What You Need To Know About Visiting The Setai at Miami Beach

The Setai is a gleaming 40-story glass castle that rises from a secluded and private section of Miami Beach. This structure is the tallest tower on the beach, standing superior to all others in the nearby vicinity. The views are unsurpassed, and the design is beyond compare. It stands as an annex to an Art Deco landmark that was built with an international Asian Deco flavor. This vintage building was originally built between 1936 and 1938, when it was called the Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. These two buildings, now united as one, are currently known as The Setai Hotel and Resort of Miami Beach.

This is an upscale, high-end resort for the rich and famous, with an emphasis on privacy, luxury and exclusivity. It offers rooms beyond your wildest dreams and out-of-this-world amenities. It is located in the middle of Greater Miami Beach on the Atlantic Coast side of Florida, across the freeway from the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Best Time To Book a Stay

Even in the middle of the winter, Miami’s weather is pleasant, with highs around 73 degrees, lows around 65 degrees and only a few days of rain. Sweater weather in Miami is a nice change from the heat. In fact, you may prefer to visit between November and May when there are fewer tourists and rainy days.

laptop with a scenic spot

The hottest months, for those of you who are sun worshippers, are August and September, and even then the average temperature increases to only 85 degrees. This is the height of tourist season, however, so be sure to book well ahead of time to ensure you get a room. This is also monsoon season, and there are on average around a dozen rainy days annually during this period.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Ocean Suites all have unobstructed views of the ocean, luxury beds and tasteful, Asian- inspired décor. The Ocean Suites are available with between one and four bedrooms, and they all come with an astounding number of amenities:

  • A variety of non-alcoholic drinks are provided in the room.
  • A visit to the THÈMAÈ Spa includes complimentary signature treatment.
  • The Setai Grand Breakfast is available in the Hotel’s Jaya Restaurant each day, or you can choose to have it brought up to your suite if you prefer to dine privately.
  • The hotel’s valet parking service is free for one car.
  • Enjoy transportation to local destinations via a luxury vehicle.
  • Rides are available to and from Miami or Fort Lauderdale airports and ports
  • Get membership in The Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club.

One- and Two-Bedroom Ocean Suite Amenities:

  • Between 900 and 1407 square feet of room space
  • Luxurious king-size Swedish mattress
  • Rainfall shower
  • Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom
  • Black granite tub
  • Brand-name luxury shampoos, soaps, etc.
  • Nest digital heating and cooling system
  • Samsung sound bar
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • HD LED televisions with Wi-Fi
  • Full-service dry cleaner and laundry
  • Free daily newspapers
  • Round-The-Clock room service
  • Private chauffer services as needed
  • Sub-Zero kitchen, fully equipped

The Three-Bedroom Entertainment Ocean Suite

The three-bedroom suite features all of the comforts offered in the one- and two-bedroom suites with the addition of:

  • A view of the ocean from the living room
  • Dining table, wine cooler and mini-bar in the den
  • A fully equipped, full-size kitchen
  • 1,746 square-foot room to entertain in

The Grand Ocean Suite

Just when you think there cannot be any more luxury and amenities, there is the Grand Suite. It includes the standard amenities listed above and more:

  • 3,552 square feet of room – making the suite bigger than most average homes
  • 52-inch plasma television
  • Spa room for personal treatments from the staff
  • A full-size, walk-through kitchen
  • Two living rooms
  • A dining table that seats eight guests
  • A stunning view overlooking the ocean and Miami nightlife

The Penthouse Suite

This suite, located on the 40th floor of the glass tower, must be requested by calling the reservation number. In addition to the Setai’s already over-the-top amenities, you also get the following:

  • 10,000 square feet of room
  • Huge gourmet kitchen and dining for 10 guests
  • Two master suites with their own bathrooms and king beds
  • One queen bedroom, also with its own bath
  • A room set up for children with two trundle beds
  • A Steinway piano
  • A media room
  • A half-bath for your guests to use
  • Private 3,000-square-foot rooftop terrace including a hot tub, a seating area and an infinity pool
  • Private arrival staff, valet and concierge team ready to meet your every need

Complete Relaxation

woman lounging in spa

The THÈMAÈ Spa has highly trained spa technicians who are skilled in the ceremonial and ritual massage techniques of Bali, China and Thailand, as well as in Ayurvedic, oriental and Maghreb treatments. You can enjoy the quiet solitude of your own private massage, or you can indulge in a romantic couples massage. Facials and whole-body skin treatments add to the 1-2 hours of blissful relaxation you experience in the spa. All of these services are also available in your suite when you stay in the Penthouse Suite.

Where To Dine

Of course, in any of these rooms, you may have as many meals as you would like sent to your suite. These meals are carefully prepared for you by Chef Concierge Maite Foriasky. You might also enjoy a visit to the Setai Miami’s signature restaurant, Jaya, where Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena prepares modern Asian cuisine for a fine-dining experience.

dining table

The Jaya serves up dishes influenced by all corners of Asia, including Korea, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. You can choose among such dishes as truffle dumplings, Vietnamese pho, Peking duck and tandoor sea bass. There are also a variety of Indian curries with the warming flavors of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom and coconut milk.

Relax Poolside


The amenities offered in each guest suite at the Setai Miami Beach Resort are so luxurious that you may be tempted never to leave your room. However, if you would like to spend some time in the Miami sunshine – or moonlight for that matter – try hanging out in one of the three infinity pools: a 75-degree lap pool, an 85-degree center pool or a 95-degree family pool. Or you can lounge poolside, where magazine service, drinks and appetizers from the bar, water and towels are provided. If you prefer, take a stroll on the private stretch of beach or relax on an ocean-side lounger and watch the clouds go by.

Explore Famous Neighborhoods


You are also welcome to explore Miami neighborhoods using bicycles or the private hotel car. Don’t miss some nearby landmarks, including: Lincoln Road in the heart of Miami, where you can visit nightclubs and enjoy ethnic foods and other nightlife; Coconut Grove, which is now populated by galleries, boutiques and pubs but was once a hangout for hippies; Calle Ocho, which is a neighborhood steeped in the Cuban culture; the Art-Deco-influenced Ocean Drive; the Mediterranean revival neighborhood of Coral Gables; or the Wynwood Design District, which sponsors Art Walks and other art-centered activities.

Local Entertainment and Attractions

Take a day to peruse the art museums such as the Deering Estate Museum of Contemporary Art or the Bass Museum of Art. Or enjoy an outdoor exhibit at the Vizcaya Gardens.

If you prefer a night on the town, explore the offerings at the Ziff Ballet Opera House or Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Indulge your senses with a performance of the Miami City Ballet New World Symphony. Or, the hotel concierge can advise you on the best places to bar-hop on Miami’s South Beach based on your interests.

Take advantage of a little time in the great outdoors. The Setai Miami has a custom-engineered fleet of bicycles and matching helmets exclusively for the use of its guests. The tires are specially designed for an easy ride along the shore. Towels, sunscreen and flip-flops are provided in case you want to dismount and play in the waves. You can even order a gourmet picnic cooler to take along for the ride.

You can also charter a yacht and go out on the azure blue waters. Rentals include catered onboard dining. While you are on the water, enjoy some deep-sea diving or snorkeling and discover the world below the horizon.

For a bit of sport, why not play a few holes of golf or challenge your roommates to a game of tennis? Focus and re-center with a Tai chi class or a yoga session on the beach.

And there are plenty of options for entertaining the kids, as well. Take them to Zoo Miami where they can watch animals being fed and learn about wildlife based on the continent where they live. Visit the Museum of Science and encourage them to learn by taking part in experiments and demonstrations. You can also head to the Seaquarium with its dolphin and whale performances, or to Miami Children’s Museum.  And don’t miss out on Jungle Island with some 500 assorted jungle animals and more than 3,000 parrots.

The Setai was recently named the No. 1 Resort Beach of Greater Miami Beach by Travel and Leisure, and it has received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award every year since 2015. If you want the ultimate in privacy, indulgence and luxury, plan a visit to The Setai Miami Beach.

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