A cosmopolitan resort with an aristocratic bent.
Famously a designer herself, Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour adorned her Versailles quarters in full Rococo flair, with sinuous gilt frames and playful pastels. Taking her style as his inspiration, designer Philippe Starck imbued the SLS Miami with intrigue and excess. The SLS’s 140 rooms welcome ornate French flair to Miami, with crisp white and light pink linens, and a sketch of 18th century paneling wallpapered onto the walls. Mirrors hang conspicuously on the ceiling alongside chandeliers. While Pompadour’s aesthetic influence doesn’t extend beyond the rooms, her indulgent spirit certainly does. Parties by the sleek, beach-adjacent pool continue until the wee hours; the low lighting and blood-red drapes in sushi restaurant Katsuya set the mood for the daily Kampai Happy Hour. Respite from fêtes lies in the Lenny Kravitz-designed penthouses, where worn-in leather, wood-panelled walls, and graphic prints channel a relaxed, bohemian feel—the perfect place to rest and recover from a fun night out.