Now that partygoers have vacated the city after Memorial Day weekend's blowout hip hop festival, Miami is once again the realm of the sun-worshipping jet set. For a true taste of the city's gourmet scene, designer-clad locals and in-the-know visitors flock to The Setai Miami Beach, where new sunset hours at the pool bar and a pop-up sushi eatery are drawing in even more well-heeled gourmands.
The hotel's Pool & Beach Bar is already a hot spot for lounging and people-watching, but this summer, the focus shifts heavenward as extended hours make for prime stargazing. Every Friday and Saturday night, the locale stays open from 5pm to 9pm, giving guests and natives a glimpse of the star-studded skies as they feast on a special astrology-inspired evening menu dreamed up by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais. Alongside 'fire sign' dishes such as prime black Angus skirt steak, 12-ounce New York strip sirloin and wood-grilled artichokes, diners can dig into 'water sign' specialties like Maine lobster salad, seafood pasta and grilled Norwegian salmon, plus extravagant desserts.
Lovers of the Japanese culinary arts, on the other hand, should come by Wednesdays and Thursdays, when the serene Bar & Courtyard is transformed into Sushi@Six. Between 6pm and 8pm, complimentary sushi is offered with creative cocktails, an outdoor bar with Sake display, and cool tunes curated by the house DJ.
Even if sushi and stars aren't your thing, The Setai is worth a visit for its seaside-chic vibe, sumptuous spa and ever-evolving gourmet offerings, like Sunday jazz brunch and a truly epic wine list. The two-tower hotel houses a room to fit every lodger's style, from the Studio Suites with art deco decor, all the way up to The Penthouse and its 360-degree views, private pool and Jacuzzi.
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