St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
St. Regis brings oceanfront luxury to Art Basel devotees tired of the loud and glitzy South Beach scene. Expected amenities are kicked up a notch by the breathtaking palm-fringed background. Spring for a private cabana on the sand and enjoy a day being pampered by your personal butler (more Perrier, Jeeves!). Guests rise from 400-thread-count sheets to frolic in the ocean, tan their toned torsos by the pool, relax their sore muscles at the Remède Spa, and wine and dine in one of four restaurants and bars. You’ll have an amazing time…until you think about what it all costs. 305.993.3300.
New York City
The Carlton Hotel
Let’s start with the Tuna Tartare at Millesime, the dimly lit, award-winning seafood brasserie in The Carlton Hotel. Translucent, firm pink-orangey bites of bliss are swirled in tandem with just the right amount of oil and Berbere spice—a decadent, multisensual experience. As you gobble that down and drink up copious amounts of champagne under the color-blocked 1904 Tiffany-dome skylight, there are sure to be stars in your eyes. Alas, the night is still young. Take it upstairs to touch up your makeup (and maybe a little make out?) and then step out onto Madison to catch a quick cab to any one of the many things in downtown NYC. On Friday, try the Freedom Party at Le Poisson Rouge. After getting sweaty to the sounds of hip-hop, salsa, soul, and reggae, retire back to The Carlton to one of its spacious rooms, replete with Frette linens, down feather comforters, lighted makeup mirrors, and Molton Brown bath products. The presidential suite features a striking orange and brown poolroom with a customized pool table, video games on large-screen TVs, and a bar for all those who think 4 a.m. is just the beginning. The Carlton’s NoMad nabe may not be the most obvious area of Manhattan to stay in, but that’s what makes it brilliant—you can hit all areas of the lower city (SoHo, Meatpacking, Chelsea, Union Square) with ease, and then easily dip back into your convenient, secluded hideaway tucked in the city’s bosom for more. 212.532.4100.
(Above photo: St Regis Bal Harbour Resort)