In a city that’s home to some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and that regularly attracts discerning jet-setters, greater Miami rightfully has plenty of five-star hotels. But if you’re looking to upgrade even higher, then it’s up that you need to go. Soaring above the skyline is where you’ll find penthouse suites with amenities fit for royalty. Whether you want an expansive enclave to get away from it all or a glistening backdrop to throw an unforgettable party, these are six of the Magic City’s most opulent options for the sweetest hotel suites:
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Step into The Penthouse, a sprawling, 7,725-square-foot oasis on the 46th floor, and soak in the panoramic ocean and skyline views while your personal butler tends to your bags. A private saltwater pool on the wraparound terrace is yours for relaxing, complete with a cabana guest house. Inside, the suite’s five bedrooms and bathrooms as well as the living areas are decorated with modern art that accentuates the ocean. The dining room features two crystal chandeliers and a coral ponyhair rug.
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Starting at: $20,000 a night.
Room-service splurge: 2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, $800.
17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-918-8000; acqualinaresort.com.
For a one-of-a-kind room with a definite Florida feel, the two-story Everglades Suite will win you over with its Jerusalem stone flooring and hand-painted ceiling that depicts scenes from the River of Grass. Located in the Biltmore Tower, the suite offers panoramic views of Coral Gables that stretch to Biscayne Bay. Relax in the opulent master bedroom, take advantage of the Roman tub in the marble master bathroom, or tickle the ivories on the baby grand piano. Two balconies extend from the wrap-around mezzanine on the second floor, where there’s also a loft with a queen bed.
Starting at: $2,200 a night.
Room-service splurge: Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne, $375.
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; 855-311-6903; biltmorehotel.com.
The Penthouse Suite spans the hotel’s entire 40th floor — a four-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot sanctuary with two master suites (outfitted with Frette linens, of course), double living rooms, a Steinway piano and a dining room for 10 guests. It also boasts a private rooftop terrace with an infinity pool, Jacuzzi and views for days. A stay here comes with one signature treatment at the Spa. Another perk: daily breakfast, which can either be taken in-room or down in Jaya, where Vijayudu Veena now reigns as executive chef after nearly a decade at the hotel. You also can order some of Chef Vijay’s dishes off the in-room dining menu — his favorite is the Peking duck.
Starting at: $32,000 a night.
Room-service splurge: 30 grams of Tsar Imperial Kaluga Caviar, $560.
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-704-7817; thesetaihotel.com.
Brimming with a luxurious yet comfortable vibe, the top suites here make you feel as if you’re vacationing at a fancy friend’s beach house. The spacious Penthouse Suite has a bedroom and living room, a dining area for six, and a private, turf-covered terrace, all decked out in the hotel’s signature color palette, of which Lady Gaga is a fan. Art lovers also will delight in the rotating exhibit downstairs, where local artists often rub elbows with guests.
Starting at: $770 a night.
Room-service splurge: Bourbon Welcome Experience, $475. Includes three bottles of Kentucky bourbon and a spread of Southern bites from Chef Richard Hales of Bird & Bone.
4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-424-1234; theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com.
The Presidential Suite is ideal for entertaining or for personal pampering. Besides a living room, dining room and kitchen with a bar, there also is an oversize master bedroom with an adjoining master bath and rainforest shower. The suite’s greatest feature, however, is its Spa Room. An infinity-edge bath will help soak away your worries as you enjoy in-room treatments inspired the traditions of Chinese, Ayurvedic, European, Balinese and Thai cultures.
Starting at: $5,500 a night.
Room-service splurge: Louis Roederer Rosé Cristal Champagne, $1,200.
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305-913-8358; mandarinoriental.com/miami.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The so-called Sinatra Suite, technically called La Baie, is where Old Blue Eyes stayed when he performed in Miami Beach. The largest suite in the hotel’s historic Chateau tower, it’s been a go-to for countless celebrities since 1954. Or, you can belt out I Will Always Love You from the balcony of the 15th-floor La Ciel suite. That’s where Kevin Costner watched Whitney Houston swoop down from a helicopter in “The Bodyguard.” Another grand option is the two-bedroom Presidential Suite, outfitted with marble throughout the living room, sitting room, dining area and baths. A west-facing view makes for incredible sunsets over the Intracoastal and downtown.
Starting at: $3,000 a night (Presidential).
Room-service splurge: Don Julio 1942 Tequila, $1,250.
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 800-548-8886; fontainebleau.com.