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There’s a lot to like about Fontainebleau Miami Beach, located on a charming stretch of Collins Avenue, but these are the best things about the hotel:
1. Lapis Spa. You’ll love escaping from Fontainebleau’s glitz and glamour in this tranquil oasis. The massages and facials are great, but we especially adore the spa’s wet areas, which include hot mineral baths, a eucalyptus steam room, rain tunnels, a mineral lap pool and a special rain room. If you’re there during the rainy season and can’t head to the beach or pool, we’d recommend purchasing the $35 day pass to use the spa’s amenities and making an afternoon out of bathing and relaxing.
2. The nightlife. Everyone, from Frank Sinatra to the Miami Heat, have whiled away an evening or two at Fontainebleau and the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel offers many excellent venues for drinking and dancing. LIV, located just below the lobby, is one of the city’s top nightclubs, while Bleau Bar offers a vast selection of cocktails and tequila, along with its unique illuminated blue floor.
3. The fine dining. You’ll find excellently prepared dishes at the fine dining establishments, which include Scarpetta for Italian fare, Hakkasan for refined Cantonese cooking and Gotham Steak for dry aged meats galore. If you can’t make all three, hit up Hakkasan for its weekend dim sum brunch, then indulge your weakness for a pasta dinner at Scarpetta.
4. The pool scene. Although it has beachfront property, we much prefer the pool to the beach, primarily because you have to pay for umbrellas at the beach and the sand is often covered with heaps of brown seaweed. The pool, meanwhile, offers a lively setting for swimming and people watching. After a dip, cool down with the refreshing watermelon mint lemonade.
5. The history. When you stay at Fontainebleau, you’re experiencing not only the ultimate in over-the-top Miami glamour, but a rich piece of Florida history. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to James Bond (in Goldfinger) have spent time at the iconic hotel, whose design even created the architectural style known as Miami Modern.