Miami is a sultry, steamy, busy, beach city on Florida’s central east coast. Its also home to almost 3 million residents from 120 countries, with Spanish emerging as a top language. Miami is also the Cruise Ship Capital of the World, serving almost 5 million passengers annually.

South Beach is cool – the sand is hot and so is the nightlife along Ocean Drive, Collins and Washington Avenues. A long stretch of soft white sand is great people watching, swimming, lifeguards are on duty.

Art deco hotels with sultry swimming pools create a luxury daytime. Chic beachfront hotels include Nobu, the retro Cadillac, The Delano, Kimpton Hotel, Fontainbleu, Delano, Shore Club, Setai, , Loews, Aloft, Faena, 1 Hotel, and Nautilus – all hip and happening by the sand and the strand of shops, bars and trendy restaurants.

Nightlife in Miami is also hot…  with chic dining at places like Tantra, and late night clubbing – which is actually early in the morning – clubs often get going at 3am.

Downtown Miami across the causeway has an urban sophistication, and dramatic lights at night from upper floors in Miami’s best hotels with rooftop swimming pools and cool bars with the best view of pricey yachts and cruise ships parading out to sea. Between Downtown and Miami’s beaches is Dodge Island where the cruise ships dock at the Port Miami.

A beautiful downtown Miami luxury hotel is The Viceroy Miami. Its chic, especially the 15th Floor roof pool- the largest in Miami, with a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay. Pool guys serve drinks and snacks from the café and a DJ plays poolside. Viceroy has a 50th Floor Bar with amazing views and a nightclub. Our suite at the Viceroy was posh, palatial even, with a huge water view bathroom all decked in gorgeous marble, floor to ceiling windows by our king bed, plus a balcony overlooking downtown.

Viceroy’s restaurant near the pool, 15th and Vine, has extraordinary views from the outdoor patio tables. You are a $30 cab to the airport, cruise ship terminal or South Beach and Miami Beach, and you can walk to the Capital Grill and shopping in Brickell.

Other Miami luxury hotels include Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriot, Wyndham, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, and Embassy.

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