Miami is a destination for the fun-loving and fabulous. I mean, you can’t even say the name of the city without Will Smith popping into your head and instantly wanting to dance. Regardless of if you are looking for a more pampered and relaxing vacation experience or you are ready for the time of your club-hopping life, Miami has just what you need.
I have narrowed down the best 7 hotels in the city for you to make your best, most informed choice!
#7.) The Setai Hotel
Stay in the heart of South Beach at The Setai, an Art Deco landmark updated with Asian influences. You will stay in an expansive, elaborate suite in the main building or The Ocean Suites, a 40-story glass tower that dominates the shoreline.
Even though you’re only steps from their private beach, the resort has three infinity pools kept at 75, 85, and 95 degrees to meet everyone’s needs. If you would rather spend your time lounging on the beach, The Setai provides day beds and beach service to cater to your every whim. There is even a solar-powered food/bar station to provide you with a bite and a beverage.
Your stay isn’t complete until you dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Jaya. Here you will be delighted by a variety of Asian-European dishes, enjoyed in an indoor or outdoor space. Make sure to try the Indian curry and dim sum!
#6.) Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive, 33131 Miami
The location of this hotel is what sets it apart from the others. Nestled on the man-made island of Brickell Key, guests are just minutes away from the airport, South Beach, and steps from the heart of the city. The variety of rooms and suites available is sure to please, giving guests the choice of their view, the size of their room, and even the option of a private, wrap-around balcony.
Be sure to book an appointment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Influenced by Thai, European, Balinese, and Chinese rituals, the spa invites all for an innovative and invigorating experience. If you are so inclined, after your treatment, don’t forget to attend a belly dancing or tai chi class!
Enjoy the views of Miami Beach as well as the city from your dinner table at YAKU by La Mar, while you feast on gourmet dishes and sip specialty cocktails.
#5.) 1 Hotel South Beach
2341 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 33139
600 feet of private, pristine, white sandy beach and an adults only, lounge chair lined, rooftop pool are just a couple of the glamorous perks of staying at 1 Hotel South Beach. Spend your day lounging on daybeds, listening to the waves, and spend your nights gallivanting all over Miami.
The hotel claims to be one with nature and that spreads into their dining options and spa treatments. Select from a variety of holistic treatments meant to focus on nurturing the mind, body, and spirit and the hotel’s Bamford Haybarn Spa.
Local farmers set up shop in the hotel’s lobby, giving guests and locals alike a unique opportunity to try fresh, regional foods. Guests can also enjoy seasonal, plant-based fare at the hotel’s restaurant, PLNTHOUSE, run by a world-renowned chef. There are also three other bar restaurants, as well as a rooftop bar which offers Polynesian and Asian specialties.
#4.) Royal Palm South Beach
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Royal Palm South Beach is ideally located. Guests will enjoy beachfront access while only being steps away from fine dining, nightlife, and shopping. The resort is rich with original architecture, while still delighting guests with its modern, tropical influences.
The hotel boasts two pools, a plunge pool, and many cabanas to take your relaxation to the next level. Guests can also enjoy their meals al fresco, with views of the ocean and the gorgeous, manicured grounds.
One of the resort’s highlights is its Mediterranean restaurant, Byblos. Experience local flavors in a comfortable, chic atmosphere. Make sure to stop in during happy hour and try their specialty cocktails. There are also three other restaurants and a pool bar to cater to you at any time of day.
#3.) The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
9703 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154
The hotel claims to be Miami’s most prestigious destination, and it’s hard to argue. Located on Bal Harbour, one of the nation’s wealthiest communities, the hotel is at the northern tip of Miami Beach and surrounded by pristine beaches, manicured grounds, and incredible dining and shopping establishments.
Complete with crystal chandeliers, mirrored walls, and Art Deco touches, the elegance and luxury of the resort is hard to beat. Stroll outside to take in the Atlantic breeze, relax in a fully equipped beach cabana, and sip Mai Tais while sinking your toes into the 1,000 foot white, sandy beach.
During your stay, you don’t even have to leave the resort’s property for a high-quality meal. Enjoy your favorite Greek specialties at Atlantikos, dive into all American favorites at BH Burger Bar, splurge on French cuisine at La Gourmandise, and tip back a few at the Wine Vault & Sushi Lounge while being serenaded with live music.
#2.) Aqualina Resort & Spa
17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Aqualina calls itself a Mediterranean Villa and is South Florida’s only 5-star hotel. Its palatial facade is captivating and the intricate attention to detail makes this resort stand out.
The resort has four pools, all for different crowds. The Beach Club Pool is the main perfect place to lounge, swim, and get a drink. The Recreation Pool and Tranquility Pool are both appropriately named for what they invite, and the ESPA pool is for spa guests only. Take advantage of the poolside butler service, and don’t lift a finger for anything except putting your straw to your mouth.
From grab-and-go snacks to fine dining, the hotel has you covered. Enjoy award-winning fare. You have your choice of three diverse and delicious restaurants, as well as setting up a romantic dinner on the beach.
#1.) Faena Hotel
3201 Collins Avenue, Faena District
Miami Beach FL, 33140
The Faena District is in the midst of its renewal and climb to notoriety, aimed to be a new paradigm of the Miami lifestyle. It’s innovation and luxury at its finest.
Reservations are suggested for The Living Room, a sensual nightspot which hosts live music and offers a plethora of drinks and small bites. The glamorous Saxony Bar is another option for live music and cocktails. Reservations here are required. The resort also has its own theater, classy and intimate, which offers dinner shows. Check before your visit to see what the performance is.
Your options of where to eat (and drink) will not disappoint. Choose from any of Faena’s lavish options–Los Fuegos, an award-winning restaurant with an open-fire kitchen–Pao, serves Asian inspired cuisine–Veranda, perfect to enjoy your morning coffee while taking in the ocean views. The Tree of Life is a really interesting outdoor bar that serves small plates and offers excellent views.
No matter where you pick, your trip to Miami is sure to delight. Also, many of the resorts allow non-guests to access their spas and restaurants, so you can pick and choose what you want to piece together your perfect getaway.