Gale South Beach
A stellar example of architect L. Murry Dixon’s Tropical Art Deco style, the Gale South Beach is an eye-catching hotel right in the heart of Collins Avenue. Originally built in the 1940s, the Gale South Beach has retained the period charm and added all manner of high-end amenities, throwing in some South Beach style and Italianate influences for good measure.
The rooms are light and airy, with white walls and an ocean-influenced colour scheme from the carpets to soft furnishings. In fact, there’s plenty of seaside flair, with minimalist breezy chic in the decor and plenty of textured wooden accents. The bathrooms, meanwhile, are all clean lines and marble, which, while petite, are perfectly formed.
For added beachside oomph that truly makes the most of the location of the Gale South Beach, guests can head up to the rooftop pool deck. Framed with black marble, the infinity pool is the ideal place to cool down while the sun shines. But there are plenty of places to recline should sun worshipping be more the order of the day – there’s stylish wicker as far as the eye can see. Speaking of what you can see: the views of the ocean are practically unobstructed from this rooftop vantage point, so it’s one of the best views in town. The Regency Rooftop, the hotel’s bar, is thusly in demand for everything from cocktails and snacks to DJ sets and games. It’s also a killer sunset-watching spot.
Elsewhere at the Gale South Beach, guests can find (if they can draw themselves away from the allure of the rooftop) a fully-kitted out fitness centre and the fine Italian cuisine served at the on-site restaurant, Dolce Italian. Channelling a Fellini vibe circa the 1960s, the restaurant is a glamorous spot for Italian classics like Veal Milanese, house-made pasta and Neapolitan pizzas.