When La Playa Carmel opens its doors in August after a multimillion-dollar renovation, loyal guests will find its original old-California charm intact, but with many upgrades. Public spaces and all 75 guest rooms have been transformed with new contemporary coastal style. In addition to the chic guestroom décor (plantation shutters, pillow-top mattresses, and a fresh citrus color palette), guests will enjoy completely renovated bathrooms. Some well-loved traditions have not changed at La Playa Carmel, most notably the Signature Breakfast Buffet served in the library.
La Playa Carmel is an ideal home base from which to explore the region. For local jaunts the hotel has a fleet of bicycles available exclusively to guests. After a short drive, guests can find themselves on the links at Pebble Beach, at the Heller Estate Winery in Carmel Valley, or at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Many guests enjoy ending the day at La Playa’s cozy bar and lounge, where drinks and a menu of light fare are served throughout the day and evening.
Reservations are accepted beginning August 1, 2012; rates from $249 per night, including breakfast buffet. laplayahotel.com.
The Winter Havel Hotel initially designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in South Beach in 1939. The oceanfront hotel began a restoration earlier this year while ensuring that the historical integrity of the property was conserved. The hotel’s exclusive location lends to guests’ unique experiences of the most famous and energetic street on South Beach, just steps from the water. The 71-room hotel boasts nautical-inspired interiors, an ode to the majestic ocean liners of the era, with a blend of modern touches, including terrazzo flooring, glass blocks, chrome finished railings, and a grand cruise ship-inspired staircase. Winter Haven’s bar also exudes a mid-century “martini joint” vibe, with black rounded marble top tables, original wood fascia and stainless steel foot rails. Winter Haven unveils its restoration this summer. winterhavenhotelsobe.com.
Luxury destination club Inspirato announced the release of 19 new members-only vacation residences, including the addition of 10 new multimillion-dollar, single-family homes, to the club’s Signature Residences portfolio. Beachfront properties in Southern California, Nantucket, and Kapalua, Hawaii are among the new residences. This latest expansion represents roughly $50 million in combined real estate value joining Inspirato’s vacation portfolio, now totaling more than $340 million. inspirato.com.