The Delano South Beach a sleek and modern luxury hotel

If laid back luxury in Miami is what you seek then you should look no further than the Delano South Beach for your stay in Miami.  From its sleek reception area, to its airy restaurant to its chic poolside the hotel unites the it crowd, luxury aficionados and professional powerhouses all under one blanket of Miami indulgence.  I fell in love with the Delano many years ago where the one of a kind old fashions and sought after address made me feel at home with grabbing a drink and people watching on a solo night out on the town.  Within seconds the sights from the sushi serving to the lively pool games to the gorgeous décor you definitely feel like you have arrived in Miami.

The location for the hotel is one of my favorites.  Located on 1600 block of Collins Avenue you are within a hop skip and a jump from most of the great offerings you can find on South Beach.  If you want to stay out of the party mix try heading up Lincoln Road with its great mix of shops and restaurants to get a real authentic Miami perspective.  With great opportunities to hop in on a salsa dance, grab a hookah or cigar and just relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the night the options are plentiful.  For more of the party goers you are again right in the magic spot, where you can walk or take a quick tax to the main Ocean party destinations like Wet Willies and Mangos.

For those wanting nothing more than just to relax the day away the Delano is as beautiful as it is welcoming.  Just step to the back patio where you can lounge at the open air restaurant or in the hammocks and even step in to one of the most eye catching pools that South Beach has to offer.  This gorgeous pools and its gorgeous servers is warmed and ready for you to relax, chat with friends and even make new friends as you unwind.  The expectation modern indulgence is carried from the lobby and restaurants to the rooms.   With comfortable beds and pillows you simply sink into the accommodations offer a refuge from the party hard or sun drained lifestyle you can take on in Miami.  My experience at the Delano was definitely one for the record books and should definitely be on your destination list if luxury is on the top of your list for your trip to Mimi.

Bubbles and luxury-the Ritz Carlton Buckhead

The Ritz brand is synonymous with luxury and the Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta head up to that reputation and more.  Situated just steps away from Lenox mall the hotel offers great amenities and a personal touch that defines what a luxury hotel should be.  The lobby was definitely at the top of the list as a highlight for me.  If you are thinking is it because they gave you free champagne when you walked in the door then the answer is a resounding yes!  The mimosa station that was set up for happy hour on the Saturday we arrived was just what the doctor ordered when it came to shaking off the jet lag blues.  And as the Ritz name suggests just the ordinary would not do.  With flavors like Apple cider mimosas I made the lobby my central station as we waited for our room to be prepared.  Top that with the whiskey tasting that happened once the champagne was carted away and you begin to catch a glimpse at what makes this hotel stand out.

My next stop was at the spa.  While I only had time for a much needed pedicure I still had the opportunity to unwind in the shared spa areas and prep for what was sure to be a long party weekend.  The sitting area designed like a little oasis was the perfect location to slow down, drink some tea, reflex, relax and take a breath.   To top that with having your feet rubbed while watching a clear view of the city skylines you can lose yourself in the mellowness of it all.

When you add the bonus drinks and a staff that treats you like royalty the Ritz officially claims its title as one of the best luxury hotels. While I am also a fan of the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta, the Buckhead location gives you just what you were looking for: the comfort and regal vibe you expect from a Ritz from the rooms to the staff.

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