As part of a citizen science program and mission to help guests learn about local preservation efforts, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach has teamed with University of Miami’s Benthic Ecology and Coral Restoration Lab to assist in re-establishing the area’s coral reef population by adopting a coral reef site off the shores of Miami Beach. Located in the heart of South Beach, the hotel’s adopted site is aptly named Angler’s Reef, which guests can now visit to learn about the importance of this precious ocean resource.
With funding provided by Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach, the Angler’s Reef restoration site was populated over a two-month period – beginning in February 2018 – with 300 staghorn corals and two underwater “trees” installed at the nearby Key Biscayne underwater nursery. Each “tree” holds approximately 120 coral fragments that are used to naturally propagate hundreds of additional fragments and restore more reefs in the future. More than a year later, the planted coral at Angler’s Reef is thriving and has grown to the size of a large basketball.
Ideal for families, friends and groups, Kimpton Angler’s curated, up-close-and-personal Reef Rescue Dive/Snorkel Discovery Experience is available for leisure guests and groups (of up to 35), Kimpton Angler’s front desk team will arrange the half-day guided excursions through its charter partner, Deco Divers which departs from South Beach Marina, conveniently located near the hotel.
Excursion participants can opt to dive (approximately 25 feet deep), snorkel, or ride along to the Angler’s Reef site led by a licensed captain and crew who will help provide an enriching in-the-field experience. Group guests can also customize their experience, with catering, scuba diving re-fresher courses, and other options available. Rates vary based on group size, equipment rentals, transfers and other options and incidentals.
In addition, Kimpton Angler’s participates in ‘Clean the World’, a soap recycle program that collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded by the hospitality industry and other sectors, and distributes the products along with hygiene education programs worldwide to help prevent the spread of hygiene-related illnesses and disease.
Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach recently completed a new addition featuring 85 guest rooms, Minnow Bar, a new rooftop pool and sundeck and a new design by San Francisco-based designer, NICOLEHOLLIS. Just in time for summer, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach will celebrate its grand debut with the completion of the renovation and redesign of the hotel’s four original buildings, including those dating back to its 1930s beginnings, and the addition of its new Seawell Fish n’ Oyster restaurant.
The hotel features a total of 132 one-, two- and three-story guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 400 to 1,000 square feet and includes studios, lofts, villas, spa villas and poolside bungalows.
Photos: Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach