By: Angela Carlton
Explore Miami Beach’s Faena District
From a luxurious hotel that hails to Miami’s glamorous past, to performance and exhibition spaces, Faena District in Miami Beach is becoming a hub for luxe living, art and entertainment.
Argentine developer Alan Faena and investor Len Blavatnik have breathed new life into the area of Miami Beach between 32nd and 36th streets and Collins Avenue. Fashioned after the pair’s similar concept in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they’re transforming the once-neglected area into a cultural hub.
Check-in at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The first act of the Faena play entails a luxe beachfront hotel. The historic Saxony Hotel, originally built in 1947, was resurrected into the swank Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The 169-room hotel recalls the fantasy of the 50’s and 60’s when old Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin used to dazzle visitors.
“It gives me great pleasure to share with our guests thoughtful, attentive service in a warm, luxurious environment recalling the golden age of Miami,” says Alan Faena, project developer.
Created by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin (of “Moulin Rouge”and “The Great Gatsby” fame), Faena Hotel’s over-the-top décor weaves together Miami’s quintessential Art Deco style with old-world details. Each room of the grand hotel feels like the set of a movie. Guests make a red carpet entrance to the cathedral, which is lined with hand-painted floor-to-ceiling murals. Fit for royalty, the library is bathed in red velvet.
Most of Faena’s rooms are large suites, and guests are treated to posh amenities such as a butler on every floor, as well as access to an “experience manager,” who plans every aspect of a Miami vacation from start to finish.
Relax at the Spa, Pool or Beach
Spend some time soaking up some sun at the hotel’s palm tree-lined pool, or go for a swim in the surf at Faena Playa, the on-site beach club.
Visit the Tierra Santa Healing House, a sprawling South American-inspired spa that takes a holistic approach to relaxation. Indulge in Shaman-developed body treatments, acupuncture and the latest anti-aging technologies.
Dine at International Restaurants
Faena Hotel boasts two buzzed-about restaurants on property. Award-winning chef Paul Qui helms Pao, a modern Asian restaurant, where he’s fusing Filipino, Japanese, Spanish and French flavors. An ornate unicorn sculpture positioned in the middle of the room serves as the restaurant’s statement piece.
Los Fuegos is Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann’s first restaurant in the U.S. Showcasing his passion for fire and flames, the chef focuses on asado grilling in a traditional South American open-fire kitchen.
Visit the Art & Culture District
The Faena District has many more acts to come. The cultural cornerstone will be the Faena Forum, a 50-thousand square foot performance space where the public can explore art, science, technology and even politics.
“Miami is poised to become the capital that unites the Americas. It is our goal for it to also become one of the great cultural capitals of the world,” says Ximena Caminos, the executive director of Faena Forum and Chair of Faena Art.
The District will also unveil Faena Bazaar, which will be a retail shopping complex, and a marina on Indian Creek.
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