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Miami Dreaming: A Look at the Ritz Carlton South Beach [by Nancy Hatch Woodward] This last year has been a long one. You worked day and night to make it a successful time, and you are ready for some marvelous rest and relaxation. This time you want something more, a holiday that really rewards you for all your hard work. And a little sun this time of year would be nice as well. So, close your eyes and imagine this: a pristine beach, private cabanas, a tanning butler, fabulous food, and a five-star hotel. It can all be yours at the Ritz Carlton South Beach in Miami, FL.*

The Ritz is a place for people who are

mate luxury, consider the Ritz-Carlton Suite,

facial, foot and hand treatment, and hair styl-

searching for elegance and the very best in

located on the 11th floor. It offers more than

ing and makeup application for women or a

luxurious pampering. Here is what awaits

800 square feet of total grandeur, with a

stimulating scalp treatment for men ($500).

you: “From personal concierge staff who are

master bedroom that has views from three

wired into the latest restaurants, nightclubs,

sides and an elevated Roman tub. It also

Dine in one of the hotel’s three restaurants,

concert and museum openings to personal

boasts some of the hotel’s finest artwork.

including upscale dining and casually chic oceanfront-lounge dining. The DiLido Beach

butlers that are just a phone call away, every A day at the beach is just steps away. Chairs

Club is a must visit. The only oceanfront

are complimentary for all guests, and um-

dining in South Beach, it “mixes the heritage

Fly into Miami International Airport. First-

brellas ($15) or cabanas ($30) are also avail-

of the Southern Mediterranean rim and the

class flights from New York City start at

able. For those looking for water fun, rent a

North African coast with the diverse and

$1,021 and from Los Angeles $803. Economy

wave runner for $425 for one person, or hitch

dimensional South Beach environment to

class starts as low as $207. After a short

a ride for $65/person for 30 minutes. Try

create a unique culinary experience that is

cab ride, you arrive in paradise. The hotel,

your hand at kayaking ($35/hour) or parasail-

“Sun cuisine,” a term and cuisine created by

located directly on the beach, is a complete

ing ($60/person for 10/13 minutes).

Executive Chef Thomas Connell and carried

guest wish is our command.”

restoration of an original 1953 Morris Lapi-

out by Chef Bernardo Espinel.” Entrees begin

dus-designed landmark hotel in the city’s

Absolutely check out the pool, where you will

historic Art Deco district. To stimulate your

be greeted by a tanning butler who circulates

senses, the Ritz has acquired a multi-mil-

the pool during the weekend, equipped with

The Ritz Carlton is surrounded by a myriad of

lion-dollar original art collection featur-

tanning products to apply for you at your

wonderful places to visit. Rent your own car

ing Latin American and European artists

request. The weekends also offer entertain-

or use the hotel’s limousine service ($100/

which can be seen throughout the hotel.

ment poolside with a water ballet every

hour). The Ritz can also provide you with a

And when you want to take it down a notch,

Saturday at 5 p.m. Enjoy a private cabana,

personal shopper. You can stay on Lincoln

their 16,000-square-foot spa, with its sleek

equipped with king-size, terrycloth-covered,

St., a 12-block pedestrian mall filled with

stainless steel water wall, has 14 treatment

four-poster beds, retractable drapes, Ro-

charming boutiques, art galleries, outdoor

rooms, a couple’s site with a whirlpool, and

man blinds overhead and enormous plush

cafes. Try the Conch Ceviche, local conch

signature treatments.

pillows--perfect for private sunbathing or

prepared in lemon yuzu sauce at Doraku, a

intimate cocktail soirees. Daytime cabana

Japanese restaurant (entrees start at $14),

Guestroom designs are inspired by state-

guests are treated to lunch and spa treat-

or check out the Herb and Truffle Roasted

rooms on luxury yachts and include such

ments for two that can be utilized poolside

Farm Chicken at Pacific Time (entrees

amenities as twice-daily housekeeping atten-

or inside the Ritz-Carlton Spa. Prices range

$50+). Or just meander through the Art Deco

tion, 24-hour room service, morning paper,

from $200-$850 for two.

Historic District, which features more than

complimentary shoeshine, and European

at $20.

800 historic buildings from the 1920s, as well

toiletries. Whether your room looks directly

Speaking of spas, what could be better than

as a variety of architectural styles. If you are

out over the Atlantic Ocean or across the

heading to the spa and indulging yourself in

looking for something a bit more up to date,

South Beach area, you will enjoy luxurious

one of their signature spa treatments? If you

there is the Museum of Contemporary Art,

100% cotton linens, plush terry bathroom

are getting ready for a night out on the town,

which in February will present Ellen Galla-

and generous-sized towels, and a sumptuous

try the Avant SoBe, which includes the Le

gher: Murmur and Deluxe, drawings, prints,

marble baths. For those looking for the ulti-

Renovateur Body Polish, an extensive Carita

collages, and film animations by New York

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artist Ellen Gallagher, whose works explore issues of identity. ($5 admission/adult). If you are looking to indulge in some nature, visit the nearby Everglades National Park or the John Pennekamp Carol Reef State Park in Key Largo, America’s first undersea park. At the park, you can rent all kinds of canoes and boats (a 23-foot powerboat rents for $200/four hours) or take a snorkeling or scuba tour ($28 and $41, respectively, not including equipment). Maybe you would prefer to head out to play some golf at the Miami Beach Golf Club in the heart of Historic Miami ($85-$175, depending on season). The 18-hole course was designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates in 2002. Enough dreaming. Now put down those law briefs, file away those case files, and pick up a phone or head to their website at www. ritzcarlton.com/resorts/south_beach to book your slice of luxury.

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