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The Setai, Miami - Hotel Review

Taste of Asia in South Beach

A junior suite at The Setai hotel in Miami Beach incorporates earth tones into the Asian themed decor
A junior suite

Barefoot, sand-strolling passers-by may initially recognize The Setai for its immense 40-story tower gracing the white sands of South Beach, Miami, but if they were to look a bit deeper, they would discover architectural history tucked into the original building that was once the famous Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel of the 1930s. Renovated and established in 2004 by famous hotelier Adrian Zecha, The Setai was the first hotel from General Hotel Management Limited to be built in the United States. Now owned by Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group, The Setai still integrates Oriental and Zen-like themes in the design that primarily emulates the Art Deco movement.

Guests are greeted by a bronze and leather draped lobby which incorporates antique grey bricks from Shanghai and tropical timber in the walls. The 85 rooms and one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites, are all decorated with teak wood floors and warm earth-tone colors. The tower offers 130 residential apartments, but a small collection rooms is available for nightly accommodations.

Adjacent to the lobby is a large courtyard that intertwines palm trees and shaded benches amongst a pond with a fountain and an outdoor bar.

The outdoor pool at The Setai hotel in Miami Beach, Florida The courtyard at The Setai hotel in Miami Beach, Florida
Spa pool Serene courtyard

If the warm, white sands nearby aren't inviting enough for sunny relaxation, The Spa offers an array of wellness treatments influenced by traditional Pacific Rim techniques. The list of therapies ranges from classic Swedish massages to Himalayan warm stone massages.

Asian aromas and scents flow out of the hotel's main dining venue, The Restaurant, which creates dishes inspired by Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultures. Entrées are prepared in an open exhibition kitchen and served family-style and a lavish brunch is presented every Sunday. An additional choice for dining is The Grill, open seasonally, where tapas and French/Mediterranean-style cuisine is served. For those who would like to dine beachside The Pool & Beach Bar provides Mediterranean style cuisine and chilled beverages.

Oceanfront surroundings offer an abundance of recreational options, from yachting to deep-sea diving, and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean create an ideal setting for honeymoons. For those who prefer to float without the salt and sand, there are three outdoor pools, which are all set at different temperatures. Yoga, Pilates and a fitness center are available for those who want to stay dry.

The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
888-625-7500 | Reserve with for the best rate!

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(Updated: 05/09/12 CT)

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