Review of The Setai on Miami Beach

The Setai - Miami Beach

The Setai - Miami Beach

The Setai Miami Beach stretches amicably between an “Art Deco landmark building” and an adjoining modern, 40-story luxury tower.  From street level, you can miss the Art Deco elements at the top of the building and the impassive, concrete-grey façade does not effectively convey what lies within.  As you enter the Hotel off Collins Avenue, guest reception is confined to a slim, unassuming space on your left. However, as you walk deeper into the building, the true beauty of the Hotel is revealed.

The bar at the Setai - Creative Cocktails and Asian Small Plates

The bar at the Setai - Creative Cocktails and Asian Small Plates

Heading towards the natural light of the Courtyard, one really begins to notice the finer details of the design.  Grey, antique bricks from old Art Deco buildings in Shanghai make up the lobby’s floor, and the Asian aesthetic is present everywhere, from the jade discs suspended on the walls to the carved Balinese wooden doors and mother of pearl counters.  Some of the internal door handles in the public areas are wrapped in stingray skin.  On this floor, the “wow” effect comes from the Courtyard, adorned with statues and intricate hurricane lamps, each holding a single orange during the day, and candles at night.  It’s a serene and sexy space where guests can relax and have a drink, or enjoy a meal from the Restaurant featuring an open Theatre Kitchen.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard

There are 85 studio and one-bedroom suites in the Art Deco building and 40, one, two and three bedroom suites in the tower.  Tower suites are similar to residences, and families are encouraged to book the 2-bedroom categories that include a fully stocked kitchen and a washer and dryer (with complimentary laundry products).  The Tower has its own separate entrance and reception area mirroring the one in the Art Deco building. All suites throughout the hotel are luxuriously outfitted with handmade king beds, Burmese teak hardwood floors and Bose surround-sound DVD/CD system.  Bathrooms offer rainfall showers and Asprey bath products. 

Suite bathroom

Suite bathroom

One Bedroom Suite

One Bedroom Suite

Daily treats in here

Daily treats in here

 In-room, complimentary tea and coffee are available for guests in all suites and a daily “treat” is placed in a coconut shell on the coffee table. We had a look at a magnificent 5000 square foot, 2-bedroom oceanfront Spa Suite, with a treatment room in the center.   If space is a premium requirement, the Penthouse Suite will provide you, and your entourage, 10,000 square feet of plush accommodation including a private lap pool and Jacuzzi, as well as panoramic views of Miami and the beach.

Three different temperature pools

Three different temperature pools

The Setai’s mantra is “service” based on “privacy” and “intimacy”.  There is ratio of 3 employees per guest to ensure a high level of attentiveness.  The three pools are managed by a Pool Concierge and are identical in design but vary in temperature.  The family pool is the warmest at 85°. 

Spa Treatment Room

Spa Treatment Room

The Spa offers large treatment suites that include a private steam room and shower and are perfect for bridal party pampering or girls’ weekends.  July is designated “Spa Month” so be on the lookout for enticing packages.

Guests have direct beach access and the area exclusively prepared for the Hotel is luxuriously furnished with daybeds and loungers.  If you choose to eat a meal beachside, the Setai has a separate food truck stationed on the sand to ensure the freshest and fastest delivery.

Virtuoso Amenities at the Setai:  Full breakfast for 2 daily, upgrade if available, $100 hotel credit, once per stay.

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