May 24, 2017
By Robyn A. Friedman | March 8, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
Eight stunning Miami-area hotel penthouses offer more than just five-star views. They make the high life worth living.
Natural materials and cutting-edge design mark the Presidential Suite at 1 Hotel South Beach.
LAP OF LUXURY: 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH
Nestled in the heart of (and overlooking) Miami Beach, the 3,500-square-foot Presidential Suite features two king bedrooms, two and a half baths (with a Boffi freestanding tub in the master), a kitchen straight out of a design magazine, a dining area, a living room, a state-of-the-art media room, and a pool table. There’s also a sizable private balcony with a daybed for alfresco entertaining. You’ll probably never want to leave, but you should at least take an elevator ride to the ground level and sweat it out at SoulCycle or grab a bite at Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft. Rates start at $15,000 per night. 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 866-615-1111
OCEANFRONT OASIS: ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA
The Italian restaurant Il Mulino, a 20,000-square-foot ESPA Spa, health and wellness coaches on demand, and not one but two Deluxe Three-Bedroom Oceanfront Suites await on the 31st and 35th floors of this Sunny Isles resort. Each suite boasts a large living room, a full gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a master bedroom, and two additional bedrooms with spacious private balconies. The rate for the 2,376-square-foot suites, which can accommodate eight adults or six adults and three children, is $5,200 per night. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-8000
The penthouse at Nautilus South Beach comes with a private terrace roomy enough for a large party.
INDOOR PLAYGROUND: FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH
Want to party like Frank Sinatra? Enter the iconic Fontainebleau, where one of the country’s highest-grossing nightclubs, LIV, welcomes a rotating roster of celebrities and DJs. If you happen to be staying in the five-bedroom, two-level Sorrento Penthouse—which provides nearly 10,000 square feet of luxury, sweeping views of the Atlantic, and a 4,400-square-foot balcony complete with a private pool and Jacuzzi—you’ll certainly feel like Sinatra. Rates start at $7,500 per night. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000
NAUTICAL NEVERLAND: NAUTILUS SOUTH BEACH
The 1,495-square-foot penthouse greets guests with walnut flooring and three porthole windows, part of the understated nautical theme of the space. The private, 427-square-foot ipe-wood sundeck is just one of the penthouse’s special features, along with a kitchenette, living room, and den. The master bedroom has 16-foot ceilings and, in keeping with the maritime motif, a whitewashed rattan headboard for the king-size bed. Downstairs, indulge in Sunday rosé pool parties, or just take a walk on always-buzzing Collins Avenue (head to the oceanfront boardwalk if you’re looking for a little more peace and quiet). Rates start at $1,750 and rise to $8,750 during high-demand periods. 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-503-5700
Unwind after a show, or invite the band up for an afterparty, in the South Penthouse at Seminole Hard Rock.
JACKPOT: SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
You’ll spend barely any time in it thanks to the concerts, gambling, pools, bars, and restaurants that make Seminole Hard Rock an epic stay, but the South Penthouse is a luxurious 2,700-square-foot space with two bedrooms and two and a half baths. It features teakwood ceilings and walls, marble floors, a 1,400-square-foot living area with Tibetan carpeting, and a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances. The 850-square-foot master bedroom includes a private balcony and a stone and marble bath with Italian glass accents—the perfect place to retreat after hitting the tables or taking in a show from Chris Rock or Duran Duran. Rates start at $7,500 per night. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529
SLS South Beach’s Tower Penthouse, envisioned by Lenny Kravitz, is a suite fit for a rock star who also happens to have exquisite taste. It features a kitchen and wet bar, an oversize soaking tub, a private rooftop terrace, and daily breakfast for two.
BEACH PARTY: SLS SOUTH BEACH
Dinner at Katsuya? Check. Dancing on the bar at Hyde Beach? Check. Sleeping? Well, only if it’s in the Tower Penthouse, which offers 1,044 square feet of interior space and an additional 552 square feet outside. It features a 47-inch high-definition television, an oversize soaking tub, a kitchen, a wet bar, and even Amazon Echo. The penthouse was designed by rocker Lenny Kravitz’s firm, Kravitz Design. The rate is $2,500 during low season or $5,500 during high season, which includes daily breakfast for two. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-1701
The new Signature Suites at the St. Regis Bal Harbour combine the spaciousness of a private luxury home with the service and amenities of a high-end resort. Look to the west and you’ll see a shopping mecca, Bal Harbour Shops.
SIGNATURE STAY: THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT
Look to the east and you’ll see nothing but the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about a view. Three new Signature Suites, each with four bedrooms and four baths, opened at the St. Regis last year. With space for up to eight guests, each suite features two master bedrooms with en suite marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, and spacious balconies. In addition to two more bedrooms, the suites have a living room, a kitchen, and four 210-square-foot balconies with ocean views—not to mention St. Regis butler service. They start at $8,000 per night; two suites may be connected to form an eight-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot Grand Sky Palace Suite, which can accommodate up to 18 guests and starts at $20,000 per night. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-993-3300
WILD NIGHTS, CHILL DAYS: W SOUTH BEACH
Redesigned last November, the 2,200-square-foot, two-story penthouse features a spacious and sunny open floor plan with furnishings from Holly Hunt, David Weeks, Flexform, Molteni & C, Homenature, Stark, and Michael Dawkins, as well as pieces designed specifically for the suite. The living room offers a custom sectional and a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen smart television valued at $50,000, plus a Naim Mu-so sound system. The master bedroom features a custom king bed, a spacious balcony, and a stone master bath. Guests also have access to a private rooftop plunge pool with an outdoor living room and dining area—a great place to crash after a night out at the celebrated nightclub Wall downstairs. Rates start at $12,000 per night. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL NEWCOMB (HARD ROCK); ROBIN HILL (1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH); PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN FORBES (SLS SOUTH BEACH); BRANDON BARRÉ (ST. REGIS); PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL MUNDY (NAUTILUS); ROBIN HILL (1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH).