1 . The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Bal Harbour, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 993 - 3300

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Forbes magazine recognized St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort as, "the most anticipated hotel opening of 2012" and they were right to be excited.

This AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort is beyond breathtaking – a true statement of oceanfront luxury. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is elegant and refined, modern and stylish with seductive amenities that will please even the most affluent travelers. It's a "peerless haven" where you can indulge in life's finest things – gentle ocean breezes, strolls along the beach, cocktails by the pool, and delectable cuisine. But your stay at this destination is much more than that. It's about taking your resort experience to another level of luxury. You can step into Reméde Spa, where you'll be able to enjoy exclusive treatments in an atmosphere that is inviting, soothing and sumptuous. Other unparalleled amenities include two spectacular tropical infinity pools with private cabanas, a state-of-the-art athletic club, and three top of the line dining options. And if there is something that you can't find during your stay, your St. Regis Butler is always on call, offering meticulous and discreet personal service. The accommodations at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort take Miami Beach luxury to another level. The resort's elegantly appointed ocean view rooms, studios and suites were designed by the award-winning interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg. All accommodations have private glass-enclosed balconies with ocean views, refined color palettes, and modern conveniences and technology. At The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort you will experience a lifestyle like no other on Florida's Gold Coast.

Highlights

Dine on delectable cuisine at the signature J&G Grill by internationally-renown Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Related activities

This exclusive Miami Beach enclave is directly across from the celebrated Bal Harbour Shops.

Related Onsite Offerings

If the resort's timeless luxury is something you'd like to enjoy on a full-time basis discover the exceptional Residences available for purchase at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences.

2 . The Palms Hotel & Spa

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 550 - 0505

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“Inspired by nature” is the premise behind the Miami luxury resort that made our No. 2 spot. From botanical products in the full-service spa to organic ingredients in the onsite restaurants, you’ll indulge in and be inspired by an array of sensory experiences at the Palms Hotel and Spa!

Your stay at The Palms Hotel begins with the nation’s only oceanfront Aveda concept spa, where a holistic approach and soothing botanicals heal aches and pains and melt away stress. The spa’s Sensory Rituals offer a spectacular way to entice all five senses by letting you choose the music and scent that suits you. A splash of Aveda Pure-fume continues the feel-good experience long after you leave the spa. We can’t imagine a good reason to leave the sanctuary of the Palms Spa, but if anything were to coax us away it would be Essensia, one of several onsite culinary delights. This “natural gourmet” restaurant blends Mediterranean flavors with traditional Floridian fare – seafood, anyone? And now you can feel good about your Miami vacation, with a hotel that benefits both you and the planet; even the tropical-flavored liquors and fruit garnishes served up at the Tiki Bar are certified organic!

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, take 112 East to 195 East. Continue on 195 East to Miami Beach and follow the left lanes to the Arthur Godfrey Road exit. Continue east on Arthur Godfrey Road and turn right onto Indian Creek Drive. Turn left onto 30th Street, then another left onto Collins Avenue. Proceed to the Palms Hotel on your right.

Highlights

Indulge in Florida’s stone crabs and flavorful Cuban coffee on your Miami vacation. The Palms puts you within walking distance to places that serve up both!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Palms has signature packages tailored to your Miami getaway, including a “Boys Will be Boys Escape” with golf, water sports and nightlife!

3 . Gansevoort South

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 932 - 6694

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New York’s Hotel Gansevoort transformed Manhattan’s infamous Meatpacking District from ho-hum to trend-setting hub. Here, on bustling Miami Beach, the Gansevoort South – the hotel’s latest outpost – seems poised to do more of the same. And now you can get in on the action at this Miami luxury hotel!

We dare you to find even a hint of the ordinary in the dramatic modern designs of Gansevoort South’s hotel rooms and suites. Suede walls, splashes of magenta and luxurious feather beds redefine the standard hotel experience, while photos of 1930s pinups add a playful touch. Savor a taste of the extraordinary with exquisite cocktails at the Plunge rooftop lounge. Did we mention Gansevoort South’s slight flair for the dramatic? A 50-ft.-long aquarium teeming with sharks separates the hotel lobby from an exclusive VIP lounge. Words don’t do justice to the Sony Cierge Suite, so we’ll leave it at this: Andy Warhol prints, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and master baths appointed with jade marble and mosaic glass tiles. And who could forget the expansive infinity-edge pool, exceeded in lavishness only by the 110-ft. rooftop pool that overlooks the stunning Miami skyline? We certainly won’t!

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, drive south on Le Jeune Road toward Fourteenth Street. Merge onto FL-836 East toward I-95. Merge onto I-395 East and veer onto Fifth Street at the fork. Make a left onto Collins Avenue and continue to Gansevoort South.

Fun facts

Gansevoort Beach Club is Miami's largest private beach club and was designed by Stephane Dupoux.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pool plazas, the beachfront, rooftops, a premiere ballroom - Gansevoort South is ideal for corporate, wedding and group events too!

4 . The Setai

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 520 - 6000

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Simple. Intimate. Graceful. While not typically synonymous with South Beach, these three words perfectly capture our stay at The Setai. Set on one of Miami’s most famous beaches, this alluring Art Deco retreat blends the city’s rich architectural past with Asian influences for an unbeatable Miami luxury experience.

On one side, an Art Deco exterior hides teak walls and authentic jade pieces from China’s antique markets. On the other, a stunning glass tower is strategically designed to create intimate spaces and spectacular lighting effects throughout. And in the middle, East meets West with a blend of Oriental medicine, ancient healing rituals and traditional services at the Spa at The Setai. A private bath and steam room – plus ocean and pool views – are features of these private spa suites perfect for two. Forget lounge chairs – sink into luxurious day beds surrounding The Setai’s lush tropical gardens and sparkling pools. Low profile furniture, exotic hardwoods and rich chocolate linens are highlights of the spacious suites and common spaces at this Miami luxury hotel. Indian curries, Peking duck and steamed fish are all served up family style in the open kitchen restaurant. And colorful cocktails at The Setai’s shimmering Capiz shell bar are a refreshing way to unwind in the evenings!

Population

409,719

Getting there

From the Miami International Airport, take the Airport Exit to Le Jeune Road and head south. Merge onto FL-836 East toward I-95. Keep left at the fork to go onto the Dolphin Expressway. Stay straight to go onto I-395 East, which becomes MacArthur Causeway. Turn left onto Collins Avenue and proceed to The Setai.

Fun facts

This Art Deco landmark was originally built in 1936 and operated as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel.

5 . Shore Club

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 695 - 3100

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Polished terrazzo floors, tufted floor cushions and radiant columns lit from within welcome you into the Shore Club’s opulent lobby, while Moroccan lanterns scattered around the gardens cast a soft glow – and a touch of mystique – on this global paradise. Middle Eastern inspirations meet Miami Beach minimalism at this luxury retreat!

Photos don’t do justice to the Shore Club’s Penthouse Suite. Three floors of jaw-dropping, eye-popping grandeur – so expansive you need multiple spiral staircases and a private elevator just to explore it! It’s home to 6,000 sq. ft. of ultramodern furniture, hand-painted batik prints and a private pool with outdoor shower – plus 360-degree views of the Miami skyline and Atlantic Ocean. Stay in it, or share it with your friends for a private party destined to impress. But don’t write off the Shore Club’s hotel suites, poolside bungalows and beach house villa. Minimalism meets chic in these upscale offerings, complete with Egyptian cotton linens, flat screen TVs, teak furniture and Mexican sandstone floors. The poolside Rumbar boasts 75 different rum varieties, while the resort’s restaurant, Ago, features Tuscan flavors and a potential for Robert DeNiro sightings; the esteemed actor co-owns it!

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, follow Le Jeune Road South to 836 East to I-395 East. Continue on the Mac Arthur Causeway and take the ramp onto Alton Road North. Turn right onto Seventeenth Street and then take another left onto Collins Avenue. The Shore Club will be on your right.

Fun facts

Shore Club was designed by famed British architect David Chipperfield and its gardens were inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.

Related Onsite Offerings

Save big on Shore Club’s spa services – and get free aromatherapy upgrades – when you book one of Shore Club’s Spa Junkie packages.

6 . Grove Isle Hotel & Spa

Miami, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 884 - 7683

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Put some distance between land and your everyday cares at a luxury island retreat so secluded and intimate that you’ll forget you’re only minutes from Miami Beach. Until night time that is; then the vibrant Miami nightlife beckons from across Biscayne Bay! Wine, dine and unwind at the Grove Isle Hotel and Spa.

With an entire island as our private playground, we found plenty of ways to explore at Grove Isle Hotel and Spa. Savor island flavors in the hotel’s tropical gardens or sample local wines with the whimsical décor (we detected a distinct monkey theme) of Baleen Miami. This island oasis puts you close to world-class Florida golf and shopping by day and Miami’s famed night clubs and attractions by night! Indulge in island-inspired living with the canopied beds, terracotta tile floors and marble baths featured in Grove Isle’s bayfront suites. Decorative shutters frame breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, where spectacular Miami sunsets are sure to inspire a little island passion. And just in case, a romantic couple’s massage in the onsite SpaTerre should seal the deal.

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, follow Le Jeune Road South to Coral Way. Turn left and take Coral Way to Seventeenth Avenue and turn right, then make a right onto South Bayshore Drive. Take a left at the first traffic light and follow the road to Grove Isle Resort and Spa.

Highlights

Exotic jungle murals, gilded columns and painted metal palm fronds welcome you to the island at Grove Isle Hotel and Spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Visit nearby Bayside Marketplace, where you’ll find exotic restaurants, live entertainment and excellent Miami Beach shopping!

7 . The Raleigh Hotel

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 534 - 6300

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No place on earth does Art Deco grandeur and romance like Miami’s South Beach. With all the opulence of a bygone era sequestered in one place, we started to wonder if maybe the old “too much of a good thing” standard applies. But that was before we happened upon the crown jewel of this Art Deco mecca: The Raleigh Hotel.

Steeped in 1940s tradition, this beachfront landmark sprang up during Miami’s formative years. A recent restoration by renowned hotelier, André Balazs, has brought the Raleigh Hotel into the 21st century. And the cascading waterfall, striped lounge chairs and fringed umbrellas of its highly-stylized pool make it one of the prettiest in all of South Beach. We adored the quirky blend of practical and playful displayed in the brightly-colored exteriors and saloon doors of the pool’s changing rooms. Period furnishings, polished terrazzo floors and Art Deco charm abound in this luxury retreat. Seek out the Raleigh’s Oasis Cabanas for a poolside massage or hop a shuttle to the Standard Spa at the hotel’s sister resort on Belle Isle. Inspired by ancient bathing rituals, this one-of-a-kind spa features unique hydrotherapy treatments like an eight-foot cascade of heated water. And the Raleigh’s outdoor terrace, with its flavorful seasonal menus, has become a favorite of Miami locals.

Getting there

The Miami International Airport is located just 20 minutes from the Raleigh Hotel. The Raleigh is happy to arrange ground transportation to and from airports.

Fun facts

The Raleigh Hotel was designed by L. Murray Dixon, one of the most acclaimed architects of South Beach’s historic Art Deco District.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Raleigh Hotel’s Martini Bar pours thirst-quenching libations in a bar reminiscent of a 1940s private club.

8 . Z Ocean Hotel

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 688 - 4232

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Forget about chocolates, ice cream and reality TV shows; Z Ocean Hotel on Miami Beach is our new go-to guilty pleasure! One thing is for sure: there’s no better place to indulge on your Miami vacation than at the luxury hotel in our No. 8 spot.

What’s better than a little one-on-one time with that special someone? A beachfront hotel that lets you make the most of it! So much for candlelit dining and carriage rides; Z Ocean Hotel offers a distinctly Miami take on romance, with seductive suites, rooftop hot tubs and the delicious menu offerings of Zushi Flirt. Satisfy all your cravings at this South Beach hotel! We’ve been around the South Beach block a time or two, but we’ve never seen beachfront luxury quite like this: granite counters and his-and-hers vanities, private balconies with chaise lounges and oversized showers with four wall-sprays and a rainforest shower head. Plus luxurious feather beds and goose down pillows that will have you saying “Zzzz” in no time!

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, take Le Jeune Road South and turn right onto the Dolphin Expressway East. Take I-395 East, which becomes the Mac Arthur Causeway and eventually Fifth Street. Continue east on Fifth Street and turn left onto Collins Avenue. Proceed on Collins Avenue to the Z Ocean Hotel on your right.

Fun facts

The hotel’s onsite sushi restaurant is the sister restaurant to New Jersey’s acclaimed Zushi Flirt.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Beach Club at Z Ocean Hotel boasts concierge and attendant services, lounge chairs, chilled aloe cream and a beverage menu!

9 . The Tides South Beach

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 439 - 4095

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A multi-million dollar renovation and upscale makeover from a leading Hollywood interior designer have earned the luxury hotel in our No. 9 spot the nickname “Diva of Ocean Drive.” And from movie star-worthy suites to a personal assistant at our beck and call, we found plenty of diva-esque behavior at the Tides South Beach!

Not only can you stay among the stars on Miami’s Ocean Drive, now you can live like one, with a fully-stocked European bar, espresso machine and panoramic ocean views – all standard in your spacious Tides suite. And your stay at this South Beach luxury retreat includes around-the-clock service from your very own personal assistant. What could be more “diva” than having someone else unpack your luggage, walk your pets – even draw you a bath? You can expect the best – as in the best boutiques, nightclubs and even people watching – from a hotel set on South Beach’s most famous street. Not to mention the soft white sands and sparkling ocean waters of one of Florida’s premiere stretches of beach. Of course, there’s plenty to see and do without ever leaving the hotel, where petrified wood accent tables, seductively soft pillowtop beds and faux zebra skin rugs perfectly complement the Tides’ art deco aesthetic.

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, turn left onto the Airport Exit and stay straight to go onto 21st Street. Take the SR-112 East ramp toward I-95 North. Merge onto Le Jeune Road and proceed toward I-95. Take I-395 E, which becomes Mac Arthur Causeway, and take a slight right onto Fifth Street. Turn left onto Collins Avenue, right onto 13th Street and right onto Ocean Drive. Proceed to the hotel at 1220 Ocean Drive.

Fun facts

The Tides was built in 1936 in the Art Deco style by famed architect Lawrence Murray Dixon.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy around-the-clock assistance from traditional-style butlers trained by Robert Watson, founder and president of "The Guild of Professional English Butlers."

10 . Fontainebleau

Miami Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 548 - 8886

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We chose our No. 10 spot, Fontainebleau, for its admirable ability to multitask. This luxury hotel, reminiscent of Miami’s golden era, is a quiet oceanfront retreat by day. And at night, you won’t have to go far – not only is Fontainebleau close to the Miami nightlife; with 11 onsite restaurants and night clubs, it’s the center of it!

We’d be content to spend any stay sequestered in the two levels of sophisticated pampering and spa-inspired bliss that make up Fontainebleau’s Lapis Spa. Surrender to the thermal therapies and ritual water elements that are the highlights of this upscale spa retreat, or indulge in the transformative powers of the Resculpting Facial, an advanced anti-aging treatment that has been nicknamed the “Red Carpet Facial” for its growing popularity among celebrities. There’s only one way to top a full day of South Beach spa treatments and sunbathing: Fontainebleau’s eclectic mix of exciting night life and entertainment. Your night to remember begins with specialty meat cuts at Gotham Steak or the Italian cuisine of Scarpetta. Then it’s time to dance the night away at LIV at Fontainebleau, where you’ll find 30,000 sq. ft. of private skyboxes, European bottle service and a stunning blend of beautiful people (including celebrities), all without leaving the hotel.

Getting there

From Miami International Airport, take the Airport Exit to 20th Street and take a right. Take Le Jeune Road to FL-112 East toward Miami Beach. Take I-195 East and stay straight to go onto Arthur Godfrey Road. Turn left onto Indian Creek Drive, which becomes Collins Avenue, and proceed to Fontainebleau at 4441 Collins Ave.

Fun facts

Through the 1950s and 60s, Fontainebleau played host to the “who's who” in entertainment, including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Marlene Dietrich and many more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fontainebleau’s studio, one- and two-bedroom suites are the ultimate luxury, with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, Prima Loft bedding and flat screen TVs.

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