Luxury knows no bounds at The Setai, Miami Beach, which feels more like a haute Asian country club than a Collins Avenue hotel. There’s a $30,000/night penthouse with a rooftop pool and grand piano, a four-star Indian-fusion restaurant, a spa, 500-rose bouquets changed out nightly, a pearl-topped bar, a Zen pond with a Buddha statue, and three infinity pools set at 75, 85 and 95 degrees. The touches of Asia are real, too: lobby shops are arranged like a Shanghai mall, entrance tiles are taken from dilapidated Asian temples and every room looks like a shrine to Indonesia.
Regardless of what the tourists tell you, Florida is about more than just its beaches and swamps. A sprawling state divided into starkly different metros – from party-all-night Miami and Mickey Mouse-clad Orlando, to its quiet Gulf side and rural Jacksonville – Florida is a mecca of art, food, diversity, sports, views, history and yes, beaches. And just like its sundry neighborhoods, so, too, is the Sunshine State packed with hotels that reflect everything it has to offer. Here are our favorite hotels in east coast America’s most southern peninsula.