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The Best Oceanfront Hotels in Miami Beach

Laine Doss | April 18, 2018

Miami Beach is one of the hottest beach resorts in the world, with millions of visitors each year flying in for endless sunny days and balmy nights touched by ocean breezes. The city itself is a vast playground for the rich and famous, with celebrities coming in to shop, sun, and party. In actuality, people from all walks of life visit and live in Miami Beach. It's rich cultural diversity is part of its charm. Here are the best Miami Beach oceanfront hotels to begin your exploration of this vibrant, colorful city.


Soho Beach House

Why it made the list

The only way to gain access to Soho Beach House is to be a member -- or a hotel guest. Simply furnished, may guest accommodations have oversized balconies looking over the ocean. Cecconi's is the hotel's crowning jewel. An outdoor patio filled with what seems like millions of fairy lights serves as a romantic spot for Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences.

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The Setai

Why it made the list

The Setai is one of the most exclusive properties on Miami Beach. The resort features a zen courtyard with water features that opens into a pool area. Beyond, find Miami Beach's famed sand. Jaya at the Setai features food with multi-Asian influences and offers a stunning Sunday brunch with bottomless Champagne and live jazz.

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W South Beach

Why it made the list

The W South Beach is located on the northern side of Miami Beach's SoBe neighborhood, making it a quieter experience. Nevertheless the hotel is teeming with color and activity. The W has its own art walk, with Warhol and Basquiat originals adorning its walls. An oversized pool and beach club keep guests busy in the day and in the evening chef Andrew Carmellini's the Dutch serves American cuisine. After hours, rub elbows with celebrities at W's Living Room lounge.

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The Confidante

Why it made the list

The Confidante is a true resort with lovely grounds, a luxury pool area, and an expansive beach. Most rooms have wonderful ocean views and the Confidante hoses Bird & Bone, Miami chef Richard Hales' ode to Americana cuisine.

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Sagamore, the Art Hotel

Why it made the list

On a block filled with stellar hotels, the Sagamore stands out for its stellar art program. The hotel has its own in-house art advisor, who curates rotating art exhibits. Of course, the hotel sits on Miami Beach's most famous strip of beach. If all that sun and art tires you out, all accommodations are comfortable suites.

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Shelborne South Beach

Why it made the list

Getting a total revamp, the Shelborne has transformed itself into a stellar hotel with wonderful food and drink. Rooms are decorated in Midcentury Modern style and many have direct ocean views. In the evening, stop for a drink at Drawing Room before getting some home-style Southern cooking from Root & Bone, the onsite restaurant by Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth.

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Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach

Why it made the list

Located in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood, the Hilton Bentley is a short walk to the famed Ocean Drive Art Deco district, yet worlds away in calm. Choose a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean to enjoy coffee with a sunrise view. The property is a short stroll from Miami Beach's most famous restaurants including Prime 112, where celebrities meet over steaks and Joe's Stone Crab, a Miami Beach institution for over a century.

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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Why it made the list

This luxury hotel in Sunny Isles resembles an old world palace as much as a modern resort. Acqualina's location in Sunny Isles boasts a more tranquil vacation experience than resorts in other parts of Miami Beach with sandy beaches that are far more exclusive and picturesque. Acqualina's facilities include four pools -- each specifically designed for families, sunning, or meditation; a state-of-the-art spa, and a children's marine biology program. Dining options include the exclusive Il Muilno, which serves traditional Italian fare.

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Eden Roc Miami Beach

Why it made the list

Shaped like an ocean liner, the Eden Roc is one of Miami Beach's flagship properties. Most rooms offer sweeping views of the ocean. Dine at celebrity chef, Nobu's largest restaurant to date or eat at Malibu Farm for farm-to-table dishes, and relax at the

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Why it made the list

The Fontainebleau is arguably Miami Beach's most entertaining, all-encompassing resort. Once the domain of Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the hotel has undergone major improvements. Hotel rooms are plush and the resort features several top notch restaurants including Scott Conant's Scarpetta and Stripsteak by Michael Mina. The property's pool area is expansive, with cabanas located on special islands in the middle of the pool and the beach, just beyond has chaises for lounging and food and drink service.

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