Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach is big on chic By Rebecca Tobin / March 14, 2005 Share 1 -- MIAMI BEACH -- The Sagamore Hotel isnt as high-profile as some of the other big-name hotels on Collins Avenue, Miami Beachs main drag. The hotels chi-chi block is bookended by the Delano and the Ritz-Carlton DiLido; up the street is the Shore Club. But the Sagamore is in the same class. Its boutique, one of three in the upmarket Thompson Hotels chain; its intimate, with only 93 suites, and its pricey: high-season rates start at $300.Its big on chic, in the sense of its ultrahip decor and its much-hyped lobby art gallery. Its clientele is attractive and monied but without an overwhelming look-at-me! factor. The vibe is low-key.The hotel likely will grow in stature with a new restaurant in the lobby (possibly operated by the same company that handles the Delanos Blue Door) and a top-of-the-line exercise room, both opening in March.Currently, guests have to search elsewhere for a nightcap -- although thats not a problem: The Sagamore is within walking distance or a short cab ride of several nightclubs and bars.Another big plus for the Sagamore is the size of the rooms; at 400-square-feet-plus they easily outdo other area accommodations.The hotel boasts all-suite rooms with a utility kitchen, living-dining room and separate bedroom, all in white-on-neutral tones. Ocean-facing rooms at the Sagamore have a balcony with room for a table and chairs. The grandest suite offers a wraparound terrace.Yet the Sagamore wont do for everybody. Theres enough room for four in a suite, but children seem out of place here. Though the pool would be a fun place to splash and play, the sun worshippers at the L-shaped infinity pool look like theyd be bothered by noisy kids.This is not a high-energy crowd. Guests can get an al-fresco massage in a terrace above the pool (treatments start at $50) or order a midmorning mimosa without leaving their beach chair. For others, their fashionable faces obscured by giant sunglasses, a venture down the path from hotel to pool, or through a latched gate to the beach, might constitute a morning constitutional.For more information, call (877) 242-6673, or visit www.sagamorehotel.com.To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Dining outMIAMI BEACH -- A menu that touts aphrodisiac cuisine? Grass on the floor, a hammock on the ceiling, a martini called The 25th Hour? This is Tantra, billed as a dining experience for the senses.Though not new, the place is going strong. Its a little exotic, a little risque. The decor resembles a boudoir mixed with feng shui principles -- and Kama Sutra references. Celebrities and South Beach trendsetters rub elbows at the tables.Despite the hype, its still good fun but not a place to bring children. Diners should, however, bring a sense of humor, an appetite and a fat pocketbook. Among the entree options is pan-seared tuna with foie gras ($42); adding a filet mignon to the Maine lobster with white truffle risotto brings the price to $97. Tantra also boasts a drink called The Most Expensive Martini in the World. Its $25.The atmosphere morphs from restaurant to club as the evening wears on, so go early. Tantra is located at 1445 Pennsylvania Ave. Call (305) 672-4765 or visit www.tantrarestaurant.com. -- R.T.