Miami’s luxury hotel overhaul: 4 new concepts in sunny Florida

Written by Elyssa Nissenbaum, CNN Palm Beach, Florida

While we’ve all heard of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, many of us tend to stop and think of what’s new in these cities when we’ve heard of Miami. Aside from a few small hotels, it’s largely true that this area has lacked a true, standout luxury hotel. But that’s changing with the arrival of four very different concepts at the very-same beachfront locations.

Dazengoff Resort (PH + 454-800-7100). In the heart of palm-lined South Beach in Brickell Avenue lies this new Miami Beach spot from the team behind the highly anticipated Fahrenheit 212.

The famous Art Deco vibe of the heart of Miami Beach is captured on the shuttered Abbot Kinney building in this old Florida depot, complete with an authentic wooden hearth.

Logos from some of Miami’s most famous locations appear on the walls to give the space an authentic T-shirt vibe.

But then again, not much of this area has had any T-shirt vibe for a long time.

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Hotel Palomar, Bal Harbour. Named after the Italian Prime Minister for whom the resort is named, this dazzling property has been described as a glamorous union of beauty and technology.

Four-year-old tech giant Amazon is partnering with the luxurious home of Le Pain Quotidien (Philippe Starck) to create the Palomar Studios, an experiential hub offering Amazon home services in an industrial setting.

This lends this high-end beachside destination the kind of integrated tech touch, complete with living room tables with Amazon Echo speakers, that could only come from a Google or Apple.

Jean Lafitte Palm Beach, newly renovated in the classic French Riviera décor. This luxury resort launched late last year and has re-opened with a sleek new look with unparalleled quality, now owned by Isabella Rossellini, wife of the late French art patron Loren Klein, of Pierre Bergé y Montrouge.

Rossellini kept true to the script with the nude Barbadian sculpture in the lobby.

All suites in the newly renovated Jean Lafitte Palm Beach now have large private terraces overlooking the Gulf Stream that were once a key part of the film set.

Emphasis has been placed on redesigning the residential units, with exceptional attention given to the history of the Frenchman, who used the property as a private retreat after meeting author Jean Honore de Lorraine, inspiring him to become a writer.

The French Riviera apartments were renamed Château Lycée , and offer some serious seclusion.

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami. It has not been without controversy. Once called Peacock Alley, the property is quickly becoming a rumored stopover for the president’s entourage.

But inside this gem of a hotel, you’ll find an exquisite environment that is guaranteed to garner attention, if not necessarily a presidential invite.

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