New Years Day must be the most stress-inducing day in the whole calendar. Its designated as a time to make lists and changes and new beginnings. And here you are all kinds of aching from the debauchery of the night before. So what if you left your cell phone in a porta-potty and your panties in the bathroom of an upscale bar? Who cares if the person you woke up next to looked 10 times better under the strobe light? Today is January 1, and it isnt too late to kick off the New Year with appropriate introspection and cleansing. We recommend the hydrotherapy hangover cure at The Standard (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach). For $225, you get the luxury of rolling out of bed at the hotel just in time for a complimentary breakfast and a day of spa-ing. But day passes are available for $40, and that fee includes full use of the indoor and outdoor baths. We definitely recommend you wash your pain away in the 103-degree water cascading in the Roman Waterfall hot tub, or if your resolution is to be more courageous in the 09, jumpstart your heart with the 50-degree Arctic Plunge. And you gotta wind up in the hamam, where you can lounge on heated marble, soak in a heated pool, and have your sins sloughed away with spa salts and essential oils. Call 305-673-1717, or visit www.standardhotels.com/miami. And if the dancing and decadence wont be left behind in 09, get up with the get down at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), where one of Miamis most famous DJs, Tracy Young, will celebrate her annual Genesis New Year's Day bash and launch her new CD (also titled Genesis, in homage to her series of parties). Doors open at 11 p.m.; tickets cost $60. Visit www.theopiumgroup.com.
Thu., Jan. 1, 2009