Checking into a buzzy South Beach hotel is a quintessential Miami experience. However, with Airbnb leading the charge in on-demand vacation rentals, there are more options than ever when it comes to a one-of-a-kind stay in Miami, oftentimes at a more affordable price or with a far more lavish setup.
But Airbnb isn’t the only dog in the hunt. Travelers to Miami can also look at Oasis Collections, which manages a portfolio of luxury properties in select cities. They provide personalized check-in and check-out, concierge service and curated city guides to their guests. BeMate is an extension of Spanish hotel brand Roommate Hotels, which offers condo rentals in the same cities as their hotels. Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s amenities, services and 24-hour front desk, while enjoying the privacy of a vacation rental.
We’ve scoured these three sites to find the best (and most unusual) properties in Miami. From luxury yachts to seaside villas and treehouse bungalows, check into something different on your next trip to Miami.
Sometimes it’s fun to dream, and this is one of those moments. Going for a cool $10,000 a night, the eight-bedroom mansion sits on 100 feet of prime waterfront space on Palm Island with room for 16 of your closest friends. The Mediterranean-style villa blends elements of old and new Miami with its original coral house attached to a more modern 12,000-square-foot section, plus plenty of space to dock your yacht out back. From $10,000 per night.
Docked in the marina South of Fifth, the 69-foot Montefino mahogany-lined yacht is one of the chicest spots to stay without actually being on Miami Beach. The four-cabin yacht sleeps up to eight and is outfitted with everything you need for a South Beach escape, from a salon with surround sound speakers and wraparound couches to a fully equipped galley and loungers on the deck where you can soak up the sun without having to step foot on shore. From $795 per night.
Play Robinson Crusoe living in a treehouse canopy on a permaculture farm in Little Haiti. Nestled in the third level of a treehouse, the open-air space fits up to three with mosquito netting surrounding a double bed and a brand-new Bahamas-style bathroom not far away. You can also commune with nature on ground level feeding the farm animals or cozying up in a hammock. From $65 per night.
Aligning with the Design District’s minimalist chic style, this modern studio with its 10-foot-high ceilings is just as design savvy as the galleries next door. Room for up to four, you’ll be in the heart of the area’s shops and eateries, sleeping in an industrial-inspired space you’d more expect to find in cities like NYC and LA than the heart of Miami. From $135 per night.
Not far from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, the six bedroom Villa Valencia is nestled on Biscayne Bay with views of the Venetian Causeway from the pool deck—as well as from the waterfall shower. The villa spans two floors and fits up to 12 with pool tables and game rooms for entertaining guests, as well as a separate one-bedroom cottage sitting right next door. Enjoy the view from the water hitting the bay by paddle board or relaxing in one of the poolside hammocks. From $2,500 per night.
Space isn’t everything. Sometimes it’s the view that counts, and from this 26th floor condo, you can catch sweeping shots over the Atlantic and Allison Island. The pièce-de-résistance here is the 180-degree semicircular window that shows off the Miami money shot, but the North Miami Beach locale is also a prime feature, away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach with private garden and beach access and amenities like BBQs, hot tubs and saunas for those after a more low-key Miami stay. From $365 per night.
Half the point of staying on Miami Beach is actually being on the beach. At Apartment Montana, you not only have direct access to the sand, you also have picture-perfect ocean views from every room of the Asian-inspired loft. Early riser? Catch the sunrise over the water from the expansive rooftop terrace. From $792 per night.
The mustard-colored Miami Shores Villa Nohar is like a modern Mediterranean palace with Moroccan-style lanterns, wooden beam-lined ceilings and French doors leading out to the lush gardens surrounding the resort-style pool. There’s plenty of space to spread out here with six bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a formal dining room complete with fireplace and chandelier. From $2,550 per night.
It’s one thing to glimpse at the lives of the rich and famous and another to live it—even if it’s just for a night. This six-bedroom mansion sits right on the water in Miami’s Venetian Islands and every one of its rooms shows off stunning views of the Intracoastal. The glass-encased Villa Cora has everything from a white piano in the living room and standing tubs in the bedrooms to a heated infinity edge pool and nearby dock that extends out over the water. From $4,940 per night.