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These Miami luxury hotels, restaurants and spas made the 2021 Forbes Five-Star list

Forbes has verified luxury once again, and that’s good news for some hotels, restaurants and spas in or near Miami.

The 2021 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners are out, and the usual suspects are back on the list. The six Five-Star Miami hotels that earned Five-Star honors in 2020 earned them again in 2021, including Acqualina Resort & Residences, which was just ranked one of the best resorts in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2021 Four-Star lists are mostly the same as 2020, with the notable exception of Le Sirenuse from the Four-Star restaurant list. Le Sirenuse closed in August 2020 (a new restaurant, Lido, recently opened in its space at the historic Surf Club in Surfside).

Forbes determined the 63rd annual list in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, writing that it is “more important than ever before that properties demonstrate the utmost regard for their guests’ well-being: 75 percent of a hotel’s rating is based on its service and genuine care and concern shown by the staff, while 25 percent is determined by the quality of its facilities.”

Inspectors stayed at each hotel for three days and two nights, testing up to 900 standards, including whether a room is set up to help guests sleep to the quality of the decor.

Here are the Miami hotels, restaurants and spas that earned Forbes honors.

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami



  • Acqualina Resort and Residences, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Faena Miami Beach
  • Four Seasons at the Surf Club, Surfside
  • Mandarin Oriental, Miami
  • The Setai Miami Beach
  • St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Bal Harbour



  • Acqualina Spa by ESPA
  • Remede Spa Bal Harbour
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club
  • The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental


  • 1 Hotel South Beach
  • Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach
  • Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort
  • Four Seasons Miami
  • The Miami Beach Edition
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour
  • The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
  • The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
  • The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
  • Trump International Beach Resort Miami, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Trump Doral Miami


  • Los Fuegos, Miami Beach
  • Palme d’Or, Coral Gables
  • Pao, Miami Beach


  • Aquanox Spa, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Lapis the Spa at Fontainebleau, Miami Beach
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Miami Beach
  • The Spa at Carillon Miami Beach
  • The Spa at Miami Beach Edition
  • Tierra Santa Healing House, Miami Beach
  • Valmont for the Spa at The Setai, Miami Beach


  • The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach
  • The Biltmore, Coral Gables
  • Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • Como Metropolitan Miami Beach
  • Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys
  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • The Marker Waterfront Resort, Florida Keys


  • Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Aventura
  • Hakkasan Miami
  • Il Mulino New York, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Matador Room, Miami Beach
  • Scarpetta, Miami Beach
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For the ninth year in a row, Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach earned a Five-Star rating from Forbes. Troy Campbell Photography


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