The Setai Miami Beach
The Setai, Miami Beach isn’t just a fabulous luxury hotel in Florida. It’s an institution, with a history going back more than 80 years, art deco architecture and Asian design undertones, promising a decadent stay on Miami’s South Beach.
Shimmering on the skyline of Miami, The Setai watches over the rest of South Beach from its towering position. It stands on the northern side of Miami’s famous stretch of sand, within easy reach of the many bars and restaurants of this vibrant neighbourhood, though it’s the sort of place you could stay put in for days without getting bored. This is due to its ever-impressive interiors, attractive facilities and gorgeous outdoor zones, comprising a slither of South Beach itself and pools interspersed with palm trees.
This serene Miami hotel is a stunning display of American art deco architecture. The Setai threw open its doors for the first time in 1937 as the Dempsey-Vanderbilt Hotel, designed by none other than Henry Hohauser. The chic lobby interiors have since been enhanced further with teak and bronze brought over from Asia, all black wood, tall ceilings and golden hues that scream sophistication. After passing through this elegant space, step out onto the grand courtyard where palm trees remind you that this is Miami, and an outdoor bar beckons you to stop for a cocktail and Mediterranean bite. The view of the ocean is yet another high note, to be admired as you go for dips in any of The Setai’s three swimming pools that vary in temperature, with one being a designated family pool. A slick water, cool towel and magazine service is there to make your poolside experience all the more relaxing.
What’s more, The Setai occupies a portion of iconic South Beach, with parasols and sun loungers on the sand for bronzing sessions, and even beach yoga. The adventurous can try jet-skiing, while the hungry can order from the Beach Kitchen, without the need to sacrifice your sunbed. Then, when you’re ready, head inside to the Spa by Themae for Asian therapies and treatments that use tea-infused skincare products. There’s also a steam room, fitness centre and personal trainer sessions available, too.
Other treats in store for guests of The Setai, Miami Beach include The Bar and Courtyard – where premium drinks are best toasted to the sounds of DJ music by night – and Jaya, a sublime Asian restaurant. Cuisines at Jaya span everywhere from Vietnam to Japan, India to Korea, presented in mouth-watering dishes that tantalise the senses for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Jazz Brunch on Sundays.
After time spent on the beach, by the pool and in the hotel’s wining and dining spots, there’s nothing better than retreating to a heavenly guestroom awash with soothing natural tones. This is precisely what you get at The Setai, whether staying in the art deco building or the Ocean Suites tower, the latter offering glittering sea views through wide glass windows. Glossy wood floors, soft lighting and clean lines define the guestrooms, with the Ocean Suites flaunting added perks like airport transfers, breakfast and spa treatments, on top of jetted tubs, balconies and kitchens, just for good measure. That said, whichever room you opt for, rest assured that star treatment is afforded to each and every guest, with the staff at The Setai on-hand to meet your demands. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Miami’s favourite luxury hotel.
The Setai Miami Beach Facilities
87 Studio Suites in the Art Deco building plus 51 Ocean Suites and 1 Penthouse Suite. Floorplans range from 550sq ft to 3,400sq ft, and either one, two or three-bedroom options. Each features a mix of high-end amenities such as a BOSE wave system, Nespresso machine, Acqua di Parma toiletries, a rain shower and/or spa bathtub and more, many with Miami Beach views.
Miami Beach, 25 minutes transfer from Miami International Airport.