In Miami, brides can have their cake (and eat it too) when it comes to beachfront honeymoons that are equal parts exciting and blissful. You're in a city known for both long sandy beaches as well as Latin-fueled nightlife and some of the hottest DJs around the globe holding court at the clubs. Here's where to post up beachfront, and then when you're ready for a break from the sea and sand, hit the nearby restaurants and bars lining South Beach's iconic shores.
Falling into theme with the surrounding 1930s-style Art Deco Buildings, The Setai may be housed in a historic hotel, but its appearance is much more zen than its neighbors. Sure, you're just a hop, skip, and a jump from South Beach's best nightclubs, but this oceanfront beauty is the ultimate definition of an urban oasis. Cuddle with cocktails in one of the intimate nooks nestled around the courtyard serenity pond, or take your tea in spa form with THÉMAÉ treatments inspired by Japanese tea ceremonies.
Photo: Courtesy of The Carillon
North Beach is having its moment with a slew of high-end hotels opening their doors on this quieter stretch of sand — just a quick drive from the hustle and bustle of South Beach. The recently rebranded Canyon Ranch— now The Carillon— still has all the makings of a luxury hotel that's heavy on the health aspect, but now honeymooners heading here can indulge in more than green juice. Take your cocktails to one of the four pools, or better yet head to the sand and soak up some sun before catching the sunset in the privacy of your suite over a romantic dinner for two.
Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Sometimes it just takes crossing a bridge to instantly get into island mode, and the five-mile-long Key Biscayne feels like you've jetted off to a honeymoon in the Caribbean that's just minutes from South Beach. Sleep in and indulge in a champagne-fueled Sunday brunch beachside at Cioppino or head off on a romantic walk down the sand to one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. Follow either luxurious choice by a morning cycling on hidden bicycle trails, pausing for a photo on the Rickenbacker Causeway, with the skyline forming the perfect backdrop.
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If Great Gatsby was any indication of what filmmaker Baz Luhrmann can do with a Roaring Twenties theme, get ready to step into a modernized version of Miami in its heyday. After four years renovating the 1940s Saxony Hotel, Baz and costume designer Catherine Martin have made this Art Deco landmark a dreamy spot to kick back on South Beach. Its most luxurious features include wraparound balconies looking down on the powder white sand beaches as well as an in-suite butler service attending to your every need.
Photo: Courtesy of Soho Beach House
If mega resorts aren't your speed, the redone Art Deco building housing the exclusive Soho Beach House is just as it sounds— a beach house retreat with only 50 intimate rooms overlooking the water. Miami's favorite Mediterranean restaurant, Mandolin, serves up its Greek fare beachside, and when couples have had enough sun for the day, they can escape to the rustic-chic Cowshed spa and indulge in a treatment for two.