It’s no secret that South Beach is known for glitzy yacht life and a wild club scene. But what if we told you there is more…that there is rich history in a lot of these buildings beckoning tourists and locals to relish in all its glamorously restored glory? Welcome to The Shelborne, where the storied elegance of the 1950s surrounds you, and the modern edge of the 21st century entertains you.
THE SPOT: The Shelborne | 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
THE STATS: Recently renovated, 200 rooms, 1 iconic pool, plush air-conditioned cabanas, beach access, eclectic restaurant spearheaded by “Top Chef” alumni
PERFECT FOR: A vintage vogue Miami experience with a refreshingly modern feel, perfect for any relaxing, yet stylish, getaway.
Walk with us past The Sarsaparilla vintage VW food truck (more on that later) and under the retro-chic Shelborne sign to get this staycay started. Yelany de Varona (of Le Haute Sauce), Yesi Flores (behind the camera), and Jana Rose Carrero (that’s me, aka @OJandCigs) are greeted with bubbly and led to the library. The Library Lounge, that is.
After slipping into something a little more comfortable and pool-appropriate, thanks to on-site shop Indie Soul, THE STAYCATIONERS were ready to get their lounge on at The Shelborne’s iconic pool, cabana massages included. Warning: the following images may cause extremely relaxing vibes.
Time to shake things up and get glammed up by the ultimate beauty crew, GLAMSQUAD. THE STAYCATIONERS suite went from 0 to a 100 real quick and a fuse may or may not have been blown, literally (sorry hotel maintenance!). But we were up and running, and the rosé was flowing.
Table for three please! After a full day of R&R, THE STAYCATIONERS were eager to taste the contemporary cuisine of The Shelborne’s Sarsaparilla Club, led by husband-and-wife duo and Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. By fusing Cantonese Dim Sum and American Comfort Food, the restaurant showcases soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh dishes. Now would be the time to put a bib on (read: DROOL).
After a serious dinner at The Sarsaparilla Club, THE STAYCATIONERS made their way to the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge where they enjoyed beautifully crafted elixirs to cap off the night, but not before being greeted by a vibey, very appropriate neon sign that read: “Too much is never enough.” No doubt a reference to life’s pleasures, or perhaps to our affinity for rosé.
Sleek art deco-inspired details, breakfast in bed, and relaxing ocean views are the perfect way to end our stay at The Shelborne. THE STAYCATIONERS bid adieu to the hotel with one last walk around the grounds and a cup of coffee for the road. Until next time!
Photography Yesi Flores of Simply Lively. Special thanks to Yelany of Le Haute Sauce, Jana of OJ and Cigs, GLAMSQUAD (#glamsquadmiami), Indie Soul, The Drawing Room Bar & Lounge, The Sarsaparilla Club, and last but not least The Shelborne Hotel.