FOR WHEN YOUR PARTY- ANIMAL SELF NEEDS A DAY OFF
R ITZ- CARLTON , S OUTH B EACH ,M IAM I
How to have an indulgent Miami vacation without descending into drunken revelry: 1. Drop your bag off in your room at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach*, overlooking the buzzing (but not buzzed) pool scene and Tiffany-blue umbrellas that line the ocean beyond. 2. Head up to the new Club Level: a VIP lounge complete with concierge services that’s easily mistakable for the kitchen and living room of a well-appointed beach house. Note the champagne on ice and the range of foods to satisfy every stage of your vacation mentality, from “I just spent six weeks eating right to prepare for this trip” (try the chilled shrimp, fennel and arugula salad) to “YOLO; I’m on holiday” (get the chocolate-chip cookie). 3. Book a treatment in the Timeless Capsule, a spherical, otherworldly-feeling wellness space unveiled as part of the 1,486-square-metre spa and fitness centre’s recent $4.5-million reno. Feel your heart rate slow and the neck muscle you tweaked on the plane relax as you get a head-and-hand massage in the Zero Gravity Recliner, a device exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton that places the body in a neutral position for a sensation akin to weightlessness (12 minutes for $25; 25 minutes for $50; 40 minutes for $80). 4. Float over to the salon for a pedicure, saying “yes” to that massive glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. 5. Go to the beach. 6. Head back to a cabana on the lido deck for a poolside foot massage, and disregard the plane flying overhead trailing a “Fat Joe Playing Tonight!” sign—you’re fine right where you are.