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The Mandarin Oriental, Brickell, Miami | Wikipedia Commons
The Mandarin Oriental, Brickell, Miami | Wikipedia Commons

8 of the Most Luxurious Hotels in Miami

Miami’s clout as a celebrity destination and art hub make it a desirable stay for some of the world’s most extravagant travelers. In the Magic City, there’s no shortage of luxury hotels, replete with lush spas, rooftop dining and some of the most elaborate amenities that money can buy. Here’s a round-up of the eight most luxurious stays for your next trip to Miami.

EAST
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EAST has four swimming pools to choose from | Courtesy of EAST, Miami / Hotels.com

When Swire Hotels chose to expand from Asia to North America, it led with EAST, Miami. Anchoring Brickell City Centre, a multi-level outdoor mall in Miami’s financial district, EAST has 255 rooms, 8 suites and 89 residences with up to 1,800 square feet of space, all encased in a glass prism exterior. Quinto la Huella, a Uruguayan parrilla (charcoal-grilled meat) restaurant, opens onto the cabana-lined pool deck, which boasts an architectural wall and natural runway between four pools. For a star-studded evening, take the starburst-light elevator to the 40th-floor rooftop and land at Sugar – an open-air lounge with a Balinese bar, jasmine garden and unrivaled views of the Miami’s mainland.
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SLS LUX Brickell
Hotel, Luxury
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The SLS LUX Brickell offers panoramic views of Downtown Miami | Courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell / Hotels.com

Built with only suites and residences, the SLS LUX Brickell was created by a powerhouse team: SBE founder Sam Nazarian, developer Jorge Perez and designers Philippe Starck and Yabu Pushelberg. Along with art by Fernando Botero and Fabian Burgos, rooms here come with panoramic views of Downtown Miami, soaking tubs, Ciel Spa amenities, a full kitchen with a dishwasher and Alessi china. After admiring the colorful LED facade by light artist Ana Isabel Martinez, guests can take advantage of the full-service tennis and fitness center, the all-white rooftop pool, drinks at S Bar and dinner at Katsuya. The latter is an award-winning sushi concept from Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, with popular locations across Los Angeles.
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Acqualina Resort & Spa
Spa Hotel, Luxury
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Acqualina Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean-style getaway | Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa/Hotels.com

The five-star, 4.5-acre Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles, which resembles a Mediterranean villa, looks like it was plucked right off the coast of Spain and dropped in South Florida. Inside, the 98 rooms are fit for royalty. Outside, swaying palms, striking red pool furniture and quiet views of the Atlantic ocean make visitors feel like they are staying on a private island. After a relaxing treatment at the 20,000-square-foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA, visit Il Mulino NY for Italian fine dining. Bespoke ACQUA Experiences – which include a curated list of yoga classes, culinary and shopping tours, art classes and wildlife experiences led by local experts – will immerse you in Miami’s culture.
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The Setai
Resort, Hotel, Luxury
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The Setai lies in the Art Deco area of Miami Beach | Courtesy of The Setai / Hotels.com

Walk into The Setai, Miami Beach – which occupies a 1930s tower right in the heart of bustling Collins Avenue – and you might forget you’re in Miami at all. More specifically, you’ll feel like you were transported to Asia. Everything about this five-star luxury hotel is unique: custom Florida orange scents are pumped through vents; fresh 500-rose bouquets are changed out daily; and the hotel staff switches out 200+ glass vases of oranges with ivory candles every night. Downstairs, the hotel has a row of bespoke boutiques that mirrors a shopping street in Hong Kong. Three Art Deco pools, a private beach, a spa and the Indian-inspired Jaya restaurant add to the appeal of this luxe hotel.
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Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables
Hotel, Luxury
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The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables has stunning architectural features | Courtesy of Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables/Hotels.com

Built in 1926, the Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on 150 acres of Coral Gables property and has a culinary school, afternoon high tea, the largest hotel pool on America’s East Coast (a mere 23,000 square feet) and an 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course designed by Donald Ross. There are 271 rooms and 174 suites in total, with Mediterranean architecture and Italian, Spanish and Moorish influences shaping its decor. If that’s not luxurious enough, book one of three presidential suites: one is two stories high and comes with three bedrooms and hand-painted ceilings.
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Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Hotel, Luxury
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The palm-lined pool area is the perfect place for basking in the Florida sunshine | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Miami/Hotels.com

Pull up to the hidden valet at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami and an 80-foot waterfall tells you you’re in luxury. Towering 70 stories above Miami, this property is the tallest hotel south of Atlanta. Along with 221 hotel rooms, there’s a two-acre pool deck surrounded by 28 royal palm trees on the seventh floor, an Equinox gym, free yoga classes and a curated collection of sculptures in the lobby by local and Latin American artists. The quiet luxury of the pool is on par with the flavors at EDGE Steak and Bar – one of Miami’s most popular steakhouses, completed with its lush ambiance of a terrace bar and a fire pit. Take those flavors home when you shop the EDGE Pantry, which has pre-packaged bottles of Executive Chef Aaron Brooks’s seasonings.
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Mandarin Oriental
Independent Hotel, Hotel
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The Mandarin Oriental is the only hotel on Brickell Key | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Miami / Hotels.com

Luxury aside, the Mandarin Oriental has the best views in the Magic City – it’s the only hotel on Brickell Key, which makes it the only hotel with 360-degree views of Brickell, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Spend your day at the three-level spa, grab drinks at the waterfront Yaku by La Mar lounge or lobby MO Bar and have dinner at La Mar – acclaimed chef Diego Oka’s global take on Peruvian cuisine is not to be skipped out on. If you find yourself in the mood to wander, check out the hotel’s Art in Residence program. Throughout the 295-room and 31-suite property, you’ll find curated art pieces from artists around the world including Flore – an American artist who creates interpretive art.
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Faena Hotel South Beach
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The rooms at Faena Hotel Miami Beach are colorfully decorated spaces of relaxation | Courtesy of Faena Hotel Miami Beach / Hotels.com

This extravagant hotel is all about over-the-top opulence. Faena Miami Beach is more than a hotel – it’s a four-block district. With a 100,000 square-foot beach club, a 3,000-square-foot Faena Theater and nightly Cirque du Soleil-like cabaret performances, Faena is the pinnacle of luxury stays. At the Faena Bazaar shopping complex, you can make your way through classic boutiques. Afterwards, relax at the 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House – a South American-inspired spa with the largest hammam in Miami. With a nod to Miami’s inspired artistic roots, floor-to-ceiling wall murals by Juan Gatti frame the hotel’s entrance while Alberto Garutti-designed chandeliers – made to look like lightning strikes – are hung throughout. Intricately-patterned mosaic floors are crafted from 632,000 tiles and a $6m Damien Hirst-designed skeleton of a woolly mammoth covered in 24-karat gold is a city-wide treasure. Hungry guests will be more than satisfied at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – an award-winning restaurant with authentic Argentine live-fire cooking. Alternately, Pao is a jaw-dropping Asian concept by James Beard Award-winner Paul Qui that’s located just past the hotel lobby, overlooking Faena’s “Path of the Warrior.”
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