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The Setai

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Sunshine, nightlife and colorful entertainment will be your Miami greeting. It’s a destination that certainly knows how to turn it up and draw a crowd. With so much in abundance and a high degree of excitement, you can arrive in Miami then swiftly depart having only scratched the surface. The Setai hotel on Miami Beach however offers a truly different experience. Located in the heart of South Beach, The Setai cuts through the noise and seeks calm, offering a tranquil Miami experience.

With lead designer Jean-Michel Gathy at the helm, The Setai delivers the upmost luxurious atmosphere, further enhanced by bespoke detail. The interior is warm and distinguished with inviting natural tones travelling throughout the body of this Miami Beach luxury hotel. Setai’s furnishings lend themselves to the Far East whilst finding a balance with the buildings deep Art Deco history.

Impressive artworks by Lee Jung Woong and Christian de Laubadère are enjoyed throughout the premise cultivating your experience. Adjacent to the historic 1930s eight-story refurbished Art Deco splendor is the new glass tower building. Standing tall at 40 stories of glass, it plays host to premium residential and holiday suites capturing views of Miami Beach and beyond.

We began exploring The Setai enjoying a walk through the lush grounds. This seaside sanctuary in South Beach beautifully blurs the boundaries between architecture and landscape. Guests lounge about in their holiday prints and blousy neutrals across 3 pools, each pool set to a different temperature! You may even opt to soak up the sun by the private beach on the plush beach lounges with chilled Voss water and face spritzer awaiting your arrival. Beach attendants will be on hand, willing to adjust your beach umbrella at any preferred angle!

With our ocean front room wonderfully spacious and stellar views of The Setai grounds extending out to the Atlantic, we welcomed each morning to pure bliss. The luxuries however did not stop there – think king-size beds, in room espresso machines and generous black granite bath tubs set up against breathtaking city or ocean views. If Setai’s bountiful gardens, ample pools and grand suites were not enough, there are private chauffeurs offering complimentary short trips, so you can avoid the sweltering Miami heat. Yes really!

Throughout our time, guests drifted from the hotel’s first-rate spa with rejuvenated faces or appeared from the fitness centre refreshed and clear-eyed. This exclusive Miami Beach hotel also boasts two magnificent restaurants. You may spend the afternoon beachside at the The Grill enjoying the ‘east meets west’ fusion cuisine. Whilst The Restaurant will put on a show every morning with an extravagant breakfast. Think eggs made any way right in front of you, flakey pastries, seasonal fruits, creamy yoghurt and small mountains of berries – a true highlight.

While the rest of Miami Beach continues to try and surpass each other, The Setai sits modestly providing understated luxury. It values discreet service and sets an elevated standard offering a serene, mature environment working towards the ultimate guest experience. The Setai hotel in Miami runs an upscale tight ship radiating a sense of peacefulness and gracious hospitality, allowing you the opportunity to recharge in their beautiful private world known as The Setai.

Contributed by our Australian friends Aphrodite Saxionis & Luke Vasiljevic

The Setai hotel, Miami Beach