Is Miami Beach in your future? Let’s hope so! If you haven’t been recently, put this lavish midbeach property on your radar. The 169-room Faena Hotel opened last winter and I was fortunate enough to check in for an indulgent stay. From the gilded modernist design to the cheery cherry red and sea foam color combo, I think you’ll fall as hard as I did for this over-the-top property.
Formerly the Saxony Hotel, the glittering Faena was designed (or should we say creatively directed) by film legend Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge), and his wife, Catherine Martine, a costume and set designer. Highlights include a debutante-worthy personal butler service and celebrity chef and grillmaster Francis Mallmann’s first U.S. restaurant, sizzling Los Fuegos. Soon to be a household name, Mallmann is a virtual rock star in South America, especially Buenos Aires, so be sure to reserve far in advance!
The experience I loved the most – apart from reveling in the interiors and thawing out on the sands of Miami Beach with a cocktail in hand – was lingering into the wee hours in the sultry Living Room, a glamorous, totally grown-up lounge which delivers small plates and primo people watching to a sexy Latin live music soundtrack. If you have a little too much rum, you can easily convince yourself you’re part of the rat pack hanging in Old Habana, circa 1950.
And there’s more in store. Argentine developer and hotelier Alan Faena is currently creating a six-block cultural district anchored by an arts center designed by Rem Koolhass. He’s poured over a billion dollars into the area, so you’ll be hearing all about it at Art Basel (which opens today!) or on your next visit. By the way, take a peek my Dining in Miami post.
I sure do love that city and buzzy Art Basel. Wish I was there right now. sigh.