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April/May 2012

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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INSIDER | OPENINGS EDITED BY MELISSA C. GILLESPIE premier property The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, which has occupied its waterfront site in Victoria, B.C., for over 85 years, returns in May of 2012 as Victoria's first luxury boutique resort and spa featuring private residences and condos. Located on the shores of the Pacific overlooking Mt. Baker and the islands of Haro Strait, the rebuilt hotel comprises 100 vacation hotel suites and 20 residences. Amenities include owner's concierge, butler, and housekeeping services; car washing and valet; 24-hour room service; an onsite sommelier and wine cellar; a spa, mineral pools, and a fitness facility; and parking for owners in a secured underground facility. Vacation hotel suites range from $425,000-$1.2 million, while residences range from $1.1 million to over $3 million. oakbaycondos.com. South of Fifth pacific time The Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Spa, Squared One of Mexico's premier resorts gives its plush spa a makeover of its own. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort, in Los Cabos, Mexico, has completed a ma- jor enhancement of its spa. The spa has been reimagined as an indoor-outdoor experience in a tranquil setting. This was achieved by planting 45 areca and date palms and by using thatched palapas and latilla screens for shade with walls of vegetation for privacy. The treatment cabanas boast an outdoor shower and a private terrace and garden, allow- ing guests to enjoy treatments indoors and/ or outdoors. Four of the cabanas were newly added, while the four existing ones were com- pletely redone. The two new cabanas for cou- ples also feature an outdoor jetted tub for two, enabling couples to have an extended experi- ence that combines treatments and relaxation. The addition of new signature treatments soothing circle Las Ventanas Al Paraíso. is highlighted by Flor de Luna (Flower of the Moon). The menu introduces the spa's Moon- flower Body Scrub, made from dragon fruit and exclusively handcrafted for Las Ventanas by Escencia. Subtly infusing throughout the spa is a new signature custom scent—a blend evoking the indigenous natural flora of the area with a touch of citrus—that was created especially for Las Ventanas by Ajne, a California-based crea- tor of organic scents. Las Ventanas offers 71 suites and three signa- ture dining choices. lasventanas.com. 14 oceanhomemag.com april + may 2012 Miami Beach's newest beachfront residence captures intimate, resort-like living in the city's South of Fifth neighborhood. Located on Ocean Drive, owner iStar Residential has created an intimate set- ting with 18 beachfront homes, including several penthouses that exceed 6,000 square feet. The property's limited avail- ability, plus its backyard oasis and its easy access pool world Ocean House. to South Beach's re- nowned nightlife, make Ocean House one of the world's most desirable addresses. Features include a private beach club, state-of-the-art gym and spa facilities, a beachfront pool with sun beds and cabanas, an e-concierge, and 24- hour security, a butler, individual wine lockers for residents, and valet services. Ocean House residents enjoy person- alized on-demand ben- efits including access to renowned restaurants, salons, and child and pet care, among others. Priced from $4 million to $9 million. oceanhouse southbeach.com.

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