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Mandarin Oriental, Miami

500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami Beach , FL , United States http://www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
305-913-8288

Besides the Mandarin's trademark luxury Asian touches, the reason to stay here is the view of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Of course, those views come with a carefully modulated elegance, evident in the design of the curvy white building and the cream-colored marble baths that open onto generous balconies. The Mandarin is located on Brickell Key, a small residential island that has fairly pedestrian condos. Still, it's within walking distance of downtown for business travelers, and has all the advantages of a waterfront resort (making it ideal for singles too). In fact, only in Miami would a Mandarin have a private man-made beach and a weekly Friday night party that rivals the social fray of South Beach. The next day, celebrants can work it all out in the soothing Asian-inspired spa.

Tip: Shop at the new Shanghai Tang outpost in the lobby. It's good for items on the order of silk scarves with jewel-tone flower prints and Chinese fortune sticks, which come inlaid with good-luck charms and packaged in a lacquer box.

Room to Book: A Spa Lifestyle room on the sixth floor, ideal for the stressed, with air-purification systems, yoga mats for in-room meditation and yoga classes, spa cuisine menus, and dumbbell racks.

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