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South Beach's Glitz and Glamour

Destination(s): Miami

South Beach's Glitz and Glamour
South Beach is thick with five-star lodgings, glittering clubs, world-class shops and top-notch eateries. The problem is, with so many places to lounge in luxury, hobnob with the beautiful people, and shop and eat well, narrowing down your to-do list can be real challenge. Thankfully, no matter what you decide to indulge it's hard to go wrong here. read more about South Beach's Glitz and Glamour

W Hotel South Beach

W Hotel South Beach

  • 2201 Collins Avenue
  • tel:305/938-3000
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33139

With confidence evidenced by the bravado to initially open its doors in the midst of the Great Recession, the W Hotel South Beach doesn't fail to deliver on its promise of providing luxury and comfort. This swanky VIP hotspot has the requisite beautiful decor and excellent service and each of its 408 rooms, suites and penthouses offers an ocean view, sumptuous bed linens, flat-screen TVs with satellite service, a Bose sound system and a marble-clad bathroom. There's also a full-service spa (of course), a heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness facilities, a business center (though you're likely to be thinking more about pleasure) and it also happens to be the home of WALL, one of Miami Beach's hottest nightclubs—in the likelihood that you spot an A-list celeb here, don't gawk. It just comes with the territory. 

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Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive

  • Ocean Drive
  • tel:+1 305 539 3000
  • Miami, 33139
The Setai

The Setai

Anything but cheap but supremely lavish (in a Zen-like contemporary minimalist Asian sort of way), the Setai offers two entirely different lodging experiences: sleek, modestly-sized rooms with all the creature comforts and spacious one- and two-bedroom suites (some full-size condos) boasting with floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchens and huge Jacuzzi tubs made for extended soaks. And if you happen to be musically-inclined and are in the mood to really splurge, there's a four-bedroom penthouse suite with access to the Lenny Kravitz–designed rooftop recording studio (one night there will set you back the price of nice new car or SUV).

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Emeril's Miami Beach

Emeril's Miami Beach

  • 1601 Collins Ave
  • In the Loews Hotel
  • tel:305/695-4550
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33139
News Cafe

News Cafe

Since opening its doors in 1988, this South Beach landmark has been serving up meals, drinks and international publications 24/7, having counted the late fashion designer Versace among its regulars. A combination sidewalk cafe, bar and newsstand, it's popular with tourists and locals, featuring a round-the-clock menu of morning favorites like bagels, pancakes, pastries and omelets, as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta, burgers and Middle Eastern platters. Know for its indifferent servers, what it lacks in service with a smile, it more than makes up for in cachet and European style. The perfect place for people-watching, why not grab a house signature espresso and a newspaper and soak up some sunshine here?

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Lummus Park

Lummus Park

  • 10th Street and Ocean Drive
  • Behind Setai Hotel
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33139

Mention the beach in South Beach and locals immediately think of the long, wide stretch of sand at Lummus Park. Yes, it's everything you'd expect it to be: warm, crystal-blue waters and fine white sand usually packed with hordes of bronzed, pale and sunburned souls soaking up ultraviolet rays. Volleyball is a popular sport here, as is watching the beautiful people who come from throughout the country and around the world to see and be seen. Most of South Beach's dining and nightlife is only steps away. Looking for peace and quiet? Look elsewhere. This sandy spit is crowded both day and night. And know in advance that finding parking is a pain.
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Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

  • 11 Washington Avenue
  • tel:+1 305 673 0365
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33139

So committed to their mission of serving the some of the best and freshest stone crab anywhere, this restaurant doesn't even bother to open its doors until fishing season for its namesake crustacean (from October through May). But when it is open to the public, this establishment swarms with crowds lining up for seats and a chance to indulge what many feel are some of the finest crab anywhere. Dining here requires more than a little patience and a few dollars, but there are few who complain about the crab, or any of the other seafood offerings, for that matter. It's not hard to understand why this place has been around since 1913.
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SET

SET

  • 320 Lincoln Rd
  • South Beach
  • tel:305/531-2800
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33119

If you're looking to hobnob with the likes of starlet Lindsay Lohan or New Moon actor Kellan Lutz, head straight to ultra-luxe SET, a see-and-be-seen club steps away from world-class boutiques, restaurants and lodgings. It burst onto Miami Beach's nightlife scene in February 2007 and has been the "in" place to be ever since. Recalling the glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age, it has a heady mix of cut crystal, Pucci-spun fabrics and honest-to-goodness Tinseltown artifacts (adding an air of authenticity). From Thursday through Sunday, A-list celebrities, the international jet-set and mere mortals flock here to sip champagne and mixed drinks, party hard and people watch. The door policy is very strict so ask your hotel concierge for help with reservations to make sure you have no trouble getting past the velvet ropes. And, bring your American Express Card...you'll need it.

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