A relatively new entry to the Miami Beach scene, this quintessential beachside hotel has just celebrated its first birthday at time of writing. Of late, Miami has seen a spate of new openings and reopenings, so it’s tough to stand out in the city, but the Confidante punches well above its weight. Distinctly Floridian, with touches of the Balaerics thrown in, the hotel puts a pair of sexy, designer shoes on what is swish, barefoot luxury. Despite the delights of Miami and South Beach awaiting us, we found it almost impossible to leave. We were tempted by a delicious Floridian lunch by award-winning chef Michelle Berstein in the hotel restaurant and a signature rub-down at the unique open-air rooftop spa. Then there is the people watching, and the crowd by the pool does not disappoint, with plenty of unapproachable eye-candy and other, more friendly guests to mingle and make small talk with – how Miami! The rooms themselves were nicely appointed, with pops of colour to put you in the mood for your vacation – very much beach-holiday inspired, offering uncompromising comfort. The staff were all super friendly and great to look at too – so all in all, top marks for this new-ish kid on the block.