… Is it a lovely stroll in vibrant lush greenery or a colorful garden, or a fabulous meal with a perfectly paired bottle of wine? Is it complete silence or the opposite--getting lost in the clamor of a perfectly busy day? Is it maybe gazing at the moon and the stars or raking your feet through the warm sand of a pristine beach?
Or Is it perhaps, all the above?
If so, visit Marriot Stanton in South Beach and dig in. With direct beach access, the Marriott Stanton South Beach checks all the boxes. Located in the posh and exclusive South of Fifth District of Miami Beach, this 224-room resort offers the serenity of the ocean and its renderings while being scant steps from the bustling city portion of the region. With a beachy and chill vibe, enter and take in the midcentury modern décor fused with South Beach’s signature Art Deco flare, again yin and yang.
Enjoy the sprawling Stanton Spa, overlooking the adjacent park with an ocean backdrop, nodding to the sea, enjoy its furnishings resplendent in natural earthy tones and textures with body treatments curated by Aroma Therapy Associates and THALGO, a leading skin care company. Relax and indulge is a massage, facial, scrub or wrap treatment such as their unique Hot Seashell Therapy; a massage using lava shells or the Alpha Beta Firming Peel; a facial using LED light therapy from celebrity dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. The treatment rooms are designed to bring the beach feel inside from the outside, with appointments such as textured jute rugs and a nautical color palette. The Fitness Center next to the spa, offers targeted services geared toward custom weightloss, sports conditioning, strength training and all-around good health, with personal trainers on site. Scheduled group fitness classes like yoga and boxing are available and best of all, are conducted on the beach or the sun deck. Take a dip in the pool as Stanton features two pools and a chic ocean terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with quick and direct beach access with cabanas and lounge chairs for rent. Looking for a snack to take the edge off? The street-accessible Starbucks attached, allows resort guests and locals alike, convenient access to the brand’s signature brews, artisanal pastries, fresh juices and more.
As for dining options, Lolo’s Surf Cantina, their onsite park side Mexican restaurant, features breakfast, lunch and dinner serving authentic dishes created by Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia, a Mexico City native. Enjoy such classic street food specialties like Queso fundido; molten chihuahua cheese, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo with chorizo and pork carnitas or for a lighter fresher option, Salmon ceviche with pico de gallo, mango, radish, fennel, cucumber, capers, cilantro, red onions with a citrus vinaigrette and plantain chips. For a vegetarian option, roasted heirloom cauliflower with mashed avocado, salsa roja, queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seed is delightful.
This in-house dining is truly their pièce de résistance. Azabu Miami Beach, conceived by Plan Do See’s Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu, New York, offers an authentic Japanese dining experience with a variety of gourmet selections. Helmed by Chef Masatsugu Kubo (Chef Masa) and Kenichi (Ken) Fujimoto, Azabu Miami Beach offers a full-service dining room with 80 seats, an 11-seat hidden sushi counter; The Den, where Tokyo-trained chefs serve Omakase exclusively and Bar Azabu, a classic cocktail bar featuring sakes and more than 40 imported whiskies. Enjoy the experience to its fullest and order a variety of sharable dishes like Robata-grilled Yakitori, Japanese friedrice served tableside on a sizzling Tobanyaki grill and other traditional fare. Also featured is a large, open format kitchenwhere guestscan observe and enjoy chefs preparing dishesusing the customary Japanese cooking method Robata.
Finish your dining experience here, with desert, the trendingJapanese Raindrop Cake; a jelly cake made with Pearl Agarserved with dried soybeans and Japanese brown sugar syrup.
Talk about a perfect ending!