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A Fairytale Retreat

During my recent trip to Miami, I was lucky to stay at the Mondrian in South Beach. I had heard wonders about the place, especially its far-out interiors. Located on a very quiet street far away from all hustle and bustle, the Mondrian Hotel offers spectacular views of Miami's downtown skyline and gorgeous sunsets. Its magical design is the work of none other than one of my favorite designers Marcel Wanders, who envisioned it as “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.” As soon as you drive into the porte-cochere, you're transported to Wanders' wonderful world. You're greeted by four of his signature silent bell light fixtures, which are also showcased in the hotel's Sunset Lounge and restaurant Asia de Cuba. (BTW, their mojitos are a must).

After walking through the soaring entry doors, you can't help but stare at the whimsical image of a woman's somewhat surreal visage, a feature you'll also find in the guestrooms. I absolutely adored them. Most of the decor Wanders used is white, gold with touches of black, giving the hotel a very ethereal look.

The hotel is full of amazing features, but the pool area is quite unique. Surrounded by sun-soaked lounge pillows, lush gardens hung with hammocks and landscaped into a labyrinthine trail with lounge areas, this oasis is perfect to indulge in a day of leisure.

In the lobby, you'll also find a non-traditional hotel gift shop, ‘Morgans Semi-Automatic’. The touch-operated screen allows guests to buy everything from a fancy toothbrush to a two-bedroom condo at Mondrian. Imagine that.

The accommodations include studios, one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses. To my surprise, the guestrooms were pretty large and very comfortable, including a small but efficient kitchenette. But for me, the highlight of the room was the bathroom, with its unique shower head disguised as a chandelier. The time I spent at the Mondrian was dreamy, but unfortunately it was too short to enjoy all the fabulosity this fairytale retreat has to offer.

Images courtesy of Morgans Hotel Group 

Reader Comments (4)

Even though it looks gorgeous, I would never consider staying there. It's too much "Alice in Wonderland" for me, I'd just freak out and wouldn't be able to relax... Too bad!
Mar 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
Marcel wander is always a surprise. The envisioned “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.” offers a relaxed, delicate and somewhat feminine atmosphere. The pool are takes us to a fantasy universe. In fact it seems that we are in a kind of Alice in Wonderland or somewhat inside of a Tim Burton's movie. More recently I was visiting Porto in Portugal and stayed in a very interesting hotel too. Nothing related to the fantasy universe of Wanders described in this post, but very characteristic in its own way. Since I am a passionate about interiors I discovered that it was "Boca do Lobo" work . If there's anyone interesed in luxury/emotional design, take a look:
Mar 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicholle
Mar 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCentral-Portugal
The girl face still freaks me out, but I'm in LOVE, LOVE!!! with the spotted horse and the gazebo made of greenery by the pool!
Mar 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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