There once was a time during South Beach’s fabled halcyon days, the days of Madonna, Versace, and shiny white Ferraris, when the Delano was harder to penetrate than Fort Knox. Unless you were a bona fide hotel guest or bold-faced name, you weren’t getting in. Today, however, you are invited to a kinder, gentler Delano, one where you are indeed welcomed with open arms — at the discretion of the doorman, of course. This holds true especially on Sundays when you and your own entourage are invited to attend the Delano Beach Club’s relaunched Privileged Sundays party, starting at 2 pm and continuing until that oh-so flattering sundown lighting hits your sun-kissed faces.
Park your posse poolside and prepare to be entertained by a parade of all that makes Miami so Miami — bodies beautiful, entertainers, dancers, body paint models, contortionists, selfie addicts, tanorexics, and more. A rotating roster of DJs will provide the soundtrack to this surrealistic summer soiree, to which everyone is truly welcomed.
But before you go all Kumbaya with the togetherness vibe, remember, this is the Delano, where things may be friendlier, but no less showy. You can drop a grand for you and your five besties to share a daybed, a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque or Grey Goose, a frozen fruit platter and more. If your posse is a bit larger, a mere $2,000 will get you a cabana for ten, all that other stuff, and–get this–a Grey Goose Fresh Press Fountain. For those less, er, privileged, there’s always the cash bar that’s open to the public.
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