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The Mandarin Oriental Miami rents out cabanas equipped with a flat-screen TV.

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Cabanas as loaded as your living room

Miami Life - is a beach at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. The hotel's refurbished five-star Ocean Beach Club rents out private cabanas that are equipped to the nines with a flat-screen television, mini-fridge, sun block, iPad and a Powermat electric charger. If you've got restless tykes in tow, opt for the family cabana package ($350 for a full day). Kids are kept entertained with a stock of colouring books, playing cards and hand-held video games, while parents can order cocktails and tapas from a personal beach butler. Don't bother packing snacks for the youngsters: They'll be welcomed with lemonade, ice tea or a smoothie, and hit a sugar high with an assortment of Ben & Jerry's ice cream bars.

Tequila tasting at Mexico's hottest address

San Miguel de Allende - Soon, sbarites will have reason to join the established community of bohemians and expat retirees in San Miguel de Allende. On Feb. 8, the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende opens its doors among the pretty colonial houses and cobblestone alleyways of central Mexico's oldest town. Superluxe amenities include spacious suites with private terraces, a fancy spa and a full-service kids' program that includes wireless baby monitors and in-room baby-proofing service. Epicureans can opt out of sightseeing in favour of hands-on tutorials on local food and drink. The hotel chefs run half-day cooking classes, and a taquilero (the equivalent of a tequila sommelier) is available to lead in-depth tequila-tasting lessons. Graduate from the course successfully and you'll receive a diploma to accompany your hangover.

An appetizing array of art

London - One of London's most esteemed art institutions has become a culinary hot spot. Designed by Tom Dixon, The Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts is literally a work of art. Sculptures and murals from the academy's own collection - some of which have never before been on public view - accent the modern dining room. An eye-catching bar made of brick and lava stone from Mount Etna spans the length of one wall and doubles as a perch for those who have time only for a quick bite or a cup of tea. And the wine cellar is filled with bottles bearing labels specially crafted by academy artists. If you'd like to stay for an evening repast, reserve a table in advance. The dining room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but only on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

Get to the Guggenheim

New York - Inspired by one of the most significant turning points in the art world, The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by such renowned artists as Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso. The landmark exhibit - a collaboration between the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice - is historic not only for its content (each piece dates back to the pre-First World War period that paved the way for Modernism), but also for its significance in establishing the Guggenheim Foundation. Solomon R. Guggenheim acquired many of the works directly from the artists in the 1920s and 1930s, less than 10 years before his foundation was officially created.

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