Once upon a time, Fontainebleau was mostly known for its glamorous past. Its halls have seen their share of celebrities and socialites, with Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball once regular names on the guest list. But with its recent, billion-dollar renovation and expansion, it’s once again a major player in Miami’s glittering social scene. And among the suites, restaurants, and lounges sits an expansive, 40,000-square-foot spa and oceanfront poolscape that make the Fontainebleau the definitive place to relax, sip, see, and be seen — all under sunshine that spans the seasons.
In this 20-acre relaxation sanctuary, just steps from the sands of Miami Beach, you can give a new spin to your regular girls’ day out with an afternoon spent poolside. For a decadent experience, reserve a cabana for your day of lounging and sipping cocktails while you do some people-watching and celebrity-spotting. Nibble on light fare from La Cote, inspired by the laid-back lifestyle on the Côte d’Azur — the rock shrimp escabeche drizzled in sour orange and cilantro pairs excellently with a refreshing mojito — before taking a dip in the geometric pool, an homage to the hotel’s original architect, Morris Lapidus.
Tap your foot in time to the beat of the music wafting from the DJ’s perch above the pool area as you bask in the warmth of the sun. Or, for the fully indulgent spa experience, walk a few steps over to Lapis and step into a comfy robe and slippers for your extra-relaxing afternoon. Begin with a personalized water ritual to detox; splash in the Elements Rain Tunnel or soak in a mineral water bath before you treat yourself to an aroma stone therapy massage. After 50 minutes of bliss, topped with a pink Himalayan salt hydrobath, you’ll wonder if you’ve ever felt this serene before.
Get the girls together after your massage for group therapy — a.k.a. mani/pedis — to glam up before a night of dancing at the in-house nightclub, LIV, where you’ll be sure to channel your inner Hollywood starlet. Make a pact to come back for a luxurious girls’ day each year to create your own Fontainebleau history.