Why it’s worth traveling for?
Hollywood glamour and luxury meets sexy South American flair.
Check in with…
– Alan Faena, Founder Faena Group
Hotel Highlights: When it came to transforming a historic 1940s landmark into a luxury oceanfront hotel on Miami Beach, Argentine visionary and developer, Alan Faena joined forces with artists and contributors to create a cultural ecosystem. Such artists include the outlandish creativity and talents of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and his Oscar-winning costume and production wife Catherine Martin. The result is the fabulously extravagant, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, (on the four-block cultural hub known as the Faena District) which with its vibrant prints, rich red and deco accents, red and white candy striped beach umbrellas (the hotel has 100K square feet of private beach) and Living Room lounge adorned with Fedora inspired Faena coat of arms and Gatsby-esque rugs is straight out of an old school Hollywood musical.
Eat + Drink: The restaurants atFaena Miami Beach are elaborate as the decor. Los Fuegos is a South American live-fire restaurant headed up by grill master chef Francis Mallmann who has redefined the Asado experience – be sure to order the Wood Fire-Grilled Jumbo Prawns. Pao, by James Beard award-winning chef Paul Qui, specializes in modern Asian, with dishes influenced by his native Philippines as well as Japan, France, and Spain. Start with Unicorn, sea urchin dish, and for your entree order Escabeche whole fried fish, Naam jim, green papaya, and cilantro.
Beauty + Wellness: Inspired by South American shamanic rituals, Faena’s spa, Tierra Santa Healing House has one of the largest hammams on the East Coast and works with the five senses and a hand-blended, plant-based collection of muds, scrubs and oils to promote ultimate health and wellness. Try Masaje con Flor Blanca, a therapeutic massage that incorporates smooth volcanic lava rocks to release muscle tension and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Curated Experience: Get a birds-eye view ofMiami courtesy of Get Your Guide, which offers a 30-minute Scenic Flight so you can see the city’s luxurious mansions, downtown skyscrapers, and gorgeous coastline from the air. If you prefer to travel on foot, book the South Beach Walking Food Tour to enjoy the best of Miami’s restaurant and bar scene like a local.