The Setai Miami Beach
I have never experienced anything like The Setai luxury hotel in South Beach Miami, Florida. The hotel’s Asian style hospitality transports you out of busy Miami into a cocoon. Not only do you feel protected, but the staff pampers you until you ultimately unwind.
Your transformation begins when you step inside the brown and tan toned hotel designed with simple furnishings. Not only do the understated colors have a calming effect, but you can indulge in an excellent spa, Asian cuisine, sweeping ocean views, and top-notch service, all modeled to inspire serenity.
In The Courtyard, overstuffed chairs and soaring palms line the length of a glimmering pool that encloses a fountain. Additionally, The Courtyard roof retracts, and guests can enjoy listening to the fountain trickle and absorb The Setai decor inside and out. This beautiful venue creates the ultimate place for meditation or muted conversation.
Though soothing decor inspires meditation, don’t be surprised when you turn a corner and behold splashes of bright pink or red rosebuds gathered in metal pots. Moreover, you might spot brightly colored oranges assembled in a clear bowl. These colors are concocted to brighten the decor and the mood.
Not only does the color scheme conjure peace and happiness, but the hotel staff ensures that their guests are ultimately satisfied. With this in mind, the staff provides spotless hotel rooms and meticulous attention to detail and customer service.
Formerly the Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel, The Setai still feels like a special place. According to wordhippo.com, the definition of Setai means household or family unit. You will find from the moment that you check in, that the hotel employees will happily assist you.
The Setai Hotel Experience
When we exited our car in front of the hotel, the bellman removed our luggage from the trunk and handed us a ticket ensuring that he would deliver the bags to our room. We entered the dimly-lit lobby where the atmosphere seemed subdued.
The front desk agent welcomed us, and we followed him to a room nearby to check in. He offered us warm white towels to freshen our hands and cold lemongrass iced tea.
The temperature was in the 80’s, and we welcomed the iced tea. Not only did it quench our thirst, but it tasted slightly sweet with a hint of ginger. While we sat in the room, we completed our check-in, and I couldn’t help but think that the procedure was more like a ritual rather than a routine. I began to relax.
After the agent finished the paperwork, we rode the elevator up to our Art Deco Suite. As we walked toward our room, music drifted through the hall fusing with a pleasant fragrance.
Art Deco Suite
Bathed in understated light and soft music, our suite was perfectly prepared. Dark cherry colored wood floors, cream-colored walls, and sleek brown rectangular tables and lamps created an elegant design. Beyond a brown square table with two chairs, my eyes focused on a luxurious Duxiana king size bed. As I scoured the room, I couldn’t find a prominent clock. Owing to the lovely bed and unobtrusive clock, this was the perfect room for us.
Our room included a large bathroom with double-above-the-counter vanities and a black-tiled shower. The shower system streamed water from two directions with a faucet attached to the wall and a rain shower that flowed from above. Moreover, against the wall stood a black granite tub.
An in-room Nespresso machine allowed us to brew coffee and tea at our whim. In addition to a stocked minibar, we had robes and slippers, a beach bag, and a rain umbrella available for our convenience. It appeared that the management hadn’t missed a detail.
The Ocean Suites
In addition to the Art Deco Suites, The Setai offers one to four bedroom Ocean Suites. Some of these suites offer sweeping sea and city views and feature gourmet kitchens.
In addition to The Courtyard, The Setai hotel features three large outside pools. Each one is set at a different temperature to accommodate their customers’ preferences. Arranged poolside and beachside are large padded comfortable lounge chairs with plenty of pillows. Furthermore, The Ocean Grill is situated between the beach and pools, and they serve exceptional cuisine.
Vijayudu Veena has been with The Setai since 2008. Today, as the executive chef, he oversees the four restaurants: Jaya, The Ocean Grill, The Lobby Bar, and The Courtyard. Vena fuses flavors from Asia’s regions to create unique concoctions. My favorite restaurant is The Ocean Grill because it serves hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food seaside.
The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ
I indulged in a facial at The Spa where they use products created from four kinds of tea. Each tea has a distinct property. Green tea is an antioxidant; white tea regenerates; red tea soothes, and black tea stimulates.
The esthetician assured me that they would use the best products for my skin, and I was happy to learn that she felt that one of the miracle moisturizers might improve my appearance.
As I lay on the table, I listened to soft music while inhaling an herbal fragrance. The esthetician cleansed then massaged my face. I regulated my breathing, and I had mellowed.
When I returned to our room, my husband said that I looked refreshed like I had taken a nap, and my skin glowed. I believed this was a result of the Zen experience.
The Fitness Center
The hotel provides a fully equipped gym that includes trainers for yoga, pilates, and private training. Also, they offer beachside yoga.
From the time that we had arrived until we left, I felt immersed in a culture devoted to an exceptional customer experience. When we reluctantly departed and the doorman held open the door exposing the busy street, I felt like I was leaving nirvana.
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