The energy in this city is infectious, with a heady mix of animated streets, famous pastel art-deco architecture and minimalism; it's a party-lover's paradise. However, it's not all day-glo and DJs - there's a dazzling gourmet scene and a hotlist of must-see art, too.

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Picking the perfect hotel is tricky: they come, shiny and sassy, by the bucket-load - but if it's old-school you're after, The Betsy gets our vote every time. A stone's throw from the fun-filled flamingo-pink glamour of South Beach, entering The Betsy is like walking into the home of the classiest person you know. Not surprising, as the slick interiors come courtesy of Italian interiors guru Diamante Pedersoli, who designed private residences for Ralph Lauren. The whitewashed walls, colonial shuttered windows and a calm palette of taupe and mink are jazzed up with candy-coloured fabrics, zebra-framed mirrors and hot-pink plants at every turn.

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A short walk away, you'll find the private beach, or you can while away hours by the hidden courtyard pool. As dusk falls, soak up the hum of Ocean Drive and swoon at the beautiful bodies as you sip vodka with fresh lime juice on the veranda, or sneak away to the rooftop deck to gape at the view and preen your toes with a pedi.

WOW FACTOR Dine under the stars at BLT Steak (The Betsy's famous in-house restaurant) and feast on fresh swordfish ceviche, jumbo shrimp and rib-eye steak.

GO Carrier www.carrier.co.uk offers seven nights from £1,585 per person, B&B. Includes return flights and seven days' car hire

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