Just to offset all questions from the beginning, the Angler—of The Angler’s Boutique Resort—refers to the original owner of the property. A fisherman at heart, he most likely named the resort after himself. The Angler’s offers a fair bit of history, dating back to 1930 at least, and once called itself the summer home to Ernest Hemingway when he was in town…who, for the record, joined the original owner for daytime excursions out onto the sea.
First pulling up to the property, guests are greeted by a smiling valet before they step onto an outdoor dining area covered by white cabanas, red umbrellas and the waving green palms of the palm trees. Then when they enter the glass double doors, your clients will find themselves between the property’s award-winning restaurant and its accompanying bar and lounge. More on that later.
The Angler’s features 45 suites in four white, ivy-covered buildings: The Tower, The Angler’s Main, The Pool House Villas and The Manor Villas. The Tower is the property’s newest acquisition, featuring circular Art Deco windows and two-story duplex suites—some of which also feature private patios and outdoor jacuzzi tubs. In The Angler’s Main, guests can expect king-size accommodations. The Pool House and Manor Villas both feature two stories, with The Pool House Villas including a private rooftop sundeck and Manor Villas with back patio—one with its own full-size jacuzzi, too. But no matter which category your clients opt for, all suites offer plasma TVs, CD/DVD player or iPod docking station, high-speed wireless Internet, two-line phones with voicemail, wet bar with premium mini-bar provisions (liquors, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages alike) plus refrigerator and microwave.
Spa amenities are available en-suite, with options spanning from a Swedish or deep tissue massage to a four-hands massage. Though there’s no fitness facility on property, the resort has a good relationship with local gyms to provide fitness options. The same goes for umbrella and lounge chair rentals beachside, which are available through the property’s beach vendor partners. However, The Angler’s provides a complimentary beach bag, towels and bottled water for its guests.
It’s in the Detail
Much of the resort’s charm comes from its architecture—it’s a classic 1920’s Miami-Mediterranean Revival property, with Italian, Byzantine and Moorish themes from Spain and France. Spanish baroque decor can be found around openings, balconies and cornices, while parapets, twisted columns and pediments are featured prominently as well. Since the property is a combination of four buildings—the Northern building was a previous owner’s home, and the southern tower added as part of the property in 2007—many guests will enjoy the outdoor layout as they trek down bamboo-bordered sidewalks to get to their suite.
In passing, a European guest told us, “We choose Miami Beach for our summer holiday because it’s been highly recommended by so many of our friends. Our agent gave us a few beachfront options and a few hotels a block or two away to chose from, but we chose The Angler’s for its looks, location and price, and so far, we’re loving it.”
This is a sentiment that James E. Ayres II, the resort’s general manager, probably wouldn’t be too surprised to hear. “I’ve always found that travel agents are wonderful at ‘painting the picture,’ and being able to really fine tune discerning guests’ destination points. There are 204 other hotels in Miami Beach—a great travel agent can really break down for the guest the qualities that The Angler’s exhibits, that is suited with the guest’s desire. A great travel agent would take the request for an upscale, quiet, friendly, boutique property, and instantly translate them into being an Angler’s guest.”
Being a boutique property, many on staff told us that it’s super easy to get to know guests individually—and from our recent stay on property, we can attest that not only are they friendly, they’re also more than happy to help. When we were escorted to our suite, the front office manager made us promise to call the front desk if we needed something, not to lift a finger except to dial. And if Latin cuisine from 660 at The Angler’s wasn’t our ‘cup of tea,’ he swore by his restaurant recommendations, even promising to pay our bill himself if we didn’t enjoy it. We noticed the restaurant manager making her rounds of the property, stopping by lounge chairs and cabanas poolside to ask if guests needed anything. And every employee who walked by always said hello.
The Local Flavor
Being two blocks from the beach, guests of The Angler’s enjoy the ability to spend days and evenings seeing the sights, sounds and scenes of South Beach, which can—and most likely will—include a definite Latin flavor. Much of the music, language and cuisine of South Beach is a North American take on South America.
That local flavor, of course, is imbued in the philosophy behind 660 at The Angler’s, the resorts’ award-winning on-property restaurant. The restaurant aims to provide a festive culinary experience where guests can enjoy not just one, but a mixture of flavors.
Says executive chef Carlos Torres, “A lot of restaurants in Miami Beach feature Peruvian or Argentinean food, but here, we feature a combination of flavors: Peruvian, Colombian, Brazilian, Cuban…a lot of everything. I try to mix of all of those South American flavors and bring all the countries together.”
The combinations are spectacular, and with brunch, lunch and dinner menus available all day, there are certainly plenty of options. When we asked Torres what he would order for a full day’s cuisine at 660, he told us, “My breakfast definitely would be the corn cakes, which come with queso fresco and guava butter; my lunch would be the fish wrap, a coconut rice-kimchi combination with tempura-buttered snapper, cucumbers, red onions and peanut butter glaze all wrapped up, and for dinner, I’d have to choose between the seafood aji amarillo and the churrasco with the rustic potatoes.”
Of course, South Beach as a location has plenty to offer as well, with the beach, boardwalk and Ocean Drive not to be missed. Clubs and eateries line the streets, many staying open til the rooster crows. A walk through the area will show off everything this famous Art Deco district is known for, but we recommend the city’s bikeshare program that provides bicycles with a swipe of a credit card.
After a full day—or night—on the town, rest will be priority number one…and that’s where The Angler’s steps in again. “The Angler’s is Miami Beach’s most intimate hideaway. We delight in our lush foliage, tranquil setting and second-to-none service, where guests can truly relax and enjoy their time.”
In short, The Angler’s Boutique Resort provided us a refreshing glimpse of what life can still be on Miami’s South Beach. The area offers a potpourri of flavors, both gastronomic and cultural, with days spent lounging poolside, floating in the surf, or exploring some truly fantastic beachfront shopping, and nights as lazy or as crazy as your clients wish them to be. All the while, as Ayres says, The Angler’s is “your home in Miami Beach.”
Make it Special
Just for Recommend readers, The Angler’s Boutique Resort is offering a complimentary champagne amenity for your clients when they stay before Jan. 1, 2013. Just book directly through (866) 729-8800 and mention Recommend magazine. Rates range from $199-$999 depending on season and category. For more information, visit theanglersresort.com.