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Located as it is in sunny Miami, the pool at Mandarin Oriental, Miami serves as the hub of activity at this urban-chic hotel. The infinity-edge swimming pool is flanked by a chic pool bar and an elevated pool deck lined with plush, padded chaises. There are also umbrellas and sails for you to duck under when you're ready from some time in the shade. Though its size is compact, the circular-shaped pool has a palm-tree-fringed view of the bay (where dolphins can often be seen playing nearby) and the Brickell Avenue skyline.
To further accommodate guests wishing to catch some sun, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel added a private, 20,000-square-foot white-sand beach on the edge of Biscayne Bay. The beach has bright orange day beds and beach umbrellas, hammocks, outdoor bamboo showers, and luxury cabanas that have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, iPads and Powermat device chargers. Butler service and upgraded amenities are available at the cabanas, which can be rented for half-days for $150 or full days from $250. Whether you're looking to get a tan or go for a quick dip, this hotel has you covered.