Sleek, chic, and hyper luxurious, The Setai is the swanky starlet of South Beach hotels. As you stand on the gorgeous stretch of Miami Beach, you feel as far away from Miami hype as you can get without hopping on a flight to Asia — which is clearly the continent of influence at this beautiful oceanfront landmark. As soon as you step in the lobby, you’re struck by the hotel’s hip, Far Eastern flair, adorned in Burmese teak, Indonesian bronze, and dark gray bricks salvaged from a historic Shanghai building.
You choose from a wide array of different suites, but everything here is a high-class accommodation. Think deep soaking tubs, linens you want to swaddle yourself in after a long day out, and space — lots of it. At around 600 or so square feet, these massive rooms dwarf the neighboring hotels’ options. The accommodations also come with superb service; you’ll never run out of towels or bottled water again. A house Mercedes will whisk you around town in style, and should you happen to forget your favorite bathing suit when you check out, it will likely arrive at your doorstep before you and your luggage do.
You’ll love to float peacefully in one of the hotel’s three infinity-edge pools that are steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, and every guest should check out The Setai by THÉMAÉ, a Paris-based brand that offers soothing services curated from red, white, green, and black teas.
Hungry? Choose between the hotel’s three main restaurants: The Restaurant serves Mediterranean plates with a decidedly Spanish flair; The Setai Grill serves a fusion of eastern and western cuisines; and The Bar & Courtyard serves dainty Asian bites. But you’re feeling laid-back, so you decide to get a delicious burger and beer from the Pool & Beach Bar.
As you sit in the softly lit courtyard, watch the shimmering moon rise over the reflecting pools and relax to the melody of the house DJ’s ethereal lounge music. If you’re feeling like an extra bite and a drink to wash it down, order fine Petrossian caviar along with a spicy-sweet tequila ginger Tokyo Rose cocktail.
Staying at The Setai makes you feel like a jet-setting celebrity, but there’s also a bona fide rock star component here in the form of The Studio at The Setai, a recording studio that caters to some of music’s biggest personalities. That could explain why you see certain A-listers sauntering through the lobby — or maybe, like you, they just wanted some well-deserved R&R.