SOUTH BEACH off the Party Path
For a serene and stylish beachside getaway, check out the new Metropolitan by COMO in Miami Beach, the companies first US outpost.
Miami Beach, particularly South Beach, conjures up many images, such as white sand, partying, teal blue water, partying, Cuban food, partying, swaying palm trees, partying, shopping, and…did I mention the endless partying? Along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive you’ll find an abundance of hotels with direct beach access, but inevitably you’ll find that the party follows you back to your beachside digs. But what if you just came for a romantic getaway on the beach,spa treatments, and dining? If you’re over the “scene” and wish to retreat to some quiet bliss, the new Metropolitan by COMO is the place for you.
Headquartered in Singapore with outposts in London, Thailand and Turks and Caicos, COMO’s first hotel in the United States opened in March 2014, and has already made an impression on visitors and locals alike. Located in Miami Beach’s Historic Art Deco District, COMO is far enough away from the madness of South Beach, but close enough for a walk or short cab ride to the shops, pulsing clubs, and restaurant scene. Metropolitan by COMO has the intimate charm of a boutique hotel, but the best elements of a luxury resort, including healthy, organic in-room dining, a beachside pool, rooftop hydrotherapy, and a cutting-edge spa. It’s an ideal spot for couples looking for some “we” time.
Formerly the Traymore Hotel, Metropolitan by COMO added some much needed upgrades to the 1930s building. Your cab driver might actually drive right by the hotel, unable to locate it due to the fact that the hotel retains the Traymore name on its façade, paying homage to its rich history. During World War II, the Traymore Hotel served as a hospital unit, and is the oldest surviving building on the block. Purchased for $17.5 million, the building was gutted, reconstructed, restyled and reopened as the Metropolitan by COMO.
When you walk into the small but elegant lobby, you’ll notice that the décor is understated; classic yet modern, you won’t find some of the garish clutter taking up precious space in many lobbies. While an ocean view room will take your breath away, a more affordable, but almost equally spectacular, option might be a balcony with a partial ocean view. Other options include city view rooms and lakeside suites.
The room décor is also simplistic yet chic, with all the amenities you need, but nothing frivolous. The sea-foam green lends an oceanic vibe while the crisp white linens promise a good night’s rest. A plate of chocolate treats and complimentary bottled water will be awaiting your arrival, and healthy snacks are tucked into the drawer. The mattresses are very firm, so keep in mind that if you prefer a soft bed, this isn’t the place for you.
Obviously, you didn’t come to Miami Beach to stay indoors, so once you check in and drop off your belongings, head down to the pool and enjoy an al fresco cocktail or lunch. Or keep going past the pool a few more steps, open the gate and walk on to the white, soft sand on the hotel’s private beach and enjoy the warm cerulean ocean. Now, other hotels in the area have so-called “private” beaches, but they’re overcrowded with families, partiers, and other big groups, and you will likely have to fight for a spot. The beach at Metropolitan by COMO is so private, you’ll feel like you’re on your own island oasis.
Once you’ve soaked up enough rays, go up to the rooftop to the fitness center for a workout. Or if you have a no-gym-while-on-vacation policy, go right to the COMO Shambhala luxury wellness spa and try an Indian head massage, which focuses on your scalp, neck and shoulders. Common in South Asia, such a treatment is a rare find in U.S. spas. Finally, opt for a soak in the rooftop hydrotherapy pool while gazing at the spectacular Atlantic Ocean and colorful sky. Then it’s back to your room for a rinse under a cascading rainwater showerhead.
When hunger strikes, make a reservation at the hotel’s Traymore Restaurant and Bar, which features an eclectic dinner menu by Executive Chef Jonathan Lane. The health conscious will appreciate the smaller portions and divine classic American cuisine. It’s South Florida, so you’ll find plenty of seafood options. Try the olive oil poached halibut with a side of the crushed baby potatoes. Treat yourself to their passion fruit cannelloni for dessert. End your meal sipping organic tea on the outdoor patio as the sun starts to go down.
Finally, a word about the staff: commendably, they will go out of their way to make you feel like family. Whether it’s an early check-in , or an HDMI cord so you can catch up on Game of Thrones, they will do whatever is in their power to have all your needs met.
And remember this: If you’re coming to Miami Beach to whoop it up for your bachelorette party, COMO isn’t the spot for you. If you want a hotel with loud music pumping all night long, check in elsewhere, If you’re bringing your kids, frankly they might be a little bored here. But if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with your sweetie, sister, or bestie in a tasteful and tranquil setting, Metropolitan by COMO is Miami Beach’s latest gem.
For more information or to book your stay, go online at Metropolitan by COMO.
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