Worth the Trip: 1 Hotel in South Beach

WATR at the 1 Hotel rooftop

For this environmentally friendly South Beach resort, green is the warmest color

Just a few blocks from bustling South Beach is an oasis in the urban desert, a refuge from menus being shoved in your face and the heavy bass of torrential pool parties. It’s the 1 Hotel, and not only is it a world away from SoBe stereotypes; it’s been embracing an eco-chic ethos since it opened almost half a decade ago.

Walking through the lobby doors, guests are greeted by serene living walls, driftwood furniture, glass terrariums—none of that acrylic decor and gaudy crystal that has become en vogue. Rather, it’s a proudly LEED-certified hotel, and even the smallest details have gone green, down to the cleaning supplies.

The day starts outside for one of Anatomy’s high-intensity interval workouts. The 24-hour gym manages to be cozy and natural as well, with rustic brass fixtures and wooden walls with painted inspirational sayings. But our workout takes us outside on the turf, where we sweat it out by one of the hotel’s four swimming pools and 600 feet of beachfront.

The main pool at 1 Hotel

IT’S ELECTRIC: If you’re a 1 Hotel guest, you have your pick from a fleet of Teslas for free rides (within 3 miles). Got your own electric car? Free valet.

After an hour, we’re sent back inside to Bamford Haybarn Spa for a massage. The spa store is filled with jade rollers, organic cotton clothing, lotions and perfumes. Each wooden locker is named for a different flower, such as jasmine and lily, and the organic bath products have a soothing sandalwood scent. Massages, salt scrubs and facials are offered on a warm Himalayan salt table, and after treatment, the rejuvenated lounge on day beds, tucked under blankets and surrounded by a painted forest.

Then, it’s up to the 18th floor for the rooftop restaurant WATR, where the tables are shaded by trees with lanterns hanging from branches. The green movement continues through a meal of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, with paper straws served with cocktails and to-go waters in cartons. The meal moves out by the pool, with a bowl of Asian pears, strawberries, pineapples and other fruit on ice.

1 Hotel South Beach

Underneath the Miami sun, you have your pick of 57 cabanas and daybeds. Even spending just the day at 1 Hotel—plenty do it—one feels lighter, healthier and, well, a whole lot greener.


WHILE YOU’RE THERE:

THE FORGE The Malnik family’s landmark steakhouse is celebrating 50 years of serving up decadent dishes, from the Tomahawk steaks to its selection of raw seafood delights. Be sure to take a look around, too—its design is incomparable. 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach; 305/538-8533; theforge.com

NEW WORLD CENTER Music lovers will find a treasure trove in the center’s calendar, such as performances by the New World Symphony and Nu Deco, an outdoor screening of symphonies projected onto the side of the building, yoga classes, children’s shows and more. 500 17th St., Miami Beach; 305/680-5866; nws.edu

BROKEN SHAKER AT FREEHAND MIAMIDon’t let the fact that this bar is in a hostel fool you—it’s become a mainstay for craft cocktails in a cozy hideaway you’ll have a hard time believing is in South Beach. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach; 305/531-2727; freehandhotels.com/miami/broken-shaker

THE BASS Within Collins Park a destination itself), the contemporary art museum boasts a bevy of artifacts, a sculpture garden and all-encompassing exhibits— including Sheila Hicks’ floor-to-wall “Campo Abierto (Open Field).” 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/673-7530; thebass.org

This story is from the July/August 2019 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.