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ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa

ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa

Secluded elegance a bit removed from the South Beach fray


Perched at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at the Haulover Inlet, the hotel occupies an envious spot, offering views of speedboats and fishing charters crossing the inlet.

With access to shopping and dining at the Bal Harbour Shops, and a comfortable distance from thumping South Beach, it’s a subdued beach getaway. The oceanfront property comprises 124 studios and suites (including a palatial 4,000 square-foot presidential suite), an oceanfront pool, a glitzy cocktail bar and in-house restaurant Mister Collins.

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SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

West Coast glamour meets South Beach hedonism


Following their wildly successful Beverly Hills flagship The sbe Hotel Group opened this, their second SLS, in June.

And they’ve transplanted nearly all the trappings of their first property to this location: interiors courtesy of Philippe Starck, complete with an oversized metal rubber duckie sculpture flanking the pool, The Bazaar by José Andrés, a restaurant from the Spanish celeb chef and white-on-white sushi house Katsuya. Then there’s Hyde Beach, the daytime nightclub situated by the pool and Bar Centro, another cocktailery on a massive outdoor patio.

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Viceroy Miami

Viceroy Miami

Relaxed elegance in the heart of Downtown


This swanky boutique hotel occupies one skyscraper of the tri-building condo campus known as Icon Brickell.

Interiors are designed by Kelly Wearstler, who brought her trademark Old Hollywood style to the 162 rooms with patent leather chairs, four-poster beds and mint-green carpets. An in-house restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine but the real draw is the 50th-floor lounge with Bladerunner-esque views of downtown. The cavernous Roman baths at the spa, designed by Philippe Starck, flank what the property claims is the longest outdoor infinity pool in Florida.

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The Angler’s

The Angler’s

Low-key luxury in palm-fronded villas


Consistently ranked as one of best hotels for service and a stately atmosphere since it underwent a meticulous renovation in 2007, this spot is a tasteful antidote to the South Beach scene.

The 46-room property, designed by Wallace Tutt, blends 1930s Mediterranean Revival architecture with contemporary design. It’s a few blocks from the beach but boasts a small-but-serene pool. The on-site restaurant is quiet and lush while the duplex villas feature main-level living areas and second-floor bedrooms linked by a spiral staircase.

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The Betsy

The Betsy

Colonial-era glam on the fringes of South Beach’s party row


When this historic property dating back to 1942 underwent a thorough renovation in 2009, it reopened with a Safari-esque vibe (wooden carvings from Africa, mirrors fringed in zebra prints) and a glitzy outpost of BLT Steak, celeb chef Laurent Tourondel’s modern steakhouse.

The 61 rooms are outfitted with four-poster beds and dark hardwood floors and there’s a tiny pool in the courtyard. A rooftop lounge acts as a sundeck by day while B-Bar, the subterranean nightclub on property, regularly hosts live jazz ensembles on the weekends.

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EPIC Hotel

EPIC Hotel

Sleek hotel with grand waterfront views and a vibrant spa


In contrast to most of the staid business hotels downtown, the EPIC is unabashedly cheery (note the rubber ducky in each room’s bathtub).

The 30-floor glass skyscraper boasts 411 rooms handsomely outfitted in beige lines and blond wood. The sprawling 16th-floor terrace features three pools, an outdoor bar and access to the in-house Exhale spa, a chain famous for their “Core Fusion Barre” exercise classes. The sensational on-site Area 31 Restaurant serves sustainable seafood and pets are welcome here, with treats and beds available.

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