By JILL EBER
OCT 25, 2018
To feel like a celebrity, you need only explore the South Beach area. Despite being a relatively small area, South Beach continues to be one of the glitziest and most popular neighborhoods in all of the southeastern United States. Numerous celebrities call it—or have called it—their permanent or vacation home and it’s not uncommon to spot a well-known household name hanging out at a club or enjoying a meal on Ocean Drive. With that in mind, this guide will show you how to experience the South Beach area as if you were one of these celebrities.
The Delano Hotel has the distinction of being a classic building depicting Miami Beach’s art deco 1940s style while maintaining a perennial celebrity appeal. Cocktails in the lobby, the infinity-edge pool with an accompanying cabana, these may be two of the many reasons why names like actor Christian Slater has been known to frequent the Delano Hotel. If you do happen to spot the actor while you’re there, chances are he isn’t the only famous name hanging around.
While the Delano Hotel has its everlasting, classic appeal, the Fontainebleau is arguably the spot to be on the weekends or during special holidays like New Year’s Eve. In fact, the Fontainebleau was once a preferred hangout spot by celebrities of the past like the Rat Pack and the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Today, it has welcomed names like Academy Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and it remains popular with its club Liv and frequent events which bring notable musical acts to Miami Beach.
Just about anyone and everyone who is famous has spent time at The Setai in South Beach. Entertainer Madonna, socialite Paris Hilton, rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, and model Gisele Bündchen have all been to The Setai. From dining at its restaurant, staying in one of the upscale Japanese-inspired suites, or sunbathing at the private beach, it remains a popular celebrity hangout. Grammy-winning musician and producer Lenny Kravitz even has a full-fledged recording studio located at The Setai.
Nikki Beach, Emilio and Gloria Estefan-owned Bongos Cuban Cafe, these two are a few additional places where you can experience South Beach like a celebrity and discover why it maintains such a strong appeal among the rich and famous. For dining, you can always visit Casa Casuarina, better known as the Versace Mansion. Today, it is a luxury hotel and it also has a great restaurant with some of the finest décor in all of Miami Beach.