High on the Loews: Landmark Miami Beach hotel gets a major renovation

The Loews Miami Beach Hotel features full-service luxury pool cabanas, some of which are air-conditioned with private bathrooms.
The Loews Miami Beach Hotel features full-service luxury pool cabanas, some of which are air-conditioned with private bathrooms.

The Loews Miami Beach Hotel has something for everyone — every adult, child and dog. And, after a newly completed $50-million face-lift as it prepares for its 20th anniversary in 2018, the Loews still has an unbeatable location: on the ocean, steps from Lincoln Road, in the middle of it all but somehow secluded in peace.

You can let the day slip by at the pool, a frozen drink in your hand, a live band keeping your thoughts at bay. You can seek solace at the beach, riding the waves or building sandcastles in a shaded pit.

You can set off on foot to find culture — The Fillmore, New World Symphony, Bass and Wolfsonian are all within blocks — or new clothes from designer boutiques along Collins Avenue. Or you can simply laze on your balcony while watching cruise ships lumber out to sea.

It may sound trite to say the world is your oyster at the Loews Miami Beach, but it’s true (especially at the raw bar of its Lure Fishbar restaurant). Everyone feels at home when they’re on vacation here.

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Kids get the royal treatment at Loews Miami Beach. Adults do too.

Loews Loves Kids

There might not be a more kid-friendly resort in Miami Beach. Signs throughout the property boast “Loews Loves Kids,” and — trust me — kids love Loews, too. How could they not when there are chocolate-chip pancakes next to a bucket brimming with rainbow sprinkle-topped whipped cream at the buffet? And for dessert (ha!), kids can choose a mini cupcake with a chocolate number on top to match their age.

Foosball and ping-pong tables and a life-size Connect Four game near the zero-entry pool keep family time going. Direct beach access makes it easy to sign up for a Banana Boat ride or take out a kayak or paddleboard. The Kids Club, which also got a piece of the hotel’s big renovation investment, features daily activities like treasure-diving in the pool and making pizzas in a stone oven.

Relax in Ultimate Luxury

If you’d rather keep the kids in sight and are looking for the ultimate VIP experience, the hotel’s poolside SOAK Cabanas are perfect for families, accommodating up to six people. Hands down, their key amenity is air-conditioning, but full bathrooms, Apple TVs with kids programming and private butlers who delight with hourly amenities (think smoothies and fruit trays) aren’t shabby either.

The Loews Loves Kids mantra extends to the Exhale Spa, where estheticians do a fine mom-and-me mani. But it’s always nice to enjoy grown-up time at the spa, and there are plenty of opportunities for that. Start your morning at the daily meditation class, held on the rooftop’s Zen Terrace, and either continue the relaxation by taking in a massage or blow off steam at an exercise class that rivals those offered at elite, members-only gyms.

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A sushi platter at Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Everyone Eats Well

The hotel’s royal treatment extends to four-legged family members. The Loews made headlines in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma for opening its doors to locals and their pets after the property’s power was restored relatively quickly, giving cool refuge at deeply discounted nightly rates. Even outside of hurricane season, the 790-room hotel is quick to offer a check-in treat to its well-behaved canine guests, who can partake in room-service meals prepared especially for them.

When it comes to dining for people, the options are seemingly endless. All of the hotel restaurants proudly serve local products — Panther Coffee, Funky Buddha Brewery and Zak the Baker are staples here — and Miami master mixologist Julio Cabrera had a hand in the Bar Collins cocktail menu and staff training. Staying on property for the breakfast buffet is a no-brainer (remember the pancakes and whipped cream), and, for dinner, Lure Fishbar is a destination restaurant unto itself.

Of course, the world is your oyster, so feel free to explore one of the critically acclaimed restaurants within walking distance or a quick Uber ride away. If you want to get rid of that beach-hair frizz before dinner, hit the onsite Glam+Go for a blowout. Whether you stay in or go out, it’s high time you head to the Loews for a holiday staycation.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-604-1601;

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Eau Palm Beach. Photograph by Moris Moreno.

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The Biltmore lights up the sky at midnight with a fireworks extravaganza, which you can toast with a glass of private-label Biltmore bubbly.

3. To See the City: East, Miami

East, Miami, soaring up from Brickell City Centre, gives you a bird’s-eye view on Brickell and downtown from the rooms and its rooftop bar, Sugar.