Beach + Island

Escaping Winter

by Cathay Che

Slide into the south beach–worthy ride waiting for you at the airport—namely a Ferrari 355 Spider from Auto Boutique—and roar over to The Setai, the most lavish hotel ever to hit South Beach. Hotelier extraordinaire Adrian Zecha meticulously restored a 1930s Art Deco building with fabulous details like a mother of pearl counter on the bar and teak accents throughout. Your suite has Irish linens and a sinful black granite tub—but you haven't traveled south to be inside, obviously. Instead, follow the tucked-and-tanned set to Afterglo, where chef Michael Schwartz (formerly of Nemo) serves up "beautritional" cuisine—organic ingredients that purportedly aid digestion, increase brainpower, and make your skin and hair glow. We hope it works, because you'll be joining Miami's body-beautiful types poolside at the Raleigh Hotel (pictured) for a drink or two, followed by a nightcap in the Moroccan Lounge at Casa Casuarina, the former Versace mansion, which is now a private club. Admittance is, of course, for members only, but that's hardly an obstacle for someone as well-connected as yourself. (And if it is, you can always drop two grand and take up temporary residence in one of the ten suites.)

Auto Boutique
Tel: 888 396 4847

The Setai
Tel: 305 520 6000
Fax: 305 520 6600

Tel: 305 695 1717

The Raleigh
Tel: 305 534 6300 Fax: 305 538 8140

Casa Casuarina
Tel: 305 672 6604

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