Luxury hotels with storied histories are a common fixture in Miami Beach, and it takes a lot to stand out in that glitzy environment. With that in mind, it’s impressive that The Setai, located on 2001 Collins Avenue, has carved out a sizable reputation among the South Beach resorts.
The Setai describes itself as an intimate and calm resort that reflects Miami’s artistic heritage. In fact, in 2017 this hotel celebrated its 80th anniversary of its Art Deco Building, which was designed by Henry Hohauser. However, today the Setai dominates the coastline with a 40-story glass tower alongside the original building.
Accommodations at The Setai are split up into suites in the Art Deco Building and rooms in The Ocean Suites, the name of the glass tower part of the resort. The base room in the Art Deco Building is the Studio Suite, which is about 600 square feet. The suite blends the standard Art Deco style in Miami with an South Asian twist.
The room has a view to the Setai’s central courtyard, with a small pond at the center. As for the basics of the room, it has a king-sized bed, a black granite bath with rainfall shower and a high definition television. These are available for $574 a night. Moving up on the Art Deco rankings is the One Bedroom Suite, which has views towards the courtyard and the Miami skyline available. This room uses its ampler windows to let more natural light in, which blends perfectly with the room’s teakwood walls and furnishings.
The suite also has the additional living room with a daybed, and also has a day spa. In addition, this suite’s bathroom also includes Jacuzzi capabilities. Then there is the Bi-level Suite, the top-caliber room in the Art Deco Building with 1,200 square feet to offer.
This space is two stories of luxury quarters, connected by a wooden spiral staircase. The master bedroom and bathroom are located on the second level, while the living room and a dining room are situated on the first floor. The One Bedroom Suite and the Bi-level Suite at the Art Deco Building are available upon request.
The Ocean Suites are the more numerous of the rooms, and the glass tower is filled with a large amount of their own One Bedroom Suites. In this tower, there are suites with views towards the city of Miami and towards the Atlantic Ocean, but all the rooms have balconies to enjoy it from. These suites are also equipped with a king bed, a black granite bath with a rainfall shower and Jacuzzi tub, and digital thermostats.
An ocean view suite of this size will run you about $1,600 a night. The glass tower is also where you can find the most luxurious spaces in the entire complex, The Grande Suite and The Penthouse Suite. The Grande Suite is an expansive, 3550 square foot space with three bedrooms. This suite comes with its own spa room, cedar sauna and a media room. Of course, you can also enjoy a full kitchen, an eight-person dining room and two living room spaces.
The Penthouse Suite is even more extravagant, and one of the bigger spots in all of Miami Beach’s luxury elite rooms. 10,000 square feet is what this area covers, which gives space for 4 separate bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a 10-person dining room, a guest powder room, a piano, and its crown jewel: the private rooftop terrace with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Prices for these rooms are only known via calling the establishment.
The Setai’s pool options are relatively standard for a Miami Beach luxury resort, with three infinity pools back to back on the complex. The largest pool is kept at 75 degrees (Fahrenheit) for swimming laps, the middle is kept at 85 degrees for general use, and the smallest is used as a family pool and kept at 95 degrees.
In addition, the Setai has a private spot on the beach with day beds and beach service to unwind with. There is even The Setai Beach Kitchen, a solar-powered stand that offers up bites to eat as you lay alongside the ocean. On the weekends, the beach hosts a hotel-exclusive 60 minute yoga session.
The Setai also has a high-caliber The Spa at The Setai by Thémaé. Thémaé, which is based out of Paris, is inspired primarily by Japanese tradition. Their hallmark is using their proprietary Complexe des 4 Thés, a blend of antioxidant green tea, white tea, rooibos (aka “red”) tea, and black tea mixed with spring water, in their various skin care products. Thémaé’s Setai branch has four private suites with views to the ocean and the pool complex, in addition to a private bath and steam room.
The Setai’s main attraction in terms of cuisine is Jaya, which is led by Executive Sous Chef Vijayudu Veena, who is classically trained in French cooking. As a result, the restaurant is an excellent use of Asian-European fusion, injecting some flourish into classic Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese dishes.
Popular offerings at Jaya include Peking duck, Indian curry, Tandoor sea bass and dim sum. The Setai has indoor dining space as well as a courtyard with a retractable roof. The Setai also hosts a Sunday Jazz Brunch at Jaya, which provides live music alongside endless champagne and Bloody Marys.
The Setai also has its own bar, which similarly offers Asian-inspired appetizers alongside its wine and spirits. A house DJ provides a calm music selection on the weekend. If you find yourself around the pool area when needing something to eat, The Ocean Grill is there to offer Mediterranean-style menu items in an Asian-styled cabana. The Ocean Grill is so named since there is a custom-built wood fire grill to give food made there a unique taste.
The Setai is one of the pricier options in that block of hotels on the northern outskirts of South Beach, but it makes up for it in its attention to detail, emphasizing an Asian-style decor across the premises while incorporating Miami’s Art Deco history. If you want a true boutique hotel style experience with all the attention you’d ever want from a resort staff, The Setai is definitely a place you want to keep on your radar.
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