Luxury and South Florida go hand in hand – South Florida is famous for being home to a number of celebrities including the likes of Anna Kournikova and P. Diddy as well as such luxurious world landmarks as the Bal Harbour Shops and Worth Avenue. It’s then fitting that Miami has a slew of luxury hotels that make it difficult to choose. These featured hotels feature incredible fine dining, elegant comforts and wonderful ways to enjoy the Miami sunshine from golfing and private beaches to temperature-controlled swimming pools and al fresco yoga sessions. The establishments include newer hotels featuring local places to see and be seen in addition to historic treasures featuring opulent indulgences for the adults in addition to a host of activities for the kids.


The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(855) 311-6903

The Biltmore Hotel is a majestic and historic landmark property with top-notch service and exquisitely luxurious amenities. The hotel is part of a 150-acre property that is a local favorite for photo shoots for weddings and engagements. The AAA Four Diamond hotel features 275 rooms (130 of which are Mediterranean-style suites), a spa, fitness center, salon, casual dining, bars and lounges, and fine dining establishments. Golf lovers will enjoy the lush green golf course ready for casual play, lessons or tournaments. The afternoon tea time in the lobby is a highly-recommended experience featuring teas, pastries and live, soothing music.


The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 365-4500

Trips to the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne feel like escapes to nearby island getaways. The expansive resort is as serene as it is beautiful with majestic palms, a private beach and sweeping ocean views. Property amenities include 11 tennis courts (including tennis camps and lessons offered by tennis professionals), a gorgeous golf course featuring lakes, a lagoon and wildlife, a spa and several restaurants to choose from including Tuscan cuisine at Cioppino. Activities for children include environmental experiences in conjunction with the Ocean Futures Society by Jean-Michel Cousteau.


Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 674-4772

The storied Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort qualifies as one expansive and luxurious playground. Aside from a great selection of beautiful rooms with great views to choose from, the property is also home to several swimming pools, a fantastic spa, nightclubs, bars, designer shopping and world-class restaurants. The Fontainebleau is as appropriate for families as it is for a honeymoon weekend getaway. The FB Kids program offers children daily, customized itineraries complete with fun activities, games, arts and crafts, shows and more.

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Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5226

The Epic Hotel is a Downtown Miami jewel of a modern hotel property with staggering views of the Miami skyline and the Biscayne Bay. All rooms feature high ceilings, incredible views and a private balcony. Foodies and guests seeking great social scenes for drinks will be pleased to know that the hotel is home to two top restaurants – Area 31 and Zuma – along with the Lilt Lounge. The Club Lounge package gives access to the 29th floor lounge featuring five daily culinary presentations, complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines in addition to morning and evening housekeeping services.


The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(888) 625-7500

South Beach can be quite hectic at times but The Setai always provides a serene hideaway for relaxation and quiet indulgences. The rooms are spacious and make guests feel right at home with the most luxurious furnishings and details thought of for total comfort. There is a private beach behind the hotel as well as an impressive three temperature-controlled pools (75 degrees, 85 degrees and a 95-degree family pool) and cabanas with services for refreshments, magazines and more. Guests may enjoy complimentary beach yoga sessions on the weekends, a fitness center and The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ featuring skincare products made from special teas inspired by Japanese tea ceremonies. The Setai also offers multiple dining options including The Restaurant at The Setai serving up Mediterranean cuisine.

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