A Star-Studded Beach Party
Whether donning a two-piece on the beach or sipping a cosmopolitan at the ultra-exclusive Setai Club, celebrities flock to South Beach for sun, surf, and, of course, nightlife. And about that bikini: Miamians love showing off their bodies. Sculpt yours at the tony Equinox Fitness Club on Collins and Fifth (the club honors many other gym memberships for day passes; equinoxfitness.com). Runners will want to hoof it on the beach between First and 15th streets, where you might spot Gloria Estefan working out with her trainer.
When the art-deco style of South Beach has you seeing nothing but pastels, join the likes of Nicolette Sheridan and retreat to the sleek Asian-themed Setai Hotel (rooms from $950; setai.com). It's pricey, yes, but the details--rich teak floors, 600-square-foot rooms, granite bathrooms stocked with Acqua di Parma products, and the black Range Rover that picks you up at the airport ($120)--might help soften the blow. If a nightly rate that exceeds your monthly rent is squeezing your budget, check out Townhouse (rooms from $119; townhousehotel.com), a hotel that should be called Funhouse, what with its whitewashed rooms stocked with vintage red phones and beach balls, a rooftop lounge with outdoor water beds instead of seats, and a location in the middle of the South Beach scene.
When celebs don't want to be spotted, they hightail it to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental downtown, where frequent guest Jennifer Lopez likes to indulge in the Thai Massage, a blend of stretching, massage, and acupressure ($270 for 90 minutes; mandarinoriental.com). An option for those who are still waiting for their 15 minutes of fame (and fortune): South Beach's Shore Club, where an energy-restoring Chardonnay Antioxidant soak at the hotel's rooftop spa runs $40 for 30 minutes. Ask if you can double the wine's antioxidant hit with a glass to drink as well.