Gray and black bricks from Shanghai line the walls, granite stones form a path across a watery floor, a Khmer statue brought over from Cambodia and a jade piece from a Chinese market are dotted here and there. The Setai could be a sleek resort in Southeast Asia, but this isThe Setai, right in the middle of Miami Beach.
There are many hot spots conducive to lounging and people-watching: maybe sipping a Chili Passion martini at the lobby cocktail bar; enjoying a bite of sushi next to the show kitchen of The Restaurant; or in a coveted pew at the beach bar by one of the three pools. The rooms spread throughout the building —originally created in the 1930s as the Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel—are cocoons of comfort, with even “standard” Studio Suites coming with freestanding black granite tubs and rain showers, Lavazza espresso makers, and fine silk drapes. The larger suites in the forty-story tower are palatial, with hypnotic Atlantic Ocean views from private balconies. Needless to say, the penthouse is the last word in excess, with four bedrooms, a Lenny Kravitz-designed recording studio, a private wine cellar, and a gigantic party-friendly terrace with a lap pool.