One of the highlights of coming to Miami during Art Basel, aside from the art, of course, is the smorgasbord of fabulous pool parties. We dipped into several throughout the week:

Our favorite so far, which exceeded all expectations, was NADA and Friends and Family's day-into-night bash at their Deauville digs on Saturday, produced by writer/photographer/man about town Johnny Misheff. The pool area was decked out with creative installations, including an array of linked blow-up dolls with masks around the hot tub, Scott Ingram's floating cinder blocks, and a boat designed by Justin H. Long, Timothy Stanley and P. Scott Cunningham. Reportedly before we arrived, they used the boat to present a Norse funeral for drowned poet Hart Crane in the pool. There was a tricked-out custom DJ vehicle designed by Cyril Duvall, where DJs like NguzuNguzu and Tim Barber took turns on the tables. Dent May and his band played live after dark. The best and most bizarre part came at dusk, when Genevieve Belleveau and Labanna Babalon of Korakrit posed on a pedestal in the center of the hottub, sporting layered thongs and head-to-toe yellow body paint, while onlookers (including several babies and children) gawked at the colorful spectacle.

Flavorpill brought their Lunch Break series to the Fontainbleu hotel for three days, complete with sack lunches, Absolut cocktails and DJs including Casey Spooner.

The Freehand, a new boutique hostel (who knew bunk beds could be chic?) hosted several days of events in their quirky and colorful yard, decked out by street artist Curtis Kulig. We stopped by The Impossible Cool x Sonic Editions BBQ there on Saturday. It was a low-key affair but the setting was lovely, especially with SSION's Cody Critcheloe lounging poolside.

Early Saturday night, The DFM, Flaunt Magazine and Dell hosted an intimate cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking the Mondrian's surrealist aquascape, where they screened a new Matthew Stone video. There we found an eclectic crowd, including Stone, artist Alec Monopoly, socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, artist Greem Jellyfish, and the Brooklyn band So-So Glos (who are currently working on a tour diary for Paper). Sunday, we wrapped things up with the Hole's tropical-themed Lazy Sunday BBQ at the Standard Miami, where we spotted the amazing Roxanne Lowitt rocking a head-to-toe black ensemble.