Sweep them off their feet at Miami's 10Best romantic hotels

Miami has all the natural ingredients for a romantic rendezvous: Soft shores, ocean breezes, and fiery sunsets abound, making for photo-worthy and kiss-stealing moments. Many area hotels flaunt these picturesque vantage points as their backdrop, designing their spaces around the city's visual wonders and captivating patrons by their location alone. Other haunts lure guests with their lush surroundings, stellar decor, or intimate settings.

History buffs wanting throwback nostalgia can opt for an Art Deco outpost, many of which capture the essence of days past and fuse it with modern amenities and chef-driven cuisine. Luxury seekers can find R&R on private island playgrounds or in high-rise hotels overlooking Downtown Miami and its intricate waterways. Miami's hautest locales each carry signature services and specialties, from couples massages under the stars to co-ed spas.

Hotel restaurants are also upping their ante, toting marquees backed by celebrity chefs and global food icons. This hospitality shift puts local, seasonal ingredients are at the forefront, making hotel eateries a go-to for tourists and natives alike.

Despite Miami's impressive hotel repertoire, these ten Miami hotels rise above the rest: Each captures their sense of beauty and elevates it, creating an undeniably romantic, getaway-worthy ambiance.


The Standard Spa Miami Beach
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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 an outdoor living room with a soaking tub. Without a 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 paddleboarding classes, a gym, acupuncture, juice cleanses and self-care clinics. Among other amenities are the Lido Restaurant and the Bayside Grill.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Standard's adults-only policies coupled with their commitment to holistic pampering make it the perfect lover's playground.

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Kimpton Angler's Hotel

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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: When you're looking to enjoy a low-key romantic interlude with fine cuisine and proximity to night life, few places are better than Angler's.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Couples flock to the Biltmore to get married, but many love to book a romantic staycation here thanks to luxury accommodations and a superb spa.

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While many find fun and romance along the beach, there's also plenty to be found on the mainland. The Grove is one of Miami's most charming neighborhoods, and if you want to stay local, Mr. C's is a great bet. This boutique hotel has been open for less than a year in town but has already seen success in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Fine Italian linens and bedding, imported delectable Italian cookies, and custom Italian furniture provide a posh Italian-inspired aesthetic inside. Each suite also has a private balcony opening up to either sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, or the city or courtyard. Stay in any enjoy the quiet, or step out and you'll find yourself among shops and restaurants and bars galore in the heart of the Grove.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Mr. C's offers a bit of old-world romance by way of a chic euro-centric hotel with romantic bay views, luxury pool, private spa, and more.

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami
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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 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: If your idea of romance means getting waited on hand and foot throughout your stay, breathtaking ocean vistas, and gourmet dining, this is your place.

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The Betsy - South Beach
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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: For creative, art-loving couples, The Betsy is paradise. Live music, literary events, beautiful art work, and of course, the ocean, are all at arm's reach.

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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?

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Fontainebleau has been featured in everything from the 'Bodyguard' to 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.' Re-enact the on-screen magic with a suite stay with your sweetie.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Casa Tua is not a hotel to see and be seen, or for partying, or even pampering. Instead, it's a place to fall in love.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: For the ultimate romantic getaway, you can't go wrong with vacationing on a private island that's exclusive to celebs and other high-rollers.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: You'll find paradise at this posh resort, from breathtaking views, to romantic onsite dinners, restorative spa treatments, and walks on the beach under the stars.

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