Hopping From Pool to Pool at the Setai in Miami
On the outside, there is little to distinguish the The Setai from the art deco architecture of the other hotels along South Beach; after all, these buildings are one of the city's main draws, and the Miami Design Preservation League heavily polices any work on their exteriors. Originally created as the Jack Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel in the 1930s, the building has been meticulously brought back to life. Inside, the Setai brings the style of Asia's best resort hotels to the Floridian coast. The Zen-like tranquility of the interiors created by designer Jaya Ibrahim might be a cliché in Thailand or Bali, but here in Miami, it offers a welcome contrast to the ubiquitous boutique designs of other hotels in the area. There are three beachfront pools – each one a different temperature – leading down to the white-sand beach, and the spa is outrageously decadent, and offers a full range of treatments.