Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club
Set along the shores of Surfside near the tony shops of Bal Harbour, the Four Seasons is a brilliant reimagining of the historic Surf Club, which now has three graceful glass towers rising above and around it, courtesy of architect Richard Meier. Built in 1930 as a hangout for Miami society and celebrity, the original clubhouse sparkles anew yet still embraces an Old World Florida aesthetic: think terracotta floors, graceful palms, and soaring archways. A former ballroom has been transformed into the see-and-be-seen Le Sirenuse restaurant and bar, the first stateside outpost for the iconic Positano hotel. With its Instagram-friendly emerald green bar and banquette-backed tables, the soaring space draws a mix of out-of-towners and locals, who all come in for the housemade pastas and fresh mozzarella flown in from Italy. Two pools are also part of the allure (a hushed space for adults, plus a larger one to appeal to the kids) as well as a spa offering Susanne Kaufman treatments. Upstairs, the 77 earth-toned rooms by whiz kid interior designer Joseph Dirand are studies in sophistication and restraint, with their grasscloth-paneled closets, cushy daybeds, and hits of soft green, in the plush benches and marble-clad mini bars. Never one to rest on its laurels, the hotel will soon welcome a restaurant by celebrity-chef Thomas Keller — just another addition to its already impressive arsenal. From $1200.