Although the below exquisite South Florida hospitality spots compete for the eyes and dollars of the most seasoned vacationer, this Final Four pushes internally to achieve the finest designations a hotel can receive. Without further ado, the South Florida Final Four:
Awarded Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Status
Mandarin Oriental Miami: The only one of these four without year round residences, has 295 rooms and 31 suites in it’s inventory. For dining, The Mandarin has three restaurants including the Forbes Five Star dining experience of Azul. Azul offers the French and Asian fusion creations of Chef William Crandall, who trained under Chef Andrew Zimmerman. However, another Forbes Five Star restaurant, NAOE, is also in the neighborhood if the traveler is looking for a close alternative.
This Brickell Key gem has an impressive 15,000 of Forbes Five Star spa space that takes full advantage of the Miami scene. Included in the spa space: 18 private treatment rooms and six VIP Suites.
Recent comments: “An Oasis in Miami”, “Think of the best spot in the sexy city in Miami, MO is your best bet”, “A tranquil and first class hotel” “This is as wonderful and comfortable a place as you will find with an exceptional staff, room, and amenities”.
The Acqualina Resort & Spa proudly stands majestically oceanside in Sunny Isles, close to both the action of Miami Beach and Las Olas Boulevard. When not staying in the suites of the resort and relaxing in your personal balcony, the Acqualina offers the best in amenities and service. The resort employs the Forbes Five Star selection The Acqualina Spa by ESPA, which launched the South Florida -based lifestyle brand Yogiiza, in February. For dining, The AQ features Modern American Cuisine while the Piazzetta Markeplace features gelato, desserts, teas, and specialty coffees.
Recent comments: “We just left Acqualina yesterday after the most glorious 5 night stay”, “Over the top amazing”, “Exceptional resort and hotel on the beach 20 minutes from South Beach”, “Its really hard to find a hotel like this in Miami”.
The Four Seasons Miami features 221 well appointed guest rooms which promise to get you in the Miami moment inside and out. Work out your muscles or relax your bones at Equinox, where treatments are offered in a cabana poolside. The Edge Steak & Bar is frequented by both locals and guests alike, serving the best in both finger foods and Contemporary American offerings.
Recent comments: “Our stay at the Four Seasons Miami was truly memorable and outstanding”, “Outstanding hotel and staff!”, “Luxury hotel lives up to billing”, “Wonderful haven in Miami”
While not securing the Five Diamond designation, the Forbes Five Star ranked Setai Hotel is no diamond in the rough with it’s oceanfront setting at 2001 Collins Avenue. With Oceanfront and Oceanview rooms, there is not a bad vantage point given from this jewel on South Beach. The Restaurant at The Setai highlights the Spanish cooking of Chef Mathias Gervais and the Spa by Themae offers complimentary beach Yoga with a courtesy reservation.
Recent Comments: “Marvelous service!”, “Elegant and Worth the visit”, “Perfect”, “SETAI – they deserve every single star”, “Perfect elegance!”.