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A Brickell Key resort that feels like a private island, with a sprawling spa, a beach club and mod Asian fare
Mandarin Oriental, which has a quiet location on set-away Brickell Key, has all the city’s swanky style, without the attitude. Expect such brand attributes as embroidered silk textiles, splashes of red and saffron, Chinese-style vases and modern tea sets. Double-height glass walls wash sweeping views of Biscayne Bay into the sand-and-sunset-inspired color scheme in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Rooms feel more modern, with a low-slung burl console lining one wall and swirling abstract paintings the other. Thanks to the Mandarin Oriental’s waterside location, all 326 of the guestrooms and suites have panoramas of the city and Biscayne Bay — and balconies on which to enjoy a sunset drink. Marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers with fragrant Shanghai Tang toiletries.
Though it’s off the regular tourist strip, the hotel doesn’t feel isolated, thanks to the popularity of its facilities among locals as well as visitors. Foodies both local and visiting flock to Azul for creative French-based cuisine with Asian influences. The new La Mar by Gaston Acurio restaurant, opening in February 2014, will offer the acclaimed cuisine of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, while MO Bar + Lounge is the new destination for modern mixology in a swanky waterfront setting. Another big draw is the 15,000-square-foot spa, and so is the Oasis Beach Club, set on a private strip of white sand with daybeds, an infinity pool and an open-air café that serves sushi and light fare.