Miami Hotels: The top 5 luxe spots to stay in Bal Harbour, South Beach and beyond

Miami Hotels
Miami Hotels

If there’s one thing Miami’s known for, it’s vacation steez. And lucky for us, hoteliers have answered the call stylishly, time and time again. From South Beach to Bal Harbour and back again, Miami has oodles of seriously glam setups to choose from. So whether the hot hot heat of bustling South Beach is your thing, or you’re looking for a serene palace to catch of on some relaxation, we’ve picked the top 5 ultimate Miami spots to lay your pretty little head.

Miami Hotels St Regis

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
9307 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

If you’ve stayed at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, you probably have a good guess of what Buckingham Place might feel like. There are private butlers. Literally! Beyond the Yabu Pushelberg-designed deco hall of mirrors, lie 227 epically elegant guest quarters that boast oceanfront views, soaker tubs, oversized balcony recliners and glass walled balconies.

Miami Hotels St Regis

Complete with two pools, an intoxicatingly sensual spa, four restaurants (J&G Grill is a must!), the entire property moves with the same sophistication as its storied predecessor, the St. Regis New York, which was opened by John Jacob Astor in 1904. In keeping with some of the St. Regis’s coolest traditions, the resort performs a daily champagne sabering at the St. Regis Bar and Wine Vault, which Mrs. Astor, John Jacob’s mother, instituted at her famous 400 Club years ago.

Miami Hotels Soho Beach House

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

We’ve become Soho House devouts since its opening last fall in Toronto, and our love for the chic chain of private clubs has certainly continued to Miami’s Soho Beach House. Being one Soho House’s few hotels, it lets non-members in on the magic for their stay. Located mid-beach inside the 16-storey former Sovereign Hotel, the property features all of the stylistic signatures of Soho House, but with a Miami twist. Wood panelling meets Art Deco in the stunning drawing room, which doubles as a lobby. Outside, striped recliners and a Tiki Bar frame a long and lean saltwater pool.

Miami Hotels Soho Beach House

Upstairs, guests can choose from two vibey hotspots—Ocho or The Club Bar, which both serve delicious cocktails (over 40 types of tequila, heyo!) and casual fare. Soho Beach House is also the Miami outpost of the U.K.-based Cowshed Spa. The perfect respite from the sun, the low-lit wood-panelled spot does a mean speedy facial for $80.

Bonus: From now through October 31, 2013, the Soho Beach House Miami is offering a “Stay Longer, Get Stronger” package. Stay 3 nights and save 15%, stay 5 nights and save 20%, stay 7 nights and save 25%.

Miami Hotels SLS South Beach-1

SLS South Beach
1701 Collins Avenue, South Beach

The SLS South Beach is the latest and greatest Deco revitalization to hit the Collins Avenue strip. The spot, which boasts an East Coast outpost of the ultra trendy Hyde Beach bar, private cabanas and ceiling mirrors (heyo!) has been the veritable buzz of the city since opening in 2012. With interiors by Phillipe Starck and penthouse by Lenny Kravitz (yes, that Lenny Kravitz), we can’t say we’re surprised.

Miami Hotels One Bal Harbour

One Bal Harbour
10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

For those who crave ultimate relaxation, look no further than One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa. The tranquil spot is everything you need to de-stress, from its floor to ceiling windowed washrooms (soak in views of the Atlantic while you soak!) to its private poolside cabanas, which come with their own hot tubs. Its spa is an equally blissful haven, where its Signature Massage (from $160 for 50 minutes) melts and moisturizes with Swedish massage and candle wax.

Miami Hotels One Bal Harbour-2

And while wellness is a focal point of the resort, there are plenty of indulgences there for the taking. At Mister Collins, One Bal Harbour’s oceanfront restaurant, creamy Mac ‘n’ cheese pours over the sides of personal cast iron skillets while cocktails blend Florida’s best citrus with tequila.

Miami Hotels Shore Club

Shore Club
1901 Collins Avenue South Beach

The Shore Club’s quiet presence on the South Beach strip stops as soon as you enter through the billowing curtains of its serene lobby. As soon as you step inside, the quirky, seductive signatures of its parent company, Morgans Hotel Group, make you want to shed your proverbial layers. Sister to Los Angeles and New York’s Mondrian hotspots, Shore Club has become a staple for those looking for a good time. The Skybar’s Middle Eastern-inspired décor allows for cocktail sipping on beds while overlooking the hotel’s pools.

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