Luxury Holidays in Miami: an Overview

The best American cities have something in common - a population that appears to consist entirely of actors starring in their own (award-winning, naturally) screenplays.

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  • Every now and then one of those 'you must go to…' restaurants actually lives up to the hype, and Joe's Stone Crab is just that place. You can't book but the lunchtime queues are shorter (and potentially bypassed completely with a judiciously aimed $50 bill). The shellfish is uniformly delicious but best of all, of course, is the eponymous stone crab.
  • Miami has a very happening art scene. Don't miss the Art & Design Night which happens every 2nd Saturday at the Design District when galleries open to the public for music and refreshments.
  • One week each year the world's biggest DJs descend into Miami for Ultra Music Festival. Don't go if you're after a quiet time.
  • The Everglades is a rare subtropical ecosystem, and only an hour away from Miami - perfect distance for a day trip.

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Had Bill 'all the world's a stage' Shakespeare visited Manhattan he'd have loved the 'I'm walkin' here!' mock grumpiness of New Yawkers and seen the piquant poignancy in the thwarted dreams of endless wannabes in Los Angeles.

These cities are more than the sum of their bit parts but they are nothing compared to Florida's finest, a city where the sheer self-confidence of the locals, despite the economic shoeing of the last few years, reaches epic proportions.

It is, quite simply, all about me in Miami, with several scenes playing out at any one time - the buzzing contemporary art scene, a dance music scene threatening to rival that in Ibiza, the extremely sexy Cuban exile scene, and a gay see and be scene. It all adds up to one of the best urban environments for a luxury holiday anywhere in the world right now.

Best of all, Miami is the gateway to many of our favourite destinations in Latin America. Rather than passing through the monster that is Miami International Airport and being made to feel like a terrorist in transit, why not spend a night or two in Miami on route to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru or Ecuador and enjoy one of the coolest combos of destinations anywhere on the planet.

Top picks for Miami

The Betsy, Miami

The Betsy


The Betsy is a beach side hotel located at the end of Ocean Drive, in Miami’s ever so cool Art Deco District, that’s just undergone a swish refurbishment (hello new rooftop pool).

Where to stay

The pool at SLS South Beach, luxury hotel in Miami

SLS South Beach


Located in one of the tallest Art Deco buildings on Collins Avenue, SLS is uber cool and one of the go-to hotels of the moment, for the in crowd anyway.

Where to stay

The beach at The Setai, luxury hotel in Miami

The Setai


Although a little calmer than its party animal neighbours (some say boring, others say phew), the Setai’s location in the heart of Miami’s South Beach is spot on.

Where to stay

Spa pool at The Standard, luxury hotel in Miami

The Standard


Located on one of the islands along the Venetian Causeway off Miami Beach, the Standard Spa is perfect for organic falalfel eating, kaftan wearing types, and actually anyone else with an eye for the aesthetic and a sense of style.

Where to stay

Poolside at The Tides, luxury hotel in Miami

The Tides


Located on Ocean Drive (the good end), Tides is just across the road from the beach and within walking distance of all the places a first time visitor should go.

Where to stay

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach


COMO’s first foray into America, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is a new luxury hotel in, as the convoluted name suggests, Miami.

Where to stay

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