Miami’s luscious palm trees mirrored by turquoise beaches bump it to the top of the most romantic getaways in the world. The tropical landscape sizzling in the sunshine make a couple’s retreat extra steamy – and staying at these dreamy hotels may just heighten the passion.
Housed in the former Claridge’s building, Casa Faena is the lesser-known of the properties in the Faena District – but the privacy is invaluable. The stylish inn perched on Collins Avenue offers guests a quiet, more boutique hotel experience than the sprawling Faena Hotel a few meters down. The renovated building is charmingly decorated in a Spanish style – white wicker chairs adorned with pink pillows line the terrace for those afternoon pick-me-ups sipping cold lemonades. Inside, a chic lounge area is flanked by built-in bookshelves and a sky-high atrium where light filters in marvelously. There’s also a bistro-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an on-site spa.
Modern with a fresh Scandinavian-themed interior, The Standard features airy guest rooms with private terraces, and outdoor soaking tubs to bathe with views of the water. More of a spa with rooms than a hotel, The Standard offers guests a relaxing experience amidst tropical gardens and Turkish-style hamams to indulge and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. However, entertainment and the beaches are just steps away along the Venetian Causeway.
Unlike any other building in South Beach, The Besty Hotel flaunts an elegant façade with its four-column portico in the Florida Georgian style. The iconic gem dating back to 1942 caters to a sophisticated crowd, a more laid-back hotel than its party-prone counterparts along Ocean Drive. Though that doesn’t mean it hasn’t its share of striking pools – guests can alternate between the rooftop pool with views of the art deco district, or the secluded courtyard pool in an intimate setting. Suites are decorated in a contemporary colonial style with breezy bright palettes going along perfectly with the beach setting.
The modern hotel equipped with a decadent poolscape is the place to recharge, and enjoy a placid moment. Oceanfront with unobstructed views of the water, the luscious pool is one of four, decked with cozy cabanas, loungers and a myriad of beds where hotel guests and locals come to laze away with a cocktail in hand from the rooftop bar. The hotel is also environmentally-friendly with furniture from recycled materials, and features several restaurants, a spa, and even a charging station for your Tesla whip.
Sumptuously posh with an Asian-inspired design and mood lighting, The Setai vamps up any honeymoon experience. The luxurious hotel features grand rooms with views, a lavish spa for couples’ massages, and three infinity azure pools kept at temperatures between 75-95 degrees. Perched just on Collins Avenue, the hotel is walking distance from a handful of restaurants, nightclubs, the Bass Museum and the Filmore.
If staying in the suburbs is not off the list, then head to Coral Gables where the historic Biltmore lies in a pretty sprawling world of its own. The Mediterranean-style hotel from the Jazz Age bears a long history of famous patrons, a famous golf course where guests can schedule some tee time, and one of the largest hotel pools in the country dotted with decadent Roman statues, of course. Set in one of the most picturesque suburbs in the city, it’s an ideal getaway from the noisy downtown.