fact, throughout the property, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel cherishes its bespoke art experience. Whether you’re walking through the lobby or sleeping in your room, look around; you’ll find headboards with interesting designs, vibrantly-colored carpets and a mix of multi-media, sculptural and mural art by famed artists and curators Sarah Raskey, Derek Gores and the leading art marketplace, Indiewalls.
With rooms this beautiful, we wouldn’t be surprised if you never want to leave them. But you have to—at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, there’s too much to see, do and eat to stay in bed. When it’s time for breakfast, wake up and head downstairs to Preston’s Market, at the lobby level, for a buffet of American farm-to-table fare with a Latin twist. Catering to what’s both hearty and healthy, this good-for-you good breakfast lets diners graze through tables of fresh fruit, cereals, made-to-order omelets, fresh-baked pastries, a charcuterie board, a mini donut station, imported cheeses, and a local favorite, Zak the Baker breads. If a full breakfast doesn’t do it for you, stop by Miami Joe Coffee Co., which is open all day long, and grab a cup of hot Starbucks or cold-brew Panther Coffee from the nearby Wynwood Arts District and a pastry. If you’re still hungry later, come back to Miami Joe and order a sandwich; they’re made in-house daily and promise to leave you feeling full and happy.
At night, the food and drink scene at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel doesn’t disappoint. Before dinner, belly up to Bar Collins for a Flamingo Mojito—a mix of Miami Club Rum, watermelon juice, ginger syrup and mint—by none other than Julio Cabrera, one of Miami’s top mixologists and GQ Magazine’s “Most Imaginative Bartender in America.” And when you’re done with one legend, move on to the next: Chef Josh Capon, of Lure Fishbar, a haute yacht-inspired seafood spot that can only be found here and at its flagship location, in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood. Helming the kitchen in both cities, Chef Josh prides himself on playing to the bare-bone flavor of any dish he creates. Using as few ingredients as possible, with only the highest-quality, fresh-caught fare, he still manages to throw in a modern, upscale twist. Take the Grilled Whole Daurade, for example (a fan favorite!). This petite silver fish is served in full, from head to tail, with nothing more than watercress, charred lemon and Italian Agrodolce. Other dishes to look out for are the Lure House Roll, a sushi roll with shrimp tempura and spicy Tuna, and for dessert, Ice Cream Sandwiches. Furthering Chef Capon’s commitment to adding intrigue to otherwise simple, down-to-earth dishes, this dessert stuffs homemade cookies with seasonal, homemade ice cream, like Milk N’ Cookies, Ginger Snap, or in the fall, Pumpkin Spice.
And when you’re not eating or sleeping, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained at the Loews. For some A-list pampering, head to the hotel’s Exhale Spa, in the St. Moritz Tower, for a “True” facial designed to detox, purify and soothe your skin. If it’s the sun you crave, head to the beach or grab a SOAK Cabana by the hotel’s whimsical, seemingly endless pool deck. With rooftop sundecks, personal butlers, oversized daybeds, flat screen TVs, a full marble bathroom with a glass shower, air conditioning, and a specialized menu with frozen fruit treats, fruit smoothie shots and more, this cabana makes it hard to believe you’re even still poolside. Finally, because the Loews sits right on Collins Avenue, stepping outside to explore Miami Beach is always a solid option. In fact, walk out to the driveway, by the valet stand, and take your pick: in the heart of South Beach, shopping, bars, restaurant—and as always in the Magic City, people-watching—abound.
For more information about your own glamorous getaway to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, visit www.loewshotels.com/miami-beach .