around the resort The 42,000-sq.-ft., bi-level David Barton gym has enough equipment to get practically any guest camera-ready. The decor alone makes you feel like you’ve just walked on to the set of a music video with Moroccan-inspired patterns and dramatic colors, a 30-ft. domed glass ceiling, sparkling reflecting pools in the lobby and DJs spinning.
Guests can get sculpted and toned in a 10,000-sq.-ft. space filled with free weights and cardio equipment or take a fitness class in one of five private studios. Here, you’ll also find the 10-treatment room David Barton Spa, offering an array of detoxifying treatments, an aromatherapy steam room, and a couple’s massage lounge with ocean views.
After working up an appetite in the gym, guests can head to one of the two onsite restaurants. For the steak lover, STK is not to be missed. An edgier version of your traditional steakhouse, diners here can choose from a selection of dishes by chef Todd Mark Miller. Some of our personal recommendations include the tuna tartare appetizer served with roasted pineapple, shallots and plantain chips; the yellowtail snapper topped with crabmeat and truffles; the filet mignon; and the lobster mac and cheese. Of course, dessert is a must with the cheesecake lollipops as our favorite choice. With its loungy vibe and spinning DJ, STK is the perfect spot to start off a long night of dancing in South Beach.
Meanwhile at Philippe, diners can enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine served by renowned New York chef and restaurateur Philippe Chow. Dishes include wok fried mayonnaise prawns, chicken satay and duck. Agent, do note that both restaurants are on the pricier side—think $200-$250 for two persons.
After dinner, guests can head to Louis for late-night drinks and dancing. A chic VIP lounge by Opium Group, Louis exudes 18th century French luxury with antique-looking crystals and armoires adorning the interior space. At the entrance, there’s even a white vintage carriage to complete the classic Versailles feel.
Through Nov. 11, 2011, the hotel is offering a Sweet Suite Sale, with up to 30 percent off deluxe suite category accommodations. Nightly rates start at $325.