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The Setai Miami Beach
The Setai Miami Beach

The 9 Best Miami Hotels for a Staycation in 2020

Red-eye flights and far-flung travel destinations might be off the table this year for many Florida locals, so why not plan a sun-soaked staycation in Miami? It’s not only the perfect time to vacation where you live (because it’s cheaper), but some of the best luxury hotels in Miami are offering special Florida resident rates, enticing spa packages, and flexible cancellations. Best of all? It requires little planning. 

Fun in the sun is what Miami does best, so escape your daily routine and instead treat yourself to tropical cocktails poolside, pampering spa services, and oceanfront views at one of these top beach hotels in Miami for an epic staycation. Skip the hassle of TSA and enjoy your itinerary-free indulgence. 

1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel South Beach

If you’re in need of some R&R, book your perfect staycation in Miami (after June 1st) at 1 Hotel South Beach. The beachfront beauty offers Florida locals a 10% off Pay Now rates, as well as complimentary valet parking and late checkout (until 2 pm) when available. Soak up the stunning ocean views from the 18th-story rooftop pool or head straight for the 600 feet stretch of beach lined with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Other perks include a private beach club, kid-friendly pool, wellness spa, multiple restaurants, and ocean-view suites with private balconies. 

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Miami

Acqualina Resort Spa on the Beach, Miami
Acqualina Resort Spa on the BeacH

From June 15th onwards, Acqualina Resort & Residences is offering a special Staycation Rate with 15% off the best available rate, free valet parking, and Wi-Fi. This award-winning Mediterranean-style resort offers a long list of enticing facilities for a memorable staycation getaway, including a lavish spa, outdoor pools, and waterfront restaurants and bars. Families with kids will love the unique “Acqua-inspired” activities, while travelers of all group sizes can find a quiet place to unwind in the spacious one to three-bedroom suites with living rooms and kitchens. 

The Biltmore

The Biltmore
The Biltmore

The Biltmore is not only Miami’s most elegant National Historic Landmark, but it also offers a lavish getaway for Floridians looking to stay closer to home. This historic gem features a luxe European spa, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the U.S. On-site dining is highlighted by the award-winning cuisine at Palme d’Or, while upgraded suites boast open-air balconies. Taking special care of locals, The Biltmore is offering a Florida Resident Package (starting June 1st) that includes $100 in daily savings, a daily buffet breakfast and valet parking. 

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Opening June 12th, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is one of Miami’s top beach hotels. It’s offering a Florida/ Georgia Residents discount for travelers planning a staycation this summer and includes a complimentary room upgrade, daily breakfast, and $50 resort credit as well as 15% off spa treatments at Tierra Santa Healing House. The hotel is a favorite with foodies, who flock to the on-site restaurant Los Fuegos to dine on contemporary Argentine Asado. Cool off at the pool or sip bespoke cocktails in The Living Room, then catch a live cabaret show in the Faena Theater. 

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach

An iconic hotel in Miami Beach, the 5-star Fontainebleau has got it all, from upscale dining and trendy bars and nightclubs to a beautiful spa and boutique shops. Many rooms at this hotel offer balconies with ocean views, while chic suites add luxe perks such as spacious living areas and rooftop whirlpools. Fontainebleau boasts an array of exciting spa packages for travelers in need of pampering, such as a Weekend Daycation deal with custom massages and spa treatments. Has your bachelor/bachelorette party been delayed? Celebrate with custom packages that include renting an exotic car, chartering a yacht, or booking professional photos. 

Four Seasons Miami

Four Seasons Miami
Four Seasons Miami

Four Seasons Miami is located in the bustling Brickell neighborhood on Biscayne Bay. While it’s a short drive from the beach, you won’t mind with its impeccable service and standout 5-star features, including a two-acre palm tree-lined rooftop pool terrace, farm-to-table steakhouse, and posh spa. The accommodation is just as inviting, offering city and bay view rooms and suites as well as one and two-bedroom residences for longer stays. Starting July 1st, Florida locals can book their staycations here with the Miami Getaway package that offers 20% off the room rate, or extend their weekend plans with the Third Night Free package. 

The Palms Hotel and Spa

The Palms Hotel and Spa
The Palms Hotel and Spa

The Palms Hotel and Spa is accepting reservations from July 1st, so plan now in order to enjoy one of Florida’s top sun-soaked beach staycations. Along with an outdoor pool, tiki bar, and spa, the hotel boasts a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant and a range of affordable oceanfront rooms. The hotel has a special Florida Residents & Roadtrippers deal with up to 20% off best rates and spa treatments at the spa, as well as a three-night Palms & Paradise package that includes oceanfront accommodation, daily breakfast, and a poolside or beach cabana. 

The Setai Miami Beach

The Setai Miami Beach
The Setai Miami Beach

Open for bookings as of June 1st, The Setai Miami Beach is a highly-praised 5-star hotel in the lively Art Deco District. Take advantage of the inviting outdoor pools at this oceanfront property, as well as the full-service spa, private beach, and multiple dining options. Unwind in one of the hotel’s sleek Asian-inspired suites, which have one to four-bedroom options and include private balconies with dramatic ocean views. Florida residents have extra perks available to them, including special savings on room rates, valet parking, a daily Setai Grand Breakfast, and two complimentary glasses of champagne. 

Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach
Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach is an original 1940s Art Deco gem that offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Its lux, penthouse, and townhouse suites are an oasis of tranquility with furnished balconies with ocean views, and in some, direct beach access, full-size kitchens, and living rooms. Get pampered at the spa, then lounge in style in a private cabana poolside, or take advantage of the beach chairs and towels at Shelborne Beach Club. On the weekend, The Drawing Room is a hotspot for entertainment with live music with signature cocktails. Starting July 1st, Florida locals can receive up to 20% off with the Florida Resident package.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Charity been traveling with her battered backpack full-time for over a decade. Exploring close to 60 countries, her favorite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, getting lost in Japan, and snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia. She currently resides in Porto, Portugal with her husband.

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