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If you're seeking a spicy trip away with your special someone, then Miami is just the getaway that you're looking for. The sun-kissed beaches, sultry Cuban cuisine, and nights spent dancing salsa or bachata all add up for the perfect vacation to disconnect from the world and connect with each other. On a romantic getaway, don't let the intimacy dwindle away by choosing the wrong accommodation to come back to every night. Thankfully, Miami is a city that's practically burning with passion and the hotels live up to that expectation. Find your ideal hotel in the Magic City, whether that means Michelin-level dining, a private jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, or a mirror attached to the ceiling.
The Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Located on a tiny manmade island called Brickell Key just across from Downtown Miami, the opulent Mandarin Oriental offers spectacular city and water views without being too far away from the action. The hotel is undeniably an example of five-star luxury, with the infinity-edge pool overlooking the water and elegantly designed rooms that evoke an East Asian temple.
After exploring Miami for the day or sitting at the beach, try one of the various treatments offered at the Mandarin spa including intimate couple's packages. For a romantic night out, experience the Peruvian cuisine from award-winning chef Gaston Acurio at La Mar (not many meals are sexier than a plate of fresh and tangy ceviche) before heading out to the terrace bar Yaku for a cocktail.
Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc
The name Nobu is synonymous with first-class sushi from one of the world's most enviable Japanese restaurants, so fans of Chef Nobu's cuisine are sure to love the Nobu Hotel, part of the Eden Roc resort located on Miami Beach. The Nobu Hotel includes 206 guest rooms and suites within the larger Eden Roc resort, blending the Art Deco architecture that Miami is known for with a Japanese interior design brought by Chef Nobu.
Miami Beach is just steps away from the hotel entrance, so you can easily escape to spend the day on the beach or to take a sunset stroll with your loved one. The on-site Nobu restaurant is definitely lavish, but if you're staying in the hotel then it's worth splurging one night to dine in the world's most famous sushi restaurant.
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 some of the city's trendiest galleries, shops, and restaurants.
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 Healing House, the sumptuously designed spa with one of the largest hammams on the East Coast.
For a romantic outing idea, schedule your stay at Faena to coincide with a Second Saturday Art Walk when galleries stay open late, wine flows, food trucks offer a variety of provisions, and you may end up dancing in the streets to live outdoor music.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
One of Miami's most iconic hotels, the Fontainebleau has been providing glamour and glitz to South Florida since 1954. 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.
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, a digital safe, and even butler service is provided. At night, you and your sweetie can dance away at the resort's very own nightclub LIV without having to worry about returning home in a taxi.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
The Surf Club dates back to the 1930s and has been one of Miami's most glamorous hotels for nearly a century, elevated even further when it took on the Four Seasons name in 2017. The guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking and unadulterated views of the beach scene below, but don't forget to leave the room and experience it up close—ideally from one of the cabanas that you can rent out for the day and enjoy just for the two of you.
Pick up a light meal at the casual al-fresco restaurant Winston's on the Beach, named after the former British Prime Minister who once stayed at the hotel and painted seascapes from the gardens. Or the indoor Lido Restaurant is designed to feel like a seaside resort on the Amalfi Coast, and the Italian fare on the menu fits right in.
For couples who are looking for a more casual vibe to spend their time in Miami, the Hotel Victor may be just what you're looking for. The design by Yabu Pushelberg is decidedly meant to evoke a beach house rather than a fussy five-star hotel, although the jacuzzis in the penthouse rooms are a nice way to mix the best of both worlds.
Located in the heart of the hip South Beach neighborhood right on Ocean Drive, much of Miami's best bars, clubs, and restaurants are right at your fingertips. Or for something closer to home, the on-site restaurant Gianni's serves delicious Italian cooking inside the mansion that was once home to Gianni Versace.
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
Although the JW Marriott Marquis is more of a downtown business hotel, couples who are basketball fans may get excited about being in close quarters with their favorite players since visiting teams stay here when playing against the Miami Heat. For the athletic couple, you can even shoot some hoops on the NBA-approved basketball court (when the players aren't using it, of course). For an energizing activity, try yoga together in a private class at the Enliven Spa.
Although this hotel is in Downtown Miami and not as conveniently located for getting to the beach, the rooftop sky pool is even more intimate and overlooks not just the city but the ocean as well.
Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel
There are three Kimpton hotels in Miami, but only the Surfcomber Hotel has direct access to the beach. This boutique hotel in Miami Beach definitely has a fun ambiance, so it perhaps isn't the best option for couples who are seeking serenity on their vacation. But the chic design and unbeatable location make it a perennial favorite for romantic getaways in Miami.
Find a spot on the sand right in front of the hotel and servers will deliver cocktails and food to you right on the beach, along with chairs, umbrellas, and other amenities that you may need. At the Kimpton Spa, book either the Moon Over Miami or Twilight Escape package for a sunset massage with your partner. Surely there's nothing more sensual than spending time pampering yourselves with the cool ocean breeze and the sound of the waves at dusk.
SLS South Beach
Sophisticated and sexy, this 140-room hotel inside the tallest Art Deco building in South Beach was re-conceived by Philippe Starck and has become a foodie mecca. Treat yourselves to tasty tapas at The Bazaar by José Andrés or a seafood cornucopia conceived by master sushi artisan Katsuya Uechi, both of whom are award-winning chefs. At the hotel bar, cocktails are taken to a new level using liquid nitrogen, organic emulsifiers, and innovative uses of fresh herbs and spices.
The guest rooms are also designed with sensuality in mind, with extra special touches like mirrors on the ceiling. When designing the interiors of the rooms at SLS, Starck says he drew on the Madame de Pompadour for inspiration, the illustrious chief mistress of King Louis XV, so you can be sure there are seductive undertones in every tantalizing detail.
The Standard, Miami
A hotel designed for spa lovers, The Standard is serious about helping couples relax and become healthier. Daily sessions are often led by top yogis and everything from bath products to room service snacks is organic. The hotel is located on Belle Isle in Biscayne Bay, which is just a short walk from all of the social life in South Beach without being in the middle of it.
Couples who want to disconnect will enjoy that this adults-only hotel doesn't allow guests under the age of 18, so you can peacefully sit out at the pool without kids playing around you or yelling. Although if you really want intimacy, book one of the guest rooms with its own outdoor soaking tub on your own private balcony.
Conveniently located on the edge of South Beach, The Betsy hosts artists, writers, and musicians who contribute to the hotel's cultural atmosphere by participating in frequent programs on site. This charming family-owned hotel has all of the amenities you would expect from a luxury boutique property, like a rooftop pool, daily yoga classes, and a full spa program. It also offers some surprises, like a cozy on-site library.
The guest rooms range from classic rooms to penthouse suites, depending on how extravagantly you want to live. And even though a romantic trip is usually meant for two, some couples just can't bear to leave their four-legged baby at home. The Betsy is one of the most dog-friendly hotels in Miami, and your pet will feel just as pampered as you do.
W South Beach
Most people think of romantic trips as days at the spa and intimate dinners, but some couples like to party. If that's you, then the W South Beach is where you go for the party scene. By day there's music at the pool but 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.
Many of the guest room options are suites and have their own private balcony, so request an oceanview one if you can. Inside the rooms, the showers are built for two and you can snuggle up in the woven bathrobes after a night of dancing in the club.
A tower hotel in the heart of downtown Miami, the Kimpton Epic seems custom-made for urbanites. After exploring all there is to see in Downtown Miami during the day, head back in the evening for a complimentary wine tasting at the hotel. Even though the downtown hotels have a reputation for business guests, the Kimpton Epic intentionally stays on the more playful side to keep it fun—just try the handcrafted cocktails on the rooftop pool bar.
Every guestroom has a private balcony, ideal for enjoying a glass of wine or evening nightcap before bed. However, one side of the hotel faces the ocean and the other faces the street. If you're going for romance, then upgrading to the oceanside rooms is truly much better for setting the mood.