Miami/Sunny Isles

Best City Secret

South Point Park

This is one of the prettier spots on South Beach that a lot of visitors don’t see. It offers the best views of the ocean, Fisher Island and the Miami Skyline.

Best Cocktail with a View
The Perry Rooftop
Located 18 stories above the beach, the Rooftop is a sun-drenched paradise by day and lavish lounge by night. It’s one of South Beach’s hottest adults-only (21 and over) playgrounds. 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 604-1000.
Best Activity/Excursion
VIP Tour at Jungle Island
See some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful wildlife on a private tour guided by wildlife experts. Play with lemurs and touch the collar of a condor to bring good luck to your family. 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; (305) 400-7000; www.jungleisland.com
Best Cultural Secret
Romero Britto Art
Internationally recognized Brazilian artist Romero Britto has made Miami his home since 1988. You can see examples of his art in permanent public installations all over the city or visit this gallery. 818 Lincoln Rd.; (305) 531-8821; www.britto.com.
Top Architecture Find
The Venetian Pool
Carved out of coral rock at the time of the city’s foundation, this is an 800,000-plus gallon pond of recycled spring water rigged with waterfalls, loggias, grottos, coral caves, porticos, bridges and an island. www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=167.
Best View
Hobie Beach
This is a great place for a picnic, offering a beautiful view of the Miami skyline. Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. www.miamiandbeaches.com/beach/hobie-beach-windsurfer-beach-causeway/102557.
Best Restaurant for a Celebration
Barton G. The Restaurant
At Barton G.'s restaurant, diners can expect an over-the-top aesthetic flair and culinary artistry. 1427 West Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 672-8881; www.bartongtherestaurant.com.
Top Day Trip
Snorkeling at John Peneekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo is known as the diving capital of the world, and John Pennekamp Park offers the best of the Keys. Activities include camping, fishing and snorkeling. 102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo; (305) 451-6300; www.pennekamppark.com.

Hotels

Leading Golf Fisher Island Hotel and Resort

Fisher Island, United States

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, located within the luxurious, private residential island community of Fisher Island, offers guests the ultimate exclusive vacation. Accessible only by auto-ferry or yacht, the 216-acre resort features a private beach and beach club, nine-hole professional golf course, world class tennis center, marina, seven dining options, 4,000 square-feet of meetings space and a full-service spa. Complimentary golf carts are provided to guests for island transportation, as well as in-room Wi-Fi high speed Internet service and a 24-hour dedicated concierge.

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Leading Spa The Setai, Miami Beach

Miami Beach, United States

The ocean-front The Setai, Miami Beach is an integral part of Miami Beach’s social, cultural and architectural heritage that combines the destination’s sleek Art Deco style with a serene Far Eastern aesthetic. The façade of the 1938 Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel was meticulously restored, its interiors enhanced with Burmese teak, Indonesian bronze and dark gray bricks salvaged from historic Shanghai buildings. Counterpoint to the original building is the new adjacent 40-story glass residential tower, which houses some of the hotel’s suites. With three pools, three acclaimed restaurants and a dedicated concierge team, The Setai leaves no request unfulfilled.

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Leading Golf The Biltmore

Coral Gables, United States

Having housed guests as notorious as Al Capone and as noteworthy as Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Biltmore has remained one of the country's most historic hotels for nearly a century. The architects behind Grand Central Station fashioned this fanciful palace by the palms with terra-cotta tiled roofs and yellow walls, creating an instant landmark. During the Jazz Age, the hotel drew socialites and movie stars with its polo fields, ball rooms and sports facilities. Today, the nationally recognized spa on the 7th floor allows guests to unwind during their stay. The Palme d'Or restaurant, which rates highly in Zagat, and activities such as cooking classes, keep guests close to the resort. But unlike in the property's early days, there are also the draws of Miami and Coral Gables a short drive away.

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Leading Spa Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Sunny Isles Beach, United States

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, South Florida's quintessential luxury resort, is located on 4.5 beachfront acres and features 400 feet of stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline in tranquil Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. An intimate resort with impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, offers guests expansive services and amenities including the first ESPA branded spa in the United States, the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, three oceanfront pools and an innovative AcquaMarine children's program. A true beachfront haven for couples and families, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach provides endless opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, while also offering easy access to South Florida's best shopping and nightlife.

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Leading Spa Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach

Miami Beach, United States

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, the first of its kind, will enchant you with its exquisite design and matchless ocean views. Redesigned by renowned David Rockwell and housed in the historical Carillon Hotel - a classic of Miami Modern architecture - Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa is situated on more than 750 linear feet of pristine white beach and is convenient to both South Beach and Bal Harbour. This luxury all-suite hotel, an oasis of warmth and tranquility, features the largest and most beautifully appointed Spa and Wellness facility in South Florida. Located in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach you will find endless ways to reawaken your spirit and refresh your soul.

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