It’s tough to imagine coming to South Beach to meditate, that’s why The Standard Hotel and Spa adds such luxuries as rollicking poolside BBQs, yoga classes, mud baths, hipster bingo matches and chic bayfront dining to the mix.
While most locals regard South Beach hotels as essentially otherworldly, they actually pay to join in on the events staged at the Standard. Located on an island just west of town, the property faces Biscayne Bay and offers a tranquil alternative to the buzzing South Beach scene. To ensure a serene, adults only atmosphere, no one under 14 is allowed anywhere on the property.
Ideal for a girl’s getaway, a romantic retreat or a healthy break after an all-you-can-eat cruise, the Standard Spa is actually just minutes away from top Downtown nightclubs and the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road. Guests can relax by day and party by night and then work off the effects of too many cocktails in the hammam steam bath or cedar sauna. “Dry” garden-view rooms are decidedly simple and range from 230-300 square feet upgrading to more lush “Wet” waterfront accommodations with private gardens, outdoor soaking tubs, and plenty of room to have a private massage treatment or scrub on the terrace.
The heart of the hotel, the spa is a modern riff on a traditional bathhouse with communal spaces and a do-it-yourself menu of hydrotherapy options. Guests can steam, soak or apply mud packs and then unwind in the aromatherapy steam room, under a Roman waterfall hot tub or in the high tech sound pool. A fitness center and daily guided meditation and yoga practice make a vacation at the Standard a therapeutic retreat.
Perhaps the most important choice guests make each day is whether to do everything or nothing at all. The west side of South Beach is currently one of the most popular destinations with an emerging restaurant and bar scene making it possible to enjoy the serenity of a spa vacation and still be just moments away from the newest and most happening nightspots. Think of the Standard Spa as the perfect oasis between the glitz of South Beach and the urban pleasures of the city.
40 Island Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139