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15 Top-Rated Resorts in Miami, FL

Written by Bryan Dearsley
May 4, 2020

One of the United States' top travel destinations, Miami, Florida is home to some of the most celebrated hotels in the world. Among them are numerous offerings from leading luxury hotel brands including Four Seasons, whose Four Seasons Hotel Miami boasts a high level of beachside pampering.

Another notable (and newer) brand making its presence felt in the Sunshine State is Nobu Hotels. A unique partnership between actor Robert De Niro and leading chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the group's top-ranked Nobu Hotel Miami Beach takes indulgence to a whole new level.

In Miami, you'll find luxury hotels and more, including stunning beachfront properties focused on health and wellness, such as the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, to locations that offer the utmost in service and indulgence (butler, anyone?), like the St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel.

For help finding your perfect stay in this part of beautiful Florida USA, be sure to read our list of the best resorts in Miami.

1. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

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Elegant, sophisticated, and extremely luxurious... all words that perfectly sum up the magnificent Nobu Hotel Miami Beach. Owned and operated by a relatively new hotel group headed by Hollywood star Robert De Niro and Japan's top chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, this spectacular new oceanfront hotel features incredible fine dining experiences and accommodations in a Japanese-inspired setting.

Comprising 206 rooms and suites, guests can relax in sumptuously decorated accommodations that include real wood furniture and finishes, gorgeous artwork, along with comfortable beds and bedding.

Choose from deluxe rooms with queen beds or the aptly named Zen suites with king beds, wrap-around balconies, separate showers... and yoga mats. There are also 2,500-square-foot penthouses with built-in surround sound systems, 80 inch TVs, dining areas, and pantries.

To add a further degree of indulgence, why not request a butler? They and guest services can take care of things such as in-room dining, tea services, unpacking/packing, personal shopping, even dog walking.

Other indulgences include access to a private swimming pool, plus an on-site restaurant and coffee shop. The hotel's luxurious spa - Esencia Wellness - has also made a name for itself for pampering in Miami. Nobu guests not only enjoy complimentary access to first-rate facilities including saunas, whirlpools, and plunge pools, but also the plush relaxation lounge with its spectacular views over the Atlantic.

Address: 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

2. The Setai Miami Beach

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Situated in Miami's trendy South Beach area, the public spaces and amenities of The Setai Miami Beach are set in a beautifully restored 1930s-era Art Deco building, while the property's accommodations are situated in a newer adjacent building.

Guests can enjoy such perks as airport pickups or valet parking, personal concierge services, a full-service spa, flexible check-ins/check-outs, packing assistance, and chauffeur services around town.

The hotel's restaurant, Jaya at The Setai, offers superb dining experiences, including in-room and private dining options, as well as popular set menus for occassions such as Thanksgiving. There's also much to see and do nearby, including enjoying a night at the New World Symphony, or paying a visit to The Bass, the nearby museum of contemporary art.

If your budget allows, book one of the luxurious ocean suites for the duration of your stay. Ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, the largest of which covers 3,500 square feet, these magnificent Asian-themed accommodations feature handmade king beds, black granite bathrooms with rainfall showers and Jacuzzi tubs, laundry services, full kitchens, and spacious balconies with unobstructed ocean views.

The larger units, including the opulent penthouse suites, also feature additional living space in the form of separate spa/sauna rooms and media/entertainment rooms. Another nice touch: your choice of newspaper delivered to your room daily.

Address: 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The Setai

3. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

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For those looking for a 5-star luxury vacation centered around health and spas, consider the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. Overlooking its own private 750-foot stretch of beachfront, the Carillon provides guests with everything needed to stay in shape, as well as the traditional resort offerings of sand, sun, and fun.

What makes the resort unique is its wellness center. In addition to a superb fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, the resort hosts more than 200 different exercise classes each week, ranging from yoga to rock-climbing on its indoor climbing wall.

Other amenities of note include a therapeutic igloo; restaurants offering nutritious menus; spa services, including hydrotherapy treatments; four swimming pools, including one that's adults-only; and a variety of kids' programs (babysitting services available). For those staying off site in one of the other popular hotels included in this list, the Carillon also offers a "Daycation" day use package that's great value for money.

Accommodations are equally varied. A popular option is the spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites. Up to 950 square feet in size, these larger units feature floor-to-ceiling windows with magnificent ocean views, separate kitchens and living rooms, and bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers.

Address: 6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

4. 1 Hotel South Beach

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Set on 600 feet of beautiful sandy shoreline, 1 Hotel South Beach offers guests a mix of spacious accommodations. For couples, popular choices include the elegantly appointed traditional hotel-style rooms, while the much larger multi-roomed condo suites are able to handle larger groups of family or friends.

The hotel's chic king rooms feature real wood accents and either beach or city views, private balconies, and glass terrariums. The much larger condo suites offer everything that's needed to enjoy a self-contained holiday experience, including a well-equipped kitchen, separate living space, and over-sized balconies.

For those looking for in-room assistance to elevate their luxury vacation experience, the hotel offers the services of "personal gurus" to take care of things like meet and greets upon arrival, shopping, as well as restaurant and entertainment reservations.

On-site amenities include a rooftop swimming pool with incredible views over Miami and the Atlantic, bookable beachside cabanas capable of holding groups from two to 20, dining (restaurant and in-room), free bike use, a fitness center and classes, plus a beauty parlor and spa.

Address: 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: 1 Hotel South Beach

5. Four Seasons Hotel Miami

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One of the larger vacation properties in Miami, the Four Seasons Hotel offers some of the best resort amenities in the city. Guests have access to a large spa with 10 individual treatment rooms, as well as a sauna, steam room, and wading pool. A huge terrace with two swimming pools along with private beachfront cabanas offer space to relax.

Also on site are conference, meeting, and wedding facilities; fine and casual dining options, including in-room meals; plus a large fitness center with a variety of programs, including yoga classes. Guests also have access to nearby golf courses and tennis courts.

Of the hotel's 221 elegant guest rooms, a number of elegant suites provide more space for larger groups (not that the smallest 500-square-foot king- or double-bed rooms aren't nice, especially if combined). Features of the premium two-bedroom units include a modern galley-style kitchen, en-suite bathroom, separate living area with a pull-out couch, fantastic city or ocean view, and capacity for up to six guests. A number of easy-access units are also available.

Address: 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, Florida

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Miami

6. Mandarin Oriental Miami

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Looking over the city's ritzy Brickell Key area, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Miami offers guests what could be described as a private tropical island experience. Yet despite boasting beautiful water views in almost all directions, this oriental-themed luxury hotel is close enough to Miami's major tourist attractions to also appeal to those seeking a little urban adventure, too.

Just steps away from the city's downtown core, guests can easily explore Miami's art and design districts, as well as the trendy South Beach area.

On-site fun includes sunbathing on the beach or around the infinity edge pool, and a full-service spa. The hotel's restaurants offer a superlative dining experience, including elegant al fresco options at YAKU, fine-dining at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, and a breakfast that's to die for (be sure to order the delicious brioche French toast). Valet parking is available for hotel guests, as well as restaurant-goers.

Come bedtime, guests have numerous choices. Couples can opt for an airy "skyline view" room with a king bed, desk, balcony, living area, plus a large bathroom with separate bath and glass shower.

Traveling as a family or larger group? Then you may want to book the exquisite three-bedroom version. Covering an area of 1,453 square feet, these impressive luxury units include three of everything: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and three private balconies.

Other nice touches include sliding doors that separate the master bedroom from the living area for extra privacy, bamboo flooring, and a master ensuite with powder room. Traveling with a pet? Guests can bring one furry friend with them for an additional fee (maximum 25 pounds).

Address: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida

Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental Miami

7. COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

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Boasting an intimate, boutique hotel feel, COMO Metropolitan offers guests delightful accommodations in the midst of all the action of the hip and trendy historic Miami Beach area.

Designed and decorated in an Art Deco style, the hotel's 74 luxury rooms and suites look directly over the Atlantic, ensuring guests plenty of opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding tourist spots. But when the hankering for a little action does call, you're just steps away from some of Florida's top attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Things to do on-site include indulging in a little pampering at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with its spa treatment rooms, fitness center, and yoga programs. Also noteworthy are the hotel's swimming pools (including a hydrotherapy pool on the roof), excellent dining experiences, and boat docking facilities.

When it comes time to hunker down for the night, guests are spoiled for choice. Popular accommodations for couples include king suites with rainfall showers.

Larger groups and those with unlimited budgets may prefer the 1,100-plus-square-foot, three-bedroom top-floor penthouse suite. This extremely luxurious accommodation option comes complete with master bedroom/bathroom, separate dining and living rooms, a powder room, and kitchen, and can be extended by connecting to a fourth bedroom.

Address: 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

8. Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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An integral part of the city's hot new Faena District (and one of two area hotels under the Faena brand), the beautifully designed and ultra-modern Faena Hotel Miami Beach has quickly built a solid reputation for its unique luxury stays.

This delightfully opulent hotel boasts a number of great restaurants, including al fresco opportunities set amid the lush tropical foliage of the property's lovely gardens. In-room dining is also available, as is a unique theatrical-themed dining area.

The hotel is also home to the Tierra Santa Healing House, a huge spa offering facial treatments and body-healing programs. Need a ride around town? Guests also have access to luxury Alfa Romeo cars during their stay, available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Faena has equally attractive accommodations, too. Spacious guest rooms come with king or twin beds, comfortable lounge seating, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with double sinks and separate showers, and balconies overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay or the city's downtown core.

For those needing additional space, book one of the roomier oceanfront suites with separate living areas and guaranteed ocean views.

Address: 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Faena Hotel Miami Beach

9. The Miami Beach EDITION

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Straddling 3.5 acres of prime oceanfront real estate, The Miami Beach Edition offers a variety of choices when it comes to accommodations. A pleasant mix of cozy boutique inn and luxury hotel, this lovely beach resort's standard rooms are popular for couples looking for an intimate getaway.

Features of these spacious units include king beds with upgraded bedding and linens, marble bathrooms with separate rainforest showers, plus comfy bathrobes and slippers - perfect for lounging about with your loved one. A number of larger suites are also available and come with even more space to spread out in, along with stunning ocean views. All rooms come with housekeeping services (twice a day), as well as free daily newspapers and bottled water.

There's also plenty to do around the resort. Highlights include a world-class full-service luxury spa and shop offering massages and beauty treatments, signature dining (fine dining and casual market-style restaurants are available), entertainment, swimming pools, and a state-of the-art fitness center with personal trainers. Also fun are the bowling alley and ice rink (yes, in Miami) located in the building's lower levels.

Address: 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The Miami Beach EDITION

10. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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Situated near the retail paradise of Bal Harbour Shops in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort offers its guests a superlative dose of luxury. In addition to enjoying breathtaking ocean views from numerous vantage points around the property, guests can spend time relaxing in the full-service spa, splash about in two infinity-edge swimming pools, work out in the gym, or secure a private cabana on the beach.

Gourmands can experience excellent Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel's fine dining restaurant, and fresh baked goods can be enjoyed in the on-site café. The St. Regis has also earned a reputation for the quality of its popular Sunday Brunch.

For those with an urge to splurge, why not go all out and secure the services of a personal butler? Also available should you need them: 24-hour concierge, laundry and dry-cleaning services, babysitting, airport shuttle and around-town chauffeured limos, in-room dining, and valet parking.

The resort's accommodations are equally spectacular. Entry-level options include the lovely, deluxe ocean-view rooms, encompassing 650-square-foot balconies. Beautifully decorated throughout, features of note include unique artwork, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and phone charging stations.

For the ultimate in indulgence, the resort boasts a spectacularly luxurious eight-bedroom suite that can accommodate up to 16 guests. It also comes with two of everything, from kitchens to entertainment rooms, plus eight bathrooms, four dining areas, and two large living areas.

Address: 9703 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

11. The Standard Miami

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Another of South Beach's leading places to stay, The Standard Miami on Belle Isle has established a name for itself by offering superlative spa packages and programs to complement its accommodations.

All standard guest rooms feature private balconies or terraces (some with outdoor soaker tubs), king or queen beds (plus day beds), spacious bathrooms with rain showers, and comfy bathrobes. A larger upgraded version comes with a four-person Jacuzzi on the wrap-around terrace.

A highlight of any stay here is spending time at The Standard Spa. Free for use by guests, spa amenities include a Turkish bath, steam rooms and saunas, hot tubs, a variety of treatment pools, and an infinity edge swimming pool. Classes and programs on offer include yoga, fitness, and meditation instruction.

An on-site restaurant, the Lido Bayside Grill, features al fresco dining experiences, while the hotel's juice bar serves healthy food options. There's also a beauty salon and clothes store located on-site. Valet parking is available.

Address: 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The Standard Miami

12. W South Beach

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Part of the hip W Hotels and Resorts Group, the trendy W South Beach is perfectly suited to younger travelers (think millennials not afraid to download the smartphone app that opens their room doors).

Just steps away from bustling Collins Avenue and with easy beach access, accommodations consist of chic rooms and suites with views over the city or water. Some of the best options are the ocean-view studios, popular for their nine foot ceilings and expansive glass balconies.

For those wanting to splash out (literally) on something a little larger, shoot for a suite that comes with its own upstairs terrace and outdoor plunge pool. Also worth considering are a number of suites with access to a private pool and games area. (Pet-friendly units are also available.)

On-site amenities include excellent dining, rooftop tennis, two swimming pools, beach attendants, private cabanas, tropical gardens, a fitness center, full-service spa, hair salon, free bike use, and shopping services. The resort's restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike for its large patio.

Address: 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: W South Beach

13. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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The fact that Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located in an area known as "Millionaire's Row" says a lot about the level of accommodations on offer. Encompassing some 22 acres of prime Miami real estate, this historic resort was built in 1954 and has since benefitted from a billion-dollar (you heard right) renovation program that once again offers guests an exceedingly indulgent, opulent stay.

A variety of superb room options are available, including deluxe rooms with king or queen beds and oceanfront views.

On-site amenities include fine dining restaurants, entertainment, an elegant two-story spa, a huge fitness center, a large beachfront, and plenty of swimming pools to lounge around. More about those pools: the resort's stunning poolscape encompasses 11 different experiences, including pools for kids and families, adults-only options, and dipping pools. For a special treat, reserve your own personal cabana.

There's also a full-service marina capable of handling anything from pleasure-craft and Jet Skis right up to super yachts. Charters and rentals are also available. Kids' programs include scavenger hunt adventures, sports activities, art, drama, and music.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Fontainebleau Miami Beach

14. The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables

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One of the oldest hotels in the city, iconic Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables should definitely be on any list of luxury accommodation options. Opened in 1926 and fast approaching its 100th anniversary, this historic hotel continues to be one of Miami's top centers of hospitality and has recently seen the completion of an impressive $40 million makeover.

While maintaining the look and integrity of the original structure, new amenities include a world-class spa and modern fitness center, while the existing 18-hole championship golf course and massive swimming pool - one of the largest in the US - have been fully restored and upgraded. The pool area also boasts a waterfall and private cabanas.

The hotel's guest rooms have also been refurbished and modernised. All told, 273 rooms are available, each elegantly decorated and well-appointed and featuring feather bedding, Egyptian cotton duvet covers, and bathrobes. Popular choices for couples are the romantic king superior rooms, each with spacious seating areas. Larger suites with separate living rooms and desks are also available.

If traveling with family or friends, go for one of the impressive three-bedroom/three-bathroom units, complete with dedicated elevator and entrance, twin balconies, living and dining rooms, plus a fireplace. For even more luxury, there's even a two-story Presidential Suite.

Address: 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, Florida

Accommodation: The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables

15. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami

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Handily located between Miami's downtown core and Biscayne Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is perfect for those seeking an urban getaway. Surrounded by the excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities found in Coconut Grove - not to mention being within walking distance of many of the city's top attractions - this luxurious hotel also serves up plenty of great reasons to stay put.

Topping the list of on-site amenities are its fine and casual dining restaurants, full-service spa, heated lap pool, lush garden area with fire pits and comfy outdoor seating, fitness center, plus a ballroom and meeting space. Also available to guests are a handy airline-boarding pass and check-in desk, concierge service, and valet parking.

Each of the hotel's 115 rooms and suites offer wonderful water and city views from their balconies, along with marble bathrooms with separate showers (plus bathrobes), iPod and phone charging, in-room dining, and daily housekeeping service. Another nice touch is the overnight shoeshine service.

Address: 3300 Southwest Twenty-Seventh Avenue, Miami, Florida

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami

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