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Miami Spice

The bodies are hard; the flan is soft. Everything else is sunny, sandy, and 75 degrees. Here are ten reasons to call in sick next Thursday, book an airbrush tan, and catch the Miami heat.


Hotel Victor! 1. Sleep in style. (Or not.) You’ve already done the Shore Club and the Delano. Check into the new boutique Hotel Victor (1144 Ocean Drive, 305-428-1234), designed by Jacques Garcia of Hotel Costes fame. Everyone’s buzzing about The Setai (2001 Collins Avenue, 305-520-6000), a chic, Asian-inspired oceanfront high-rise, and Sanctuary (1745 James Avenue, 305-673-5455), with its rooftop pool, jogging buddies, and discounts for women traveling alone, but we’ll always have a soft spot for “the Shag.” Sagamore (1671 Collins Avenue, 305-535-8088) is cute, reasonable, and makes the best cappuccino.

2. Deal with your bikini issues in the morning. The best meals: Prime One Twelve (112 Ocean Drive, 305-532-8112) for filet mignon. Pacific Time (915 Lincoln Road, 305-534-5979; now closed) for pan-Asian and the chocolate bomb. Nobu is, well, Nobu (Shore Club, 1901 Collins Avenue, 305-695-3232).

Casa Tua! 3. Mi casa, su casa. The upstairs bar and lounge at Casa Tua (1700 James Avenue, 305-673-1010) has turned into a private club, but reserve ahead and you can dine at the romantic Italian restaurant and book one of five hotel rooms.

4. Money to burn. Drive twenty minutes to the Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Avenue, 305-866-0311) for conspicuous consumption at its most extravagant: Gucci, Prada, Cartier, LV …

5. Happy hour. The outdoor bar at Smith & Wollensky (1 Washington Avenue, 305-673-2800) has the best views in town. Especially at sunset.

6. Something old, something new. The Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique and Collectibles Market (Lincoln Road, at Alton Road; 305-673-4991) has jewelry, art deco gems for the home, and cute people walking cute dogs. Second and fourth Sunday of the month, October through May.

Mandarin Oriental! 7. Say spa-aaah. A must: an Ayurvedic body treatment at the spa in the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive, 305-913-8332).


8. Wake-up call. The sweetest, richest cafe con leche is brewing at David’s Cafe (1654 Meridian Avenue, 305-672-8707).

9. A side of culture. Check out the emerging talent between NW 36th and NW 17th Streets in the Wynwood Art District (305-573-4949). Galleries hold open houses on the second Saturday of every month (many serve free drinks).

10. Yoga on the beach. Synergy Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts (435 Española Way, 305-538-7073) does 5 p.m. beach yoga every night except Saturday between 3rd Street and Ocean Drive.

There. You’re light as the tropical breeze.