Miami, Florida is home sun, surf, skin and to some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. Called the American Riviera, Miami Beach is the place to rub elbows with movie stars and models and party with rock stars.
Miami Beach's art deco district is modeled after the French and Italian Riviera. And the district's Raleigh Hotel is a standout landmark. The lobby makes you feel like you've been transported back in time. The café in the lobby is styled after a 1950s soda shop while the martini lounge upstairs is a 1940s American classic. The Raleigh's themed suites have beachfront views and more than 1000 square feet to stretch out in. The 6000 square-foot penthouse has a terrace with a 360-degree view of the ocean. The Raleigh's pool is a true original. Its legendary curved shape and cascading waterfalls were a back-drop for actress Esther Williams movies and MTV's The Grind. You can party and the one-of-a-kind pool or on Raleigh's private beach.
A block away, South Beach's Ocean Drive is a brand onto itself. Right in the middle of the action is the Pelican Hotel. The Pelican is all about being hip and fashion forward. The hotel entrance puts you right in the Pelican's trendy bar, while the check in desk is in the back. The Pelican has 25 rooms, each with a different theme. The 5000 square-foot penthouse suite is a funky mash-up of ultra modern and 1970s throwback with retro furniture and a huge fish tank. You can relax in the oversized hot tub on the terrace or have a drink at the café, either way you'll be in one of the coolest spots in the city.
Walking distance away, across from the beach is the Sagamore Hotel. This boutique hotel doubles as an art gallery. Everywhere you look, incredible paintings, murals and sculptures surround you. The owners use The Sagamore to display the art they've collected over the years. The rooms are a spacious 700 square feet and the penthouse has a private dining room and terrace. The focus is on the art so everything else is simple.
The mostly residential Belle Island on the western shore of South Beach is home to the Standard Hotel. The upside down hotel sign tells you that there's nothing standard about this hotel. They take the laid back lifestyle seriously here. The main attraction here is the spa. It has an array of treatments from steamed sauna, massage, acupuncture and Turkish Hammam bath with heated marble seats. The outdoor therapy space is a hydrotherapy playground with a roman waterfall hot tub and a mud bath tubs wherte you can sit and watch boats glide by on the bay. Each room is also has its own personal outdoor tub.
A few miles south of Miami is the upscale suburb of Coral Gables. The top shelf Biltmore Hotel sits on 150 acres and has been host to royalty, presidents and celebs for decades. You may be sitting where Marlon Brando or Liza Minnelli sat in the bar. Stay in the same penthouse Al Capone hid after getting out of jail. A championship golf course and the largest pool in the United States add to the fantastic things the Biltmore has to offer.
Just south of downtown Miami is Brickell Key and the Mandarin Oriental Miami. The lobby is huge with floor to ceiling windows for viewing the bay. The presidential suites include three bedrooms, a private spa area and full kitchen with a personal chef. It also comes with a player piano and theater room. The restaurant downstairs specializes in Mediterranean food with an Asian twist. You can even sit in the kitchen and watch the chef prepare your food. This hotel is super exclusive and it hosts celebrities who come here to make sure they are not seen.