There’s a soaker tub just across the bed. I repeat, there is a deep soaker tub in the sleeping area of the sexy, modern bedroom at The Setai Miami. One wonders why, but when explained, the decision to spread the room’s energy makes sense. Following a sleek, minimilistic Art Deco meets Asian design influences, the entire hotel encourages hushed tones and unrushed behaviour. From the lauded Jaya restaurant to the reknowned Art Deco Building itself, The Setai Miami is also a favouorite with business travellers and celebrities wanting the utmost in privacy. The dark, sexy decor invites romance with sleek dark wood, soft lighting and touches of red roses throughout the lobby and dining areas. Rooms are spacious, but lush as the seating sofas line the walls to encourage lounging and soaking up the zen atmosphere created within.
Designed by famed architect Henry Hohauser, the hotel was originally known as the Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel by heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey in 1937. Nowadays, The Setai still enjoys a fine reputation for having some of the most luxurious, bespoke services and amenities in South Beach. While suites are laid out in a manner as to encourage you to relax, the Setai Residences are something to behold. For the uber traveller, the residences at the Setai Miami feature one to four-bedroom fully equipped apartments with ocean views or city views.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, the Penthouse is available by special request only and is situated at the top of The Setai’s Ocean Suites. A stunning four-bedroom space offers a private roof-top pool with city and ocean views, a gourmet kitchen and a dining room for parties of 10. Additionally, the Penthouse offers a dedicated arrival staff, concierge and valet team ready to serve your every need. Each of the four bedrooms feature two master suites with king-sized beds, a one bedroom with a queen and a kids media room with two twin beds. There are also four and a half bathrooms, ever so important, two Jacuzzi tubs and a steam shower. Meanwhile on the rooftop, the space also has an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and lounge area.
We’re not done yet, as the Setai Miami also offers guests the opportunity to be pampered by expert staff using specially formulated THÉMAÉ treatments and fitness center to work off the calories gained after dining at Jaya. Whether dining at The Ocean Grill, the Bar and the Courtyard or at Jaya (named after Jaya Ibrahim, the hotels interior designer) for breakfast and dinner, you might need the treadmill indeed. Featuring an ecclectic menu of Asian-inspired dishes, the culinary experience at The Setai is not to be missed.
Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena holds nothing back by pairing truffles with seafood stuffed dumplings, delicate sea bass with its own tandoor oven underneath to keep warm, perfectly balanced pad Thai and a drinks menu that will make you contemplate life, love and all that’s in between. Breakfast is also an affair to be remembered, from the custom omlette station, continental spread and copious amounts of delicious coffee and juices available.
The surrounding Miami Beach area is of course well known for partying, but the art scene should not be ignored. Around the corner and across the street feature art galleries and the Bass Museum, a contemporary art showroom that will please just about anyone. The free Miami Beach Trolley also stops just a few buildings away on either side of the street for easy access to Lincoln Road and all the way down to the Pier.
Many hotels can boast of having unique decor, amenities and services, but The Setai Miami surpasses expecatations and reminds one of what true hotel service ought to be. From the stellar staff with local guide information at their fingertips, to heavily involved managers and servers, a stay at the Setai Miami is unlike any other. Oh, and if you do book your stay soon, that deep granite tub fits two people. Just so you know!