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June 15, 2011

Champagne Taste

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Breathtaking, isn't it? It's the Tides, a sexy South Beach hotel begging me to come visit. Can you see why?

The skinny? 45 ocean-view suites, some reaching 2600 square feet of fabulousness. No spa on site, but don't let that stop you from booking an extended stay... the hotel staffs a team of professionals who come to you. Poolside, if necessary. Imagine getting a deep tissue massage as you hear the sound of the surf nearby. Heaven.

I was a little surprised to learn this was a Kelly Wearstler designed hotel. That's actually a compliment to her mastery of design. There's not a hint of trellis or yellow anywhere - two iconic elements some would say is her "go to" design move. But Kelly is indeed a true master when it comes to hospitality. Her spaces beckon and beg you to come, linger, relax.

One look at this impossibly luxe hotel and you absolutely know that a seasoned and skilled interior designer has thought through every detail of the design. Nothing has gone unnnoticed or overlooked. Notice the plush seating, easy conversational seating and the flair for the unexpected. It. Is. Glamorous. Don't you love the tufted back on that outdoor pillow. Good Lord. Take me there. Now.

If gorgeous accommodations and plush surroundings doesn't lure you, how about an army of attentive staff ready to fulfill your every wish? Yes, that's in additon to the "on demand" spa team. This is the hotel staff, to whom no request is too far fetched. Want it? Go ahead, ask. They'll make it happen. Sounds dreamy right about now.

Me? I want to be lazing about in that "almost asleep but blissfully aware" state in a cabanaby the pool, eyes closed, sunglasses on, cool breeze blowing, listening to hypnotic beats and the sound of the ocean in the near distance. Perfection.

What the beautiful people are saying...

That hotel is amazing!!!

jen
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That second photo did it for me. Amazing!!! I'd like to live here please. :)

it is stunning..surprisingly KW came to my mind the moment i saw the pictures..even though it doesn't have any of her 'go-to' elements..love the lime-washed wooden screens in the first two images..thanks for sharing, franki..have a wonderful day..do check out some fabulous finds from jaipur on my blog when you have a moment..xx meenal

The colors of this hotel are to-die-for! I've just been totally inspired for my future B&B. ;-)

Andi, you should totally do a B&B! Hows my favorite newlywed?

Totally amazing, right, Jen? This will definitely be my SoBe choice for place to stay. I can only imagine the pool scene there!

zsa zsa, right? That second photo: swoon! Kelly is indeed genius.

Something to say, gorgeous?

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