Miami’s Mid-Beach Heats Up

Move over, South Beach. You have competition.

By Lisa Loverro

Miami’s trendy scene is rapidly moving north to Mid-beach, a stretch of beach running from 23rd to 63rd streets along the pristine shoreline of Miami Beach, Florida. And though South Beach still attracts plenty of tourists, Mid-Beach seems to be the hot, new destination.

While there are many new hotels opening along this stretch, The Palms Hotel & Spa originally opened its doors as the Sea Isle Hotel in 1939. Its current owners, the Krause family, purchased it in 1989. Then, they renovated and re-opened the establishment as The Miami Beach Ocean Resort in the summer of 1992. In the following years, the family continued to modernize and re-position the property, culminating in its 2010 re-launch as The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Marked by a vibrant decor reminiscent of a tropical island paradise, this colonial-inspired 12-story, 251-room hotel exudes a feeling of tropical splendor, which is something most of the neighboring hotels to its south don’t offer. Another distinction is that the resort uses natural products whenever possible, from their spa treatments to their farm-to-table dining, with many ingredients coming from the chef’s on-site, organic garden. The pool deck, surrounded by bright orange loungers, also offers a sandy beach-inspired section, complete with a tiki bar.

One of the highlights is the hotel’s beach club along the Atlantic Ocean, with comfy cushioned lounge chairs and an attentive wait staff quick to quench your thirst with a watermelon mojitos, piña coladas and other refreshing libations.

Another standout at the hotel is its restaurant, Essensia Restaurant. Led by acclaimed Executive Chef Julie Frans, known for her sophisticated cuisine that emphasizes premium local and sustainable ingredients. With a Latin-inspired twist, the menu offers outstanding appetizers such as ropa vieja tostados, corn chowder soup and main courses including a seafood Islander Bouillabaisse in a coconut curry sauce.

Style: “Neutral”

The hotel’s Spa Aveda is a large, 5,000-square-foot facility featuring holistic treatments, with five treatment rooms and rituals set to deliver a highly personalized experience to pamper and relax with natural and botanically derived Aveda products.

The hotel’s decor, products, and services are all inspired by nature and The Palms has a comprehensive green program promoting wellness. Complementary yoga classes are offered twice a week and a monthly NatuRUNs program focuses on speed, pain-free running and proper conditioning.

Although this hotel is just a bit north of South Beach’s hustle and bustle, its tranquil environment makes it seem a world away.

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