Check-in: The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

- Andi Perullo, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist, grew up in the southern United States and chronicles her journeys online at My Beautiful Adventures.

Miami is a city of contrasts. Known for its endless choices that promise to excite all of the senses, it is also known for being one of the best destinations to seek complete relaxation. Whether it is Miami’s vices or virtues that are enticing you there, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is the perfect hotel choice for you to either go all out, chill out, or both.

My room was not ready when I checked in and for the first time it was of no importance to me. While the rooms at The Standard contain all of the luxuries that one associates with boutique hotels, I did not choose to stay there for the rooms; I chose to stay there for the ambiance. This oh-so-stylish place exudes sexiness everywhere you look.

I went straight to their famed pool, which is frequented by just as many locals as tourists. Expect to sunbathe next to some of most fashionable people on the planet while being surrounded by tropical palm trees and passing yachts in the bay. One of the things that the The Standard is well-known for is their innovative cuisine and drinks. While I salivated over their impressive menu, I sipped on a mojito that tasted like it was straight from a bar in Havana. Not only was my meal delectable, the service was too. Despite the poolside being crowded, my needs were always attended to.

Soon the sun was setting and I began to hear my name being sweetly called by somewhere else in the hotel’s vicinity. While Miami’s notorious nightlife could not be more enticing, I decided that a visit to The Standard’s communal spa was something I simply had to experience. I spent an hour in their hammam, a Turkish bathhouse, before having an out-of-body experience due to the amazing hands of a French masseur. The best part was that afterwards I only had to walk a couple of feet to get to my room, where I then had one of the best night sleep’s of my life followed by a sumptuous breakfast in bed the next morning.

While the attention to detail throughout the hotel will astonish, there is also a noticeable restraint that is refreshing. Quality is not compromised, however this Miami Beach classic put much thought into carefully eliminating any kind of ostentatious flair. In case you are wondering, on my third day in Miami I finally ventured from the property to explore nearby Lincoln Road, and after an exhilarating night out in the city, I could not wait to return to my home away from home.

Follow Andi’s adventures on Twitter at @AndiPerullo and online at My Beautiful Adventures.

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