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By: Shayne Benowitz

Between the lavish Miami Beach hotel and its surrounding Faena District, the sky’s the limit when it comes to event planning at Faena

Conceived by flamboyant Argentinean hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena hotel in Miami Beach and its corresponding eight block Faena District is a fantastical world of contemporary art, lavish design, fine dining and whimsy. Developed in collaboration with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his Academy Award-winning designer wife Catherine Martin, the entire property takes on an all-encompassing, theatrical experience. With show-stopping works of art by contemporary master Damien Hirst, a cathedral-like entrance hall with murals by Juan Gatti and a color palette dripping in luscious reds, golds, animal print and turquoise, Faena is both surreal and luxurious.

It also offers a wide variety of unique venues for meetings, corporate events, private events, social soirees and weddings. Whether it’s a private dinner for 22 inside La Cava wine vault beneath glittering chandeliers or a gala event at the Rem Koolhaas-designed Faena Forum for 665, Faena provides a spectacular backdrop for memorable events of all sizes. With teams dedicated to culinary, art and live performance, Faena’s events department can assist in bringing any kind of event to life.

One-of-a-Kind Venues

Faena Forum

The 43,000 square-foot Faena Forum is a landmark cylindrical structure designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA team led by Shohei Shigematsu as a center for cultural arts. Anchored by a central arena amphitheater, the space also provides five breakout rooms and two assembly halls along with a permanent bar and coat check area in the lobby. There’s a maximum capacity of 665 people with reception space for 250.

Faena Theater

Awash in red velvet and gold leaf with a show-stopping waterfall crystal chandelier, the Faena Theater hearkens back to opulent Jazz Age European cabarets. With a state-of-the-art stage, mezzanine level and adjacent reception hall with El Secreto bar, the space can be activated for live performances, weddings, product launches and elegant receptions for up to 300 people or 178 seated.

Tierra Santa Studio

The light-filled Tierra Santa Studio is adjacent to Faena’s spa and decorated in bright pastels, lovely hand woven textiles and a whimsical chandelier made of colorful fishing bobbers. With ocean and city views, the space is ideal for small meetings and receptions with a maximum capacity of 75 and conference space for 40.

Outdoor Soirees

Faena Bazaar Rooftop Designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, Faena Bazaar and its rooftop features both interior and exterior space with ocean views that can be activated for a flexible reception of up to 267 people. There’s also ground floor retail and office space.

Sun Bar at the Pool

Embrace the beauty of Miami Beach with a reception at Faena’s poolside Sun Bar. With ample room to mingle around the pool deck, there’s also an asado pit for grilled artisanal sandwiches and crudo specialties. The space has a capacity for 200 people.

Tree of Life

Another whimsical outdoor option revolves around the Tree of Life courtyard garden adjacent to the pool where Damien Hirst’s “Gone But Not Forgotten” gold-dipped woolly mammoth holds court. The 1,460 square-foot area can accommodate a reception for 100 people.

Casa Faena Rooftop

A little-known component of the Faena District is the Casa Faena boutique hotel and its lovely 2,164 square-foot rooftop terrace with panoramic ocean views. It’s an ideal venue for a sophisticated cocktail reception for up to 50 people.

Cocktail & Dinner Parties

Pao by Paul Qui

One of Faena’s greatest strengths is its culinary offerings with talented chefs like James Beard Award-winning Paul Qui. His stunning restaurant Pao at Faena is anchored by Damien Hirst’s golden unicorn statue with buttery leather banquette seating, a gold dome ceiling and adjacent terrace. The space can be reserved for both cocktail receptions for up to 230 and seated dinners for up to 166 people. The cuisine is a fusion of Asian and Filipino flavors supported by a world-class wine program.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Legendary Argentinean asado grillmaster, Francis Mallmann is at the helm of Faena’s Los Fuegos. This lavish dining room is outfitted in sumptuous red leather chairs and animal print banquettes, making it a beautiful and luxurious setting for a reception or dinner with a maximum capacity of 260 guests. Dine on a wealth of meat, fish and vegetables prepared in the traditional open-fire kitchen.

The Living Room

Adjacent to Los Fuegos and with a similar design scheme, The Living Room is Faena’s take on a traditional lobby bar with a maximum capacity for 125 people and a space that can accommodate live entertainment, while serving craft cocktails and passed hors devours.

La Cava

For a private dinner inside a 558-square foot wine cellar with a hand carved table by Frank Pollaro, La Cava presents an unparalleled option for intimate multi-course dinners or wine tastings for up to 22 guests. Casa Faena Atrium Designed in a louche Mediterranean style, Casa Faena’s 915 square-foot interior Atrium features plush sofas, site specific art installations and a rare book collection, perfect for receptions with a capacity for 75 people. The space can also accommodate 44 guests seated.

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