Coconut Grove and Miami, FL
Okay, Coconut Grove doesn’t really fit the model for a debauched weekend in glamorous Miami: The hopping-est club in the area is Señor Frog’s, which tends to fill not with celebrities and models, but with drunken frat boys and men who are overzealous
Okay, Coconut Grove doesn’t really fit the model for a debauched weekend in glamorous Miami: The hopping-est club in the area is Señor Frog’s, which tends to fill not with celebrities and models, but with drunken frat boys and men who are overzealous with the hair product. But the area has its own kind of charm, and there’s something to be said for staying somewhere that’s not South Beach but is only a $20 cab ride away. (Who wants to wake up pale and hungover and look at a model?) The Sonesta Hotel (2889 McFarlane Road, 305-529-2828; sonesta.com/coconutgrove), a clean, cool — but not too cool — little hotel, makes a good jumping-off place for all points in Miami as well as a very good place to roll home to at night.
Digs: White-marble-floored rooms are spare and modern, with balconies made for sipping drinks while overlooking the bay or nearly, blessedly, kid-free pool. The hotel’s new “Just Us Girls” package gives you and a girlfriend a double from $259 a night (standard rooms from $180 a night).
Eat: Much-buzzed-about fusion spot Karu & Y in downtown Miami opens later this month and will eclipse Stephen Starr’s New York Buddakan in the Most Ginormous Restaurant Ever competition, clocking in at 42,000 square feet (71 NW 14th Street, 305-403-7850; karu-y.com; prices aren't available yet, but we can safely say that it will be very expensive).
Do: Paris had her record release party at newish club The Fifth (1045 5th Street, Miami Beach, 305-538-9898), your living room away from home, with leather sofas, bedroom lighting and, oh yes, models — models performing acrobatics in rings above the dance floor. Down the road, at rock bar Snatch (1445 Washington Avenue; 305-531-5027), you can shake your moneymaker to songs by Poison and Mötley Crüe while celebs take turns on South Beach’s only (how is this possible?) mechanical bull.
And: During the day, hang like the old-time stars at the lush Venetian Pool, an 820,000-gallon extravaganza built in the 1920s, with waterfalls, rock caves, and a palm-tree-ringed island (2701 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, 305-460-5306; venetianpool.com; $9.50 for adults).
Travel time: A nearly three-hour direct flight on United to Miami.