Okay -- you gave it your all. It?s been two months. Don't feel guilty. 2012 started with intentions to eat healthier, hit the gym, and cleanse from the holidays, but isn?t it more fun to follow a well-meaning detox with a sinfully spectacular retox? With the post-prohibition bonanza of booze, boys and beaches in mind, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have lined up five fabulous places to celebrate your return to wicked ways. Here are a few well-seasoned, cocktail-slicked temples to the good life.
B?sico -- Riviera Maya, Mexico In the Eden that is the Riviera Maya's serene beaches and pristine reefs -- a.k.a. the potential next gay romance capital of the world -- Básico is an industrially chic den of seduction, built from concrete mixed with Caribbean sand.
The space is meant for partying: DJs thump hard beats on the roof deck as gorgeous, nearly nude sun-worshippers clink minty mojitos and zingy margaritas into the wee hours. (Sleep is best accomplished under a canopied day-bed the next afternoon.) Bring your tropical cocktail of choice -- and the rubber inner tubes found under each bed -- and join the party in the plunge pools, which are made from converted factory water tanks. In case you bring the good times back to the room, a bedside Polaroid camera awaits for memories both hip and hush-hush.
5ta Avenida y Calle 10 Norte, Playa del Carmen; doubles from $135
Fasano Rio -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Stylishly sculpted from gleaming glass on the eastern end of Ipanema beach, the Philippe Starck-designed Fasano Rio radiates decadence from the first glimpse of the luxury cars out front. Inside, the glam set checks in to bright suites with balconies overlooking the beach. Don?t stay in the room long. The rooftop is cachaça-spiked playground for supermodels. There, citizens of the land of Gisele brazenly bare their bronzed bodies by the infinity pool. A quick visit to the tanning bed and salon might be in order before you strip down and strut alongside Brazil's buff and beautiful at the gay beach near Posto 9.
This motel-style radiates cool in the same way that desert asphalt radiates heat. Each room is a campy but casual shanty of mid-century mod furniture, mini-bars replete with full-size liquor bottles and plush Turkish rugs, should you choose to crash on the floor. Order a DIY barbecue kit to your private patio, stream retro vinyls from the in-room record player, and live out your ultimate rock-star fantasy.
701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; doubles from $109
The Metropolitan -- Bangkok, ThailandSong lyrics aside, one night in Bangkok just isn?t enough. It could take a week to sufficiently tackle the bustling bazaars, karaoke bars and terrifically cheap massages that await travelers to this Thai hub. Get ready for the city-wide party at the Metropolitan Bangkok, a minimalist escape comprising light walls, dark-wood furniture and -- if you book a Terrace Suite -- a tranquil private patio. But outside your room, temptations await. Break all diet resolutions with a table at the hotel?s culinary hub, Nahm, which lures avid appetites from around the world with renowned chef David Thompson?s sophisticated street food. The hotel?s bar and club is exclusive to members and guests, so the mischief can continue after dinner with music and a menu 40 martinis deep.
27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok; doubles from $150
ME Barcelona -- Barcelona, Spain Spain's average dinner hour falls after night owls in lesser countries have tucked themselves into bed. Kill your curfew for a stay at the rollicking ME Barcelona. Jutting up toward the sky in a towering, futuristic design by French architect Dominique Perrault, the hotel interior is primed for partying. The lobby and rooms swirl with racy red accents that inspire lusty urges. Give in to more carnal pursuits with a table at hip, top-floor restaurant Dos Cielos. It's literally and figuratively tops, owing to its bird?s-eye city views and superlative Modern Spanish food. The staff also maintain a wine cellar lined with rioja and cava. After dinner, hightail it to DBoy or Arena Madre, favorites of sexy stylists David Vivirido and Francesco Sourigues, to dance alongside glamorous party-goers determined to stay out until well past dawn.
272?286 Carrer Pere IV, Barcelona; doubles from $175