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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 marvel-
                             ous 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 tan-
                             ning 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
butlers that are just a phone call away, every                                                             oceanfront-lounge dining. The DiLido Beach
guest wish is our command.”                         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
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          at $20.
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                                                                      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 equip-
ment). 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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