When celebrities are looking to escape the fast pace and persistent paparazzi in LA, one of the cities they head to is Miami. With high-end shopping, luxury hotels, fine dining and vibrant nightlife all at their fingertips, it’s hard for the rich and famous to resist a relaxing getaway. With so many beautiful people strutting around South Florida, you’d think they were all ‘somebody,’ but we know exactly where you need to hang out to rub elbows with today’s biggest and brightest Hollywood stars.
Next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop into these five luxury hotels to get a chance to bump into your favorite celebrity idol or crush.
When Lenny Kravitz has a hand in designing the hotel, specifically its very own nightclub the Florida Room, you know he’s bringing his celebrity friends along to show off his work. Lenny himself, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean and Sean Paul have all performed there while George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Sandra Bullock have come just to kick back at the pool. Posting up at the Rose Bar might help you get a glimpse of some local athletes, with Miami Heat players known to stop in for a cocktail.
1685 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139; (305) 672-2000; Delano-Hotel.com
Mandarin Oriental Miami:
When high-profile celebs want to get even further away from the masses they stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell Key, a secluded island just outside of downtown Miami. With gorgeous views overlooking the water, a private beach and pool, world-class spa, attentive staff and knowledgeable concierge, stars like Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer, Penelope Cruz and Michael Jackson have all found a reason to make this five-star property their home away from home for a time.
500 Brickell Key Drive Miami, Florida 33131; (305) 913 8288; MandarinOriental.com
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach:
It’s no secret that Hollywood’s elite likes to be catered to at all times, so it’s no wonder they come to this Ritz-Carlton resort, where service is second-to-none. For those sunny days by the pool, the hotel’s butlers walk around offering sprays of Evian water and sunscreen to such beauties as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Vivica A. Fox. The sophisticated and spacious guest rooms, 16,000-square-foot spa, location within walking distance to Ocean Drive’s best dining and nightlife are just some amenities keeping the stars coming back time and time again.
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; (786) 276-4000; RitzCarlton.com
Located right on the sand in the Art Deco district of South Beach sits this hip and trendy hotel where a slew of Tinseltown’s finest have come to party the night away. Playing host to countless fashion and entertainment events, the famous faces seen here range from Jay-Z to Chris Brown to Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Madonna and U2. Lenny Kravitz has once again put on his designer cap to create a recording studio at the property that some of the biggest names in hip-hop have used to make their hits.
2001 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139; (305) 520-6000; TheSetaiHotel.com
Fisher Island Hotel & Resort:
If you want to see more than just a B-list celeb, but one of Hollywood’s power players, Fisher Island would be the place to do it. Considering you can only get there by helicopter, ferry, boat or plane, those that reside here not only use these modes of transportation, but msot likely own one or more of them. Oprah, Mel Brooks, the Clintons either own homes on the island or frequent it for some quiet time away from the chaos of ever day life and the flashing camera bulbs.
One Fisher Island Drive Fisher Island, FL 33109; (305) 535-6000; FisherIslAndClub.com