If late-night parties, beaches for miles and hipster hotspots are your idea of a perfect girls getaway, then Miami is definitely the place to go. Whether you are looking for a destination to celebrate a birthday, bachelorette weekend or a break from the craziness of everyday life, Miami has a long list of fun things to do for an epic trip. So go ahead, round up the squad and get planning!
Start the day with a much-needed pampering and primping session from one of Miami's top-notch spa retreats. Take in Asian therapies from the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach or a dip in the rooftop hydrotherapy pool. The Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau is another amazing choice for reviving the body and spirit within the luxurious grounds of the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
If you prefer relaxation with a dose of celeb-spotting, head to South Beach's Delano. Known for its art-deco styling and as a magnet for the Hollywood elite, everyone from Madonna to Calvin Klein and Lenny Kravitz have made Delano their playground. High above the Delano you'll find Agua, the penthouse-level spa open to hotel guests, locals and visitors to the area. Besides spa classics, the spa offers preventative age treatments to keep you looking forever young.
When it's time for retail therapy, the Miami Design District, Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops top the list. The cutting-edge Design District is home to luxury brands—Alice + Olivia, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Prada, Tiffany and Co. and the recently opened Trina Turk and Saint Laurent boutiques. Chernaya bridal salon caters to future brides-to-be from head-to-toe, with a showroom filled with designer gowns from Vera Wang, Marchesa and Elie Saab. A bit north from the Design District, Aventura Mall is a fashionista's paradise, with more than 300 stores, 12 restaurants and a 24-hour AMC Movie Theater with IMAX. It's easy to spend all day here.
For the 'ladies who lunch" crowd, Bal Harbour Shops is the epitome of timeless elegance. The open-air, high-end fashion center, located in the northern tip of Miami Beach across from Collins Avenue, is the place to see-and-be-seen. The mall is adorned with lush tropical landscaping and even a Koi pond. The swanky stores and inviting outdoor cafes continuously lure shoppers in with their creative cocktails, legendary chefs and tempting dining specials.
Hungry for more? French-Mediterranean vibes are the mood at the chic Miami Beach haunt Villa Azur. Every Monday features "For Her" specials where ladies receive 50 percent off all food and drinks starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy its innovative cuisine that includes Colorado rack of lamb, sole à la meunière and linguine with clams. Another unforgettable night begins at The Deck at Island Gardens, located on Biscayne Bay, directly behind the Miami Children’s Museum. Home to the first-of-its-kind super-yacht marina in the Western Hemisphere, The Deck offers a prix-fixe lunch menu crafted by Chef Alfredo Alvarez—a steal at $25.
When brunch is the favorite meal of the day, Cecconi's Miami Beach in the courtyard of the Soho Beach House does not disappoint. The weekend feast includes homemade pastries, cold-pressed juices, a fine selection of meats and cheeses and much more. Additional top-of-the-list brunch spots include The Surfcomber's Social Club, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, STK Miami and The Local Craft Food & Drink.
After a sit-down dinner experience in the city, head to Bâoli Miami, an over-the-top restaurant and lounge that transforms into an unparalleled club experience. For more than five years, Bâoli Miami has hosted the weekly "My Boyfriend is Out of Town" party, where the bubbly never stops flowing and the world's most in-demand DJs spin.
When you're in the mood for a laid-back atmosphere, visit The Broken Shaker, tucked in the backyard of the Freehand Hostel, to mix and mingle among the of locals that share a common love of a well-made cocktail created by an award-winning mixologist. On the mainland in the suburban neighborhood of Coral Gables, Uvaggio Wine Bar fuses old-world European charm with modern-day urban energy, by pairing hand-selected boutique wines with tasty bites in an intimate ambiance. Also, stroll through Miracle Mile to enjoy a wide variety of shops, bars and theater offerings.
For the quintessential Miami party experience and a coveted bachelorette party venue, Hyde Beach is the place to be. By day, Hyde Beach is the out-of-control popular pool and shore lounge, and by night, the lights dim to transform into a hot nightclub. Take your drink and wander the 8,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor space that's steps from the beach. Host to Swim Week, Miami Music Week, Art Week events, on any given day, there's something special happening at Hyde Beach.