Let's pull back the veil and look at the inspiration behind this week's Postcards from Florida, which is really simple.
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If you'd like to plan one of your own, as I would, the resort has been kind enough to send along an update on fall offers and activities. The weather likely will be fab, not the sweatbox that I endured on my Independence Day visit to Miami. And there's the nearby News Café and other cool South Beach diversions.
For the third year in a row, the Ritz-Carlton is hosting its "Full Moon Party," a series of events centered around 10 myths and legends of the full moon as well as cocktails and entertainment.
The rates? Rooms start at $399 (Sept. 30-Dec. 22); from $499 (Dec. 23-Jan. 1); and from $479 (Jan. 2- March 31).
Here's a list of some of the activities:
"Legends of the Full Moon" party series: Events take place at oceanfront restaurant DiLido Beach from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. from October-May on nights when there's a full moon. In addition to specialty cocktails, music and dining, there will be telescopes available. There's no cover.
"Picnic in the Park … No Strings Attached," a twice-monthly event that starts in October, features concerts by the New World Symphony at Miami Beach SoundScape, a venue that projects video performances on a 7,000-square foot projection wall.
There's also something for spa lovers, in the form of "The Four 'C's," a Miami Beach-based mobile 4-star spa. The Crème de la Crème collection features four exclusive La Maison de Beaute Carita treatments.
In the pampering category, the Ritz-Carlton offers a "VIP pool experience" with plush bed and cabanas starting at $250. And, hey, that cabana looks pretty nice.