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Gloria & Emilio Estefan

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Karu & Y 71 NW 14 St. Miami, FL 33132 (305) 403-7850 The recently renovated Karu & Y, is a dining and entertainment destination frequented by celebrities and Miami socialites, alike. Situated in downtown Miami's emerging arts district, this 42,000 sq. ft. adult playground underwent a $25-million facelift by designer Pepe Calderin of Levine, Calderin. Karu, the fine dining restaurant side of the venue, seats 116 and offers a Spanish and American menu by Chef Cabrera. The plush ultralounge Y features dramatic lighting, expansive blue marble bar, flat screen monitors with moving images, and contemporary sofas spanning the wall to create both indoor and outdoor settings on the accompanying patio. Out back, the Tottem and Tottem Gardens bring revelers a sophisticated tropical setting with open air cabanas situated among cascading waterfalls. Reservations for dining at Karu are strongly recommended. Valet parking is available Wednesday through Saturday. ML The Standard 40 Island Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-1717 The Standard Hotel and Spa has become a staple in Miami as a sanctuary for relaxation. The 14,000 square foot spa is inspired after an ancient Roman bath house, designed for social gathering, health activities, exercise, and fun. Contrary to the traditional solitary approach to pampering, this coed facility promotes communal, shared rituals with a "Do-It-Yourself" selection of hydrotherapy. The spa features an Aroma Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Sound Pool, Roman Waterfall Hot Tub, and Mud Lounge. For exclusive pampering, the spa offers hotel guests in-room treatments including therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbal baths, and restorative mind-body therapies. Located on Biscayne Bay's Belle Island, The Standard's outdoor pool opens up to beautiful panoramic views of the bay for tranquil sun bathing or unwinding in the pool side hot tub. YOLO 333 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 523-1000 YOLO (You Only Live Once) is Fort Lauderdale's new contemporary American restaurant and lounge offering a nice combination of nightlife and chic, casual dining. YOLO brings a sophisticated outdoor lounge atmosphere to Las Olas. A fire pit amidst al fresco seating keeps guests warm while sipping cocktails from the outside bar. Inside, O Lounge offers a more low key experience for post meal cocktails. Interior dining provides views to the open kitchen and overlooks the outside patio bar. The restaurant also features a private room, perfect for business meetings and special occasions. YOLO's menu presents a gourmet approach to American classics, like rotisserie chicken and bourbon-glazed pork chops, in addition to a nice seafood selection, such as Asian-style crispy calamari and wild Mediterranean mussels. Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Av Miami Beach, FL (305) 538-2000 The Fontainebleau recently reopened its doors after undergoing a $1-billion make- over, bringing back this iconic Miami resort that helped earn Miami's reputation as the America Riviera when it originally opened in 1954. Today, this oceanside resort houses 1,504 rooms, 58 meeting rooms, and three ballrooms. Home to LIV, Miami's largest nightclub, and Blade lounge, guests do not have to venture far to fulfill their entertainment needs. The property's 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa equipped with 30 treatment rooms, a pool/lounge area, and water therapy, including mist, rain, and steam, provides a sanctuary of relaxation and pampering. For those seeking lavish cuisine, Fontainebleau boasts 11 restaurants and lounges, managed by such renowned talent as Alfred Portale of New York City's Gotham Bar and Grill. MIAMI LIVING 35 KNOWLEDGE "A" Report Card In addition to stunning beaches and beautiful people, the Magic City is home to a number of special spots, good deeds, and inspiring attempts. If you know of people, places, and events worthy of note, email us: Words by Eric Haley 1 2 3 4

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