Our last day in Miami Beach, we toured The Palms Hotel and enjoyed lunch at Essensia, the on-site restaurant focusing on an organic, farm-to-table experience. If you ever have lunch or dinner there, I suggest you try their watermelon gazpacho, with lump crab meat, local avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds and garden basil. It’s a great refreshing soup that tastes great year-round because of Miami’s balmy temperature.
The photo above is the view of the beach and the Atlantic from the presidential suite balcony at the very top of The Palms.
The recently-remodeled Palms has a more tropical flair than most other accommodations in the area — making it an ideal stay for guests looking to feel like they’ve escaped to an exotic paradise. It truly feels like a resort.
The hotel’s courtyard can be used for different types of events. Last year, the hotel hosted a wine tasting here as part of Miami’s annual SoBe Food & Wine Festival, one of the city’s most buzzed-about events sponsored by the Food Network and Food & Wine magazine.
The Palms has very special permanent house guests, a pair of colorful parrots.
A variety of vegetables and spices used to prepare the food served at Essensia are grown right on the property at this organic chef garden.
The spa at The Palms is one of the only places in Miami where you can get a spa treatment inside a HydroCapsule. This pod-like chamber gives a self-contained body treatment so you don’t have to stand up and wash off afterwards. It’s not only great for guests and their privacy but it also helps conserve water.
The Palms’ presidential suite.
View from the top.
Relaxing in the poolside cabanas.
The beach at The Palms.
The patio at Essensia.