Emphasizing beauty and simple pleasures, this hotel, set just off the eastern end of the Venetian Causeway in Biscayne Bay, provides a soothing place of retreat. White walls and linens and blond wood accents characterize the guest rooms, which are equipped with flat-screen TVs, high speed Internet, bathrobes, a mini-bar filled with organic snack foods and outdoor living room with a soaking tub. Without doubt, the spa facilities are the highlight of the hotel. Calling itself a "hydrotherapy playground," the Standard takes "the ritual of bathing" seriously. To that end, there are steam rooms, cold rain showers, a Roman waterfall hot tub, a mud lounge, and an Infiniti pool, among other devices. Integrated wellness is also offered via workshops and retreats, fitness services including yoga, pilates and paddle boarding classes, a gym, acupuncture, juice cleanses and self care clinics. Among other amenities are the Lido Restaurant and the Bayside Grill.
Intimacy and privacy are king (or queen) at the Casa Tua Hotel on South Beach. This little slice of Northern Italy transported to a quiet corner of the beach is a hotel for lovers, with a romantic restaurant but few other perks. You might wonder where the spa is, or the pool, or the gym, but that would just mean you're at the wrong hotel. Booking a room at Casa Tua is mainly meant for honeymoons and reconnecting with your partner. If you're looking to surprise your lover, you can call ahead and request champagne, rose petals, candles--the works. They will set the mood again and again so that you and your significant other can, well, renew your vows privately again, and again, and maybe even one more time.
Located on bustling Washington Avenue, this hotel is decidedly reserved, yet manages to stand out completely. While this is hardly the place for pin-dropping quietude, it is instantly relaxing and charming in a completely understated way. With only 45 suites, this classically chic hotel is a welcome break from the fluorescent trance of the Art Deco District. Back in the day, it was a haunt for Ernest Hemingway, among others. Today it's a favorite for guests who prefer an understated but luxurious suite life featuring 455 square feet of living room space, armchairs and sofas, coffee table and books, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linens, an entertainment center and surround sound system, and wet bar area. The signature restaurant, 660 at The Angler, makes wonderful use of seasonal and local ingredients, weaved together with a Mediterranean influence.
Overlooking the oceanfront on South Beach, this stylish hotel is flanked by a 40-foot tower and beautiful Asian-inspired courtyard. Very exclusive, private, serene and sedate, The Setai does not air a constant party atmosphere like much of South Beach; this is a hotel for adults...especially ones who enjoy spa treatments. Awarded a slew of honors from national magazines, The Spa at the Setai specializes in Pacific Rim-influenced treatments. Ancient Balinese Massage and Thai foot reflexology are only two examples. Luxurious rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, and more. Impressive on-site dining venues, the Restaurant with a showcase kitchen and The Grill at the Setai, boast spectacular global (French, Mediterranean and a touch of Asian) cuisine and an expansive bar. 24-hour room and concierge service, a fitness center, oceanfront swimming pools (with a bar), yoga and tai chi add to guests' comfort and pleasures.
Travelers seeking a peaceful getaway adore this hotel's serene oceanfront setting in Miami Beach, Florida. Inspired by nature, the hotel offers 215 oceanfront and city view rooms and suites outfitted with soft tones of the sea, chic custom furnishings, divine robes, and heavenly rain showers. An on-site gym is the perfect place to catch a quick workout, though others will of course prefer to break a sweat swimming in the Atlantic. Guests enjoy being pampered at the wellness spa or lounging in the garden hammocks amidst towering palms, and afterward, a stroll on the boardwalk followed by cocktails on the beach completes the perfect afternoon in paradise.
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.
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 luxurious 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.
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.
Amidst the Art Deco landmarks of South Beach, this unique landmark hotel immediately stands apart, given its stately British Colonial architecture. The 61 rooms and suites are serenely white, with one or two splashes of color, and are furnished with the appropriate upscale amenities. Located on the rooftop, The Deck offers expansive ocean views as well as a Wellness Garden and Spa. Private cabanas and giant sails provide shade and privacy for luxurious and paraben-free spa treatments like a Coconut Hot Towel Facial or Wood Stone Ritual Treatment with chilled stones. The Betsy's owners are heavily involved in the local and national arts scene, sponsoring poets, writers, artists and musicians 365/24/7. One of the highlights here is the speakeasy-style B Bar, where readings and viewings artists-in-residence can be appreciated while sipping carefully crafted mojitos. Valet parking $34/night.
During its early years, the Biltmore made a name for itself hosting such notables as Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, and the Roosevelts. During WWII, it served as a military hospital and continued in that capacity until 1968. Not until 1987 did a thorough renovation restore it to luxury hotel status. Today, this National Historic Landmark hotel offers only the best in accommodations and services, and it still attracts an array of celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. On-site facilities include a golf course, fitness center, full spa, tennis courts, and the largest hotel swimming pool in the Continental United States. 276 room, including 133 suites. Event space for 1500.