Miami

Sunshine, art deco hotels and pool parties - Miami has it all

Explore…

South Beach’s stunning art-deco heritage on a Miami Design Preservation League 90-minute walking tour. Just turn up at the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Drive, www.mdpl.org) 15 minutes before it starts.

Lounge at…

One of Miami’s gorgeous hotels, if it’s Tuesday, follow the cool crowd to Metro Kitchen + Bar at Hotel Astor (956 Washington Avenue), or on Sunday, hit The Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue) for Tommy Pooch’s poolside party. Or just glide between Delano (1685 Collins Avenue) and Skybar at The Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue), where the action hots up later in the Red Room.

Dine at…

The chic Social Miami (1671 Collins Avenue, 00 1 786 594 3344) in the Sagamore Hotel. Created by hip restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, it attracts South Beach’s glossy über-groomed on Friday and Saturday nights, so book in advance. The global tapas-style menu includes delicious Moroccan crab cakes and Kobe mini-burgers.

Pamper at…

André Balaz’s amazing urban spa, The Standard Miami (40 Island Avenue, 00 1 305 673 1717), overlooking Biscayne Bay on Belle Island. A day pass costs from $40 (about £21), or book a treatment and bathing facilities are included. Try the outdoor Mud Lounge, where you cake yourself in purifying mud, bake in the sun, then refresh in a tub.

Shop at…

Lincoln Road for Victoria’s Secret, Steve Madden, Kiehl’s and Anthropologie (cool clothes and homewares). For designer labels, seek out Scoop at The Shore Club and Tomas Maier (1800 West Avenue),

Reside at…

The five-star The Setai (www.setai.com, 00 1 305 520 6000), a haven of Asian calm. The capacious suites cost about £488 and there’s a fabulous pan-Asian restaurant. You can also eat at Nobu next door.

Book now

British Airways Holidays (0870 242 1276, www.ba.com) has a great choice of packages to Miami. For example, three nights at the five-star art deco Hotel Victor (www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com) cost from £889 per person, including return flights from London Heathrow. For more information about Miami, log on to www.gmcvb.com.

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