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Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Miami: Waterfront Extravagance in the Magic City

Between the lavishly-restored Art Deco architecture that lines Ocean Drive, sparkling shoreline as far as the eye can see and electrifying range of entertainment, Miami has an undeniable appeal. One of the biggest draws to the Magic City is the extensive collection of extravagant resorts and luxury hotels which boast private strips of beach, distinguished spa treatments, private rooftop terraces, internationally tinted cuisine and stylish décor. South Beach and Miami Beach offer tons of name recognition with boutique hotels and vintage charm in the heart of the legendary districts, but across the city there are several options that each take advantage of the gorgeous waterfront, citywide appreciation for art and excellent panoramic views.

The Setai

The Setai

“SELATAN PANTAI” means “South Beach” in South East Asian Bahasa language and the letters were fused to create the now iconic name Setai. Looming as the largest building in all of South Beach, The Setai is located a block north of Collins Park in the sophisticated and subdued side of the legendary district. With 87 Art Deco rooms, 50 Ocean Suites and 1 Penthouse, the hotel masterfully combines Asian elegance and hospitality with the top-notch personalized service and purified comfort. Fusing Asian indulgences with world-class amenities, all of the guest rooms offer a minimalist design with an air of serenity as sleek polished wood, neutral tones and modern lines define the overall interior. A central courtyard lined by sleek grey banquettes, towering palm trees and pagoda-style architecture provide a tranquil escape from the bustling South Beach scene, despite being just a short walk away from the biggest attractions. The amenities stretch to three temperature-controlled sparkling pools, exceptional beachfront services, an award-winning dining establishment led by Executive chef Vijayudu Veena, full-service luxury spa by THÉMAÉ and Clefs d’Or Chief Concierge. At its core, the Setai is a bastion of privacy and peace in the heart of South Beach.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Conveniently located just a 10-minute drive from the Port of Miami in the well-located Brickell neighborhood, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami is housed in one of the skyline’s most iconic buildings that rises 70 storeys above the ground. The 182 guest rooms and 39 suites each offer panoramic views of either Biscayne Bay or the downtown skyline while the spacious and light-filled residences range from deluxe studios to fully-furnished two-bedroom apartments. The Four Seasons brand is already synonymous with impeccable service and state-of-the-art facilities and the Miami property is no exception. Guests also have access to the on-site Equinox, its 5,000-square foot fitness facilities, over 100 weekly classes and award-winning spa. The signature amenity, however, is the two-acre rooftop pool terrace. Decorated by lush vegetation and towering palm trees, the beautiful outdoor space is a serene oasis in the heart of downtown Miami. Around the pool, there are sun loungers and cabanas which are an invitation to complete relaxation. To take it to the next level, opt for a poolside massage as you sip on an expertly-crafted cocktail from the nearby Bahia Pool Lounge.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour

The St. Regis Bal Harbour

If you’re looking for top-notch extravagance, look no further than the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Located in a building that rises 27 stories high, peering into the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel is a beachside oasis and provides the perfect bespoke atmosphere for elite travelers to unwind and relax. The property sits in Bal Harbour, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city that sits at the most northern point of Miami Beach amidst a collection of uber-chic designer boutiques and flagships from the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton. The 227 luxury-appointed guest rooms and spacious suites have direct ocean views from the generously-sized balconies that are equipped with plush sun loungers, cafe tables and chairs. The rest of the interior around the hotel is defined by shimmering chandeliers, glass walls and soaring ceilings that conjure up an image of opulence and extravagance. When you add the attentive service and unparalleled amenities fit for royalty, the St. Regis really becomes the place to be.

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental 

The Mandarin Oriental lies in its own little slice of paradise on the man-made enclave of Brickell Key, accessible from Miami’s financial district via a short bridge. The elegant hotel puts forth a taste of Far Eastern serenity with all the benefits of sun-kissed Miami in an exclusive compound with its own fine dining restaurants, private beach with cabanas and lounge chairs and luxury spa services where you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. The interior will blow you away with its contemporary design that incorporates elements of Art Deco style and Oriental heritage into its sublime décor. The Mandarin features a grand total of 326 elegant guest rooms and suites, each taking advantage of the excellent waterfront location to offer dramatic views of the Miami skyline pressed against Biscayne Bay. The accommodations are spacious and airy, while the opulence is enhanced by the patterned carpeting, high-gloss marble, bronze sculptures, dark-wood accents and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. The award-winning 15,000-square foot spa and fitness center places an overall focus on holistic wellness and spiritual treatment, whereas the private infinity pool is the perfect places to blow off some steam after a day spent in the city. The high-energy lobby bar and outdoor dining venue cater to a buzzing after work crowd with some of the best views of the Miami skyline you’ll come across during your stay. The Mandarin Oriental is a true destination resort that offers the serenity of an island getaway with all the benefits of close proximity to the nightlife, shopping and dining attractions of Brickell Key and downtown Miami.

Eden Roc Miami Beach

Eden Roc Miami Beach

The Eden Roc Miami Beach brings the essence of five-star luxury to Miami Beach. The oceanfront resort takes a no-fuss approach to comfort and embodies a chic yet laid-back lifestyle. The property itself is a classic Miami Beach hotel that dates back to the city’s heyday during the 1950s. This character is still on full display as it transports you back in time with its original columns, brass frescoed elevator doors, fleur-de-lis accents and sweeping space that opens to a large outdoor pool overlooking the ocean. The lush accommodations were designed for a truly pampering experience with a contemporary finish, including oversized balconies that either peer out onto the Atlantic or the lit-up Miami skyline. The rooms have been redesigned recently and now put forth a modern beach house aesthetic, while the vast bathrooms include a jetted whirlpool soaking tub and rainfall shower. When it’s time to unwind, head to the wellness spa and fitness center that takes inspiration from the Beach Cosmopolitan lifestyle and delivers personalized relaxation for the mind, body and spirit.

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Braeden Alexander

Braeden Alexander is an explorer with an insatiable appetite for the world and all the exquisite experiences that await. As a writer, he's concerned with the similarities that connect us all.

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