Miami is a place of many guises. There is the hyperreal Miami of Miami Vice, of alligator attacks and Elián González. There are splashy art galleries and celebrity hotels. But this collective weirdness happens to sit on one terrific piece of real estate. Miami has turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. It also has gleaming Modernist architecture and impossibly beautiful people.
1) Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Miami Beach
The beautiful people in Miami aren't born that way. They work at it. Very, very hard. Which means before you even think of hitting the town, you'd better be detoxed, mani'd, pedi'd and adequately coiffed. La Maison de Beaute Carita Spa at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach offers one-stop shopping for all of these services, including a signature SoBe treatment known as the Divine Derriere
2) The Sunset Lounge, Miami Beach
Once you've been primped into submission and are ready to soak up the carnival that is South Beach, head straight to the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian Hotel, where the Botoxed and the über-muscled arrive to show off their workouts amid a veritable orgy of space-age plastics and Renaissance design flourishes. In addition to postcard-perfect views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami — and, yes, incredible sunsets — the lounge boasts an encyclopedic menu of Brazilian cachaca cocktails infused with everything from cardamom to lemongrass.
3) Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
In the '80s, Lincoln Road was an under-the-radar artists' hangout, chock-full of studios and galleries. Those days are long behind it. (Chain and upscale retail stores have since crept in.) But this pleasant pedestrian mall still harbors plenty of charming spots. Revel in the good ol' days at Art Center / South Florida, where local and international artists develop and showcase their work in glass-walled studios.
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