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South Florida — By klynch on March 23, 2010 at 10:33 am
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Escaping to The Angler’s Boutique Resort

Whenever I travel to South Beach, there’s 1 thing I know for sure — I won’t be lacking choices in finding a place to stay. Out are the days when I need to stay at the trendiest hotel or resort to open their doors (I vow never again to stay at the Gansevoort) or the one that is located at the direct center of activity (sorry Ocean Drive, but I don’t want to be woken up by the loud bass at 4:00 am). In are the days when I want somewhere that is private, comfortable and elegant. I think I have found a new favorite.

This past weekend, work called me to South Beach, and I found myself checking into The Angler’s Boutique Resort. Located on Washington Avenue, it is far enough removed from Ocean Drive that I’m not likely to be woken up in the wee hours of the morning, but close enough to  the activity that I can still feel the vibrant energy of the beach. Open since 2007, The Angler’s Boutique Resort is made up of 4 buildings, each filled with luxurious and spacious suites simply decorated, but elegant nonetheless.

We stayed in a deluxe suite (you also have the option of choosing a 2 story suite) with beautiful wood floors, and found it was equipped with everything that we could ask for — a private entrance, a plush king-sized bed, Aveda bath products, 2 plasma tvs, a comfortable sitting area, a mini-bar, an ipod docking station and complimentary wireless. The rooms were decorated in calming colors giving us that relaxing effect from the moment we walked through the door, making us easily forget that we were in the middle of the city, and the added touches were really something special. I loved how they printed out business cards for us with our phone number for the room, and when they turned down our bed at night, there was a print out for the weather the next day.

While we could have hidden up in the room all night enjoying all of the luxuries, the restaurant at The Angler’s  — 660 at The Angler’s — still allowed us to escape the rush of the city and retain that tranquil feeling. 660 features fresh local seafood with a touch of the Mediterranean from the young, but talented Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. While there, you have the option to grab a glass of wine or a cocktail in the cozy lounge area, sit at one of the more formal tables in the dining room for dinner or even enjoy the cool breeze in the lush outdoor setting. The rain kept us indoors, but we didn’t mind a bit, as we sipped on Prickly Pear Margaritas that went down too smoothly, and savored the flavors of the rich Truffled Mushroom Croquetas.

After a long night out galavanting over Miami and reviving yourself with a good night’s sleep, it’s time to feed your body. The Angler’s offers a continental breakfast for something quick and convenient, and a brunch on the weekend if you’re looking for something more complete. Served from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, this brunch combines sinfully delicious dishes like Banana and Nutella Pancakes and Eggs Benedict with some adult beverages, if you choose. I’d recommend the $14 bottomless bloody mary bar — it can’t be beat. That is –  unless you decide to go for the Champagne cart. It’s so difficult to decide.

The Angler’s Boutique Resort is located at 660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (305) 534-9600

Photos provided by The Angler’s Boutique Resort, photo of the room from personal collection

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