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Enjoy the Good Life at Miami's 10 Best Luxury Hotels



Everyone needs a little "me" time. Enjoy yours by spoiling yourself at some of the most posh hotels Miami has to offer. Whether you're a local that's searching for a high-class staycation or a tourist who won't do without a world-class spa and Egyptian cotton sheets, our list is sure to point you in the right direction.

Indulge in ritzy, on-premises upscale dining or pamper yourself with plush king-sized beds and in-room deluxe hot tubs at luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton South Beach or the Mayfair out in Coconut Grove. Both of these grandiose guest lodgings feature deluxe accommodations with all the right spa treatments to help you unwind.

If you're hoping for a long-term stay with a holistic twist, the new Carillon Hotel and Resort could be just the place for you to unpack your bags. From organic, health-conscious dining to all sorts of wellness classes and activities (among them rock climbing, Qi Gong, pilates, and yoga), they offer a truly unique luxury hotel experience.

For a truly sumptuous stay, though, your best bets are either the internationally-praised and frequently star-studded Fountainbleau Hotel or the ultra-exclusive Fisher Island Club, which resides on its very own private island. 

Those who travel extravagantly know that staying at one of these Miami luxury hotels is the only way to go.


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The EPIC Hotel is completely justified in naming itself just that. Business travelers love this financial district hotel, with its rooftop pool and killer downtown location. Well-to-do fans of EDM love it for its proximity to some of Miami's hottest night clubs, not to mention its front-row seat to festivals like the world-renowned ULTRA. And that's not even mentioning the EPIC is just blocks away from the American Airlines Arena, amazing shopping at Bayside Marketplace, high-end restaurants in Brickell and ultra-affordable eateries in the heart of Downtown, chic new bars, plus Miami's Metro Rail and Metro Mover public transit systems. Contemporary in style, the EPIC offers city or water views from every balcony, and its location at the mouth of the Miami River allows it to have a marina as well. Guests love this trendy hotel, and it gets high marks for endlessly excellent service.


Acqualina Resort & Spa is based in what some consider Florida's Riviera, a stretch of pristine beaches along Sunny Isles. This high-end destination features 188 residences and 98 rooms and suites along 4.5 acres of Miami beachfront property. Within, you'll not only find luxury accommodations, but also, one of the premier spas of the world, ESPA. The restorative treatments, Finnish saunas, crystal steam rooms, ice fountains, and spa cuisine found within Acqualina's Spa are reason enough to visit this amazing resort. Add to that their luxe rooms with breath-taking ocean views, oceanfront fitness room, Yogiiza yoga sessions and three oceanfront restaurants, and you'll know why this is considered one of the best hotels in South Florida.




The Mondrian South Beach is situated in Miami Beach's West Avenue. This hotel offers sweeping views of the Biscayne Bay, Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami. The Lincoln Road Mall and the Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as several museums, restaurants and shops are also close by. Accommodations at the Mondrian South Beach come in suites and sky terrace apartments. These spacious units are furnished with wireless Internet connections, iPod docks, safe-deposit boxes, desks, clock radios, ergonomic chairs and kitchenettes. Private bathrooms have rainfall shower heads, hair dryers and designer toiletries. The Mondrian South Beach is an upscale boutique-hotel that features a lobby with a black 'floating staircase'. This property provides an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness gym, a full-service spa, a 24-hour business center, meeting/banquet facilities, a concierge desk and tour/ticket assistance. A restaurant, a sunset lounge, a poolside bar and a marina can also be found on site.


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With its Art Nouveau decor, the Mayfair House Hotel in the heart of Coconut Grove is stylish and inviting. Spacious guest suites offer the ultimate in posh comfort. Each room features Art Deco inspired decor, Egyptian cotton bedding, plush bathrobes, a private balcony or terrace complete with Japanese soaking tub, full mini-bar, 42-inch Plasma television sets, free wifi, and luxurious marble bathrooms with Roman spa baths and LCD TVs (in case you don't want to miss the entertainment while taking a bubble bath). Guests enjoy the hotel's trendy restaurant and lounge, as well as the full service spa, fitness center, and pool. 179 guest suites. Valet parking $25/day.




Formerly the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, the new Carillon Hotel still holds the bar for luxury and decadence with a focus on wellness. This oceanfront resort in North Beach features decks out its rooms with 400-thread-count Mascioni linens plus Mascioni robes and slippers to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each suite also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, HDTV system, Bose Wave Radio, complimentary wifi or Ethernet, plus city or ocean views. While the ocean is just a few feet away, the Carillon also features four heated, fresh water pools. Once hungry, you can dine at the on-site restaurant, grab a drink at their juice bar, or order room service.




Offering the perfect combination of tranquility and adventure, this Miami area resort is ideal for both family vacations and romantic retreats. Minutes from the Miami mainland yet far enough from the urban buzz to feel closer to island getaway, The Ritz-Carlton is a haven of relaxation. This particular Ritz Carlton boasts a 20,000-square-foot spa, two heated oceanfront pools, four fine dining establishments, the largest tennis center of any Ritz Carlton, plus a stunningly gorgeous beach. Visitors seeking a dynamic day in paradise can also enjoy water sports, golf, and biking. Stylish ocean-inspired rooms and complimentary car service to any restaurant on the island on weekends completes the package.


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For the ultimate posh hotel experience, the Mandarin Oriental is out of this world. Your every wish is granted at this five-star stunner, whether you are completing an important business transaction or simply looking for the ultimate experience in relaxation. The full-service spa offers opulent treatments including massage, wraps, facials and pedicures. Or pamper yourself in your private marble bath stocked with only the finest products. Business travelers will appreciate the high-speed Internet access, multiple dual-line phones (including a cordless one to take out on the balcony), separate sitting area and a personal safe. All 327 guest rooms will leave you speechless. Valet parking is just $32 a day.




The lobby of this resort offers fabulous views of Biscayne Bay as well as of the pool and lounge. The colonial-style facility is located on a private island, so you know you are in for a peaceful retreat. The 85-slip marina and plenty of other water sports keep guests entertained, along with a whirlpool, 12 lighted tennis courts, fitness center, and a jogging path. The 49 rooms are the picture of comfortable elegance, with blond mahogany furnishings, spacious Italian marble baths and private terraces that make the most of the ocean view. Meeting space to accommodate 600. Parking $24/day. Resort fee is 10% of the room rate.




The legendary Fountainbleau first opened its doors in 1954, in a Miami Beach that would be unrecognizable today. What started as an 11-story building with 554 guest rooms is now an epic resort housing 1504 rooms and suites; a 40,000 square-foot spa; 12 restaurants and nightclubs and 20 acres of oceanfront property. Those who book the Fountainbleau know they'll be getting A-list star treatment. Celebrities have visited and stayed at the Fountainbleau since its inception, including Lucille Ball, Judy Garland and Jackie Gleason, and the resort has been used in films such as Goldfinger and even an episode of the Sopranos. Maybe it's the plentiful pools throughout the property, the 30 treatment rooms at the Lapis Spa, or the first-rate dining experiences at places like Hakkasan and Scarpetta that keep people coming back. Maybe it's the chance at meeting music icons inside ultra-exclusive LIV Nightclub. Does anyone need a reason?




This secluded 205-acre private island, the former winter estate of the Vanderbilts, is accessible only by air or water, so helicopters, seaplanes, and yachts are common sights. Once on the island you may never want to leave, and you wouldn't have to. There are seven restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a full service spa and health club, plus an array of shops and services. Accommodations are available in a variety of configurations from rooms to suites to private cottages and villas. All are thoughtfully furnished, and all guests receive complimentary golf cart use for the length of their stay. 65 cottages, suites and villas. Event space for 200.


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