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.
The guest rooms imagined by Dirand feature beautifully layered soothing neutral shades that give way to the unparalleled views of the Florida coastline.
No detail is spared in the rooms—which feature signature Four Seasons customizable beds and bedside charging stations. The interiors are a tasteful mix of carefree seaside bliss and refined elegance.
The bathrooms are covered in a rich veined white marble and clean lines—so you can focus on the unobstructed views of Florida sunshine.
In the hotel's spa, no expense is spared. Italian modern lounge chairs invite guests to linger in utmost luxury and privacy—while indulging in treatments from facials to aromatherapy or enjoying the traditional hammam service.
The original Cabana Row of the old Surf Club was initially reserved for world-class guests, such as Winston Churchill, who could be found there sipping cocktails.
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In the reimagined cabanas, Dirand replicated the original terrazzo floors and kept a luxurious tropical theme with a decidedly modern air.
The grainy terrazzo floors continue through into the bathrooms where white marble walls and freestanding tubs steal the show.
Modern rattan furniture and iconic Luigi Caccia Dominioni sconces—a Dirand staple—dominate the living areas, which are painted in a fresh pairing of moss green and soft blue. If the interiors are any indication, this place is a true paradise.
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