Feb. 10th, 2010

Miami Best Hotels

Luxury Hotels: With a tropical climate, a vibrant culture, and a laundry list of local landmarks, the greater area of Miami has long been a popular tourist destination. Miami offers a wide array of luxury hotels, ranging from trendy, Art Deco boutiques to extravagant five-star resorts. So, whether you’re headed to the shores of South Beach, the urban streets of downtown, or perhaps the island paradise of Key Biscayne, here’s five of our favorite luxury hotels.

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Spanning 4.5 acres along the white, sandy beaches of Sunny Isles, Acqualina Resort & Spa beautifully captures the essence of the Mediterranean villa lifestyle. With 54 well-appointed guestrooms, 43 lavish suites, and 188 grand residences, the accommodations at Acqualina are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes. Privileged guests will receive complimentary access to the 20,000-square-foot ESPA Spa, as well as a $40 spa treatment credit for each night of their stay. With 400 feet of Atlantic Ocean coastline as a backdrop, the resort offers two oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and even an innovative marine biology-based AcquaMarine program for the kiddos.

W South Beach
When you're not out indulging in the cultural extravagances of Miami, the W South Beach is prepared to comfort you, entertain you and acquiesce to your every request. With 14 room choices, from the stylish Wonderful Studio all the way to the opulent Penthouse Suites and the lavish dream house Bungalow, your needs will be met whether you are a solo business traveler or a family of four. Each of their 312 guestrooms and bungalows are outfitted with not one, but two flat screen televisions, 350-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, Bliss Spa bathroom products, glass balconies and high ceilings.

The Setai Miami
Against a backdrop of lush palm trees, tropical gardens and the incandescent glow of the Atlantic Ocean, The Setai is much more than your average resort hotel. So much so, in fact, The Setai has developed into a permanent residence for some of Miami's most privileged oceanfront dwellers.

Just steps away from South Beach, The Setai has revamped the 1930s city landmark Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. The Setai exudes the essence of modern-day Florida through its use of Art Deco and Asian-influenced design, while maintaining the cultural appeal of the city's eminent past. The Asian-inspired ambiance is enhanced by the subtle overtones, clean lines, and modestly chic décor. The grand lobby is sheathed in Shanghai brick, rich teak, imported stone and Asian art and artifacts.

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort
The historic Vanderbilt Mansion on Fisher Island, Florida, the private residential enclave routinely named as the country’s most expensive zip code, has just been restored to its original glory as part of a $60 million island-wide restoration project. The Mediterranean-style mansion, built by William K. Vanderbilt II in 1925, is now the centerpiece of the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, a 216-acre property housing a luxuriously-appointed 45-room boutique hotel. Other luxe amenities include a brand new private beach club and revamped 9-hole professional golf course, tennis center and marina.

Imagine chartering a yacht (or bringing your own) and seeing the best of Southern Florida by land and by sea. While there are various top-flight hotels in the downtown Miami area with great amenities, rooms, and service, only one luxury hotel or resort has its own marina; and that’s Epic.

Located on the bank of the Miami River where it meets the Biscayne Bay, the Epic Hotel is the sole luxury hotel in downtown Miami that offers guests overnight moorage, direct-dock access, and marina services. The 900-linear-foot marina has slips capable of accommodating yachts up to 100 feet long.

These five luxury hotels represent some of our favorites, but don’t forget to check out our Miami City Guide for even more Miami Best Hotels.
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