Before embarking on my book photoshoots across America for my second Bright.Bazaar book (follow along on the #brightbooktwo tag on Instagram!), I spent a few days in Miami. It was my second time in Florida but my first in Miami so I decided to make it extra special with a stay at the Soho Beach House. The design details of this house were one of my favourite from the Soho House group, especially the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Mandolin Beach.
The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean fare (and reallllllllly good cocktails!) amongst taverna style worn wooden tables, blue-painted chairs and charming strung bulbs. I really could have moved in to this colourful and exotic enclave, so no surprise I ate there twice in two days!The setting of all Soho House clubs is important but at the Soho Beach House Miami it defines the experience. Everywhere you look there are lush palms, brilliant light, rustic textures and the most divine blue hues.The Miami Beach area of the city is known for its Art Deco buildings and the Beach House is no exception. The hotel was originally built in 1941 as the Sovereign Hotel, so when refurbished to become the Beach House the design team referenced the Cuban and South American influences that charmed the hotel’s original guests.The bright palette throughout is tempered by aged wood, leather furnitures and tactile textiles. Accessories are carefully mismatched to ensure that every room has a unique identity. With an in-room bar there’s every invitation to kick back and relax…… and these chairs provide the perfect spot to sit (cocktail in hand, natch) and enjoy the #MakeYouSmileStyle view from the room. I mean, those colours you guys – incredible.Yes, the pools are as inviting, relaxing and stylish as they look. Bold blue and white striped sun loungers line either side of the main pool which is nestled amongst an array of palms. By day the pool offers a much-needed rest-bite from the heat, and by night it’s perfect for a romantic drink as the stars and lights twinkle through the gently swaying palms.Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention that there’s a heavenly outdoor shower which is ideal for post pool or beach playtime!The roof deck makes the most of the eye-popping view across the property, beach and ocean beyond. The bright colour story continues with cheerful mix and match stools to sit and admire the view; lemon yellow and electric blue pillows line seating areas; and the Ocho bar and taqueria is a perfect place unwind after a treatment at the Cowshed Spa. So after a morning by the pool, a Mediterranean lunch at Mandolin, an afternoon on the beach followed by a massage, how does one round out the perfect Miami day? By taking in the beautiful sunset before a delicious Italian dinner at Cecconi’s. You can find out more about, and apply for, Soho Beach House membership, here. Have you ever been to the Soho Beach House Miami? What were your highlights of this city? // Photography by Will Taylor