The slots are missing and the gambling may be under the table, but Miami easily rivals Las Vegas for the title of City of Excess. So it's big news that the latest hotel opening on tony Collins Avenue isn't a sleek adult playground where your every desire is catered to, though there is more than a little wish fulfillment happening here. Instead, the focus at the just-launched One Hotel South Beach is an eco-friendly backdrop and a low-key, escapist atmosphere.
Designed by New York-based interiors firm Meyer Davis, the guest rooms eschew sleek metallic accents in favor of more earthy details: reclaimed-wood planks adorn walls, nightstands are embellished with elegant glass terrariums, and lamps made with driftwood bases recall the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A neutral white-and-beige palette keeps things light and airy, and floor-to-ceiling windows reinforce a laid-back indoor-outdoor feel. Guests even get to go home with seed bags to help their own gardens grow.
Public spaces hew to a similar natural aesthetic. In the lobby, a fresh fruit stand sets the tone for a series of vertical gardens. Outside, the Sandbox restaurant is covered in climbing vines. And in the Beechwood dining room, Tom Colicchio's latest, which is set to open in the next few weeks, the menu will be seasonal, local, and—we'd bet our money—unerringly delicious. This is Miami, after all. A little indulgence never hurt anybody.