Fodor's Expert Review The Setai

2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

This opulent, all-suite hotel feels like an Asian museum: serene and beautiful, with heavy granite furniture lifted by orange accents, warm candlelight, and the soft bubble of seemingly endless ponds complemented by three oceanfront infinity pools (heated to different temperatures) that further spill onto the beach's velvety sands. Suites are a minimum of 550 square feet and are divided between the hotel's art deco building and its residential tower. In 2014 the hotel unveiled its most opulent room product to date—the gigantic Ocean Suites at The Setai, Miami Beach, ranging from one-bedroom suites to the 10,000 square-foot, four-bedroom suite, all with special amenities like a private VIP entrance, a dedicated concierge, round-trip private airport transfers, complimentary spa treatment, and access to the house cars. Even if you can't afford a stay at one of Miami's priciest hotels, take time to visit this most beautifully designed space and its restaurants Jaya and The Bar & Courtyard, which are open to nonguests, or the fabulous The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ. The oceanfront gardens are lush and painstakingly manicured, and rooms are as expansive as the premises and furnished in an Asian style that is at once minimalist and cozy. The beach lounges and beachside service are pure bliss.

Paparazzi are usually set up by the beachfront entrance in order to snap a picture of the celebrities that retreat to this South Beach resort.


This all-suite hotel consists of two buildings: The art deco is the original building, while the ocean suites are in a modern tower. All suites offer amenities like Neospresso machines, flat screen TV, Frette bed linens, and Wi-Fi.

Ocean suite guests enjoy perks like daily breakfast, private transfer to and from Miami International Airport,complimentary valet parking, and a spa service.


Black granite bathrooms are equipped with a rain shower, two vanities, and Acqua di Parma bath products.


The lobby is part of the original Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel, built in 1939. Dark wood tones make way to a stunning courtyard of tranquil water pools. The area is transformed on Sundays for brunch and for special events.


Three pools cater to every swimming pleasure. A lap pool is kept at a vigorous 75 degrees, while the center pool is kept at a comfortable 85-degrees. A family pool is kept at 95 degrees for little bodies to splash in. All pools offer towel, water, and magazine service.


The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ offers services like a Balinese-style massage, Thai-style foot reflexology, and a green tea slimming massage.


The fitness center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Setai also offers beach yoga.


Jaya at the Setai offers upscale dining with dishes influenced by Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China and Japan.


The Bar offers upscale cocktails made with florals, herbs, and fresh juices.


Getting Around

The Setai is walking distance from most South Beach attractions. Guests also have the use of complimentary local transport, when available and Ocean Suite guests have complimentary airport transport.


Chef Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch (5-minute walk) serves refined American fare. Be sure to save room for a revolving selection of pies, made with fresh fruits. Chef Jose Mendin presents meats grilled on a Josper at Habitat (5-minute walk).


Sweet Liberty (5-minute walk) serves craft cocktails in a friendly setting with a distinct locals vibe. The Regent Cocktail Club (5-minute walk) offers classic cocktails in a Jazz age setting.


Refined style and excellent service make this hotel a luxury hideaway for the rich and famous.


On the beach
Grande Dame


Phones: 305-520–6111;888-625–7500-reservations

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