2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, Relaxation, Romance
Best for Romance - Expert review of The Setai
The Setai brought a different level of luxury to Miami Beach when it opened in 2004. It occupies both a restored Art Deco building that was once the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel and a giant 40-storey modern glass tower offering amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city. I wasn’t sure I was even in a hotel walking around the courtyard. It’s a beautifully manicured Japanese water garden.
On Collins Avenue and 20th Street, The Setai is situated where the traffic begins to get a little less congested. It occupies a prime oceanfront site and is still within easy walking distance of Ocean Drive.
The Art Deco building houses 85 rooms, no balconies here but all have views of the courtyard or city. There are 45 one and two-bedroom suites and one penthouse in the tower, all with a spectacular outlook, especially higher up, and their own kitchens. All rooms are clad in teak, and feature elegant items of Asian art such as jade sourced from Chinese markets. Bathrooms feature black granite tubs and overhead rainfall showers.
There’s an orange everywhere you look, on tables, window ledges, shelves, countertops etc, symbolising Florida’s famous citrus fruit. Everything else has an Asian theme, a long narrow flowing lobby with tall teak pillars, low tables and seating. The courtyard garden with trickling water and wooden seating is one of the quietest and most peaceful retreats that I know of in Miami Beach.
There’s no contrived name for the dining room here, it’s just The Restaurant, with chefs from China, Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia showcasing their skills at preparing authentic Asian dishes in an open kitchen. Don’t miss the jazz brunch on Sundays. There’s also The Grill, for Tapas-style food, and a pool and beach bar offering expensive but good quality pizzas and seafood dishes.
One of Miami’s best spas resides here, will a full menu of treatments based, unsurprisingly, on eastern and Oriental rituals and principles. Among the high-end leisure activities offered are yacht rentals, private helicopter trips and the hire of exotic cars… think a Lamborghini Gallardo for that cruise down Ocean Drive. There are three pools, all kept at different temperatures.
It's rarely less than flawless.
Wealthier couples and families.
As with most top-end hotels, packages including breakfasts, parking, spa treatments etc are the best deals. Early booking discounts available.
More information on The Setai:
- 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool