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Since the real-estate development boom in the early 1980s, Miami has drawn a diverse crowd. Known for parties, beaches and design – spanning Gianni Versace, art-deco architecture and the biennale – the city has a frenetic energy and outlook all of its own.

Located at the meeting point of the American continents has made it a centre for business, travel and the arts. As a city that naturally brings together people of different cultures and industries, Miami offers a myriad of art galleries, a diverse food scene and vibrant nightlife catering to all tastes and tribes.

While Miami’s skyline (and some of its residents) may seem to be stuck in time, the hotel scene has had an injection of something that has made it relevant, young and fresh again – much like its botox-filled residents. LE Miami, the first travel fair to address the shift in luxury travel, is hosted there each year highlight that first impressions and perceptions aren’t always what they seem. Spoilt for choice you can go retro, eco or loco – so take your pick.

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Miami Beach EDITION

As soon as you pass the front door, you’ll recognise the musky Le Labo scent common to all Editon Hotels. Potted palms cluster around the lobby’s gold columns, setting a tone of relaxed opulence with a slight sense of satirical humour. The restaurant, aptly named the Matador Room, is filled with pictures of Spanish bullfighters (no animals were harmed in the making) and bronzed pineapple cocktail glasses. Fun is the name of the game at The Edition, with indoor and outdoor pools, a bowling alley and an ice-skating rink. Decor in the rooms is minimal and calming – opt for an ocean view, if only to ogle at the duplex penthouse suite.

The Confidante Miami Beach

This place (formerly The Thompson) offers exactly what you want from a hotel on South Beach: head-to-toe old-school glamour. Candy-coloured striped sunloungers, scallop-trimmed awnings and cabanas surround the two pool areas and the interiors are all Art Deco, punctuated by buoyant colours and palm-green details. Have dinner in rustic surroundings at Bird & Bone, headed up by celebrated South Florida chef Richard Hales, followed by a “smoke show” cocktail – made with mezcal, Aperol, blood orange, lime and orange bitters – at the bar. Refresh yourself the following morning with a session at their open-air spa.

  • +1 305 424 1234
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  • 4041 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach
    FL 33140

Delano

An unmissable South Beach establishment and an Ian Schrager original, the Delano will always be one of the best hotels in Miami. Whether it’s the all-white rooms or the moody, high-ceilinged lobby filled with eclectic furniture, something about the place that gives you a buzz the moment you walk in. The beautiful crowd surrounding the pool seem to sustain themselves on frozen grapes and rosé alone during the day, immediately switching to mojitos and pina coladas as soon as the clock turns five. If in doubt, ask concierge Pedro Alvarez – he always knows what to do.

The Standard

Located just a couple of blocks away from Collins Avenue, hanging chairs hidden among flora and a colourful wooden deck overlooking the bay create a laid-back atmosphere that feels a million miles away from the city. Along with the beach-chic vibe and impeccable service, The Standard is also the perfect place for an afternoon cocktail with friends or to indulge in one of the best brunches in town.

Soho Beach House

One of Soho House’s most desirable locations, Soho Beach House is a top Miami hotel with service and amenities so excellent that leaving the property becomes almost unnecessary. The hotel offers hidden extras like a secret tiki bar behind the luxurious pool area. Whether you’re lounging in your room, getting massaged at the Cowshed Spa or sipping a negronis on the terrace, Soho Beach House characteristically offers one of the most elegant yet understated hospitality experiences in Miami.

The Raleigh Hotel

The iconic Raleigh encapsulates all that is Miami. The famous poolside bar, white bungalows and rooms overlooking the South Beach coast are iconic reminders of why this is one of the sunny city’s most historic institutions. Excpect top service, great daytime amenities and a lively night scene at your fingertips.

The Freehand Hostel

The Freehand is invaluable to the Miami scene. This boutique hostel is a perfect home away from home offering poolside cocktails, a fresh juice bar and one of the city’s most effervescent watering holes, The Broken Shaker. Attracting a young creative crowd, Freehand curates a homely yet vibrant atmosphere minutes away from some of the city’s most desirable destinations.

  • +1 305 531 2727
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  • 2727 Indian Creek Drive
    Miami Beach
    33140

W South Beach Hotel

The W is a cutting-edge oasis in the city that comes with a 24/7 “whatever, whenever” policy, offering rooftop tennis and a Bliss spa. The home of Mr Chow Miami, it’s also a great place to have dinner before heading out into the centre of bustling Miami. Hit the W for a relaxing stay with world-class service and a grown-up atmosphere.

1 Hotel South Beach

This enormous addition to South Beach provides a marked contrast to its hedonistic surroundings. A true feat of eco-excellence, the hotel, which features an 11,000-plant living wall, stands as proud evidence that there is demand for sustainable travel, even in Miami. 1 Hotel’s goal to “bring the outside in” is evident from their sustainable use of natural resources – even the hangers are made out of recycled wood. They also adopt a no-paper policy – everything from the temperature of your room is controlled through a centralised app. But don’t worry, the 1 Hotel is anything from basic, there are four swimming pools, multiple gourmet restaurants to choose from as well as a wealth of other activities and services. Oh, and the bedrooms are absolutely huge.

Miami Beach EDITION

Thompson Miami

Delano

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Soho Beach House

The Raleigh Hotel

The Freehand Hostel

W South Beach Hotel

1 Hotel South Beach

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