luxe - SLS Hotel South Beach
Written by Ayesha Khan
Creativity and design innovation lap on Miami’s shores more often than a Caribbean wave.
This is the city that created its own brand of art deco, and then came back on the design scene with ‘South Beach Chic’. The SLS South Beach embodies both of these iconic design movements. It is housed in a historic L. Murray Dixon-designed art deco building – the tallest to be built during the deco era of the 1930s and 40s, and its interiors are decked out by French design hero Philippe Starck. The hotel features rooms and suites ranging in size from 23.5m2 for a superior room to an array of ‘villas’ that feature spacious terraces overlooking the ocean.
Guests in search of what’s hip (or the most exquisite cuisine in the city) will be thrilled to find that two of Miami’s hottest restaurants are located just downstairs. Bazaar by José Andrés features Spanish-inspired fare, while Katsuya by Starck features some of the most imaginative sushi (its original LA counterpart is a celebrity mainstay). For evening enjoyment (performances by the likes of Avicii and Robin Thicke are commonplace), or a lazy afternoon brunch in a beachside Mediterranean-style garden, there is Hyde Beach, the hotel’s private 740m2 pool, beach, and outdoor space. After all, this is always-sunny Miami, and even a moment spent indoors is too much!
Perhaps the coolest accommodation options at the SLS South Beach are the penthouses designed by GRAMMY-winning heartthrob Lenny Kravitz. While the Villa Penthouse has the feel of a poolside bungalow (it overlooks Hyde Beach), the Tower Penthouse has all the glamour of the high-rise palaces of perfection that New Miami has to offer. The aesthetic of both suites is inspired by the old-world traveller. “I have been associated with Miami since birth. To have the freedom to contribute my aesthetic and sensibilities…[was] an ideal project for me,” says Kravitz.