June 9, 2023


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Miami hotels, restaurants, spas earn 2022 top Forbes ratings

The pool at the St. Regis Bal Harbour resort, which was named a Five-Star hotel. The luxury property’s Remède Spa was named a Five-Star spa.

The pool at the St. Regis Bal Harbour resort, which was named a Five-Star hotel. The luxury property’s Remède Spa was named a Five-Star spa.

Luxury, it seems, has been verified once again.

The 2022 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards have been announced, good news for the Miami-area resorts, restaurants and spas that made the coveted lists.

Ten new hotels made the Five-Star list this year, but none were from Miami. Instead, the local resorts on the 2022 list were the same upscale venues that made the 2021 list, including Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles, which has been named a Five-Star resort for 10 consecutive years and was named one of the best luxury hotels in the United States for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.

Naoe, the exclusive omakase-style Japanese restaurant on Brickell Key that was recently named the best sushi spot in Miami, remains the lone Five-Star restaurant in South Florida. One of the perennial Four-Star restaurants, Palme d’Or, is not on the list this year because it closed.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour management said the hotel was honored by its Five-Star award, which comes as the oceanfront hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary.

“It’s a true testament to the unrivaled service we offer our guests,” said general manager Winfred van Workum. “And it feels even more significant to achieve this rating during such a banner year.”

Forbes inspectors determine the ratings by analyzing up to 900 different criteria, staying in each hotel a minimum of two nights.

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Acqualina Resort was named a Forbes Five-Star hotel for the 10th consecutive year. Acqualina Spa was also named a Five-Star spa.

Five-Star hotels

Acqualina Resort and Residences, Sunny Isles Beach

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

The Setai, Miami Beach

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Five-Star restaurant

Naoe, Miami

Five-Star spas

Acqualina Spa, Sunny Isles Beach

Eau Spa Palm Beach

Remède Spa Bal Harbour at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

The Spa at the Four Seasons at The Surf Club, Surfside

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Four-Star hotels

1 Hotel South Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Fisher Island Club Hotel & Resort

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Trump International Beach Resort Miami, Sunny Isles Beach

Trump National Doral

Four-Star restaurants

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman

Pao by Paul Qui

Four-Star spas

Aquanox Spa, Sunny Isles Beach

Conrad Spa at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Lapis the Spa at Fontainebleau

The Ritz-Carlton Spa South Beach

The Spa at Carillon Miami Beach

The Spa at the Miami Beach Edition

Tierra Santa Healing House, Miami Beach

Valmont for the Spa at The Setai, Miami Beach

Recommended hotels

The Betsy South Beach

The Biltmore, Coral Gables

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

The Marker Waterfront Resort, Key West

Recommended restaurants

Bourbon Steak Miami by Michael Mina, Aventura

Hakkasan Miami

Il Mulino New York, Sunny Isles Beach

Matador Room

Scarpetta Miami Beach

This story was originally published April 27, 2022 6:00 AM.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t make her eat a mango.