The Ultimate One Night Stand(ard): The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach celebrated their ten-year anniversary this January, and the hotel is going stronger than ever. I visited a few weeks after their celebration, but the sanctuary was still bustling with gorgeous people in pristine white robes.
Truly unique compared to other hotels, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is a spa first and a hotel second. The rooms are set amidst breezy tropical gardens, an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy playground, an infinity pool, waterfall hot tub and clothing optional hamam mud lounge.
Visionary hotelier Andre Balazs (think LA’s revitalized Chateau Mamont and NYC’s The Mercer), is the mastermind behind The Standard brand and awe inspiring hotel properties. And the hotel’s vibrant and playful design comes from Shawn Hausman, who draws inspiration from the buildings evocative history.
The guest rooms boast semiprivate terraces, plush pillows and soft linens, daybeds for lounging, spa rain showers and overstocked minibars. The mood can be set with dim lights throughout guest rooms, thanks to Joan Richardson.
Guests are encouraged to walk around the pool and garden area in their complimentary robes. Shop for a new bathing suite in the wonderfully curated and charming boutique shop. Or walk to the outdoor lounge area with a full-service juice bar, the perfect place for catching up on work.
The Standard has done an impeccable job creating such a peaceful escape in the midst of chaotic Miami. Situated on Belle Island, I’d argue the hotel receives more sunshine than the shady beachfront properties.
Which is always a plus for those of us looking for a little Vitamin D!
Room service is available 24/7, but I’d highly recommend getting up early for sunrise yoga and a hot cup of coffee at The Lido.
Continue catching the rays outside at The Lido Bayside Grill for sunset. Head Chef Mark Zeitouni has created a delicious Mediterranean-inspired menu, complete with vegan and gluten free options.
The spa menu can be overwhelming at first, but you simply cannot go wrong with any choice. My favorite treatment is the Detox 90. However, guests who don’t care for a full spa package can also use the Turkish-style hamam, aroma steam room and sauna.
The last day of my stay, I was feeling calmer and more grounded, and sure I would never be able to leave. The weekend crowd had died down a bit so I caught up with Mike from Hirooka Surf and Sport for an hour paddle-boarding venture.
Paddleboards are available for guests at a price, but it’s worth the extra dough to be able to depart right off the dock and into the bay.
Bottom line, you cannot go wrong at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. It is an adult playground with the sexiest vibe.
Guests have been known to fall in love at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach (you can read a cute story here). Try the Wake n’ Bake cocktail by the pool, you won’t regret it!