This Will Be the Most Talked-About Destination of 2017

Gabrielle Savoie
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One of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year, The Surf Club—a Four Seasons hotel and residence—officially opened last month in Miami Beach. A space rich with history, The Surf Club initially opened on New Year's Eve in 1930 as a private club dedicated to all things sun and sea. While Prohibition was rampant, the club became a respite and a refuge for the most extravagant social gatherings—attracting the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor, and even Winston Churchill. No extravagance was spared: live elephants at late-night galas, poolside fashion shows, and black-tie boxing nights included. In Miami Beach's heyday, this exclusive destination resembled something out of The Great Gatsby.

This year, The Surf Club's legendary past is reborn, thanks to the vision of architect Richard Meier and interior architect Joseph Dirand. Beyond the original structure, a modern addition of two 12-storey towers was built to accommodate the hotel and residences. The pièce de résistance: a first stateside outpost of legendary Michelin-starred Positano restaurant Le Sirenuse opened—promising Italian classics such as lobster with caponata and fagottello stuffed with house-made Genovese beef ragu. There are a billion reasons why Miami Beach's newest Four Seasons is going to be the hotspot to be in 2017—and it all starts with Dirand's meticulously designed interiors. Step inside the newly revived Surf Club—we bet its future will be even more legendary than its past.

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