Best Pools in Miami—The Setai

Setai Pool morning shot

In our coverage of Miami’s hotel scene, we bring you onsite reviews and updates of the city’s finest accommodations to help you put your clients in the right environment. We detail the properties and their amenities, spa, renovations and the like, but we realize some Miami-bound guests are in it for the pool scene. So here, as part of on-going hotel pool-only reviews, we bring you The Setai’s pool scene. And since summer is right around the corner, look for even more hotel pool reviews in coming months.

Set Up:  Just walking to the pool from the lobby is a treat, as it’s filled with beauty and a Zen-like ambiance. The Setai has three temperature-controlled pools. The first is set at mid-70sF and takes into consideration those who do laps (not me!). Second is mid-80s and is central in its appeal. And the last is set in the 90s and serves the well-heeled child.

The nice thing about the Setai pools is the set-up of lounges and day beds on the actual pool deck and the perimeter. Privacy can be had here on the deck, which was skillfully designed with beautiful landscaping between lounges, so you don’t necessarily hear or see your neighbors

Poolside Dining & Wining: We were escorted to our lounges (at the mid pool) and immediately served Bellinis and provided with refreshing lemongrass aroma towels. The pool area is behind the Pool and Beach restaurant, which looks out over the ocean.  During our visit, couldn’t stop ordering everything we smelled.

Standout Dish: The grilled prawns

Poolside Service: It seemed like everyone on staff welcomed us with open arms, and we fell in love with the pool’s South African F&B manager, who personally whipped up some fresh guacamole and salsa (not on the menu) mid-day just because…. The Setai flies fresh coconuts in from Thailand daily, so health buffs can enjoy the coconut water or for us less healthy, they are happy to fill them with fun alcoholic beverages.

Who Belongs: Anyone who can afford to stay at the Setai.

Volume: Not loud; ambient music plays in the background

Who’s In:  While the pool is for guests only, some spa services include access to it. 

Package It: For a mom and daughter bonding experience, The Setai offers the Mom & Daughter Setai Spa Day package, which is available May 1-31. It includes one 60-minute Ancient Balinese Massage  (can be enjoyed together or separate); one 90-minute manicure and pedicure; full complimentary access to the exclusive Setai pool and private beach area; and complimentary valet parking. Rate is $270 pp.

For those clients interested in calling The Setai home for a few days, recommend The Setai Experience. It includes accommodations, champagne welcome amenities and a daily Setai Grand Breakfast for two, as well as a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment. The package requires 2-night minimum stay with rates starting at $975 dbl.

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