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Where to Stay Now in Miami

Eliya Brennan, writer

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If there is a perfect time to head South — as in South Beach — that time is now. Miami is in its prime, exuding a look and a culture all its own. The city may be just what you need to get through this last stretch of winter. One of the best parts is that it’s domestic, so no COVID tests on re-entry. Here’s the skinny of where to stay in Miami.

The Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel

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This is where to stay in Miami if you like classic vibes, a touch of glamour, and luxury taken to the max. If taking in Atlantic Ocean views in a private cabana, cocktail in hand, is your scene, we recommend the Surf Club. Winston Churchill famously could be spotted here.

The Highlights:

Bright, spacious rooms with thrilling beach views. There are four suites, but for maximum luxury, book the Ocean Bungalow. It embodies the essence of the Surf Club, is super close to the beach and pools, and has a refrigerated mini-bar and complimentary shoe-shine service.

The Boca Raton Luxury Hotel & Beach Club

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The Boca Raton is where to stay in Miami-adjacent. It’s a good option for those looking to avoid spring breakers. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer relaxing by the pool or the nautical and lakefront vibes of The Yacht Club.

The Highlights:

While this isn’t in Miami proper, it is where to stay in Miami right now. What used to be a 100-room inn going back to the 1920s has been undergoing major renovations, including the all-suite Yacht Club, Beach Club, and bungalows. Sadelle’s at the Cloister promises an unforgettable brunch.

1 Hotel South Beach

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Think clean, fresh, calm, and restorative. Decorated with robust greenery and natural touches of stone and wood, this is the place to stay for the cool and stylish. On-premise food and drink are sustainably and locally sourced, and there are lots of options for vegans and vegetarians.

The Highlights:

As for accommodations, you can choose from rooms, suites, and penthouses. Should you need a little extra R&R, the Retreat Collection is calling your name. You’ll be paired with your own wellness guru throughout your stay to make sure you’re completely taken care of.

The Setai Miami Beach

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Looking to get your Feng Shui on? Then this is your spot in Miami. Stay in expertly designed Art Deco or ocean-view suites inspired by Asian-style decorating. The Setai is ideal for families and large groups, as the place offers accommodations with up to four bedrooms.

The Highlights:

The Setai is the height of luxury. With options including an en-suite spa, a private swimming pool terrace, and a gourmet kitchen, you won’t want to head out. Dining options including the stellar Jaya, which serves innovative Asian-fusion fare and organizes a brunch with live jazz every Sunday.

Mandarin Oriental Miami

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If you’re looking for more exclusivity and privacy, you could do worse. The Mandarin Oriental is located on the three-acre island of Brickell Key. No worries: It’s still within walking distance of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment that Miami has to offer.

The Highlights:

All accommodations have private balconies with dreamy ocean views. For the best of the best, book the Mandarin Suite, which has a fully stocked kitchen and bar, a private spa that includes an infinity pool, and views from the 19th floor.


Hall of Fame: The Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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Decadence. Elegance. This is where to stay in Miami if you want to feel like a star. Old Hollywood, David Lynch, and surrealism fans: The Faena is for you. We’re talking leopard-print furniture, bold pops of red, and ceramic animals filling the space with the maximalism that can only be pulled off by a true artist.


The Highlights:

Top-notch dining options include fusion flavors brought to life by culinary experts Paul Qui and Francis Mallmann. Beware: this is not just a meal, it’s an immersive experience. At the Tierra Santa Healing House, you can undergo  ancient wellness rituals, and soak in one of the most sizable Turkish baths on the East Coast.

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