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Top 10 Best Hotels in Miami / South Beach

You’re halfway through planning a trip to Miami, and you already know that you’re one of those destination party animals that wants a memorable experience full of luxury and modern amenities…. and you’re willing to open up the purse strings to get that. So then, it behooves you and your vacation companions to mobilize early in order to lock down a good room rate at one of Miami’s top hotels.  Take it from us experts: there are a handful of magnificent Miami resorts that are head and shoulders above the rest of crowded pack, ones that offer all the trappings you desire in the central location you want and are conveniently right smack dab in South Beach.

What are the best high-end / upscale luxury hotels in South Beach, Miami in 2020?

The Miami that most out-of-town visitors know is the South Beach one: steamy summer weather, sheer opulence, fast money, stylish excess, and glitzy sensory overload.  Of course, the locals and insiders are happy to deliver upon those stereotypes, because that’s the version that tourists pay handsomely to witness and be a part of. So South Floridians play that fiddle in harmonious tune, because more SoBe tourists mean more revenues generated and jobs created for the city’s residents.

Here, in order of our highly experienced and well-traveled Discotech customer service staff’s preferences, is our Top 10 list of high-end hotels you will want to visit – and stay at, if you can – on your next trip to Miami Beach:

1) Fontainbleau

Since opening its doors in 1954, the legendary Fontainbleau has held its place atop many a “Best Hotels in Miami” list. Fontainbleau looms largest among its peers in physical size – 1,504 rooms, most in Miami – but perhaps more importantly in history, reputation, and panache. Early-era entertainment icons Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley registered regular stays there while in town; a who’s who of contemporary stars such as Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Ariana Grande, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even Miami resident J-Lo have recently booked stay-cations there. With multiple pools, twelve on-site dining experiences, and an endless array of luxury diversion options for visitors, the most stress you’ll encounter is choosing your daily agenda. No worries though, they’ve got a cure for that too: clear your scheduled and spend an entire day at Lapis, Fontainebleau’s 40,000-square-foot spa.

  • Room amenities: smartphone docks, marble showers, ocean-view balconies
  • 11 pools, including a kids’ water area and private cabana rental
  • On-premises nightclub (LIV)
  • World-class spa with hydrotherapy circuit and boutique
  • Three on-premises celebrity chef restaurants (Hakkasan, Scarpetta, StripSteak)
  • Well-equipped, modern gym and free (limited) fitness classes
  • Pet-friendly

2) 1 Hotel South Beach

Formerly Perry South Beach and the Gansevoort Miami Beach, the 1 Hotel South Beach in was renovated and relaunched under its current moniker in March 2015. The 1 Hotel brand is extremely eco-conscious, and sustainability permeates every facet of this jumbo-sized oceanfront resort: salvaged wood, hemp mattresses, organic linens, living walls, and even take-home socks instead of disposable slippers. If you think you’ll be roughing it in the woods like a tree-hugger though, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Airy rooms average 700 square feet – some of the largest in Miami – and are outfitted with Carrara marble soaking tubs and rainfall showers. Make time to check out the 18th-floor pool, an adults-only enclave next to to the hotel’s rooftop bar, which spoils guests with panoramic views of downtown Miami due west, the Atlantic Ocean due east, and the urban sprawl of the South Florida coastline due north and south.

  • Room amenities: Nespresso coffee machine, yoga mat, cotton robes, ocean-view balconies
  • Direct access to Miami Beach with chairs and umbrellas available
  • Four outdoor pools, including a large whirlpool
  • Three bars and on-premises celebrity chef restaurant (Beachcraft)
  • Full-service Bamford Spa
  • Lobby farm stand selling fresh fruit & vegetables
  • 14,000 square-foot Spartan Gym
  • Conference rooms and business center

3) Dream Hotel South Beach

One block from the Miami’s famed beaches in the center of the Art Deco District sits the center of the party: Dream Hotel South Beach. An upscale hotel designed specifically for Miami’s well-heeled party circuit clientele, the Dream boasts 107 rooms plus a guesthouse that doubles as an event space. Room decor is chic and modern, with a focus on the two things that matter to party animals the most: comfortable beds and high-pressure rainfall showers. Families would do well to steer clear of this property, as everything in it caters to freewheeling and hard-charging adults. On-site perks include a Mexican restaurant with an impressively extensive tequila list, a standard spa with any services required for hangover recovery, and a rooftop infinity pool with a bar that stays open late. The Dream Hotel is a party lover’s dream – an upscale, stylish, Instagram-worthy backdrop that is an ideal home base for a wild weekend of adventure in Magic City.

  • Room amenities: large flat-screen TVs, minibars, smartphone docks
  • Guesthouse with covered rooftop terrace available for stays or events
  • On-premise restaurant Naked Taco with cantina & advanced tequila tasting menu
  • Spa with wide range of treatments plus a boutique
  • Rooftop infinity pool with cabanas and pool bar
  • Pet-friendly

4) The Miami Beach EDITION

Ian Schrager’s buzzy Miami Beach EDITION opened in December 2014 with the goal of providing high-end yet hip accommodations to couples, families, and business professionals in search of South Florida sunshine. Along the way, the EDITION gained a reputation for attracting ultra-trendy travelers, including numerous A-list and B-list celebrities who have become fans of its 1950s retro glamor vibe. The 294 spacious rooms and bungalow-like suites are outfitted with an array of unique modern luxuries such as Beats Bluetooth speakers and copies of PAPER magazine; downstairs away from the rooms, the resort wows guests with delightful experiential treats: an on-site restaurant from Jean Georges Vongerichten; a tranquil full-service spa; two pools lined with lush tropical plantings and a hidden hammock garden called The Sandbox; and Basement, an underground nightclub complex that Drake once rented out entirely to skate laps with his celebrity crush Rihanna during Ultra / Miami Music Week. Oh, and did we mention EDITION has 70,000 square feet of pristine white sand and blue waves as its backyard?

  • Room amenities: in-room speakers, flat-screen TVs, balconies with ocean views
  • Beachfront with chairs and umbrellas
  • Two swimming pools with poolside food and drink service
  • On-premises celebrity chef restaurant (Matador)
  • On-premises nightclub, bowling alley, and ice-skating rink (Basement Miami)
  • Multiple bars indoors and outdoors
  • Spa with treatment rooms, hammam, infrared sauna, and salon
  • 24-hour fitness center with free weights and cardio machines
  • Nightly turndown service with free bottled water

5) SLS Hotel South Beach

Another trendy and upscale hotel for the trendy and upscale partying crowd, SLS South Beach boasts 140 beachfront rooms designed by the famous Philippe Starck featuring white, black, and pink hues and mirrors above the beds. The well-known on-site restaurants give the hotel cachet among foodies, while a legendary party pool scene and two bars keep the party going from morning until… the next morning. At night though, Miami’s craziest party people staying here opt for wilder nightclub scenes around the city, and so the scene at SLS Hotel resembles more a cool, hip, chill, low-key European-style ultra-lounge. Between the luxurious retro-inspired indoor areas and the sprawling pool deck, the entire venue has more than 8,000 square feet for partygoers to get their party vibes on no matter the time of day or their mood.

  • Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, oversized bathrooms with quality Ciel toiletries, couches, espresso machines
  • Serviced beach area with free loungers
  • Two pools, including a guest-only pool
  • On-premises dayclub (Hyde Beach) and nightclub (Hyde Lounge)
  • On-premises celebity chef restaurants (Katsuya, The Bazaar)
  • Two bars with popular happy hours, and a poolside bar
  • Full-service salon and poolside nail treatments
  • Small gym with cardio machines and free weights
  • Free drop-offs within a two-mile radius
  • Pet-friendly

6) The Setai

Erected on the property of the the circa 1937 Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel, the Setai is a superlatively stylish Asian-themed beachfront resort with teak floors, lacquer furniture, and bronze and dark stone accents. While the property doesn’t appear to be much from the outside on the walk up, the hotel lobby is immaculate: jade, bronze, and stone architecture in alignment with Feng Sui practices, while each brick that lines the lobby floors was sourced from Shanghai and dates back to the Asian Art Deco period.  All of the 135 rooms on property are suites, airy and roomy enough to accommodate larger groups (average room size is 600 square feet). Away from the rooms, the theme of “finding one’s zen” stays rigidly on-brand: an indulgent spa features therapeutic indulges from Paris-based Thémaé, and three infinity pools side-by-side offer guests their choice of soothing waters at a precise 75, 80, and 90 degrees.

  • Room amenities: Duxiana beds, black granite baths, jacuzzi tubs, Acqua di Parma toiletries, flat-screen TV’s, minibars
  • Multiple award-winning restaurants plus a world-class wine cellar
  • Luxury spa
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Free yoga classes on the beach

7) W South Beach

Like many of the W Hotel properties around the world, the 401-room W South Beach is a high-energy luxury hotel with a sophisticated look and relaxed atmosphere popular with young professional twenty-somethings and new-family thirty-somethings with toddlers. Its lobby boasts eclectically designed interiors with an enviable collection of high-end contemporary art from famous names like Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, and Kenny Scharf (as well as a giant Instagram-worthy Hello Kitty fountain greeting visitors at the entrance). The Miami Beach sand and surf is just a stone’s throw away from the property, which cordons off a private area for W South Beach guests. The pool scene is everything and anything one could want from South Beach: tight bodies, six packs, cabanas, and a gorgeous crowd sipping mojitos to DJ-spun tunes.

  • Room amenities: kitchenettes, coffeemakers, minibars, outdoor spaces, hot tubs, balconies, Bliss toiletries
  • Two pools, including a semi-private adult-only pool
  • Two on-premises restaurants (Mr. Chow, RWSB)
  • On-premises nightclub (Wall at the W)
  • Bliss Spa with steam room, treatment rooms, and sauna
  • 24-hour gym with free fitness classes
  • Luxury car rental available
  • Pet-friendly, plus dog kits available

8) Faena Hotel Miami Beach

An ambitious design collaboration between hotelier Alan Faena and power couple costume designer Catherine Martin and film director Baz Luhrmann, the eponymous 179-room Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a prime oceanfront luxury resort and cultural complex showcasing stylish extravagance. This resort opened to a well-heeled crowd during Art Basel 2016, and its opulent and chic interior decor – including a Damien Hirst sculpture in the lobby – is a lasting homage to its roots. Faena has retained a cadre of loyal high-end clients – including a few celebrities – with luxe, colorful, well-decorated rooms boasting furnished balconies and spectacular shoreline vistas. In addition to exquisite decor, guests are wowed by two five-star restaurants, four bars, and immaculately serviced pool and beach areas.

  • Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, furnished sea-view balconies, large tubs, butler service (for suites)
  • Free loungers and umbrellas on beachfront
  • Outdoor pool with cabanas for rent
  • Huge spa has hammam and treatments with a holistic and high-tech edge
  • Four on-premises celebrity chef restaurants (Los Fuegos, Pao, Veranda, Gitano)
  • Four bars with great cocktails and stunning interior decor
  • Kids’ club with high-brow activities

9) Hotel Delano Miami Beach

The Delano South Beach has long been regarded as one of Miami’s top luxury hotels, its iconic white-on-white design making it a South Beach playground favored by glitterati since it was first designed and built by Philippe Starck in 1947. With one of the most envied locations within the South Beach entertainment hub, this beachfront boutique hotel paradise is just steps from some of South Beach’s most popular restaurants, shops, sites, and streets. A stay in one of its 195 all-white rooms doesn’t come cheap; for the price you pay though, Delano will live up to your expectations and its reputation of having an impeccable standard of luxury. The heated pool with its trendy bar/lounge scene is a household name among local and international upscale partiers.

  • Room amenities: white marble bathrooms, wraparound windows, walk-in closet, sofa chair, desk, minibar
  • Direct access to beach with comfy loungers
  • Large high-energy infinity pool
  • Two on-premises restaurants (Leymia, Umi)
  • On-premises dayclub (Delano Beach Club) and evening lounge (Delano Beach At Night)
  • Agua Spa with full-service therapeutic treatment menu
  • Fitness center with weights and cardio
  • Free bike rentals

10) Shelborne Wyndham Grand

Shelbourne Hotel Miami Beach

Thank to a 2014 overhaul to combine its Art Deco roots with modern luxury, the Shelborne South Beach has risen to become a popular pick for those seeking a less opulent (and slightly less expensive) but still stylish, upscale experience right on Collins Avenue. Standard rooms are smaller than those of the other hotels on this list; however, amenities are top-notch and include all the most important staples including beach access and a heated pool. The two best amenities by far are location and value for dollar spent: no matter the time of the year, room rates at this property are always competitive for an upscale beachfront option in South Beach. Most of its neighbors, including the Hotel Delano right next door, are consistently two to three times pricier. 

  • Room amenities: flat-screen TV, smartphone dock, coffee maker, minibar, balconies
  • Heated pool with cabanas available
  • On-premises restaurant (The Sarsaparilla Club)
  • Beach service includes chair and towel
  • Business center and meeting spaces

OK, so you’ve just scrolled through and wrapped up all your research to maximize your high-end South Beach hotel accommodation experience! What’s the next step? Line up your day or night party plans for your Miami trip well in advance, and set aside the appropriate budgets using our Discotech app. Our app – available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp! – will put you and your crew another huge step closer to your hassle-free Miami vacation!

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Basement Miami Promo Code

Use promo code DISCO to get a discount on tickets sold at Basement Miami. You can buy presale tickets to events at Basement Miami here. This discount code is not valid for all events – it may not work for certain one off or special events.

Buying presale tickets at Basement Miami ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

LAVO NYC Promo Code – $5 Discount

Use promo code DISCO to get $5 off your tickets at LAVO NY. You can buy presale tickets to events at LAVO nightclub here. Please note that this Lavo discount code will only work on certain special events.

Getting a ticket means you’ll get in as long as you are dressed appropriately and are not overly intoxicated – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can also book table service for LAVO New York directly on on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Rockwell Miami Promo Code TIXR Discount

Use promo code DISCO to get a discount off your tickets at Rockwell Miami Beach. You can buy presale tickets to events at Rockwell nightclub here. This Rockwell discount code might not work for holidays / special events.

Getting a ticket means you’ll get in as long as you are dressed appropriately and are not overly intoxicated – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can also book table service for Rockwell Miami directly on on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Offer code good for a limited number of uses. 

Wall Lounge Miami Promo Code

Use promo code DISCO to get $5 off your tickets at Wall Lounge at the W hotel in South Beach Miami. You can buy presale tickets to events at Wall Miami nightclub here. This Wall Lounge discount code might not work for holidays / special events.

Getting a ticket means you’ll get in as long as you are dressed appropriately and are not overly intoxicated – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can also book table service directly on on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Inside DJ Khaled’s $26 million Miami Beach Mansion

Epic mansions are nothing new to rap game luminaries, but DJ Khaled might have just taken things to another level. According to Architectural Digest, the We the Best Music Group boss recently copped himself a Miami Beach, Fla. mansion that cost him $25.9 million.

Khaled’s new limestone pad, which was previously owned by marketer Michael Lerner, stretches 12,750-square feet and includes a home theater, an outdoor shower, an 80-foot swimming pool and a gazebo. There are 10.5 rooms in total.

While Architectural Digest says Khaled’s Cesar Molina-designed crib was furnished by Holly Hunt & Christian Liagre, there’s a chance he’s going to add some items from his own recently released luxury furniture brand. There’s no word on that, but it’s pretty cool he has that option.

This purchase is just another sign of Khaled’s winning ways. Over the last couple years, the Florida-based DJ has helped concoct some of the biggest hits in the rap game, including tracks like his Chance The Rapper, Quavo and Justin Bieber-assisted 2017 single, “I’m the One.” The song has now gone platinum a few times, while the album it was released on (Grateful) went platinum. Khaled is frequently seen on the decks at several high end Miami nightclubs, including Liv, Story, and Rockwell.

Ultra Miami Changing Locations in 2019

South Beach’s flagship electronic music event, Ultra Music Festival, has lost its bid for a five-year contract with the City of Miami and will be forced to move from its iconic Bayfront Park location.

Having set up shop in the Downtown Miami location for nearly two decades, the internationally recognized music festival was thwarted by The City of Miami Commission today after they voted unanimously against the bid.

According to The Miami New Times, Commissioner Joe Carollo led the charge in denying the renewal of Ultra’s bid, citing the fact that downtown residents are sick and tired of the chaotic and loud festival.

When pro-Ultra speakers brought up the point that Bayfront Park has been Ultra’s home for 18 years, Carollo sniped back, saying: “That was a different Miami. The kind of music that Ultra plays is not the same as other venues where the music changes… It’s thump, thump, thump.”

The Commissioner organized a petition back in July of 2017 to stop the city from throwing massive music events in the park.

The campaign was aimed at giving the park back to the local community rather than have it designated as a “cash cow for the city” that is “destroying the park’s environmental elements” and bringing “alcohol/drug-related violence” to the downtown area.

Following its eviction, it remains unclear as to where Ultra Music Festival plans to locate next. Tickets for the 2019 edition of the festival went on sale the day before the decision was reached.

Best Memorial Day Parties in Miami / South Beach 2018

Memorial Day is the time we honor the men and women who have lost their lives serving our country. Our soldiers are gone, but not forgotten. Yet it’s no secret we use this holiday weekend to go all-out in true Miami fashion. From poppin’ bottles on yachts to going buck wild on South Beach, this town will be raging for at least four days straight. It’s a guaranteed Tuesday-crawl-into-work sort of deal. Who’s ready? Things are about to get crazy. Here are the ten best Memorial Day weekend parties.

Rock the Yacht All-White Party. Most days, we’re rockin’ the 9-to-5. But on Memorial Day weekend, you can rock the yacht and your best white outfit aboard the South Beach Lady, a fancy, four-level luxury vessel. The 3.5-hour floating party will offer sounds by DJ Prince, a light buffet, bottle service, and other swanky fixings. At the time of this writing, the site warned there were only 19 tickets left, so act fast. The yacht will depart from 401 Biscayne Blvd. at 11:30 p.m. sharp. Forget your problems at sea, and party in luxury. 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, May 25, aboard the South Beach Lady, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 347-581-4943. Tickets cost $75 to $1,000 plus fees via eventbrite.com.

Best of the Best Music Fest. Best of the Best will return for a 12th year when it takes over Bayfront Park Sunday, May 27. The Memorial Day weekend fest, self-described as the “biggest reggae festival in North America,” will feature Mavado, Aidonia, Capleton, Masicka, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, Hood Celebrityy, Romain Virgo, and many others. If the revelry on South Beach has left you broke and unable to toke, you can still win tickets to the fest here. Friday, May 25, be sure to pass by the Best of the Best preparty at Fate Nightclub. 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 27, at Bayfront Park, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550. Tickets cost $52 to $499 plus fees via bestofthebestconcert.com/tickets.

Trina at Studio 23. In 2017, New Times declared Trina “The One and Only Queen of Hip-Hop,” and the sentiment stands. Trina is a staple of Miami music, and the Magic City will forever be indebted to the Diamond Princess’ contributions. Her 1999 track “Da Baddest Bitch” was recently dubbed by New Times as one of the 15 songs that made Miami. Have we driven home how important Trina is, people? Watching her perform live is the epitome of what we call a “Miami dream.” And if you haven’t experienced one yet, here’s your chance to see the rapper in action. She’s set to kick off Memorial Day weekend with a free show (if you arrive by 12:30 a.m.) at Studio 23, so don’t you dare miss it. 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Studio 23 Miami, 247 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-401-5438. Admission is free before 12:30 a.m. and costs $20 plus fees after 12:30 via eventbrite.com.

Memorial Day Weekend All-White Party With Ashanti. If there’s any way we would want to spend our Memorial Day weekend, it’s with Ashanti while looking fly in our all-white ensembles. Self-described as the “biggest and sexiest all-white party ever,” the bacchanal will feature sounds by DJ Tight and DJ Q305, as well as a special performance by Ashanti. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Sport of Kings Theatre, 501 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Tickets cost $24 to $620.05 via eventbrite.com.

Pool Parties. On Memorial Day weekend, there’s bound to be a party wherever you turn. Thousands of revelers will descend upon Miami Beach for the holiday weekend in search of a good time. And some of the best times are spent poolside. If you’re not partying in your bathing suit, you’re doing it all wrong. You have a few options: There’s the Aquafete Miami pool party, the Miami Nice 2018 Soak-n-wet Mansion Pool Party, or the Wet & Juicy Pool Party. Crowds are said to be heavy at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar, which can mean only one thing: It’s probably your best place to start.

Islands Fever. Getting liquored up at no cost is a rarity. If you play your cards right, you can find a few spots offering free drinks. The Islands Fever Memorial Day weekend foam fete will offer free drinks until midnight, three foam machines (but if you’re not down with that sort of thing, there will be a dry side), live DJs, and one hell of a time. 11 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $30 plus fees via eventbrite.com.

Miami’s Best Latin Nightclubs for Salsa

Miami is known for many things, including — but not limited to — horrible drivers, corrupt politicians, and cocaine. But what gives the Magic City its sabor picante are all of the cubanos, dominicanos, venezolanos, colombianos, and other Latinos who call the 305 home.

Miami is one of the most diverse cities in America, and that diversity does wonders for our nightlife. The streets are a mecca of culture, and the Hispanics of Miami are the heartbeat of it all.

And if there is one thing los latinos of the 305 do better than anybody else, it’s throw tremendas pachangas. Just take a stroll through Hialeah or Calle Ocho on a Saturday night, and see for yourself.

That’s the beauty of living in Myami. Lets get ready to salsa!

1. Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-541-2631; hoycomoayer.us.

Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino. From Amaury Gutiérrez’s Latin Grammy Award-winning “Guajira con Tumbao” to Albita’s legendary “Fiesta Pa’los Rumberos” and the electronic mezcal of the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin’, and the Bacardi is flowing. Long live Hoy Como Ayer.

2. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.

Its original incarnation was born in 1935 and died in 1957. Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, and many more came through the Calle Ocho club, making it one of Miami’s hottest destinations. Back in September 2014, brothers Zack and Ben Bush decided to reopen Ball & Chain and restore its former glory. Since then, the place has become one of Calle Ocho’s most popular bars, attracting both old and young, Latin and gringo. Its backyard pineapple stage — that’s, yes, shaped like a pineapple — is the perfect place to sip a cocktail during the day or salsa your pants off at night. Its mix of vintage and modern has managed to charm Miami, turning Ball & Chain into a welcome destination for tourists and locals.

3. Club Tipico Dominicano, 1344 NW 36th St., Miami; 305-634-7819; clubtipicodominicano.com.

When it comes to discotecas, it doesn’t get more legit than Club Tipico Dominicano. By day, the Allapattah joint — which was established in 1987 — serves typical Dominican grub ranging from mangú to mondongo. Come nightfall, the restaurant transforms into una tremenda pachanga, where on weekends, hip-gyrating rumberos from all over the 305 gather for nonstop salsa, merengue, and bachata. But don’t miss Sunday night’s long-standing Domingo Playero, which features special guests; drink, bottle, and hookah specials; and a slew of DJs that keep the party running all night long. You might want to call in sick on Monday.

4. La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Doral; 305-594-3717; lacovacha.com.

Sure, Doral may be nothing more than a collection of warehouses, businesses, and trucks — OK, downtown Doral and CityPlace Doral are slowly but surely transforming that image — but this commercial hot spot is also home to one of the best Latin clubs in the 305. Attracting reggaetoneros Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize, Chino y Nacho, and J Alvarez, as well as Oscar D’Leon, Tito el Bambino, and other salseros, this place has been bringing la rumba to the Magic City for more than two decades. And with nightly parties and drink specials, we’re pretty sure La Covacha will remain a mecca of Latin music for years to come.

5. El Patio Wynwood, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; elpatiowynwood.com.

When El Patio Wynwood first opened, owners wanted to offer “something Latin, but funky and not commercial.” That’s what co-owner Nicolas Hoyos told New Times the day before the cozy outdoor venue celebrated its launch two years ago. With furniture literally imported from Colombia, El Patio has that cozy abuela vibe, while still offering a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere. Its owners worked closely with local Latin musician Mr. Pauer — who spins tropical beats on Sunday — to curate music that ranges from vintage salsa to modern Latin meets electronic. Combine that with a cheap happy hour and live bands, and you can’t go wrong.

6. Las Tabernas de Wancho, 2100 W. 76th St., Hialeah; 305-822-7833; lastabernasdewancho.com.

To get to Las Tabernas de Wancho, you’ll need to navigate the Palmetto, then exit, park, and head for the top floor of a nondescript shopping center in Hialeah. On the fifth story of said building, you’ll find three rooms: There’s La Rumbateka, which fits about 450 and plays mostly merengue and bachata. The most recent addition is Club 5 “Blue Moon,” a smaller space that draws a younger crowd with a mix of hip-hop, reggaeton, and techno. The last room, La Fonda Paisa, resembles a pueblito. Each room features a disco ball and bottle service, and by the time you take that last shot, you’ll wonder where this place has been all your life.

7. Punch Miami, 5580 NE Fourth Ct., Miami; 305-758-9932; punchmiami.com.

Though this is Miami, there are few Cuban-themed party halls. That’s where Punch Miami comes in — from the neon Cuban flag to the name and decor of the lounge, which was inspired by a taxi ride from the Havana airport and a stop at a rundown boxing ring. Taking over the former News Lounge space, Punch, which opened just about a year ago, is the brainchild of El Patio Wynwood’s Nicolas Hoyos and Beto Perez. Like El Patio, Punch plays music curated by Mr. Pauer, and “reasón” is the signature sound: “re” for reggeaton, “sa” for salsa, and “són” for son. And of course, Punch boasts some of the best happy hour specials in the 305, with $1 mojitos, $1 draft beers, and $10 mojito punch bowls from 5 to 9 p.m. ¡Fuácata!

Best South Beach Pool Parties / Dayclubs 2017

Catching rays in our designer bikinis, sippin’ juicy umbrella drinks, and chillin’ by the pool. This is one case where the stereotype is true: Miami knows how to have fun in the sun.

A lot of it has to do with that whole carefree vibe you get from living in Miami, but the reason we’re always walking around half-naked and tan is because

of all the kick-ass pool parties we’re able to crash — especially in South Beach. Yes, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but every Miamian has a soft spot for South Beach even if they won’t admit it.

So next time you feel like crossing the bridge and getting wet, keep in mind these ten best pool party spots on SoBe. Now go get your splash on.

1. The Standard Spa – 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717

The beach is one of Miami’s greatest treasures, but every trip there ends with grains of sand stuck in places we didn’t even know existed. At the Standard’s pool, though, relaxing on one of the many lounge chairs or on the makeshift beach — sans sand, of course — is like spending a day on South Beach. That’s because the infinity pool, equipped with an underwater sound system, is so close to the water that if you stand at just the right angle, it seems to disappear into the bay. Being that the Standard is a spa within itself, you know there’s bound to be lots of pampering, like the Arctic Plunge, a 50-degree minipool that claims to “increase your heart rate and kickstart your circulation.” If sitting in an ice box for the recommended minute isn’t your thing, the Roman waterfall hot tub will warm your insides with eight feet of 103-degree water to “alleviate pain and detoxify” the body. With a waterfront wooden deck, the Standard also offers paddleboarding lessons. All of this fun comes with a pretty hefty price tag — $75 for a day pass Monday through Thursday and $150 Friday through Sunday and holidays or the equivalent in spa spending — but at least you won’t have sand glued to your body for days.

2. The Freehand Miami – 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727

The Freehand Miami gained popularity thanks to Gabriel Orta and the rest of the mixologists at the Broken Shaker, but Miami Beach’s first upscale hostel has also made a name for itself with its intimate pool parties. With a Ping-Pong table, colorful decor, tasty cocktails, and themed splash bashes that present some of the best underground DJs in the 305, the Freehand is a welcome escape from reality. The party continues ’round the clock at this millennial tourist hub, but the monthly Full Moon Night Swims are particularly special and provide a rare opportunity for visitors to mix with the locals. During the monthly events, Miami-based artisans showcase their creations beneath the glow of lanterns and a breathtaking full moon.

3. 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop – 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000

There’s no more beautiful view than a Miami sunset, and a rooftop view is even better. The 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop pool makes it easy to take in the orange, lilac, and pink afterglow of a hot Miami day. Take a dip at dusk for a refreshing respite from the humidity and stress of rush-hour traffic. The rooftop pool is open to nonguests after 6 p.m., DJs begin spinning as early as 3 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. After a long day at work and a stressful commute, you’ll fall in love with the city you call home when you view it from poolside heaven.

4. Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel – 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701

A ten-foot, 700-pound rubber ducky is not something you would expect to find at a swanky boutique hotel. At Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, however, a giant silver statue of a rubber ducky sits on the east end of the hotel guest pool, right before the garden and beach pool. Designer Philippe Stark imagined both swimming pools to resemble a bath tub, hence the ducky. In other words, he wanted to make all of your childhood fantasies come true. Pool access for nonguests depends upon availability Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the entrance fee is at the doorman’s discretion.

5. Raleigh Hotel – 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-6300

The wow factor at the Raleigh is its 1940s-era crest-shaped swimming pool. Named one of 12 over-the-top Pools by Forbes, the two-tiered pool with a vintage diving board has made the Raleigh the highlight of Chanel fashion shows, the cover of magazine spreads, and the talk of some of the hottest pool parties around town. Lined with lounge chairs, curtain-covered canopies, and striped umbrellas, the pool prioritizes hotel guests, but passes are available for nonguests while space allows. Passes cost $30 Monday through Thursday and $60 Friday through Sunday. A poolside chair, towels, and Wi-Fi access are included, along with DJs playing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

6. Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar – 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-4006

You’ve driven by the Clevelander when showing visitors around town, but maybe you thought you were too cool to hit up a South Beach tourist staple. Admit it: Bouncing beach balls in the pool and playing tourist for the day looks pretty fun. The folks at the Clevelander want you to play with the out-of-towners; their pool is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Memorial Day crowds were heavy, but try this spot on an off-weekend for drinks with new friends you’ll never see again.

7. Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000

Surrounded by chaise longues, freestanding linen umbrellas, and canopied daybeds, the pool at the iconic Delano is as posh as the decor. Take a stroll through the Alice in Wonderland-themed garden path to behold its 7,000 square feet of refreshing, clear cure for the summertime blues. Access to the pool is available with a cabana rental, but non-guests are better off attending Delano Beach Club after 7 p.m., when live entertainment heats up as the night cools down. And when hunger strikes, you can always grab a tasty bite at Bianca, the Delano’s indoor/outdoor restaurant which happens to be steps away from the pool.

8. Mondrian South Beach – 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500

The Mondrian does things differently, even when it comes to its pool. Named Miami’s best hotel by New Times, the modern yet whimsical hotel extends its eclectic and detail-oriented style outside to its pool area. It’s open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis, but hotel guests get priority, and nonguests must spend at least $50 on food and drinks. For $500, you can get a day bed for up to six people, or fork over $800 for a cabana to accommodate more guests. DJs spin tunes poolside every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., so choose a special occasion, split the cost among friends, and take a daycation.

9. Shore Club Hotel – 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3100

One of the biggest dilemmas you’ll encounter at the Shore Club is deciding which of the two elevated-edge infinity pools to dive into first. Well, the answer is based on the type of person you are. If you’re more of a laid-back lounger, you’ll likely pick the pool that’s closest to the hotel. With lounge chairs and colorful, Moroccan-inspired beds, the vibe whispers relaxation. If you’re more adventuresome, chances are you’ll dip your toes into the pool that overlooks the beach. Feet away from the shore, you’ll spot banana boats and Jet Skis zooming across the horizon. Located between the pools and draped with sheer curtains is Rumbar, where you’ll get the best of both worlds. The pool is strictly for hotel guests only, so you’ll have to book a room (or get sneaky).

10. Highbar at Dream Hotel South Beach – 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-4747

South Beach’s luxurious pools can seem out of reach for the average partygoer in Miami, but Highbar at Dream Hotel in South Beach offers the perfect staycation option for those who are “broke with expensive taste.” The infinity pool area, adorned in white retro decor with golden accents, stands 70 feet above the ocean, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic. Highbar’s Naked Taco offers topnotch Mexican cuisine, and unlike most SoBe hotel pools, Highbar is open to the public and there’s no cover. It’s like getting the Cancun experience without having to pay for the getaway.