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July 1, 2013updated Mar 12, 2014

Sobe Sophisticate

By Chris Boyle

The Setai Grill / The Setai, Miami Beach

The Setai, Miami Beach, whose name means “South Beach” in Balinese, brings the grace and tranquility of Asian hospitality to the city’s Art Deco/party district.

Trevi took over management from GHM last year, and the oceanfront property is operating as seamlessly as ever—an oasis of serene sophistication in easy reach of the beach’s glitzy “it scene.”

Many of the staff hail from Asia, and the clean-lined Jean-Michel Gathy/Jaya Ibrahim design nods to both the hotel’s Deco roots and Eastern spirit with details like antique gray bricks salvaged from Art Deco buildings in Shanghai.

Continuing the Asian theme is The Restaurant, whose theater kitchen turns out exquisite Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese plates.

A thematic break, though not in terms of excellence, is the new, must-try Setai Grill, a chic New York-style steak house infused with French culinary flair; choice cuts come from NYC’s Pat LaFrieda, and Executive Chef Mathias Gervais from Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Italy and Monaco.

The morning after, be sure to hit up the spa for a signature Balinese massage. Base your stay in any of the hotel’s Tower Specialty Suites (from $2,750 nightly), or the original Art Deco building’s more intimate one-bedroom suites ($575 nightly).

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