An already über-cool hotel in Miami will soon bury the needle on its “hip” meter by launching a partnership with a group that includes Robert DeNiro.
As if the ties that bind New York to South Florida weren’t already firm, Eden Roc is strengthening the connection later this year by debuting “a hotel within a hotel” concept with Nobu Hospitality that will include a Miami version of the renowned Big Apple restaurant that plays host to celebrities, socialites and powerbrokers. Nobu Hospitality—whose partners include DeNiro and chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa—first staged the concept at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it immediately became one of the strip’s see-and-be-seen destinations in 2013.
Expect similar buzz at the Eden Roc, the iconic 631-room resort originally designed by Morris Lapidus that is celebrating 58 years on Miami Beach. There’s no official announcement yet on the launch date, but the word, according to an Eden Roc spokesperson, is that the Nobu restaurant will open in late 2014 or early 2015, probably in the space currently occupied by the farm-to-table gem 15 Steps.
The same source suggested that 15 Steps will remain one of the on-property restaurants, just in a different space. That’s good news to anyone who has sampled the brilliant fare that executive chef Jeremy Ford has been preparing. On a recent visit to Eden Roc, the seasonal menu included a host of show-stopping dishes—soy-glazed halibut (with greens, root vegetables) swimming in ginger broth; Maine diver scallops; and a scrumptious side of pork fried rice, created with black rice, that was an entrée unto itself. The warm dulce de leche-filled doughnuts—served with orange cream soda—instantly qualify as one of the most decadent desserts in all of South Florida.
As for the resort, it remains to be seen what kind of chic spin the Nobu brand will contribute. But it’s not as if Eden Roc has lost any of its mojo. The rooms are as sleek and contemporary as they come, an ode to minimalist sophistication—with killer views of the ocean or Intracoastal. On the R&R front, the resort has not one, not two, but four swimming pools—including an elevated adults-only area. The lobby bar, meanwhile, possesses a throwback vibe that Don Draper would appreciate—with people-watching opportunities to match.
Up on the mezzanine level of the resort tower, Elle Spa (named after the magazine) delivers 22,000-square-feet of pampering possibilities, including 18 treatment rooms, a fitness center, rooftop cabanas, eucalyptus-infusion steam rooms, immersion jet baths and a menu that features more than 25 face, massage and body treatments.
If you’re looking for a summer getaway, check out the Florida resident discount—20-percent off room rate, breakfast for two at 15 Steps and complimentary valet.