| October 1, 2010 | Lifestyle
Within the confines of glamorous Miami lies the ultramodern W South Beach Hotel & Residences. The W’s first allcondo hotel, this 10,000-squarefoot-plus facility comprising 408 W-branded residences has decadent features including expansive glass balconies and spectacular beach views. Guests have access to a variety of on-site amusements, such as savoring classic Beijing-inspired cuisine at Mr Chow, de-stressing at Bliss Spa or dancing all night among the vintage gold sofas at the Wall lounge. wsouthbeach.com—JUEL GRANGE
With all the hustle and bustle of New York, who wants to vacation in yet another big city? That’s the philosophy of the W Retreat & Spa—Vieques Island. Located just off the coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques is a small island that boasts unrivaled Caribbean beaches. If the seclusion of the island isn’t enough to get you to unwind, each of the guest rooms has a private patio or balcony. Those looking to really get away should book the Wow suite, the resort’s largest guest room, which has direct beach access for completesolitude. Four dining options mix fresh foods with French-inspired cooking, while Spa Chakra delivers total luxury with ocean views and indoor/outdoor treatment rooms. Guests can also explore the surroundings through one of the resort’s organized trips, including mountain biking, snorkeling and scuba diving. wvieques.com—DALIA LITTMAN
OFF TO THE ISLAND
At the San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, located a mere 15-minute drive from historic Old San Juan on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, even the interior has an alfresco feel. Each morning, the Caribbean sun streams through large oceanfacing windows onto plush beds for an all-natural wake-up. By day, revel in the ideal weather on the immaculate beaches or take a dip in the rooftop pool; after sundown, dine at the hotel’s world-renowned restaurant or imbibe with local tastemakers at the rooftop wet bar. Come the midnight hour, enjoy jaw-dropping stargazing with your en suite telescope. Visitors can even bring Fido along for the trip—the animal-friendly hotel offers pet sitting, walking, grooming and massage for your furry friend. waterbeachclubhotel.com—D.L.
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF W HOTELS (W SOUTH BEACH, VIEQUES)