Miami’s Ultra Luxury Hotels

By Kara Franker | Apr 3, 2018
Entrance to the Delano on Miami Beach
Enjoy a posh home-away-from-home at one of Miami Beach's opulent hotels

Treat yourself by staying at one of Miami Beach’s most opulent hotels.

Looking for an oceanfront suite with private butler service? Or maybe you’d like to kick off your vacation with a Champagne toast and caviar? You can have it all in Miami Beach. With so many luxury hotels to choose from, you can pick where you’d like to stay based on any number of important factors like level of VIP treatment, whether the spa offers your favorite indulgence, or the size of the penthouse suite and of course let’s not forget to mention the view!

Miami Beach might as well be the mecca of luxury beach resorts. Designed to cater to the whim of any well-heeled traveler, there are hotels that offer the opportunity to flaunt it all to the in-crowd or where you can disguise yourself behind lock and key for a secret beach getaway for two. Dotting the coastline from South Beach to Sunny Isles Beach, extravagant resorts tower over the sand.

Settle in a South Beach Getaway

The Betsy's Lobby Bar

There are a variety of South Beach resorts that appeal to luxury travelers just steps from Lincoln Road and the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, not to mention dozens of restaurants. Among these resorts and located right on Ocean Drive across from Lummus Park, is The Betsy Hotel - a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award winner that boasts both an A+ location and a vibrant arts and culture scene. The historic property features Miami’s only “Writer’s Room” where visiting wordsmiths can sit at the former desk of poet Hyam Plutzik, Pulitzer Prize finalist and the father of The Betsy Hotel owner, Jonathan Plutzik.

The Doheny room at the Delano

A few blocks up the beach you’ll find the Delano, famous for its swanky scene and beautiful people. This boutique hotel often plays home base for visitors coming to partake in South Beach’s renowned 24/7 nightlife scene. Make sure you carve out room in your busy schedule for “Tuesdays at Delano,” one of SoBe’s most popular parties that has been known to attract celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Sting and Timbaland.

Loews Miami Beach poolside daybeds and cabanas

If you’re traveling with the whole family and looking for something a little more kid-friendly, Loews Miami Beach Hotel offers a wealth of activities for young and old alike without skimping on the lavish details. Another great option that caters to both families and the jet-set, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is undergoing a major renovation. Stay tuned for its big reveal. Both hotels are Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award winners.

The Setai courtyard

Venture a few more blocks north toward Collins Park and The Bass Museum of Art, and you’ll find one of the most luxurious hotels on the beach. The Setai Miami Beach offers a slice of serenity in the midst of all the action. Relax and recharge in this calm and inviting resort featuring a combination of Asian and Art Deco design influences. It has consistently been gifted with the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award since 2015.

1 Hotel's main pool

Follow Miami Beach’s Boardwalk up to 1 Hotel South Beach and you’ll discover another thoughtfully designed resort where the mission is to show luxury travelers that they can live well and while also staying in an environmentally-responsible retreat. The 1 Hotel brand is inspired by nature and cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture, together with a high level of service.

Experience Luxury Away from the Bustle

Saxony Bar at Faena Hotel

A relative newcomer to the luxury hotel scene, Faena Hotel Miami Beach isn’t just a resort destination, it sits inside the six-block Faena District in Mid-Beach named after founder and visionary Alan Faena. There you’ll also find the 43,000-square-foot Faena Forum, a collection of unique event spaces and an amphitheater designed by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu. Think live performances at the theater, rooftop bazaars on top of the structure and art installations galore.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Bowtie and Oasis pool

No luxury hotel round-up would be complete without paying homage to the grand dame of Miami Beach resorts. The Fontainebleau is the crown jewel of Millionaire’s Row and has welcomed entertainers ranging from Elvis Presley and Judy Garland to Pitbull and Lady Gaga. One of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami Beach, the 22-acre resort opened in 1954 and was designed by the legendary Morris Lapidus.

Le Sirenuse restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

Next stop is Surfside, Miami Beach’s up-and-coming beach town and home to the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club. Sprawling across nine acres of drop-dead gorgeous oceanfront property, the resort is the reimagined home of the 1930s era Surf Club. It’s also home to Le Sirenuse restaurant and Champagne bar, the first outpost away from its Michelin-starred home in Italy.

Find Refuge in Bal Harbour’s Shopping District

St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour Lobby

Situated on the northern tip of the Miami Beach archipelago, Bal Harbour is where glamour reigns supreme. You’re truly in the lap of luxury when you stay at The St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour. Everywhere you turn, you’ll witness opulence from the panoramic ocean views to the private butler service. No need to pack anything for your vacation, since the high-end Bal Harbour Shops is located directly across the street. The resort will even arrange a personal shopper for you.

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour pool

Now under the same Marriott ownership umbrella as The St. Regis, The Ritz-Carlton in Bal Harbour is a sister resort with loads of glamorous amenities in a quiet section of the beach. This is an idyllic hotel where you can kick back and relax in one of the free-standing, over-sized tubs that overlook the ocean. The lavish boutique-size property has semi-private elevators, so you needn’t worry about running into any other vacationers during your secluded getaway.

Live like a Blue Blood in Sunny Isles Beach

Trump International Beach Resort pool and beach

Take the bridge from Bal Harbour over to Sunny Isles Beach and you’re nearing the end of a whirlwind high-end hotel tour. Trump International Beach Resort juts up from the sand like a modern castle for the elite. This resort is great for families and far enough away from the club scene in South Beach that you’ll feel like you’re in a whole new place. But they’re happy to cater to grown-ups looking for entertainment and adult beverages, just take your pick from 12 different kinds of piña coladas.

AQ Terrace at night

Last but certainly not least, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is one of the most extravagant hotels in Miami and all of Florida for that matter. This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star stunner has also consistently won the AAA’s Five Diamond Award. From lavish interiors to breathtaking ocean views, you’ll instantly be transported to a Mediterranean villa fit for royalty. All you have to do is recline in your beach chair while resort staff brings you anything your heart desires. Ahhhhh, the good life.

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