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There’s more to Miami than South Beach. Brickell is having a big moment, and other, less-sceney stretches of the coast have plenty of natural appeal. And in some cases, the hotels are so spectacular that they merit a journey in and of themselves. Here are five can’t-miss Miami properties.

A Bay King Balcony room at EAST

Swire Hotels

EAST, Miami

This hotel, the first from the Asian Swire hotel group (the Upper House, the Opposite House), has a prime location within the Brickell City Centre. It was designed by the award-winning firm Arquitectonica with interiors by Clodagh Design. The 255 rooms, 8 suites, and 89 larger “residences” are chic and residential in feel. The all have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with views over Miami and Biscayne Bay. Of special note is the restaurant, Quinto La Huella, which was the first offspring of the beloved Parador La Huella in José Ignacio, Uruguay.

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La Mar at Mandarin Oriental Miami

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Also in Brickell, the Mandarin Oriental has a prominent waterfront location that gives it dramatic views over the Miami skyline and the bay. The 326 guest rooms are elegant and luxurious, and there are two high-energy restaurants, a Peruvian punch cocktail lounge (from Peruvian star chef Gastón Acurio) by the water, a martini bar and an award-winning tri-level spa.

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Bellini at Mr. C

James McDonald

Mr. C Coconut Grove

The C is for Cipriani—as in that Cipriani. The fourth-generation hospitality leaders, brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, are the brains behind Mr. C. The new hotel is an oasis within the bustling city with killer views of Biscayne Bay. With only 100 rooms, it’s also an oasis of cool—a modern version of old-world simplicity and stylish European glamour. The rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar, with its gorgeous swimming pool, is already the talk of the town.

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Four Seasons Surf Club

Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club

Four Seasons long ago transcended its image as a cookie cutter brand. But for anyone who remained unconvinced, the Surf Club set the record straight. Its origins go back to the 1920s, when Harvey Firestone acquired nine acres of land for a private club that became a gathering place for the most glamorous people of the era. Fast-forward to today: Architect Richard Meier came in to update the design of the 77-room hotel and surrounding community of 150 private residences.

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Acqualina

Acqualina

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Away from the crowds on 4.5 beachfront acres in Sunny Isles, Acqualina has 98 guest rooms and 188 residences with killer views of the Atlantic. There are major resort amenities, such as three oceanfront swimming pools, destination dining (including an outpost of New York’s Il Mulino), a serious spa and an innovative marine biology-based kids’ program. The new Grand Suite comes with its own Rolls-Royce.

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