Searching for a space to chill after an evening on the vibrant South Beach club scene? Looking to relax after a day spent in the sun?
Whatever your requirements, Miami has an extensive range of hotels that cater for every taste. Whether it’s urban chic, luxury or a combination of the two that you seek, Elite Traveler has listed the best of the best.
The Biltmore Hotel has been a symbol of elegance and class since it first opened in 1926.
A favorite of celebrities and sports stars, the Biltmore is a throwback to an Old World European-style hotel, with tasteful décor complemented by the stunning retro design of the building itself. The opulence of the Biltmore is enhanced by its 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, ten tennis courts, superb dining facilities and the largest hotel pool in Continental United States – a staggering 23,000 square foot idyll that defies description. The perfect hotel destination for guests looking to mix graceful surroundings with top class amenities.
TOP SUITE Everglades Suite
Why we love it: This grand, historic two-bedroom duplex on the 13th floor of the Campanile Tower is stylishly decorated with soaring hand-painted ceilings and a coral rock fireplace. Featuring its own private elevator, and equipped with two bedrooms on separate floors, dressing area, Roman bathtub, baby grand piano and a dining table for six, the Everglades Suite is a statement in comfort.
- Square footage: 1,830
- Nightly rate: $2,850
Dennis Doucette, General Manager
+1 305 445 1926
The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, 33134
The Mandarin Oriental combines a quiet serenity with exceptional service and amenities.
The hotel is located on Brickell Key, a 44-acre island in Biscayne Bay, and is conveniently located for South Beach and Miami International Airport. For those seeking high quality dining, look no further than the Azul, the Mandarin’s top restaurant, which has an award list as long as its menu. Featuring elegant rooms with stunning views of the Miami skyline, the hotel also boasts a world-class spa, pool and a level of service that caters for guests’ every need.
TOP SUITE Oriental Suite
Why we love it: The only suite located on the top floor of the hotel, with an unparalleled view from the private balcony of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.The Oriental Suite is ideally equipped with everything to create the perfect entertainment experience; a kitchen, a dining table for eight and a state-of-the-art media presentation room with theater-style seating – even a piano. The suite also includes a bedroom, living and dining room, as well as an elegantly designed bathroom with a floor-to-ceiling window offering another sumptuous view of the city. The bathroom has a walk-in closet, oversized shower and a free-standing tub. With the whole of Miami spread out before you, this suite provides the perfect background for relaxing or entertaining.
- Square footage: 2,000
- Nightly rate: $2,200
Jorge Gonzalez, General Manager
+1 305 913 8288
Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 33131
FISHER ISLAND HOTEL & RESORT
Fisher Island Hotel & Resort offers a level of exclusivity that few Miami establishments can rival.
A 1928 Vanderbilt Mansion on a private island that is accessible only by boat, the resort offers a relaxing and tranquil experience for those looking to escape the city. Recently refurbished to the tune of $60 million, the resort includes a nine-hole golf course, a private beach and beach club, tennis center, two marinas, a variety of dining options and a spa. In addition, Miami’s South Beach is just a seven-minute ferry ride away, so the hotel is a perfect destination for those looking to party or relax.
TOP SUITE Rosemary’s Cott age
Why we love it: Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro and Naomi Campbell are among the many celebrities who have enjoyed the majestic environs of this historic 65- unit resort on a plutocrats’ isle, reachable only by ferry or seaplane. The 1,800- square-foot, three-bedroom Rosemary’s Cottage comes with a full valet service and a genteel 19th century flavor, including crystal drop chandeliers and white Carrera marble floors. There is a kitchen, a fireplace in the master bedroom, two backyards (one with Jacuzzi), and best of all, it’s only a short stroll to the beach.
- Square footage: 2,000
- Nightly rate: $2,200
David Smiley, Hotel Director
+1 305 535 6000
Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, One Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island, 33109
ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA
Situated in the northern fringes of Miami, the Acqualina sits on fourand- a-half beachfront acres with 400 feet of stunning Florida coastline.
Featuring a design reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, and with the sophistication that goes with it, the Acqualina is the perfect destination for those looking to get away from the city. The resort contains 97 impeccable rooms and suites, and friendly, helpful staff. Acqualina boasts a world-class ESPA spa with a host of fantastic treatments, renowned restaurant ‘Il Mulino’ and three oceanfront swimming pools.
TOP SUITE DELUXE TWO-BEDROOM OCEANFRONT HOTEL SUITE
Why we love it: At a generous 2,035 square feet, the deluxe two-bedroom Oceanfront hotel suites are packed full of amenities, with king-sized beds in both the master and second bedroom, separate living room, flat-screen TVs, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast room and two bathrooms. The suite features a private terrace with a gorgeous ocean front view.
- Square footage: 2,035
- Nightly rate: $2,100
Sase Gjorsovski, General Manager
+1 305 918 8000
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, 33160
With interiors created by internationally renowned designer Marcel Wanders and a location that offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and a panoramic scope of the downtown Miami skyline, Mondrian is truly beautiful – both inside and out.
While the Mondrian may appear chic and trendy, there is a strong undercurrent of luxury and class, and the dining and spa facilities are excellent.
TOP SUITE SKY TERRACE APARTMENT
Why we love it: Located on the top floor of the hotel, this amazing open-concept space is the largest of the Mondrian’s two-bedroom accommodation. While the breathtaking views are something to behold, the décor is equally stunning and features fashion-forward accents such as oversized columns and floor-to-ceiling artwork. A custom-designed hot tub awaits you on your private wraparound terrace, large enough to accommodate guests, while an ultra-modern kitchen comes equipped with a stocked wine cooler for easy entertaining.
- Square footage: 2,400
- Nightly rate: $6,000
+1 305 695 3256
Mondrian, 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
THE FOUR SEASONS
Located within reach of beautiful Biscayne Bay, Miami’s tallest building offers elegant, sweeping views of the lagoon and surrounding area.
The Four Seasons provides resort-style amenities in a luxurious hotel setting and blends a quiet, relaxing ambiance with an oasis of calm, within this often hectic city. Guests can expect impeccable service, three swimming pools, and an excellent dining and spa experience. Perfect for those looking to relax before heading out to enjoy the Miami scene.
TOP SUITE Presidential Suite
Why we love it: Expandable into two or three bedrooms, the Presidential suite at the Four Seasons presents unrivalled views over the Bay and Downtown Miami. The suite is designed for entertaining, with a dining table that seats up to eight and a lavish style that includes a Murano crystal chandelier and lamps. The master bedroom is spacious and features an exotic-wood four-poster bed, sofas and a work area, while the bathroom has an oversized bath and shower, and a large dressing area with closet space for more than 100 outfits.
- Square footage: 2,830
- Nightly rate: $3,900
Simon Pettigrew, General Manager
+1 305 358 3535
The Four Seasons, 1435 Brickell Avenue, 33131
This stunning hotel has become one of South Beach’s most sought-after properties.
Stretching out over an impressive expanse of prime oceanfront real estate with exclusive access to some of the country’s hottest restaurants and shopping, Shore Club is your one stop, high-style vacation destination; the hotel and the accompanying Nobu restaurant and SkyBar are the places to be seen.
TOP SUITE PENTHHOUSE
Why we love it: This incredible triplex suite comes complete with its own private elevator, steam room, sauna and rooftop pool, easily making it Miami’s most impressive Penthouse. Two spiral staircases add a sense of drama to the crisp white interiors and ultra-modern furnishings. A 360- degree panoramic view of the ocean and cityscape below adds to this suite’s open, breezy vibe. No luxury is spared for guests staying at this chic suite: from 400-thread count Egyptian linens, to an outdoor shower for post-pool pampering, it’s impossible not to relax in the midst of all this opulence.
- Square footage: 6,000
- Nightly rate: $9,000
+1 305 695 3256
Shore Club, 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
Located in Miami Beach and with a strong Asian influence, the Setai is one of Miami’s most luxurious hotels.
An impressive and historic building, the Setai originally opened in 1938 (under a different name) and comprises two separate buildings: one an Art Deco masterpiece, the other a glittering tower that is one of Miami’s tallest buildings. Serene and Zen-like, the Setai is an idyllic setting for those looking to relax, and with its beautiful décor, stunning views and a host of fantastic suites, there is ample opportunity to do so. The Setai features an Asian-influenced spa and a host of dining facilities, which include The Restaurant, the premier dining establishment at the hotel. For entertainment, the hotel holds regular food, wine and music events, and is situated near to the beach.
TOP SUITE Penthouse
Why we love it: With a slide of your private key card your elevator opens directly into the four-bedroom Penthouse that occupies the entire 40th floor of this stylish new property. This suite offers 360-degree ocean/ city views, teak and gray granite floors and several terraces, one with an eternity pool and a Jacuzzi. With an updated 1930s Shanghai decor, the services of a butler, a Steinway piano, eight rooms in total and four bathrooms, it’s no wonder the likes of musician Lenny Kravitz have enjoyed this luxurious Penthouse.
- Square footage: 2,000
- Nightly rate: $30,000 high season
Hansjoerg Meier, General Manager
+1 305 520 6000
The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139
THE TIDES SOUTH BEACH
Redesigned by top designer Kelly Wearstler in 1997, the Tides has managed to blend the glamour of Miami’s South Beach with sophistication and class.
With an instantly recognisable Art Deco façade, the hotel is just a short walk from the beach and the exciting entertainment on South Beach strip. Each spacious suite has a spectacular view of the nearby ocean, and personalised service is guaranteed by the hotel staff. The pool, spa and dining facilities are all of a high quality, and the hotel has a selection of stylish venues available for private functions and special events. The Tides is ideal for those looking for romantic getaways, business trips or the chance to be right in the heart of the South Beach scene.
TOP SUITE Penthouse
Why we love it: While the top suite at The Tides may offer a 360-degree view of South Beach and Downtown Miami, the focus is on privacy. The master wing can be separated off from the dining and living rooms via a set of mirrored sliding doors, as can the second bedroom, to allow for complete privacy while entertaining. The dining room features a dramatic design and seats up to eight, while the rest of the suite is furnished with state of the art Sonos™ digital music technology, controlled by a wireless remote, providing zone specific music choices throughout the suite.
- Square footage: 2,500
- Nightly rate: $5,000
Jorge Gutierrez, Director of Operations
+1 305 604 5070
The Tides South Beach, 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 33139
RITZ-CARLTON, COCONUT GROVE
One of the three Five Diamond hotels in Miami, the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove is a much more intimate, elegant affair than many of the city’s hotels.
Exuding a refined Italian Renaissance theme and inspired by nearby Villa Vizcaya, the hotel has fine views over Biscayne Bay and the tropical scenery of Coconut Grove. With a top class restaurant, the Bizcaya, an elevated pool terrace and a 6,000-square foot spa, the Ritz-Carlton is a relaxing, peaceful hotel that envelops its guests in complete luxury.
TOP SUITE Presidential Suite
Why we love it: This eighth-floor corner suite commands wonderful views of Biscayne Bay and the Downtown skyline, ocean and marina. The roomy dedicated office space is a big plus for traveling executives, and the suite is perfect for entertaining with its dining table for eight and stainless steel kitchenette. The suite continues the Italian Renaissance theme, with four rooms in total and a personal butler.
- Square footage: 1,350
- Nightly rate: $3,000 high season