The Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Located on a tiny manmade island, the opulent Mandarin Oriental, Miami offers spectacular city and water views in an atmosphere of Asian cool.
Isn't It Romantic: Experience Peruvian cuisine for the first time from award-winning chef Gaston Acurio at La Mar, then end the evening with drinks at the outdoor Yaku by La Mer lounge overlooking the glittering cityscape.
Sexy Scene: For total indulgence, revel in a two-hour “Couples Time Ritual” treatment in a waterfront VIP Spa Suite. It includes private time afterwards, when you're feeling your most sensual.
What's Not to Love: The Mandarin Oriental, Miami isn't shy about charging expensive extras to your hotel bill, from valet parking to that seductive scented candle in the minibar.
Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc
The Eden Roc upped its game by adding a Nobu-branded hotel with 210 guest rooms within the larger 1950s-era Miami Modern hotel, which was also updated.
Isn't It Romantic: Stroll on the beach or the elevated walkway that runs parallel to it. On the other side of the hotel, walk along the marina and fantasize which million-dollar yacht you'd sail away on.
Sexy Scene: Feast on the freshest, most innovative sushi dishes conceived by Nobu Matsuhisa, the world's best known sushi master, for his eponymous hotel restaurant.
What's Not to Love: As a still-new hotel (opened December 2016), Nobu at the Eden Roc may still have some staff and housekeeping wrinkles to iron out.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Can a vacation be a work of art? The cosmopolitan Faena is a delight to connoisseurs' eyes. Designed by film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin, the surreal decor and sculpture enchants visitors. The hotel is also the nexus of the Wynwood Arts District, which houses galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Isn't It Romantic: The hotel's elegant pool is adjacent to a wide swath of beach overlooking Biscayne Bay. If you prefer privacy, book treatments for two in the Tierra Santa Spa Suite, which has its own outdoor balcony.
Sexy Scene: Schedule a Faena visit to coincide with a Second Saturday Art Walk — galleries stay open late, wine flows, food trucks offer a variety of provisions, there's music and performances and you may even find yourselves dancing in the streets.
What's Not to Love: Some guests complain about poor service combined with sky-high rates.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami's most iconic hotel, the Fontainebleau has provided succor to the shivering for generations. This massive landmark property, designed by Morris Lapidus in what's come to be known as Miami Modern architecture, contains 1,500 guest rooms as well as two AAA Four Diamond restaurants, Scarpetta and Hakkasan.
Isn't It Romantic: Splurge and rent a cabana beside one of ten pools. They're equipped with privacy curtains and a ceiling fan, HDTV, wi-fi, mini refrigerator, sectional lounge, chair and table, and a digital safe; butler service is provided.
Sexy Scene: Dance your asses off at LIV lounge and high-energy nightclub, which is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., extends 18,000 feet, features top DJs and performers and contains three bars.
What's Not to Love: The Fontainebleau is a big, busy, all-purpose hotel that caters to families and conventioneers as well as couples, and it can feel crowded and overwhelming.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
The revival of one of Miami's most glamorous hotels from the 1930s, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club opened in March 2017.
Isn't It Romantic: Quaff cocktails in the Churchill Bar, named after the former British Prime Minister who once stayed at the hotel and painted seascapes to his heart's content from inside one of its cabanas. (Now the hotel offers oceanview cabana studios with ocean vistas where you can overnight.)
Sexy Scene: Floor-to-ceiling guest windows provide endless views of the ocean or city — and may inspire the exhibitionists in you.
What's Not to Love: Located in Surfside, halfway between Miami and Bal Harbour, it's not close to the action. Some couples will consider this a plus.
In the heart of South Beach, this Yabu Pushelberg-designed hotel was the first to offer a hammam in its spa.
Isn't It Romantic: Toast each other at the Down N Dirty Tacos and Tequila Bar on site, which features more than 50 types of margaritas, mojitos and daiquiris whipped up with fresh ingredients.
Sexy Scene: There are bathtubs, and then there are Jacuzzi soaking tubs, with plenty of space for both of you to stretch out in if you book a King Suite.
What's Not to Love: As with many Miami Beach hotels, rooms are on the small side and there may be issues with staff responses.
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
Although this is more of a downtown business hotel, couples who are basketball fans may thrill to seeing the stars of the backboard up close: When the Miami Heat is playing in town, visiting teams bunk here.
Isn't It Romantic: Great views at night from the rooftop pool.
Sexy Scene: Shoot hoops and get sweaty in the NBA-approved basketball arena when players aren't using it. Or splurge for a private hour of yoga together.
What's Not to Love: You can use Marriott Rewards points to pay for your stay — but you may not be initially assigned the best room (so protest until you receive one that satisfies).
There are two Kimpton hotels in Miami; this is the one to choose if you want direct access to the beach.
Isn't It Romantic: The hotel will deliver cocktails to you on the beach, along with chairs and an umbrella.
Sexy Scene: Book a Moon Over Miami couples massage under the stars; treatments take place in an open-air cabana.
What's Not to Love: Seeking serenity? The pool may be too much of a scene for you.
Can a swimming pool seduce? The Raleigh's symmetrical, curvilinear one has since 1940 been admired by swimmers and architecture fans alike.
Isn't It Romantic: Sip classic cocktails at the intimate mahogany bar. Every first Friday of the month from 6-8pm, you can help to choose the drink of the month based on complimentary cocktail tasters and $10 cocktails.
Sexy Scene: Rooms are furnished with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, Ciel Spa bath products, slippers, robes, and a bountiful snack basket to seduce you into staying in bed all day. Fight the urge!
What's Not to Love: Rooms and bathrooms from the Art Deco-era are small.
SLS South Beach
Sophisticated and sexy, this 140-room hotel inside the tallest Art Deco building in South Beach was reconceived by Philippe Starck and has become a foodie mecca.
Isn't It Romantic: Treat yourselves to tasty tapas at The Bazaar by José Andrés or a seafood cornucopia conceived by master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi.
Sexy Scene: Daybeds and cabanas surround the two pools.
What's Not to Love: Rooms are on the small side, owing to the hotel's 1940's build.
The Standard, Miami
A hotel designed for spa lovers, The Standard is serious about helping couples to relax and become healthier. Sessions are often led by top yogis, and everything from bath products to room service snacks is organic.
Isn't It Romantic: No screaming babies to harsh your mellow; guests must be adults 18 years and older to stay here.
Sexy Scene: You'll want to book a room with an outdoor soaking tub.
What's Not to Love: Rooms are on the small side and no one raves about the food.
Centrally located by the beach, The Betsy hosts artists, writers, and musicians who contribute to the hotel's cultural atmosphere by participating in frequent programs on site.
Isn't It Romantic: The rooftop swimming pool.
Sexy Scene: Think brains are sexy? Guest quarters feature original artwork and curated in-room libraries.
What's Not to Love: Want early check-in? It will cost $150 — and rooms are on the small side.
The Tides South Beach
Boasting one of the most central locations in Miami, The Tides South Beach is an original Art Deco structure whose interior was redesigned by celebrity decorator Kelly Wearstler.
Isn't It Romantic: The hotel's Return to Romance package includes three nights in its Amber Suite, dinner for two at the hotel's La Marea restaurant, a full breakfast each morning, a couples massage and a welcome arrival gift.
Sexy Scene: All rooms are oceanfront suites, making it worth your while to rise early at least once during your stay to greet the gorgeous sunset over the horizon. Or just stay up all night....
What's Not to Love: Whether you like it or not, you'll be in the thick of Miami nightlife, which revels to the early hours on weekends. Join in — or go to sleep wearing noise-canceling headphones.
W South Beach
The W South Beach is where to go to make the scene. By day there's music at the pool; after dark, dance at the strobe-y nightclub. The beach is at the back door of the hotel, and staff can set you up with chaises and an umbrella (fee).
Isn't It Romantic: Showers built for two. Many of the rooms are suites, and many have a private balcony.
Sexy Scene: Lincoln Road, Miami's vast outdoor mall, is a short walk from the hotel and filled with some good restaurants.
What's Not to Love: A modern hotel like this ought to recycle.
A tower hotel in the heart of downtown Miami, the Epic seems custom-made for urbanites.
Isn't It Romantic: Nightly wine tastings are complimentary.
Sexy Scene: The rooftop pool on the 16th floor offers panoramic vistas.
What's Not to Love: Depending on the location of your room, you'll either enjoy a scenic view where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay or be serenaded by city traffic noise from the street.