Pleasures abound for those fortunate enough to take full advantage of all that the luxury lifestyle has to offer. Whether it be fueling up the private jet for a jaunt over to Vegas, taking time off to take in the pleasures afforded on a plush megayacht, delighting in the delectable treats offered at one of the city’s many top-rated restaurants, or relishing in some retail therapy at some of our favorite shopping venues, the benefits of affluence cannot be denied.

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Splash into summer with the “Beauty and the Beach” Stay-cation Spa Package at Eau Spa by Cornelia at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. The five-star, five-diamond hotel presents a spa wonderland that brings high-touch luxury to your sun-kissed months with an overnight package devoted to sun-worshipping bathing beauties. The beachfront resort offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic, grand guestrooms, majestic suites, and state-of-the-art amenities, including a contemporary take on spa-going and day-long unwinding through fanciful treatments.

The Beauty and the Beach package, starting at $330, features access to Eau Spa’s relaxation zone and magical water gardens, $200 worth of spa credits, and beauty sleep in an ocean-view guest room. Begin the day with a stretch of yoga, bask in the South Florida sun, nourish your bikini curves with Cornelia’s summer treatments, and condition sun-stressed tresses at the spa’s full-service salon. Master skin care specialists offer personalized treatments, while the spa’s Pause, Play, and Perfect philosophy encapsulates relaxation on a decadent level, delivering Fifth Avenue sophistication to Palm Beach’s legendary resort. — Diana Gdula

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
100 South Ocean Blvd.

The Setai

For the full experience of all that Miami’s luxury lifestyle has to offer, there’s The Setai. The Setai, South Beach (a GHM hotel) blends the serenity, purity, and elegance of Asian traditions with the modern contemporary touches of a cutting-edge, world-class destination resort.

Evermore an icon, The Setai relives the Art Deco age, emanating the affluence of trendsetters, socialites, and celebrities at the legendary resting place of the former Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Offering vast oceanfront views of the Atlantic, “The Art Deco Building” encompasses 85 exquisite rooms, while the sleek glass tower gives rise to 45 suites and a magnificently over-the-top penthouse.

Unwind in the pampering tranquility of The Spa at The Setai, or enjoy dining on fine trans-ethnic cuisine at one of The Setai’s restaurants, indoors or al fresco. Executive Chef Jonathan Wright unveiled a new menu in The Restaurant, and will be launching a series of special evenings this August in celebration of The Setai’s fifth anniversary. Order a round of cocktails at sunset amongst the pleasure-seeking social circles at Collins Avenue’s after-dark hotspot, The Courtyard, set within The Setai’s chic surroundings.

The luxe Miami property features three beachfront pools, an Asprey boutique, and an in-house concierge pleased to arrange a plethora of exciting activities, including private yacht and plane charters, personal trainers, yoga, tennis, golf, and deep-sea diving.

The Setai invites style-savvy locals and jetset guests to celebrate the property’s five-year anniversary with a series of summer exclusives. The Setai is your mecca of glamour, providing privacy and fulfilling desire.
— Diana Gdula

The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Spirited luxury coupled with an ambience centered on serenity calls to the affluent at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. Though it towers high in the Miami sky, the Mediterranean charm of this resort is undeniable. Perfectly situated in Sunny Isles, Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and South Beach, Acqualina entices luxury lovers with the 20,000-square-foot, two-story ESPA at Acqualina overlooking the Atlantic, the fine dining of Il Mulino New York, 188 sumptuous residences, and 97 guest rooms and suites.

The Acqualina has set itself apart from others in the field as the only Miami Beach hotel selected to receive the esteemed AAA Five Diamond Award for 2010. It’s no wonder that its popularity continues to attract both the affluent locals and the elite travelers who visit the sunny shores. With four sparkling swimming pools sprawled across four-and-a-half acres of glorious Atlantic oceanfront, the options for activities and relaxation are endless. Families who play together, well, have fun together, and Acqualina will see to that with its innovative marine biology-based AcquaMarine children’s program and many other family-friendly services that will keep all members at ease, giving travelers the chance to kick those feet up and live that lifestyle they’re privileged to enjoy.
— Alexander Miller

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
17875 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach