Mondrian South Beach set to emerge from top-to-toe overhaul

by | 12 Oct 2020 | Design, Hotel Openings, Refurbishments

The iconic Mondrian South Beach is preparing to relaunch following a US$20 million makeover, with OS Design Group drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest coastal regions to create a truly memorable hotel.

When it opened in 2008, Mondrian South Beach quickly became a firm favourite, thanks not only to its quiet bayside location with direct marina access on West Avenue – away from the main tourist drag of Collins Avenue – but also for its fantastical and bold interiors by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

A complete nip and tuck

Now, following a US$20 million top-to-toe overhaul, the 220-room Mondrian South Beach is once again set to redefine the local hospitality scene when it relaunches on 16 November 2020.

The hotel’s revamp is led by co-owners Russell Galbut (co-founder of real estate development company Crescent Heights and chairman of Norwegian Cruise Line) and Michael S Liebowitz (CEO and founder of Harbor Group Consulting). “Since partnering with Russell Galbut, I knew this property deserved a complete makeover,” said Liebowitz. “As the audience of the hotel grows up, so should the property.”

Laidback, sophisticated elegance

The result swiftly transports the hotel into current times with a refreshed version of its former self. Its previously glistening interiors have now been replaced with a laidback understated vibe brought to life by Miami-based designers Peter Oleck and Danny Cubes of OS Design Group. Taking their cues from relaxed coastal destinations like the Greek and Balearic islands, Sicily and Tulum, the designers have subtly inserted natural materials, such as teak, bamboo and rattan, to create an organic, raw and sophisticated casual elegance.

The lobby, for example, has been transformed with two-toned marble patterned floors, fluted natural coral columns, a timber reception desk, artisanal handcrafted artwork, and a custom wind-flowing linen chandelier. Additional amenities include more than 25,000 sq ft of flexible meeting and event space, including a new enclosed poolside area. There will also be a new cutting-edge spa and wellness centre.

Alongside the renovated guestrooms, spa, common areas and meeting spaces is the addition of Baia Beach Club. The focal point of the property – with a new dining concept, seaside cabanas and pavilions, boat dockage, access to a full-service wellness facility and exclusive member-only events – the bayside destination will be the latest offering from LDV Hospitality, the boutique restaurant group behind favourites from Scarpetta to Dolce Italian. Here, the chilled-out vibes will continue with an open-air living room featuring raw timbers, handmade macramé fixtures, Belgian linens, and exquisitely curated bespoke furnishings.

Liebowitz continued: “Whether visiting as a Baia Beach Club member, dining at our bayfront restaurant, or staying in one of our new guest rooms, Mondrian South Beach will be a new and exciting experience for all. Mondrian has always been a go-to hotel for those looking for a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, and we’re looking forward to bringing back that incredible energy.”

Mondrian, owned by international hospitality group sbe, first launched in LA in 1996. Now with five locations in LA, New York, South Beach, Doha, and Seoul, and new hotels slated for Bordeaux and Cannes next year, the group plans to expand its portfolio in partnership with Accor to around 15 properties by 2022.



ØS Design Group is a full service boutique design company, specialized in architecture, interiors, furniture, landscape, brand development, graphic and web design.