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Last updated: 15 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Susan d’Arcy

The Standard Miami Beach sizzles like a sexy beach party. The resort’s mid-century design is sprinkled with endearing kitsch touches and a winning focus on the al fresco, including the city’s hippest open-air hydrotherapy playground. It comes with a vast waterfront infinity pool, an icy arctic plunge, high-pressure hoses and bayside soaking tubs, where the local body-beautifuls spend their downtime.

The mood sashays from whimsical – there’s a labyrinthine zen garden with a solar circle for meditation – to risque – those using the outdoor mud lounge tend to discard clothing to smear its healing red, ochre and green clays all over. It’s daring, but also deadly serious about wellness.

Top-notch instructors guide guests through an inventive fitness programme from morning yoga on the dock to state-of-the-art Peloton spin classes, while the Lido Bayside Grill serves some of the best stealth-health dishes you’ll ever eat including incredible vegan burgers.

Surrounding area

The hotel is on Belle Isle, part of the Venetian Island chain in the Biscayne Bay. Essentially one affluent residential neighbourhood with a pretty community park at its heart, it’s always busy with joggers and dog walkers.

A ten-minute stroll across the Venetian Causeway bridge leads to Sunset Harbour’s trendy restaurants, boutiques and bars, while it’s a 15-minute cab ride to South Beach and Downtown.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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South Beach’s Art Deco Architecture

South Beach’s Art Deco Architecture

Miami, Florida, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

If golden beaches, superb food and a sizzling Cuban-inspired vibe are not enough to get this 25-mile sliver of land offshore from Miami onto your bucket list, then go for the architecture. Hundreds of gorgeous art deco buildings (built 1923-1943) are on display, with beguiling colourful facades and inventive styling.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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