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Sonia Gil starts the day on Miami Beach with sunrise yoga and ginger shots.
Sonia Gil discovers the world of South Beach on a bicycle cruiser rental.
Miami is pure seduction. Indulge in instant gratification with a stay at the James Royal Palm on Collins Avenue. The hotel’s towering Art Deco building oozes classic glamour with its mid-century decor, while the amenities are nothing less than extravagant. Dine in their celebrated oceanfront restaurant, or dress to impress for a romp around South Beach. Whether ordering cocktails shoreside, or people watching upon chaise lounges poolside, the opulence is overwhelming. But in Miami, we’d expect nothing less.
A Miami landmark, The Raleigh first opened its doors in1940; it still exudes that old Miami charm. Linger poolside in lounge chairs surrounding the hotel’s iconic South Beach swimming pool, where silver screen star Esther Williams regularly frolicked in its aqua-blue waters. Now the famous pool is the setting for one of the hippest parties in town -- a Sunday afternoon of outdoor music presided over by a local celebrity DJ.
Hollywood stars, hot bodies, sun-drenched sand, deep Latin beats and a nonstop nightlife only start to ignite the hyper-hip Miami Beach vibe. No matter what you want out of an escape, you’ll find it here — remarkable restaurants, unforgettable clubs, dreamy shopping or lounge-y days by the pool -- all washed in neon and art deco whimsy. Although Miami Beach elevates and redefines crazy, sexy, cool, the local scene of Cuban baristas, Caribbean-infused street music and the nearby Everglades keeps this south Florida getaway wonderfully authentic.
Miami’s hottest hotel makes a strong case for never leaving its roof, much less stepping outside its doors. Eighteen stories up, the Gansevoort pool entertains day and night. The Gansevoort roof’s private cabanas, pristine pool and gorgeous views are worth the trip -- even if you never leave your chaise lounge.
Interested in a little house-shopping? Swing by Miami’s Sunset Island for a tour of this 10,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom beachfront beauty once owned by the Bee Gees’ Maurice Gibb. You’ll want to go “dancing, yeah!” around the waterfall out front, which includes a koi pond and palm trees -- all for an asking price of $14.9 million.
Positioned at the northern gateway to Miami's Financial District on Brickell Avenue, the 148-room Hotel Viceroy Miami caters to a cool kids coterie of business travelers and fashion savvy visitors. An ideal outpost for sports aficionados, the Viceroy is minutes from the American Airlines Arena. Swank urban décor will please arts enthusiasts who stay for the hotel's close proximity to South Beach, the Design District and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Water babies will want to splash about on the 15th floor, where a 300-foot infinity pool melds into Biscayne Bay.
This reimagined and refurbished Art Deco wonder sits near Lincoln Road and iconic Ocean Boulevard. Based on a design collaboration between musician-turned-designer Lenny Kravitz and boutique hotel maven Philippe Starck, this edgy property fronts a beach. Whimsical and eclectic, the property spins a mood of lavish fantasy and amusement. From a vintage kayak converted into a lobby chandelier to Louis XV trompe l'oeil paneling and powder-pink glasswork in the bathrooms, the design defies era. Mirrors abound -- some on bedroom ceilings, others outdoors in a sitting area around the 8,000-square-foot pool. Posh cabanas -- with interiors by Kravitz -- invite languor.