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The Setai, Miami Beach
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This South Beach hotel is giving locals access to its celebrity hot-spot pool

The Setai South Beach introduces daily resort passes, giving people access to the pool, beach chairs and the waterfront restaurant.

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Resort passes have always been a thing in Miami, but they’re usually pricey or sell out quickly. Plus, the hotels that offer daily access aren’t necessarily the hot spots you might be looking for.

That’s all changing this summer. For the first time ever, the chic, celebrity-loved Setai, Miami Beach is giving locals access to its facilities without booking an overnight stay. Beginning this weekend and available through August 31, folks can purchase a $95 beach package that includes one lounge chair and umbrella on the sand directly behind the property. Before lockdown, the very private Setai was the go-to hotel for celebs like Britney Spears, Malia Obama and Scott Disick. So we suggest you keep your eyes peeled if and when you do visit. 

If it seems expensive, it’s actually not: $50 of the $95 can be used for food and drink wherever you decide to sprawl out. Feel like sipping a margarita shoreside? Order it up, along with sandwiches, salads and crispy pizzas that can be purchased with your credit and delivered right to your lounger. If you prefer to lounge poolside surrounded by the Bali-inspired landscape, book one of the $149 spa specials, which includes a 50-minute treatment, $17 discounted valet and access to the hotel pool or beach areas. Opt for one of the full-price, 60-minute sessions and they’ll throw in a $50 credit for food and drink and complimentary valet.

Beach day passes are first-come, first-served but spa packages can be booked online or by calling the hotel at 786-393-6183. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a beach chair to reserve for the weekend.

Editor’s note: This piece was updated on July 21 reflect the Setai’s new spa package options. 

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