Shayne is a destination expert, hotels and travel editor and lifestyle writer. When she's not doing hard-hitting investigative reporting at luxury hotels, she's usually at the beach reading, practicing headstands or pretending she knows how to surf. Follow her on Twitter at @ShayneBenowitz.

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The 19 best hotels in Miami

The 19 best hotels in Miami

Vacaying in Miami? Of course you are – why wouldn't you? You’ve had a fantastic day filled with exploring, you've gorged at one of the best restaurants in Miami and you chased that excellent dinner with a couple of hours at a luxe cocktail bar; you partied hard at some of the best clubs in Miami, and you may have even had a chance to squeeze in a trip to one of the Miami beaches. You've tackled all the best things to do in Miami and now you're drained from all the good times and looking to lay your weary head... Never fear, traveler: from South Beach mega resorts to boutique inn surprises, we have a slew of Miami hotels perfect for you. Check in, rest up, and get ready to do it all again. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in Miami The best beachfront Airbnbs in Miami The best spa hotels in Miami Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best road trips from Miami

The best road trips from Miami

A whole lot of poor saps from up north endure a year in a cubicle just to spend a week in Miami. Yes, we live in a vacationer’s paradise, but sometimes we just need an escape. (Like, say, when about one million ravers arrive for Ultra Music Festival). The good news is we’re within driving distance to a whole lot of legendary beachfront escapes, from the adorable weirdness of Key West to the historic confines of Tampa’s Ybor City. You’ll need only a tank of gas, a beach bag and a willingness to dive deep into a new-to-you dining scene. RECOMMENDED: The best summer getaways from Miami

The 10 best things to do in the Bahamas

The 10 best things to do in the Bahamas

Without cheating via the internet (or further down this introduction), how many islands make up the Bahamas? If you said 700, congratulations! Only around 30 of these inhabited, so dust off the explorer’s hat and get to adventuring. We’ll make an intrepid explorer out of you yet. In all seriousness, the Bahamas is arguably the world’s best ‘choose your own adventure’ destination, a little slice (many slices, technically) of paradise that serves up crystal clear waters and colorful cocktails on a metaphorical conveyer belt. If you close your eyes tight enough and try to conjure up an image of paradise, you’re going to be imagining the Bahamas. The best things to do in the Bahamas are clear to see. Those looking to spend days hopping from island to island will find plenty to keep them occupied, while travelers hoping for something a little more relaxed (as in, lazing on a beach in the sun all day long) will encounter more serenity than they can shake a stick at. Not that you’d shake a stick at serenity, but you get the point. What to do in the Bahamas? These 10 things should comprise the first page of your Bahamas bucket list. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The best hotels in the Bahamas

The best hotels in the Bahamas

There are so many things to do in the Bahamas—and what you discover all depends on which island and hotel you check into. From nature preserves with unbelievably crystal clear water and sandbar beaches to megaresorts with every amenity under the sun, there’s a Bahamian experience calling your name. For peaceful tranquility without another soul in sight, look to the Abacos and Eleuthera in the Out Islands where offshore pleasures mean days spent sailing, fishing, snorkeling and island hopping. For lavish resorts, check into the new Baha Mar on Nassau or the classic Atlantis on Paradise Island, where you’ll find everything from a nightclub designed by Lenny Kravitz to a five story waterslide submerged in a shark tank (no joke!). Ancient fishing yarns await in Bimini, swimming pigs and pink sand beaches in the Exumas and a private island with an oversea spa in Andros. No matter what you choose, chances are the gentle sea breeze, big, beautiful sky and pale blue waters swishing this way and that will lull you into a deep state of sublime relaxation… and you won’t want to leave, because it really is better in the Bahamas. Here are the top hotels across every island.

Los mejores hoteles en Miami para sus próximas vacaciones

Los mejores hoteles en Miami para sus próximas vacaciones

Así que está buscando un hotel en Miami. Tras un día fantástico en el que comió hasta la saciedad en uno de los mejores restaurantes de Miami, pasó un par de horas en un lujoso bar de cócteles, fue a una fiesta en uno de los mejores clubs de Miami, y hasta se escapó a una de las playas de la ciudad, está agotado y ahora lo único que quiere es descansar en un sitio cómodo… No tenga miedo, estimado viajero: desde los mega resorts de South Beach hasta hoteles boutique que lo sorprenderán, tenemos una amplia variedad de hoteles perfectos para usted. Haga check-in, descanse, y prepárese para repetir esta rutina una vez más.

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The perks of these Miami luxury condos will blow you away

The perks of these Miami luxury condos will blow you away

From futuristic car elevators that whoosh you and your ride (preferably, a Porsche) to your condo in the sky to coordinated chopper pickups from a helipad floating on Biscayne Bay, the sky’s not even the limit at these over-the-top Miami residences. Check out the novel amenities driving the latest luxury projects to hit Miami’s real estate market. Porsche Design Tower If you invented the first-ever robotic elevator for automobiles, wouldn’t you name it after yourself? Enter the trademarked “Dezervator,” named for local developer Gil Dezer. The patented lift system inside the Porsche Design Tower, a 60-story high-end condo property, whisks owners and their rides (preferably the swanky European kind) directly up to their homes in the sky. Forgot something in your car? No need to schlep downstairs: Your baby awaits just outside the door.18555 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach. From $6.3 million for a three-bedroom unit. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach The folks behind the Ritz-Carlton Residences have found a way to make air travel more bearable for their future denizens: by skipping the traffic altogether. Opening later this year, the Piero Lissoni–designed waterfront condos will include free rides via the house yacht to a navigable marine helipad nearby. Once there, a Miami Executive Helicopter choppers you to your private jet for a getaway. All this comes without ever braving the TSA or the 836.4701 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach. From $2 million for a one-bedroom unit. Opens

The 54th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival promises to be bigger and wilder

The 54th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival promises to be bigger and wilder

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is really just another excuse to party. For three straight days, the eponymous waterfront neighborhood becomes a wild street parade of artists and art aficionados from around the world—and they’re all chasing a good time. “Early on, Coconut Grove was known as a laid-back, artistic, bohemian community with lots of galleries; but with so many artists, we needed three days to celebrate,” says festival president Monty Trainer. A couple of the area’s recurring participants include KROMA, a communal art space in West Grove, and FrameWorks, the festival’s longtime official framer (and pop-up exhibition space). Spectacle aside, the centerpiece of the weekend is the 360 exhibiting artists’ original work—from paintings to photographs to jewelry to sculpture. This year, 45 Miami artists (up from 41 in 2016) are expected to showcase their talents, including Linda Apriletti, who’s known for her oil paintings of the Florida Everglades, as well as newcomer Yeins Gomez, whose haunting welded-steel sculptures earned him a spot in the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition. Another highlight? Spanish-language celebrity chef Pepín plans to break a Guinness World Record for the largest arroz con pollo by cooking his own 4,000-pound dish. Sounds like a work of art to us! Entrances at McFarlane Rd, Mary St, SW 27th Ave and S Bayshore Dr (305-447-0401). Feb 18–20 10am–6pm. $15; under 12 free.   Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.

Four Miami hotels with incredible luxury residences

Four Miami hotels with incredible luxury residences

Did your last hotel stay rouse your inner Eloise? If so, consider one of Miami’s luxury hotel residences for your next big move. You won’t get plush robes (those are still reserved for actual guests), but perks like valet parking and dog walking are available. The downside of living life on vacation? It’ll cost you—a lot. The average price of a one-bedroom apartment in a hotel residence is considerably higher than a comparable unit elsewhere (in Brickell the difference can be as much as $500,000). But if you have the Benjamins, it might be time to check into these lavish digs for good.   EAST, Miami   Hong Kong–based Swire Hotels’ first U.S. property is part of Brickell City Centre’s mixed-use complex. At EAST, Miami, tenants have guest perks without the commitment of ownership: The 352-room hotel boasts an inventory of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences available to lease—ranging from one month to one year. Homes exude Zen-like minimalism with floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchens and ample living space.  Tenant perk: Complimentary valet and housekeeping services,   plus private elevators to access the residential floors. (788 Brickell Plaza; 305-712-7000, east-miami.com) The Residences at Faena Hotel Miami Beach  Flamboyant hotelier Alan Faena’s namesake hotel is as opulent as they come: Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons sculptures, gourmet restaurants and a Vegas-style show are all found on-site. While the six-block Faena District is home to its own condominium tower, the