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Setai, Hotels, Miami
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

Time Out says

Though unequivocally glamorous, the understated resort is a peaceful sanctuary in the center of South Beach—close to everything yet sheltered from crowds

When it comes to opulent digs, the Setai boasts an all-suite tour and the starriest clientele in town (Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and numbers other A-listers have tucked into bed here). But despite its celeb credentials, the Setai’s brand of bling is understated; it avoids flash in favor of pristine Asian decor. The lobby’s dark floor is made from Shanghai brick; jade pieces from Japan banish the bad spirits; and a Zen garden keeps the A-list clientele calm. Teak floors, furniture and blinds lend warmth to the minimalist bedrooms, as do the floral sculptures. Bathrooms come stocked with granite tubs, rainshower heads and upscale toiletries. Three side-by-side infinity pools ensure there are no crowds when you swim.

Neighborhood: Poke your head out of the tranquil oasis and you’re quickly reminded that you’re in the heart of South Beach: restaurants, nightclubs and bars are mere steps away.

Ora: For a signature Miami club night; splurge on bottle service for the full VIP experience
Bagatelle: For more of that Miami nightlife you came here for; Bagatelle dishes it in broad daylight, too, during its rowdy Sunday brunches
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill: For incredible sushi and Blue Ribbon’s signature fried chicken—yes, that Blue Ribbon

Time Out tip: The Bass, Miami Beach’s premier space for contemporary art, hosts a number of cultural events and features colorful site-specific works just outside its grounds. Admission is free on the last Sunday of the month.


2001 Collins Ave
Cross street:
at 20th St
Bus C, G, H, L, M, S
Rates $650–$1,700 double
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