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More Miami-Dade hotels earn coveted five-star rating

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Acqualina Resort & Spa

All the stars came out for four Miami-Dade hotels when the Forbes Travel Guide released its 57th list of some of the world’s top hotels Wednesday.

Five-star ratings went to Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach; Mandarin Oriental, Miami; The Setai in Miami Beach and the St. Regis Bal Harbour. The Setai was new to the list.

Florida had a total of six five-star hotels; the other two were in Palm Beach and Naples. Overall, there were 115 top-rated hotels worldwide this year.

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami again pulled off a triple, earning five stars for the hotel as well as its restaurant, Azul, and spa. The spas at the Acqualina and St. Regis also received five stars.

Only one other Miami restaurant got five-star status: Naoe, the high-end sushi spot on Brickell Key.

Miami hotels returned to the list published by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly the Mobile Travel Guide, in 2013 after being absent for more than a decade. That year, the Mandarin Oriental and Acqualina both received top honors; the St. Regis Bal Harbour joined them in 2014.

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