Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel – South Beach

The Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel captivates the perfect essence of beachfront luxury. Located in the heart South Beach Miami with direct access to Ocean Drive, this luxury boutique hotel features 79 over-sized suites that were designed by Arquitectonica; an architectural corporation residing in Miami, Florida which became famous for their signature style of high-tech contemporary modernism is clearly shown throughout this accommodation. Lately our clients have been demanding our premier negotiated discount rates to stay at this wonderful South Beach hotel which saves them a significant amount from what the general public is paying. We will talk more about our hotel discounts at the end of this article and how you can obtain them for yourself. These reviews of The Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel should give you, the traveler some deeper insight on what you can expect before your arrival and what you will experience at the South Beach hotel during your stay. Before we dive into the reviews of each of the 5 different suite types, let us establish what the extra amenities the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel has to offer for you.

There are a variety of massage types that you can receive from the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel in-house spa and massage therapists such as custom, hot stone, mother to be, and the signature massage all ranging from 60 to 90 minutes of total rejuvenation and relaxation. The custom massage is a therapeutic massage that relaxes your tense muscles and concentrated stress by balancing the body’s energy by using a wide range of various techniques to select from, including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, sports, and reflexology. The hot stone massage consists of heated polished river rocks which make it easier for the therapist to glide deep into your exhausted muscles. Special attention is given to the mother-to-be massage as it consists of a more gentle approach to relieve physical discomforts and to segregate tight muscles as much as possible without causing any soreness. The signature massage is the ultimate stress reliever that consists of two synchronized therapists that practice choreographed treatment for ultimate tension relief. As far as body, skin, as well as and hand and foot treatments at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel allows you to select from the rejuvenating wrap, signature facial derma-control, or manicure and pedicure. Any of these therapeutic services this South Beach hotel offers will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

The “Proof Restaurant” at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel has easily established itself as one of the most demanded South Beach hotel restaurants is used quite often for event space. Proof restaurant is used quite often for event planning because of its classy and sophisticated candlelit atmosphere. Proof restaurant has an entertainment bar and primarily consists of dining, which is able to seat 160 people. There is a private dining room that seats 40 people and a walk-in cigar room that seats 15 people where you can order unique whiskey’s and cordials, and also offers an extensive list of champagnes and fine wines. The outdoor lounge collaborates really well with the backdrop of Ocean Drive which emits candle light and mahogany hues which creates the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. High quality plasma TV’s are scattered throughout the breezeway lounge/restaurant to serve those who love sports. Proof is gaining popularity by the minute and is becoming a major player in South Beach dining. You can expect more positive press reviews to cover this dining establishment in the next few months to come.

Diving in the accommodations, the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel South Beach suites combine luxury and contemporary in to one for the perfect standard room to accommodate the solo Miami traveler. These 34 South Beach suites with Jerusalem marble flooring offer quite a bit of what the hotel calls “ultra-luxurious interior space”, that have floor-to-ceiling windows with sound proof windows throughout the entire length of the suites. These luxurious suites provide glass doors that lead you out to your own private over-sized balcony that comes with Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, and is furnished with chaise lounges that overlook the city of Miami Beach. Each of the South Beach suites come with two 32-inch LCD TV’s and a Bose 3o2o1® surround sound entertainment center. The TVs have an expansive cable selection to choose from, and you are also provided with a DVD player along with in-room movies that are a courtesy to you by NXTV. The bedroom contains luxurious feather beds and duvets as well as goose down pillows, and the spacious bathrooms come with separated vanity areas for him or her, along with beautiful granite vanity tops. The bathing area comes with an over-sized, full-body shower with one 12-setting, hand-held shower-head that has complete four wall-sprays. After a relaxing shower you can dry off with the plush terry towels and then slip into the bath robes that are provided by the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel. The South Beach suites include a European wet bar that is stocked with stainless steel and nickel-plated appliances such as black granite counter-tops, a cooler, mini-bar, espresso machine, and two chairs that are adjustable. Each of the South Beach suites have Wi-Fi, three telephones, one being cordless and two that are stationary. High-speed internet access is available, and to protect your belongings, the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel has provided a laptop compatible in-room safe to store your valuables.

There are 10 very unique pool lanai suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel and each of them offer a spectacular lanai deck and glass-bottom pool. The lanai pool suites have Jerusalem marble, flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows, and glass doors that lead out to your own fully furnished over-sized private terrace. Each of the lanai suites come with two 32-inch LCD TV’s and a DVD player, along with a Bose 3o2o1® surround sound entertainment center. Each of the lanai suites offer high-speed internet, including Wi-Fi that is also available on the balconies. In room movies are provide by NXTV along with an expansive cable selection. Similar to the South Beach suites, the bathrooms in the lanai suites come with an over-sized full body shower with complete four-wall sprays, a hand held shower head that has 12 settings. There are separate granite vanities for him or her to freshen up at. Each of the bathing areas provide you with plush terry towels and robes. The bedroom has luxurious featherbedding, duvets, and goose down pillows. Enjoy the deep balcony that is fully furnished with chaise lounges and an outdoor 36-inch dining table with their own chairs. Feel free to pour yourself a drink at the wet bar that comes with an array of high quality stainless steel and nickel-plated appliances that include black granite counter-tops, a cooler, mini-bar, espresso machine, and two adjustable chairs where you can put your feet up. The pool lanai suites provide you with 3 phones, one being cordless and two that are stationary in case you might want a morning wake up call from the front desk at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel. A laptop compatible in-room safe allows you to store your personal items so you do not lose them.

There are nine spa suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel. Each of the suites offers the Miami Beach essence with large interiors with stylish decorations that make it perfect to arrange some in-room spa treatment from the massage therapists at the hotel. All of the spa suites sparkle with natural sunlight that shine on the Jerusalem marble flooring, and wall to ceiling windows that stretch the entire length of the units. Stylish glass doors lead out to your very own over-sized private terrace. Don’t forget that the spa suites entitle you to your own deep balcony comes with Wi-Fi and also has furnished chaise lounges that make it the perfect place to chill out at in South Beach. The balconies provide you with a 36-inch dining table, chairs, and planters. For ultimate relaxation, the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel provides the spa suites with a Roman hot tub for your deep relaxation needs. Similar to the South Beach suites and the lanai suites, the spa suites have two 32-inch flat screen televisions and a DVD player so you throw on a movie if you decided to bring a few, or you can just enjoy the expansive cable selection as well as in-room movies that are provided by NXTV. Bose 3o2o1® surround sound captivates the entertainment center. The bedrooms inside the spa suites have luxurious feather-beds, duvets, and goose down pillows for you sleeping comfort. The spacious bathrooms come with granite vanity tops and his and hers separate vanity areas. Step into the over-sized full body shower that has four wall-sprays, one 12-setting hand-held shower head and a rain shower. After a nice warm shower you can dry off with the plush terry towels and then slip into one of the robes before you get dressed. If you brought a computer with you to the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel, the spa suites offer high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, and the ability to store your computer in the laptop compatible in-room safe. If you would like to order room service, pick up the cordless which is one of three in-room telephones. Enjoy a cocktail at the European wet bar that comes made out of high-quality stainless steel and nickel-plated appliances, including black granite counter-tops, a cooler, mini-bar, espresso machine, and two adjustable chairs.

The city view rooftop terrace suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel provide the ultimate escape by allowing you to overlook the glamor of South Beach. Out of all the South Beach hotels, this is one of the most popular accommodations that our clients are requesting lately. All of the city view rooftop terrace suites have imported Jerusalem marble flooring and feature an over-sized balcony that has furnished chaise lounges, and a 36-inch dining table with chairs to sit at. A spiral staircase leads out to your very own private, 600-square-foot terrace that overlooks the art deco district of South Beach. The rooftop terrace at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel has a Roman hot tub, wet bar, dining area, and wicker lounging bed. Enjoy the outdoor surround sound stereo system with MP3 play connection along with the unique landscaping and an adjustable, remote controlled privacy awning. Floor-to-ceiling high-impact sound proof widows stretch the entire length of the city rooftop terrace suites. Turn on one f the two 32-inch LCD TV’s that come with DVD players, expansive cable TV, and in-room movies that are provided to you by NXTV. The entertainment center is loaded with Bose 3o2o1® surround sound. High speed Internet and Wi-Fi is available inside the suites and on the balconies and once you are done using your computer you can store it in the laptop compatible in-room safe to protect your valuables. If you have any questions about this South Beach hotel, pick up the cordless which is one of three telephones you can use and the hotel will take care of all your needs. There is so much space inside and outside of the city view rooftop terrace suites that you have enough room to invite some people over and make a few rounds of drinks at the European wet bar that is stocked with high-quality stainless steel and nickel plated appliances, including black granite counter-tops, a cooler, and mini-bar. If your friends are not drinking, give them access the espresso machine and let them sit on the two adjustable chairs so they can keep up with your relaxation. The bedrooms in the city view rooftop terrace suites are similar to the other suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel. They are furnished with feather-beds and duvets and goose down pillows for ultimate comfort ability while you are sleeping. The over sized bathrooms have granite vanity tops and has separate vanity areas for him or her. Step in the spacious full-body shower that has four wall-sprays to enjoy and on 12-setting, hand-held shower-head and a rain shower. After rinsing off in the shower, dry off with one of the plush terry towels, then reward yourself by slipping into one of the robes that the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel provides you with.

It does not get any better than the partial ocean view rooftop terrace suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel which captivates the gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach art deco district. Similar to the roof top terrace suites, the partial ocean view rooftop suites feature an over-sized balcony that is furnished with chaise lounges, Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet, a 36-inch dining table, chairs and planters. The balcony includes a spiral staircase that leads you up to your private 600 square foot terrace that comes with Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The Roman hot tub occupies its space on the partial ocean view rooftop terrace, along with a wet bar, dining area, and wicker lounging bed. The partial ocean view rooftop terrace also accommodates you with a surround sound stereo system that has an MP3 player connection. An adjustable, remote-controlled privacy awning gives you the power with one click of a button to capture some shade from the South Beach sun. There are floor to wall ceilings and sound-proof windows run throughout the entire length of the suites, as well as imported Jerusalem marble flooring. Turn up the volume and play some music using the Bose 3o2o1® surround sound at the entertainment center, or turn on one of two 32-inch LCD TV’s that comes with a DVD player. If you did not bring any movies with you to the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel, no problem, there is an expansive cable selection and in-room movies that are provided to you by NXTV. The bedrooms in the partial ocean view rooftop terrace suites at the Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel have luxurious feather beds and duvets, as well as goose down pillow for ultimate sleeping comfort ability. The spacious bathrooms have separate granite vanity areas for him or her. The over sized full body shower has four wall-sprays, and one 12-setting, hand-held shower-head and rain shower that adjust to your preferences. Once you hop out of the shower, go ahead and pat yourself dry with the plush terry towels the hotel provides you with and then throw on one of the robes until you decide what you want to wear. Stir up a round of cocktails at the European wet bar. The European wet bar is stocked with high quality stainless steel and nickel-plated appliances, such as black granite counter-tops, a cooler, mini-bar, two adjustable chairs, and an espresso machine. All valuables can be placed in the laptop compatible in-room safe when you leave the room. The Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel will take care of any of your immediate needs by calling the concierge by either using the cordless or the two other stationary telephones. This truly is the perfect South Beach hotel accommodation.

Travel to South America – How to Start

You set your mind and you’re ready to travel to South America, a magical place of immense beauty where myth and legend continue to walk hand in hand. I’ve traveled 18 months in South America and can give you some tips on how to prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure.

Common Sense

We all hear the unpleasant stories and South America has a fame of being dangerous. I traveled thousands of miles traversing cities, jungles, islands and mountains. I survived 6 weeks in a street child care center in the favelas of Salvador da Bahía (Brazil) and had the party of a lifetime during carnival. Nothing, I repeat, nothing happened. Use your common sense. Avoid badly lit streets at night and if your sixth sense is giving you the “something is wrong” sign then take a taxi to your destination.

Travel Guide Book

The first thing that you will need is a travel guide book. It will be your best companion in your search for adventure. I can highly recommend Lonely Planet´s South America on a Shoestring
to get you started. The book covers all you need to know to get the most out of your trip and is ideal to plan your journey ahead. I’ve used the guide extensively during my 18 month adventure. They offer excellent separate travel guides of all the countries (besides using the Lonely Planet Shoestring I’ve used their separate travel guides of Peru and Brazil). Their guides are the most popular among backpackers.

Other popular guides are The Rough Guide to South America and the South American Handbook. Ideal, but not practical because you want to travel light, would be to enjoy the adventure with a Lonely Planet and either the Rough Guide or the Handbook.

Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese

The most rewarding thing for me was the fact that you can travel in a huge continent like South America with only 2 languages. Spanish and Portuguese. If you plan to travel just for a few weeks you can invest in a Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book. English is not widely spoken and even a basic knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese makes the trip so much more rewarding (they’re extremely willing to help you, so don’t worry, be happy).

If on the other hand you’re planning to travel for a few months I can highly recommend taking a language course. Ideal would be in a school in South America (I took lessons in Quito, Ecuador, and had a private teacher for $2.50/h).

Walking Shoes

South America’s nature is overwhelming. You’ll walk for many hours day after day. It would be a shame to walk in the footsteps of the Incas with blisters on your feet. My biggest recommendation is to invest in high quality walking shoes with Gore-Tex.

Health Vaccinations

Yellow Fever (if you plan to go to the Amazon Basin), Typhoid (consists of two injections taken 4 weeks apart), Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Cholera (only when necessary), Smallpox
Medical Kit:

Depending on what you plan to do you can include the following:

Antiseptic cream, aspirin, lomotil for diarrhea, antibiotics, throat lozenges, ear and eye drops, antacid tablets, motion sickness medication, alcohol swabs, water purifier, lip salve, foot and groin powder, thermometer (in a case), surgical tape, assorted sticky plasters, gauze, bandages, butterfly closures, scissors and last but not least, first-aid booklet
Note: malaria pills are required in the amazon basin, please be aware that those pills are very strong and you should check with your doctor before departure

Traveling Gear

Backpack:

Obviously a high quality backpack is a must. Choose the type that has different compartments that can be opened separately. Very handy if you need something quickly. Travel as light as possible. A heavy backpack is destined to undermine your traveling pleasure.

Clothing:

Depends on where you go. If it’s the mountains and the jungle, get some quality clothing from home. If it’s the beach, buy your t-shirts there (cheap).
Camping and Climbing Gear:

You can rent camping and climbing material in South America but the quality may be questionable. Always check the material. Bring your own gear if possible. I traveled 18 months with my own tent and various camping utensils.

Photography

Pictures are something personal. Some people just want some snap shots, others want to publish in the National Geographic. All my pictures were taken with a cheap Nikon F50 camera.
I had two zoom lenses, a 35-80 mm. and a 70-210mm. I also dragged a tripod and an excellent flash with me. I used FUJI slides (100 ASA) but you definitely need 200 to 400 ASA if you plan to go to the jungle. A polarize filter enhances the colours tremendously on sunny days.

Conclusion

South America will embrace you with open arms. It’s nature, people and history are overwhelming. With the right preparation and set of mind you’re ready to travel South America and enjoy an unforgettable adventure.

South Beach Diet Reviews

Since the South Beach Diet was founded, there are thousands of people who have lost weight on it successfully. Dr. Agatston constantly receives feedback and letters talking about the diet. People who lose weight report that the diet isn’t difficult. They never felt hungry or deprived. Most of all, they felt that the basics were easy to remember and follow. After a while, they barely noticed that they were dieting.

The fact remains though that, occasionally, people do fail on this diet. What happens to those dieters?

There are several different reasons for failure. High expectations could cause you to fail. During Phase 1, you would have lost anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds. Then, you switch to Phase 2. At that point, your weight loss slows to about a pound or two a week. You’re tempted to go back to Phase 1. After all, it wasn’t that restrictive, was it?

Now, this could work for some people. But, the reality is that Phase 1 isn’t meant to be a long-term eating plan. You’re limited to a small palette of foods which is fine for a couple of weeks. After that, it gets boring and you start to cheat – just a little. But, just a little snowballs until you are cheating more than you are dieting.

Other pitfalls come in the form of daily intrusions. It could be travel that disrupts your schedule and limits your access to healthy foods. Long work hours, especially late nights at the office with pizza and soft drinks, interrupt your regime. Every day stress makes you reach for comfort foods – baked sweets, pies, cookies and chips.

The biggest culprit though can be the “falling off the wagon and forgetting to get back on” syndrome. You can do the diet perfectly for a while and then a special event comes along – a family reunion or your birthday. So, you take a break and eat whatever you want. But, it doesn’t stop there. The next day you continue to not pay attention. Pretty soon, your diet is a long way in the past and you’re back where you started.

Those are the most common pitfalls associated with the South Beach Diet. To minimize the likelihood that you fall into one, pay attention to a few things. Move on to Phase 2 after the first two weeks. Make time for yourself and your health – it’s worth it.

Finally, no matter what happens, today is a new day. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, just get back on. Just keep in mind this weigh truism. You didn’t gain the weight in a day and you’re not going to lose it in a day. The good news is you can’t gain it all back in a day either.