Florida Beachfront Resorts Restyled

Hotel Victor South Beach completed an $8 million renovation. (Photo courtesy of Ken Hayden.)
Hotel Victor South Beach completed an $8 million renovation.
(Photo courtesy of Ken Hayden.)

A few of Florida’s beachfront resorts are getting a refresher with multimillion dollar renovations in South Beach and the Panhandle.

Hotel Victor South Beach
After five months and $8 million, the beachfront Hotel Victor South Beach reopened in September on Ocean Drive.

The 91-room property updated its guestrooms and oceanfront suites, giving them a beach house-feel with wood floors and a neutral color scheme, as well as refreshed its lobby and pool area. Guests can experience more of a lounge atmosphere at the pool with its 10 new cabanas.

“We are thrilled to be reopening the doors at Hotel Victor and showcasing many of our new lifestyle amenities and fresh design features,” says Wadeh Constance, acting general manager.

In early-2014, the hotel will debut Sushi MiKasa, and guests can also stay tuned for news of Hotel Victor launching a boutique hotel, transforming the former Versace Mansion. The owners bought the property and plan on using it as an extension of the hotel, as well as a fabulous setting for events.

Rates start at $314 per night. For more information, visit hotelvictorsouthbeach.com.

South Beach Marriott
Another beachfront property on Ocean Drive, the South Beach Marriott, is wrapping up a $9 million renovation, set to be completed by the end of the year.

“Our goal was to embrace the hotel’s striking beachfront location by bringing the freshness of the sea inside,” says Jeffrey Beers, of Jeffrey Beers International, who is overseeing the redesign. “We did this by carefully curating a selection of modern, custom finishes that help create an open and light-filled space while also establishing an inviting, high-end residential atmosphere.”

The 216-room hotel is incorporating orange and brown accents in guestrooms and adding modern amenities, such as flat-screen TVs. Glass showers with rainforest shower heads will replace tubs, and bathrooms will be expanded. In addition, the 11th floor concierge lounge will be redone with new high-top tables and outdoor couches on its terraces, the perfect place to catch the Miami Beach and city skyline views.

Call for rates. For more information, visit marriottsouthbeach.com.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa
In Northwest Florida, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a $12.5 million improvement project, set to be completed by the end of February, updating its 200 Spa Tower rooms; redesigning the indoor pool; and debuting new designs for Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge, Hadashi Sushi Bar and Serenity by the sea Spa.

“This transformation is part of a multi-year, resort-wide renovation project which once complete will have touched every aspect of the resort,” says general manager Gary Brielmayer. “As with previous stages, we’ve carefully planned these five months so that guests will have access to all resort amenities and services during the project.”

Guests can book the Transformation package, starting at $219 per night, for stays through Feb. 24, 2014. Rates include upgraded accommodations; complimentary WiFi; daily breakfast buffet for two adults; two complimentary cocktails; one 50-minute Serenity massage or facial; and complimentary self parking.

For more information, call (850) 267-9500 or visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com.