When it comes to luxury beach resorts, Miami has a bevy of great options complete with comfy accommodations, breath-taking ocean views and delicious dining options. That’s why the editors of Recommend always love visiting properties around town, especially when it involves sampling their restaurant offerings. It’s a tough job, as they say, but we’re more than willing to do it. From South Beach to Sunny Isles, here are three properties with restaurants your clients won’t want to miss out on.
Hilton Bentley Miami Situated at the tip of South Beach’s famous Ocean Drive, the Hilton Bentley Miami not only offers an ideal location for visitors—just a stone’s throw from area boutiques, bars and nightclubs—it’s also home to D Rodriguez Cuba on the Ocean, featuring an inspired menu of traditional-style Cuban cuisine in an old-meets-new-world setting. The interior of the restaurant is laid-back while still being elegant—think wood-paneled walls and red accents—but the best seats in the house are definitely out on the patio (weather permitting, of course) where the tabletops are covered by replicas of old Cuban newspapers and every table has a view of the sparkling pool. Some favorite items on the menu include the smoked marlin tacos and chicken empanada appetizers, the watermelon ceviche and the crispy Cuban pork belly. For groups of at least 15, the restaurants offers a traditional Cuban feast that comes complete with a roasted whole pig served with black beans, rice, sweet plantains and more for $45 pp.
The Hilton Bentley Miami features 109 guestrooms, each with Italian marble floors, stainless steel kitchenettes and 42-inch LCD TVs. Rates start at $279 per night. For more information, visit hilton.com.
One Bal Harbour Next we head just 15 minutes north of South Beach to One Bal Harbour, which celebrated the opening of its newest dining venue, Mister Collins, earlier this month.
Featuring a flavorful menu of American cuisine, Mister Collins offers guests an upscale-casual atmosphere for lunch or dinner and the ocean views from the terrace and dining room are as delicious as the dining selection. The menu is stocked with made-from-scratch dishes, including savory starters, salads, sandwiches, sides and entrees. Among this editor’s favorites, top the appetizer list with the soft pretzels and guacamole with yucca chips, while the winning entree was the pork chops, which come with mashed potatoes and apple sauce on the side. For dessert, the restaurant features a yummy corn ice cream served with Madeline cookies. For chocolate lovers recommend the banana hazelnut whoopi pies, which come with a delicious Jack Daniels chocolate dipping sauce.
One Bal Harbour features 124 rooms and suites, each with spacious terraces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Other onsite amenities include an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas, a spa, and a kids’ club. Rates through August start at $345 per night. For more information, visit oneluxuryhotels.com.
Sole on the Ocean If your clients plan on doing more cocktail sipping than eating, they might want to check out Sole on Ocean, a luxury boutique hotel located in Sunny Isles. Here, guests can head up to Alba, an ultra modern lounge that features light bites, an extensive cocktails list and impressive panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The lounge often features DJs, live musical performances and other events—just last week Alba hosted an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed fashion show with pieces from local designer’s Ceasar Rosario’s wedding collection. On Thursdays, guests can enjoy complimentary specialty drinks from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Towering 24 stories over Sunny Isles Beach, Sole on the Ocean boasts 249 guest rooms and suites featuring modern decor, a private terrace with glass railings, floor to ceiling windows with views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. The resort also features an outdoor pool, fitness center and private beach area.
Call for rates. For more information, visit soleontheocean.com.