August 14, 2013

The Raleigh, Miami Beach A Timeless South Beach Hotel Hideway

When it comes to South Beach hotels, those fortunate enough to have experienced The Raleigh claim it has a perfect blend of characteristics: chic, yet warm and inviting; glamorous, yet without attitude; historically iconic, yet tastefully modernized.

The Raleigh isn't just in South Beach, it is South Beach. The Art Deco gem both typifies and transcends everything there is to know about one America's most renowned vacation destinations.

Perched between lively Collins Avenue and the even livelier beach, The Raleigh boasts 104 guest rooms and suites, including the luxurious penthouse, complete with outdoor shower. Interior design, most definitely including the furniture, follows the hotel's Art Deco motif. All the high-tech amenities are standard in every room, so you can surf the net while watching your plasma TV.

The Raleigh Pool, made famous by the glamorous Esther Williams, is ensconced by a sweet-scented, luxuriant hedge of tropical foliage. The poolside bar, just behind the pool’s cascading waterfall, serves cool beverages and upscale fare while guests lounge and dip as staff pass by with cold scented towels.

In Miami Beach, despite a wealth of beautiful pools, there is no rival to the luxurious beauty of The Raleigh’s.  In fact, the Raleigh pool has frequently been called the most beautiful in America, beginning with a 1947 Life Magazine article, and continuing until today. And while we’re the first to admit that you can’t compete with the natural beauty of the ocean a few hundred feet away, we must say that the pool is giving it a run for its money.

The “Oasis” is just that: a superbly considered sanctuary that serves as a nexus between the pool and the magnificent beach and ocean that lie just beyond. In its simple beauty, The Oasis exhales the essence of The Raleigh: perfectly crafted space, intimate comfort, and the soft rhythmic energy of last night’s fabulous event.

Originally known as “The Aqua Cabana Club”, The Oasis continues to be a tranquil spot for relaxation by day, and scene to many of South Beach’s famously chic parties and hip events by night. Nestled unassumingly between the hotel and the beach, it’s the ideal place to reflect on the good life – whether alone, or with hundreds of your closest friends.

xoxo LLD

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