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Hotel Zoom-In: The Setai, Miami Beach

Imagine art deco-style architecture, a modish mid-rise, and Balinese design at the same time, in the middle of South Beach; well, this aesthetic exists — it’s The Setai, Miami Beach (@thesetaimiamibeach). Can you change someone’s first impression? The Setai, Miami Beach can. Upon entrance, you walk into a historic 1936 landmark art deco-façade building, thinking you’re going to get that mid-century flair that Miami is so known for, just like those boutique hotels you see along Ocean Drive; that’s not the case. Grand doors lead into a high-ceiling lobby housing chic boutiques; cool tones and Southeast Asia-style Iced Tea at check-in immediately make you feel as if you’re in Indonesia, in one of those ultra-luxe bucket list Bali hotels.

On the way out to the pool, you enter a courtyard populated with guests lounging on charcoal-color outdoor sofas and a centerpiece still fountain (a bit more like a pool nobody can swim in) that evokes calm just by looking at it. It’s as if the traffic from the airport never happened, as if you weren’t just in Manhattan three hours ago, and that you don’t have a 9-5.

Unassuming due to the initial setting you walked into, the hotel boasts a towering mid-rise building in the back with 49 ocean suites, including a spacious penthouse that overlooks Miami Beach and the Atlantic.

In addition to this, the hotel hosts advantageous amenities, including three temperature-controlled sparkling pools, beachfront services, a top-of-the-line Spa, and dining experiences led by Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena.

All in all, The Setai, Miami Beach is a haven from any kind of hustle-n-bustle, a respite from all stresses, and a sanctuary where Asian warmth and luxury meets Miami cool.

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