As the art world descends on Art Basel Miami Beach, there is a lot more to savor in the host city and live in style. Art galleries, museums, boutiques, art-deco buildings, and restaurants beckon visitors to this historic Florida neighborhood. We curate a list of properties you can opt for a luxurious stay during the art fair.
1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The property is the culmination of a collaboration of talented and rebellious minds who continue to challenge existing concepts. Located on the Mid-Beach, this luxury hotel is within one mile (2 km) of Miami City Ballet, Indian Beach Park, and Bass Museum of Art. Miami Beach Convention Center and Miami Beach Botanical Garden are also within two miles (3 km). So, this could be a perfect choice for a stay if you are an art lover.
2. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has been awarded the coveted Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond awards for 2017. The resort is an excellent haven of quiet unwavering taste, exemplary service, seductive amenities, and oceanfront elegance. Relax in one of the two dazzling infinity pools and enjoy the magnificent 1,000 feet white sand beach while dining on fresh cuisine and delicious beverages. You can also opt for an Oceanfront Day Villa for the ultimate luxury experience.
3. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Nestled on a pristine stretch of Miami Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa is a five-star luxury oceanfront resort with a 20,000-square-foot spa located in Sunny Isles, Florida. It reminds one of a Mediterranean villa with its leisure-focused lifestyle and grand design. It is the only five-star hotel in South Florida to be built entirely open to the ocean, free of barriers between the 51-story tower, featuring 98-luxury rooms and 188 lavish residences, and its 400 feet of glistening Atlantic shoreline.
4. The Miami Beach EDITION
In a city where design is celebrated and luxury coveted, this property captures both the pulses with an urban retreat emphasizing the sophistication of simplicity. Located on Collins Avenue and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel blends the amenities of a beach resort with the intimacy of a boutique property. Outdoor spaces include two pools, a movie theater and the city’s largest private beachfront. On offer are some of Miami’s best restaurants including Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room.
5. Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Surrounded by pristine water and lovely city views, Mandarin Oriental, Miami, brings the five-star luxury experience to Brickell Key. With a private infinity-edge pool, high-energy bayside dining and an exotic day spa, the hotel offers a taste of Asian serenity in sun-kissed Miami. It is a beautiful hotel, right on the water, with gorgeous views of downtown as well. Swanky, classy, upscale in every way, the Mandarin Oriental should be among your top choices when staying in Miami.
6. SLS Brickell
SLS Brickell takes its standards of luxury, service, and style, luxury to transform Downtown Miami’s skyline. It is a creative cocktail of sophistication and playfulness. SLS Brickell is a hotel with elements of creativity and community, world-class décor by Philippe Starck, impressive dining by two award-winning chefs, and an incredible pool deck. The property is an irresistible retreat in the Miami Beach city's center.
7. W South Beach
Set on the oceanfront, W South Beach is a luxury resort, where iconic design and mesmerizing Miami Beach views from your private balcony set the stage for an experience that promises whatever you want, whenever you want it. Stop by The Dutch, a roots-inspired American restaurant concept by Andrew Carmellini, or survey the scene at celebrity haunt Mr. Chow, which offers authentic Beijing cuisine. Soak up the Miami sun at WET, the sparkling pool, and deck ringed by designer chaise lounges and luxury cabanas.
8. Kimpton EPIC Hotel
Kimpton EPIC Hotel is one of the few hotels in Miami Beach that artfully blends urbane sophistication with a playful lifestyle spirit. As one of the trendiest boutique hotels, in Miami, you can surround yourself with the Magic City’s shimmering lights from your private balcony (every guest room and suite has one). Enjoy locally sourced global cuisine at two restaurants, then hand-crafted cocktails and live entertainment at the hotel’s lounge. Take a breath (or work up a sweat) at Exhale spa.
9. The Betsy — South Beach
The Betsy — South Beach stands out on Ocean Drive. Expanded in 2016, it features Colonial and Art Deco wings, joined by ‘the Orb’ — a bridge that’s become a piece of public art. The glamorous interiors celebrate the heritage of its landmark location. The crowning glory, a rooftop pool, spa, and deck, offers a magnificent way to experience the awe-inspiring surroundings. If you can tear your gaze away from the South Beach skyline, there’s just as much to see inside.
10. Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
Located between Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, provides a chic, urban escape minutes from the vibrant city yet it is steps away from charming, café-lined streets and hidden-gem boutiques. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, is also just minutes from first-class shopping and dining in Brickell, Miami, making the hotel an ideal location for those looking for a vacation within a vacation.
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