Clandestinely situated at the tip of prestigious Brickell Key in Biscayne Bay, the Mandarin Oriental feels as exclusive as it does glamorous, with luxurious rooms, exalted restaurants, and the city's top spa, all of which marry the brand's signature Asian style with Miami's bold tropical elegance. The sumptuous, colorful rooms—renovated in 2011—face either west toward the downtown skyline or east over Miami Beach and the blue Atlantic. There's also beauty in the details:
sliding screens that close off the baths, dark wood, crisp linens, and room numbers hand-painted on rice paper at check-in. Sun-worshippers adore the 20,000-square-foot private beach. The two restaurants, Azul and La Mar by Gaston Acurio, are wildly popular with locals.