Combining old-school Havana, Deep South sultriness and a touch of glam, this boutique hotel is a romantic alternative to the South Beach brigade. The airy lobby feels colonial, with its Bombay-style ceiling fans, wood floors, rattan furniture and lush greenery. On the veranda, you half expect to see a southern belle sipping a mint julep or a colonial officer with a G&T. Dotted with palms, parrots, hammocks, the gardens are a luscious setting for the pool. In 2008, the bedrooms are due to be modernised - think flat-screen TVs and spa-style bathrooms - and redecorated (in a beachy palette of sand and silvery blues). A new spa, stocked with Aveda products, is also in the works. South Beach is a bit of a trek, but the boardwalk is a lovely way to get there.