Miami Beach Hotels & Resorts

by Karen Sprinkles

From the colorful nightlife to waterfront mansions, fashionable boutiques and art-deco landmarks, the city of Miami beckons visitors to experience Florida's most vibrant destination. The list of attractions covers a range of interests, whether marine life at the Miami Seaquarium, clubbing in South Beach or world-class shopping on Lincoln Road. Resort accommodations are plentiful in this fascinating, seaside destination on the Atlantic.

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Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Guests of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach enjoy proximity to Miami's most famous beach, as well as the shopping Mecca of Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. With 375 guest rooms, the resort features elite amenities ranging from marble-tiled bathrooms to dark cherry wood furnishings. On the property, an elevated outdoor pool and private cabanas overlook the surf below, while more than $2 million of original, fine art grace the interiors. The on-site spa offers a roster of therapeutic treatments, as well as a full-service salon. Gourmet offerings are served at the Lapidus Lounge and the DiLido Beach Club.

Fontainebleau

Featuring more than 1,500 guest rooms and suites, the Fontainebleau offers everything from three-bedroom suites to penthouses and triple-connected rooms. Rooms include sophisticated appointments such as frosted glass tabletops, hardwood furnishings and interactive computers. On site, the Lapis Spa presents a variety of healing modalities, including massages and facials. A 5,800-square-foot gym comes fully equipped, while the hotel's trio of signature restaurants serves gourmet Chinese, Italian and Continental cuisine. Featuring four nightclubs on site, the hotel offers plentiful options for cocktailing and nightlife.

The Setai

Situated on the waterfront in South Beach, the Setai Resort unveils rich architecture highlighted by regal columns, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, graceful fountains, original fine art and hardwood furniture. Each of the hotel's three swimming pools is maintained at different temperatures so that guests can choose their preference. Asian-inspired fare is served at the Setai's signature restaurant, called, simply, The Restaurant. A 90-foot-long poolside bar serves up cool libations and Mediterranean dishes. Wellness for mind and body is unveiled at the hotel's world-class spa, where yoga, Pilates and personal training are offered.

Miami Beach Resort and Spa

Boasting 424 rooms and suites, the Miami Beach Resort and Spa overlooks the beach in the heart of the city. Located just 2.5 miles from South Beach, the resort features the beachfront Aqua Sports Center, where guests can partake in jet skiing or parasailing. In addition to several casual dining options, the hotel's signature Ocean Bar & Bistro showcases island-themed offerings. With a fitness center and spa on site, the hotel offers its guests a heated outdoor pool, as well as privileges at the Miami Beach Golf Course featuring 18 championship holes.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.