South Beach: An iconic, one-of-a-kind destination. Situated in the former DiLido Hotel, a hotspot in the famed Art Deco District, the beachfront Ritz-Carlton South Beach has been restored to its 1950s style and décor. The lobby, romantically lit and stocked with comfy couches and lounge chairs doubles as a sophisticated art gallery.
Stepping just outside we were on the famous South Beach strip, standing on the urban edge of an international playground known for its dazzling style and wild nightlife. There were so many beautiful people that the strip seemed stocked with supermodels, floating along a sandy, sunlit runway that ran past trendy clubs and beachside shops.
Suddenly I felt dowdy in my pedestrian two piece and confessed as much to a fellow club member, who boosted my ego and pointed me toward Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, the epicenter of the chi-chi South Beach boutiques.
I bought a sexy, black and gold bikini at Dash boutique. The next day, I slipped it on and went to sunbathe at the hotel’s pool area, which is designed to look like a cruise ship’s multi leveled aquatic paradise. I was feeling more like a South Beach sort of girl.
On the last night of our South Beach stay, the club concierge reserved a hookah table at the DiLido Beach Club, the only oceanside dining spot in South Beach. We sat along the sand, watched the sun set and inhaled the exotic tastes and aromas of apple merlot tobacco. It was an ethereal experience we won’t soon forget.