New Hotel Happenings in Florida

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Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.

The latest additions to rise on Florida’s hotel scene are popping up in South Beach and on one of the hottest golf courses in the state.

Miami’s historic Shelborne hotel on South Beach is reopening in March as the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, following a $150 million restoration.

The 200-room Art Deco hotel will feature redesigned guestrooms, suites, corridors and ballrooms, inspired by the 1950s. Throughout the public spaces, guests can find curated artwork by artists such as Miami-born Teresita Fernandez. The pool area also features renovated cabanas, and a boardwalk leading guests to the beach. In addition, the hotel will have an onsite fitness center and luxury spa suites. Another exciting addition is the opening of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Miami flagship location of Morimoto South Beach.

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Another property making its Miami debut is the much-anticipated Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.

The first COMO Group property to open stateside, Metropolitan by COMO will be the sister property to Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos. Scheduled to open Feb.14, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 74-room oceanfront hotel will be located in a pre-war Art Deco building on Collins Avenue. The 9-floor property features rooms with ocean and bay views, a COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with five treatment rooms, a rooftop hydrotherapy pool, outdoor yoga, a sauna and a gym.

“Our philosophy for Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach will be ‘Back to Basics,'” says the general manager Javier Beneyto. “Contemporary hotels today often lack the amiable qualities of traditional hospitality. We aim to deliver old-fashioned, yet sophisticated service for every facet of the guest experience, taking a pre-emptive approach with our guests to create a memorable and lasting experience is what defines each property within the COMO Group.”

Travelers can experience the new hotel by booking the Just The Two Of Us package in February. The package includes a stay for two in a City room, a bottle of champagne and heart-shaped macaroons on arrival, and a couples’ COMO Shambhala massage on the outdoor rooftop terrace. Rates start at $659 for a 1-night stay.

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In Central Florida, golf aficionados can play and stay at Streamsong Resort, which now features a 216-room luxury lodge on the property’s 16,000 acres.

“Our mission at Streamsong is to redefine what guests, particularly golfers from all over the world, should expect from a luxury resort,” says Richard Mogensen, Streamsong’s general manager. “With the opening of the Lodge, our guests can now experience this incredible place in its entirety. From a breathtaking natural environment to luxurious accommodations, fantastic dining and incomparable guest service, Streamsong will no doubt emerge as one of the most unique destinations in the United States and the world.”

Streamsong Lodge’s guestrooms will feature floor-to-ceiling glass with views of the lakes and paintings that reflect the resort’s landscape. Guests staying at the Lodge can dine at three restaurants or head up to Fragmentary Blue, the rooftop lounge, to catch the sunset. The Lodge also features AcquaPietra, a grotto-style spa with seven pools and nine treatment rooms. The resort is already known for its courses, the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Streamsong Red and the Renaissance Golf Design (Tom Doak) Streamsong Blue, which ranked on GOLF magazine’s list of “Best New Courses You Can Play.”

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