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20 Jul


The Standard Spa

July 20, 2013 | By |

The Standard Spa is one of the most magical spots of all on South Beach with its opulent pool and Lido Restaurant overlooking an amazing water font vista of Biscayne Bay, situated on lovely Belle Isle. It is a throwback to Miami’s Golden Age, and just a short visit will leave you feeling like you are on a tropical island paradise.

The heart of the hotel is the pool and hydrotherapy area, an ode to communal bathing as social sacrament. The outdoor aquacade encompasses a plunge pool, a hot tub, and a 12-foot-tall, three-inch-wide column of falling water. DJ-spun music plays through underwater speakers in the chlorine-free Sound Pool. In the clothing-optional mud baths, guests can slather one another with “golden body mud.” Arbors of sea-grape trees, night-blooming jasmine, and Moroccan palms are intended to create “pockets of contemplation.” Scattered about the lawn are more convivial arenas, such as a set of immense, pie-shaped wicker lounges flanking a small fire pit. Just off the courtyard is a Tyrolean-style wishing well, a kitsch holdover from the Lido days. Just off the Lobby is the hotel library with an assortment of eclectic and ever intriguing titles.

The new Standard is rooted in the genius of the late architect Morris Lapidus, a visionary of excess- and accidental post-modernist- who defined opulence some more than 50 years ago with the Fontainebleau. Lapidus also put his trademark baroque spin on the facade of the Lido, with the name of the hotel writ large in jaunty yellow neon. The building is rightfully a protected icon, with the Lido lettering remaining intact with the customary upside-down Standard sign.

Lapidus, through his unique design contributions, fought the good fight, in keeping South Beach from turning into Anywhere, U.S.A. Sadly and ironically, one of his last clients was a local Fuddruckers chain.

In the end, to last as long as the Lido, the Standard only needs to stay out of its own way and embrace Biscayne Bay, a lulling expanse of pure beauty that makes natives fall in love with Miami all over again. The Standard’s own hotelier, Andre’ Balazs insists he is resolved to keep the party small and quiet. “This little neighborhood of cottages, with the sounds of birds and children playing, is like nothing else in America,” he says, sipping a glass of wine as night falls and the skyline of downtown Miami glimmers across the bay. “It’s lost in time, unbelievably charming. The vibe doesn’t need music: the idea is to turn down the volume, not step into it.”

08 Jul


Fishing in Miami Beach

July 8, 2013 | By |

No trip to Florida’s “Gold Coast” can be complete without rewarding yourself to some great Atlantic fishing. The experience of being out on the open water looking inland at the Miami skyline will be one you won’t soon forget.

South Beach’s, South Point Marina has a boat that goes out daily but I prefer making the short trip to climb aboard the Kelley Fleet on 108th street. These guys have been at it since 1957 when Captain George Kelley started his fleet of full service leisure fishing vessels.

Go to their website, and print or mention the coupon offer. For a mere $38.00 you will be treated to a rewarding day of fishing the great Miami waters. Check their schedule, but I like the 1:45pm departure time.

Conveniently close to South Beach, take Collins Avenue (A1A) North to 108th street, pull over to your left or Bay side into the Haulover Park Marina, one of the few free parking lots on the beach.

Don’t forget to send us a picture of your big catch. Here’s mine.


16 May


Biking in South Beach

May 16, 2013 | By |

Miami Beach is a “Biking Town”, and there’s no better way to experience this beautiful city than from a bike! Day or night, South Beach is always exciting, and the best way to see it all is on a bike!

Although “Deco Bike Rentals” are a great pay per use system spread out throughout Miami Beach, here are some of the bikes that are provided free for your enjoyment. Baskets and locks are also provided.

Great for doing some local food shopping or just riding under the beautiful Meridian Avenue tree canopy. I am sure you will find that a car isn’t needed here.


16 May


Picnics in the Park

May 16, 2013 | By |

Every apartment has a picnic basket, a blanket, light plates, and cooler bags for you to use whether you are taking in a movie on Wednesday night under the stars, or out for a picnic and day of relaxation in South Point Park to watch the sun set over Fisher Island.

24 Mar


Surf South Beach!

March 24, 2013 | By |

Yes there is surfing in South Beach, even though it is not as popular as other places around the world, reason being that for the most part we don’t have a constant stream of high waves to make the really good surfers happy; It is a perfect place for beginners to take lessons and get a feel of the adventure and thrill that comes in riding waves, introducing you to what could be your desire to go on a surf trip to places like Maui in Hawaii where surfing is serious and don’t stop, plus competition tournaments are done very often.