after a couple of days of hanging with the college kids, the sophisticated Delano was dreamy and a breath of fresh air. i booked a day cabana – which alone is worth every penny – but comes with many perks and privileges that only hotel guests enjoy. i had the best bloody mary ever upon arrival and almost every hour the staff bring by little treats for you such as frozen berries or better yet frozen rum slushies. DIVINE! we also indulged in half hour massages in a private cabana by the pool. between people watching, amazing ‘you are the most important person in the world’ service and constant laughter – this was the BEST DAY EVER! so good that we had to return that evening after freshening up to have cocktails poolside in the perfect evening air. shout outs go to sam, granville, soledad & mario who make us all feel like a million bucks.
as i have mentioned before, warm weather destinations are the BEST for swimsuit shopping. i had scoped out a new place to try – Bikini Beach near the Ritz Hotel – they were listed in the recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit addition so i had high hopes. sadly, this was a huge disappointment…don’t waste your precious beach/pool time! go straight to Runway Swimwear at 1625 collins ave. not only is the selection amazing – never has swimsuit shopping been so fun. the ladies that work there are able to size you up as to what will fit and look best.
TRIP TIP – another not to be missed shopping destination in Miami is So Good Jewelry at 532 lincoln road. pack your cute summery dresses but leave your costume jewelry at home ladies. go have some fun at So Good completing your outfit. remember in Miami where jewelry is concerned – more is more! So Good has a HUGE selection and it’s really inexpensive. i got the cutest bracelet on my february visit to Miami and then saw the very same bracelet while in Vegas for three times the price! i like to say “So Good is soooo good”!!
so as suspected…the club scene was a bit more hard-core than usual given Ultra. we managed to get on the list to the Florida Room one evening and popped into Louis Bar/Lounge late night one evening for one last dance. Ultra dj’s really weren’t our scene so we weren’t disappointed with the lack of club visits this trip. the hotel lobby and outdoor bar scene is so good – it’s hard to top! we enjoyed time at the W hotel & Shore Club but the top of our list and most of our time was spent at the various bars of the wonderful Delano. cannot say enough great things about this amazing hotel!!