The coolest hotel on Miami Beach isn't on the beach at all. But the Standard, a Florida offshoot of André Balasz's LA hotel, is on the waterfront: it boasts dreamy views of Biscayne Bay from its ethereal saltwater infinity pool. In some ways, the location beats the beach: you still get the sea breeze, but without the crowds, and at night, the twinkling lights of Miami's skyline add romance. Nirvana is reached in the outdoor mud bath, massage table or waterfall jacuzzi (inside the hotel, there is a hammam). A Zen-like calm also permeates the meditation garden, complete with fire bowl, swings and daybeds. The rooms are chilled too. Combining blond wood walls and white linens, the cabin-like spaces are simply and classy, some with outdoor clawfoot tubs. The lobby, by contrast, is a funky bohemian showpiece, with retro wall hangings, beanbag coffee tables, a driftwood check-in desk and 1960s orange sofas. DJs spin on Saturday nights, and on Sundays scenesters gather for bingo night. Hip but not haughty.