FOR WHEN YOUR PARTY- AN­I­MAL SELF NEEDS A DAY OFF

R ITZ- CARL­TON , S OUTH B EACH ,M IAM I

ELLE (Canada) - - Lifestyle - VIC­TO­RIA DIPLACIDO

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.

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