For a high-quality luxury experience in the glitzy city of Miami, one option you have at your disposal is the Mandarin Oriental, located on Brickell Key Island. Brickell Key is a manmade island just southeast of downtown and centrally situated between the MacArthur Causeway, the main road to South Beach, and the Rickenbacker Causeway, which leads to Key Biscayne. That strategic location is already a bonus for those who want to be in the center of all the major attractions that a visitor would be interested in in Miami.
What helps even more is its excellent positioning on the tip of the island, which gives you many opportunities at an excellent panoramic view of mainland Miami, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach.
Of course, if you’re looking at this level of hotel, location is not the only thing that you value, but you’d rather get the full luxury experience, and Mandarin Oriental does its best to reach that goal.
Even the basic room, or as the hotel calls it the “Deluxe Skyline View” rooms, will come standard with a balcony. The balcony is such that it has room for outdoor seating, which is a pleasant surprise for a feature in every single room of the hotel. Furthermore, the “Deluxe Skyline View” room comes with a bath and walk-in shower, a desk and seating area, high-definition televisions and high-speed wifi for up to six devices. These rooms, with rates from $299 a night, are located between the 7th and 19th floors.
From there on there are various upgrades you could make of differing price increases. If you would rather have a view of Biscayne Bay instead of downtown Miami, you can get the “Deluxe Bay View” room for just $20 more.
Perhaps you want a more expansive outdoor area than just the standard balcony, and for that there’s the “Deluxe Veranda Room”, which offers a large veranda that gets you a view of both downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. This room, which also offers armchairs as well as an oval bath and walk-in shower, is $80 on top of the base price.
For an even more comfortable experience, there is the “Superior Island View Room”, which overlooks the entirety of the island of Brickell Key. That also has a full marble bathroom on top of all the previously mentioned amenities. That room is yours for $399 a night.
Even more beautiful is the “Junior Bay View Suite”, an additional $80 on top of the Superior Island View Room. The Junior Bay View Suite has windows that extend from the floor all the way to the ceiling, and also includes a living room space.
As we keep moving up the luxury ladder, there is the “Skyline View Suite” which is available for $599 a night. This suite adds a guest powder room, and more importantly an impressive wraparound balcony. The “Bay View Suite”, which is available for an additional $100 on top of the Skyline View Suite, adds hardwood floors, custom rugs and a freestanding bath and shower.
From there, the one-bedroom suites jump forward to true luxury with the “Mandarin Presidential Suite”, available to the tune of $5,500 a night. This suite comes equipped with a kitchen-bar combo, a fully furnished living room, a freestanding infinity bath, a rainforest shower and an exclusive spa treatment room.
This particular suite oozes the Asian aesthetic that the hotel is trying to go for, as it is decorated with orange and gold colors complemented by wood furnishings. Its sister room is the “Oriental Penthouse Suite”, which adds a piano to the living room, a suite-length balcony, a dining room for eight persons, and a high-tech media room. This top-of-the-line suite is an expansive 2,368 square feet, and its price is only attainable by calling the hotel directly.
Then, of course, you have several two-bedroom and even a three-bedroom suite to choose from. If you need several bedrooms, the least expensive option is the “Skyline View Two-Bedroom Suite“, which is a 1,076-square-foot accommodation with two bathrooms and two balconies, one of which is wraparound, for just $869 a night. The suite also comes with a living room, a guest powder room, hardwood floors and woven rugs. The “Skyline View Three-Bedroom Suite” is essentially the same in terms of amenities, but of course makes sure that there are three balconies, one for every bedroom. That suite will run you to the cost of $1,089 a night.
As for the hotel’s amenities, the Mandarin Oriental spares no expense. Its headliner in terms of comfort is The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, which offers a variety of services that take inspiration from Chinese, European, Balinese and Thai practices. The spa has 11 different treatment rooms, with six suites that have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a peace-inducing view of Biscayne Bay.
The spa also has a beauty treatment suite that houses the CACI Ultra, a machine that uses small electrical impulses to do a proper anti-aging facelift. Of course, the spa comes equipped with the standard steam rooms and saunas, as well as a fitness center with the latest exercise equipment and a twin-lane swimming pool. The spa also offers classes in several physical activities, including yoga, tai chi and belly dancing.
On a more granular note, the Mandarin Oriental offers shoe shine, ironing, dry cleaning and laundry services. On site, the hotel also has for its clients a business center, a banquet facility, a car rental stall, a hair salon and a gift shop. The front desk is open for service 24 hours a day, and private parking is available for $47.58 a day.
Once you get hungry, the Mandarin Oriental is prepared for the wide variety of international palates they receive every year. One of their popular restaurants is La Mar by Gaston Acurio, an establishment that serves the latest in Peruvian gastronomy, while also dabbling in some Asian-South American fusion cuisine. Their ceviches are the main attraction.
YAKU by La Mar, the restaurant’s offshoot bar and lounge, serves gourmet appetizers such as Los Choritos (mussels with cacao flavor) and Cebiche Tostado (which incorporates tuna tartare, chipotle aioli, avocado and onion) in addition to a wide variety of cocktails, beers and wines. This area is well-furnished and a nice hotspot for Brickell Key nightlife.
All in all, if you want to be surrounded by lavishness in the heart of Miami, the Mandarin Oriental is the place you want to be.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131
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