The Norman: A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv with Purpose and Panache

If you are searching for a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, the choices are bounteous and range from crowded hostels to quaint residences on quiet streets. However, searching for a luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv can be quite another story.

In 2014, The Norman opened on fashionable King Albert Square, just off bustling Rothschild Boulevard with 50 rooms, an art collection that turned the hotel into a gallery and a certain panache that turned heads. Visitors to and residents of Tel Aviv are not easily impressed, but The Norman’s two 1920s Bauhaus structures that turned design and architecture into a hotel experience caught the public’s attention.

Suddenly luxury boutique hotels in Tel Aviv became a thing and the city’s more than 4,000 Bauhaus structures turned The White City into a living museum. British design firm Sagrada (Chedi Andermatt, Hotel Royal Evian, Hermes Maison Shanghai) teamed with Tel Aviv–based Yoav Messer Architects (Neve Tzedek Hotel, Moav Desert Hotel, Domaine Makeda Haute) to carve imaginative and inspiring spaces out of the Modernist structures, preserving such original details as the hand-made ceramic floor tiles and stenciled wall coverings. In came the clean-lined custom and often plush furnishings in soft-hued, light-filled spaces giving breath to the ambiance of that era.

Now walls fill with original Israeli art throughout the property’s guest rooms and public spaces, presenting rotating and temporary exhibits of many up and coming notables. Hand-carved beds in the guestrooms complement stilted armchairs, cushy sofas and pin-legged tables set off by such Anglo-Indian pieces as daybeds and chandeliers.

Luxury Boutique Hotel with Rooftop Views of The White City

Where would a luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv be without a pool, especially one that sits above the city? The Norman’s rooftop infinity pool quickly generated buzz when it opened and that continues with Dinings Restaurant, serving a confluent menu of traditional Izakaya-style Japanese Tapas and modern European cuisine on the rooftop as well, with views of the burgeoning city skyline.

The Norman Restaurant brings the experience into the interiors with French Mediterranean dining inspired by the Old Town of Nice. The Library Bar at The Norman offers stylish 1940s elegance and an extensive menu of cocktails, spirits and wines.

A techno-gym, treatment and beauty spa and Sam Stiller physical training programs are complemented by the bevy of beaches, bike and jogging courses, and walking paths to be found all around The Norman in Tel Aviv.

Taking Time to Experience Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has 13 beaches and seasons of perpetual sunshine along its nine-mile coastline. A well-trodden jogging path along the beachfront creates a nearly 4-mile promenade extending from Tel Aviv Port in the North to the old Port of Jaffa in the south.

As for bikes, Tel Aviv is fast becoming the Copenhagen of the Middle East. Some 15 percent of the city’s residents bike to work and the city offers some 85 miles of ordained bike lanes with more about 90 more miles set to come on line. A public bike hire system allows cyclists pick up and drop off a network of green bicycles at 150 stations citywide, including several along the beach for just shekels a day.

While The Norman is not on the beach, guests can take a frequent complimentary shuttle offered by the hotel. But for those with other activities in mind, The Norman is only to happy to suggest and provide.

In line with a rising trend seen among luxury boutique hotels worldwide, The Norman offers a tempting menu of exclusive tours, from one-on-one specialty shopping tours to culinary tours, gallery tours, and, of course, architecture tours lead by experts.

Guests can choose to have a guided tour of Jaffa that will lead them to a seductive store selling custom perfumes that can be mixed and matched to suit. They will wander through the Old City’s Ottoman-style buildings with its upscale mezza parlors and one-of-a-kind notion and clothing boutiques, visit a popular flea-market selling all manner of antiques, and visit an architectural furnishings store for unusual neon stools, quirky prints and dinosaur broaches crafted by young Israeli artists. The accompanied tour includes a leisurely lunch and a customized vial of personal perfume.

The property also offers on-demand tours that take the lead from the guest’s wishes and come up with bespoke solutions that The Norman can arrange. These could include excursions to Jordan and Eilat or a visit to the Dead Sea for a relaxing float between excursions to Massada, the caves of Qumran and the oasis of Ein Gedi.

The Norman makes a worthy luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv to start a journey of Israel, which is, in itself, a journey of time and civilization. Tel Aviv, proclaimed a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003, tells the tale of only the last century — but makes a strong start.

The Norman
23-25 Nachmani St.
Tel Aviv, 6579441, Israel
(+972 3) 543 5555

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Last Minute “Seize the Gili Moment” Offer in The Maldives

Until November 30, 2017 book a four-night stay at Gili Lankanfushi in The Maldives and enjoy a lavish Champagne breakfast at your convenience by the beach at the Main Restaurant and indulge in a different gourmet dinner experience nightly, with a stay of minimum 4 nights with us and create your very own Gili Story.


Package offer is applicable to all villa categories

Enjoy 25% off room rates from all villa categories (no restriction on the number of nights stayed)

Daily Champagne breakfast in the Main Restaurant

Minimum stay of 4 nights to receive the following privileges:

Gourmet dinner experience in the Main Restaurant every night
Receive USD 400 resort credit per villa per stay for food and beverage experiences, Meera Spa treatments, boutique purchases and return transfer on speedboat (excluding water sport activities and surfing)

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15% Off 14 Night Stays at Ananda

Book any wellness programme and get 15% off, for a stay of 14 nights or more.

This winter, immerse yourself into curated Wellness Programs at Ananda in the Himalayas and emerge completely refreshed and revitalized. The programs are designed with the aim of restoring the vitality of the body by eliminating toxins. The focus is to enhance the body’s immunity through the combination of Ayurvedic treatments, dosha (body type) based diet, Yoga and meditation.

Please use code ‘ANANDA WINTER’ to avail this offer

Terms & Conditions

– This offer is applicable for stay period between 1st October & 28th December 2017
– This offer is only valid for Ananda’s global rates, applicable to residents outside India
– This offer is valid for a minimum stay of 14 nights
– This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or group rate
– All standard confirmation and cancellation policies are applicable
– Other Standard terms and conditions at Ananda in the Himalayas are applicable
– Limited number of rooms available daily on the above offer.


KAA Roundup

Fall has arrived and it is one of the best seasons to travel to many worldwide hot spots. Departures Magazine included Mukul in Nicaragua and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal on their list of Incredible Fall Travel Destinations.

A perennial favorite, Twin Farms in Vermont, is on the top of many lists for fall, including twice from The Robb Report, Indagare, Vogue and an entertaining read from The Boston Globe, “A $2,000 night at New England’s top resort. Is it worth it?”

Malibu Beach Inn was featured on Gwen Books Blog where the top travel agent writes, Until recently, seaside sun seekers had zero options for a five star hotel in Malibu. That has changed dramatically with the opening of The Malibu Beach Inn.

Twin Farms, Song Saa and The Brando make the list from Jetsetter, “The World’s Most Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts.”

More luxury escapes can be found in this list from Wonderlust on Fantasy Islands featuring Musha Cay, Necker Island and more.

World’s Top 25 Most Unusual Hotels as selected by Tablet includes Vik Chile:

And sister hotel Playa Vik featured in The 13 Most Jaw-Dropping Oceanview Hotel Pools.

Forbes piece on Micato Safaris is definitely worth a read, World’s Best Safaris Keep Getting Better: 50 Years of Excellence.

Safari excellence continues with Great Plains Conservation, a leader in sustainability.

For a dose of wellness, read about Chable Resort in Departures Magazine, An Unforgettable Spa Day, the Mexico Way.

And 12 destination spas to visit in the US from Pop Sugar features Lake Austin Spa. Lake Austin Spa is also featured in Garden & Gun, Great Lake Hotels.




Luxury Address in Andalucía: Refinement and Romance at Finca Cortesin

Traveling to Andalucía is its own reward. Staying at a luxury resort in Andalusia with Michelin star dining, some of the best golf and spa options in Spain, and accommodations created by a designer of palaces, well, that is something else entirely. As luxury hotel in Andalucía you might say Finca Cortesin is in a class without equals.

A finca in Spain is not a castle, it is an estate and in such traditions, it is a manor surrounded by rolling land, gardens, possibly views of the sea and no doubt. At Finca Cortisen, while not an Andalucía castle, it is a grand estate with 67 suites and four villas, where every space is a painting with a purpose and every detail has a story.

The doors at Finca Cortesin opened in 2009, the last major project for Duarte Pinto Coelho, who spent a lifetime in the company of the 20th century’s greatest literary and artistic talents, and who designed the homes of celebrities and dignitaries around the world. At Finca Cortesin, these feats are shown in curiously sourced details from historic homes of royalty and clergy. Simply wandering through the great public rooms or around the 23.000sqm of gardens and 200-year-old olive trees.

Sophisticated Andalucía Luxury where Cultures Converge

Wander through Moorish courtyards of this Andalucía luxury estate; gaze at portraits of Spanish noblemen lining the long corridors and vast archways; mind the flagstone floors rescued from a monastery in Portugal; pass aged tapestries, deep velvet sofas and precious ceramics. Finca Cortesin is an Andalucía luxury stay that seems to transcend eras and tastes, offering up some thing special to all that come this way.

Find Finca Cortesin in the southeastern curve of Spain, less than an hour from Malaga, birthplace of Picasso, and Gibraltar. A ferry across the Med from Malaga will land you in Tangiers, Morocco in about the same amount of time – an easy day trip to take for adventurous guests. A true crossroads of time, eras, cultures and countries, Finca Cortesin has equally as much to offer to anyone who just wants to stay put for a few days and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of travel. The best times to visit Finca Cortesin are spring and autumn, however summer in this part of Andalucía offers a magnificent cooler micro climate, and winter never gets too cold.

Andalucía Luxury All About the Details

Accommodations at this Andalucía luxury hotel are generous by all accounts and offer views to the Mediterranean, the rolling gardens, the lush golf course, and the mountains that surround the stead. The smallest of accommodations, the Junior Suite, measures 538 square feet with cathedral ceilings and a 130-square-foot white marble bathroom. Every suite enjoys an ample private patio or terrace, handpicked flowers, sweets and other treats, plus daily a la carte breakfast in the El Jardín de Lutz restaurant. Families will want to book the Private Villa Suites with 4,520 square feet of sprawl amid four en-suite bedrooms, living and dining rooms and a full, state of the art kitchen. Private terraces, a private swimming pool, and a wood-burning fireplace add more extras to a Villa stay.

Golf enthusiasts can immerse in the championship, Cabell Robinson-designed course that has seen its share of Volvo World Match Play Championships. The greens offer a great variety of undulating elevations and settings. The par-4, 13th hole is the signature here with a slope that is tightly guarded by 100-year-old trees. Players will see nearly two-dozen species of flora and fauna imported from all over the world.

Lovers of all things spa will find pleasures to match. The Spa brings eleven state-of-the-art session rooms, each with under-floor heating and heated massage beds and treatments from Biologique Recherche. The spa is also the home of Southern Spain’s only snow cave. The 23,000-square-foot luxury spa offers saunas, Turkish baths, a relaxation lounge, and an indoor pool, all to match the beauty without to the beauty within. Treatments range from caviar or diamond facials to ayurvedic therapies to Thai stretch massages.

Lounging is legend at Finca Cortesin with its four pools (including a saltwater pool) and beach club expanse on the Med. About a mile from Finca Cortesin sits the quaint, medieval, Andalucían hilltown of Casares with its narrow, cobbled streets and white, saltbox architecture. Casares presents a tapestry of tapas bistros, wine bars and historic attractions to explore and is a rather unsung benefit of a stay at Finca Cortesin. The town is only 10 minutes by car, with small shops and curiosities within a stone’s throw to the beach, it does not get more picturesque than this.

Dining at Finca Cortesin, also brings its bragworthy merits. Kabuki Raw restaurant is managed by the Kabuki Group, global leaders in Japanese cooking, with four Michelin stars restaurants. All is done in open-front kitchen preparing omakase menus of four, six or nine dishes, or à la Carte creations to order. In this Andalucian land of truffles, gingko nuts and langoustines, Japanese oeuvres mean turbot with miso, wok-tossed crab, langoustine tempura and possibly a barbequed fillet of Wagyu beef, all with an almanac of wine labels to pair, according to the recommendations of the onsite sommelier. Don Giovanni is Finca Cortesin’s award winning Italian restaurant and El Jardin de Lutz serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine and mouth-watering breakfasts. Typical Mediterranean cuisine at beach is available at The Beach Club.

Not to be missed: cocktails at The Blue Bar. This Moorish preserve feels like a room in a castle of 1,001 Nights with floor to ceiling wooden doors leading to an Arabesque courtyard lined by hand-painted textiles on the walls and Egyptian lanterns on Moroccan tables illuminating intimate spaces with filtered candlelight. An evening dress code applies, heightening the mood and raising the romance level.

Luxury in Andalucía, and the Perfect Escape Package

Book a two-night stay and choose between:

~Two green fees per stay at Finca Cortesin Golf Club

`Or an 80-minute Relaxing with Aromatherapy Massage, Sport Massage or Therapeutic Massage at our spa per person. (Please inform us of your choice at the time of booking


  •  Breakfast served daily in El Jardin de Lutz Restaurant
  •  An Andalusia welcome drink
  • Complimentary seasonal basket of fresh fruit and refreshments, plus fresh-cut flowers in suite
  • Complimentary access to Spa with stunning thermal area, 75-foot indoor pool and snow cave
  • Access to the Finca Cortesin Beach Club during season, with a complimentary shuttle service.
  •  Complimentary facial diagnosis or body diagnosis at our spa, with refreshments and herbal teas.
  •  Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability


Junior Suite 2 nights from: €1,300. Executive Suite 2 nights from: €1,700
(10% VAT not included)

Finca Cortesin
Carretera de Casares Km 2, E 29690 Casares
Malaga, Spain
Toll-free: 1-844-733-4190
Tel: +34 952 93 78 00


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A Mayfair Hotel with Curb Appeal: The Beaumont London

If you were playing Monopoly® in London, Mayfair would be your Park Place. And if you were to put a hotel on that square, it would undoubtedly be The Beaumont. And for that you would be well rewarded every time an iron or a shoe landed on your spot as Mayfair has always been and remains one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

The Beaumont makes an impressive statement in this historic location. The hotel opened in 2014 following an extensive redo that turned the former 1926 car park into one of London’s most fashionable addresses. The property, with its 73 rooms and suites, offers a post modernist imprint amid the precious Georgian residents of Mayfair – many bearing blue insignias by the entrance to note their historical significance as the former home of a great statesman or musician.

A Hotel in Mayfair with History and Punch

You’ll find The Beaumont on a quiet square in Mayfair, just a few minutes’ walk away from Selfridge’s and overlooking Brown Hart Gardens. Find iconic Hyde Park to the west and the ultra-trendy West End to the east. More energetic walks might mean Kensington Gardens, adjacent to Hyde Park, or the fashionable Bond Street, a 20-minute walk away.

The 70-odd streets that make up Mayfair area of London deserve some exploration of their own, however. A tour with SideStory of the hidden art galleries and world-renowned museums located nearby, or explore the home of George Frideric Handel, a museum now; or the last house occupied by all four Beatles. The beautifully preserved streets and alleys lead to hidden squares and eventually to Shepherd Market, now a buzz of restaurants, cafes and bookshops.

The area, once owned and eventually developed by the Duke of Westminster in the mid 1700s, saw a succession of earls and dukes, landed gentry and wealthy bankers take up residence as Mayfair evolved. The prime real estate in the shadow of Buckingham Palace was the early home of Queen Elizabeth II. Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia was born there in 1945. Grosvenor Square was the site of the former American naval headquarters, where General Dwight D. Eisenhower planned D-Day, near the current site of the U.S. Embassy.

A Hotel in Mayfair with a Mélange of Styles

Within this spirited history, the design firm of ReardonSmith Architects transformed The Beaumont from an Art Deco-era garage into an intimate destination redolent with the style of a refined and casual 1920s establishment under the strong direction of the hotel’s founder Jeremy King, who invented the back-story of a disenchanted New York hotelier called Jimmy Beaumont, who moves to London in the mid-twenties to open his eponymous hotel.

The Beaumont is an art deco building and its interiors are Art Deco, with some decorative elements from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The Beaumont’s exquisitely chiseled interior details put the guest in these colorful former times from the moment of arrival, from the entrance hall to the bar, to the restaurant, and staircase behind sweeping down to the spa and private dining room.

Guestrooms are enriched by Art Deco features, from the design of the ceiling cornice in the bedrooms to the tone of the glass bathroom tiles and the traditional bronze light switches. Sliding timber-veneered doors draw across the bedroom spaces in most accommodations to create complete bedroom privacy from the bathroom, foyer, wardrobes and dressing room.

A Hotel in Mayfair with Living Art by Antony Gormley

British artist Antony Gormley, whose haunting sculptures grace parks and popular public galleries and buildings all over the U.K., Europe and the U.S., was invited to use The Beaumont as a canvas to create a living work, called ROOM. It pushes out from the face of the Beaumont’s exterior to become a room of its own – a veritable cathedral in a cubist block design that makes a statement and invites curiosity.

Inside, the artist has created a cave-like space, a three-dimensional sphere of darkness: a state of consciousness that approaches enlightened as the occupant looks up through the room’s levels. In keeping with The Beaumont theme, the sitting room of Gormley’s one-bedroom suite is decorated in an Art Deco motif.

Another in-demand suite is the Beaumont’s Roosevelt Suite, which can be opened up to expand into a five bedroom, moving from a one-bedroom configuration of 1,820 square feet to become a five-bedroom villa of 6,525 square feet. The Art Deco theme continues, calling up the glamorous era of the great Transatlantic liners of the 1920s and 30s with cream lacquer paneling, brass inlaid details and parquet timber floors throughout. The roomy sitting area leads to a separate dining room that seats eight, plus a pantry kitchen and a guest bathroom, The suite opens up to a large, wrap-around terrace overlooking the London. The five-bedroom expanse occupies the entire fifth floor of the hotel for an experience of total privacy for guests that desire added privacy. Added extras: a working fireplace, a large marble master bath with heated flooring, and a private lobby.

Colony Grill Room: All the Rage of an Era

Good rest requires good food, and even the libations and sustenance at The Beaumont are in character with the era. The Beaumont was the first hotel project for the talented restaurant team of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (The Wolseley, the Delaunay, etc.). They created the Colony Grill Room with an intriguing menu of 1920s faves. Order lobster à la Russe, a Yankee hot dog, an Arnold Bennett omelette, or a chicken pot pie, and top it off with red velvet cake or a build your own classic ice cream sundae. The eclectic wine list promotes European classics and includes a wide selection from the New World.

Interior areas for dining and sipping are, indeed, “you are there” in detail and style, putting guests not only in place, but in time for a true taste of the “roaring twenties” in London. For venturing out, reserve the Chauffeur-driven courtesy vintage Daimler.

Classic room bookings include morning coffees & teas plus home-made viennoiseries and preserves, served in the Cub Room, as well as hi-speed Wi-fi, local calls, all movies, and soft drinks & snacks from the in-room minibar.

Book the ROOM package for 1575 GBP per night to stay in Gormley’s masterpiece. The package includes: a 3-hour individually tailored, one-on-one guided walking tour of London’s best contemporary art galleries; a limited edition signed copy of Antony Gormley’s monograph on ROOM with an essay by Margaret Iverson; a private ride in the hotel’s vintage Daimler to the first gallery on your tour’s list; a full English breakfast for two; private in-room bar with soft drinks and snacks; Wi-fi; access to the hotel’s spa and 24 hour gymnasium.



The Beaumont
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF
Toll-free: (+44 20) 7499 1001
(+34 952) 93 78 00


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Great Plains Conservation Photography Tuition Specials

Wild Studio Photography Workshops are an innovative format of learning photography. Dates from November 2017 to April 2018 at Kenya and Botswana camps enjoy up to 25% off of 4-7 night fixed date workshops.

Duba Expedition Camp – Botswana

4 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition – $3 160 per person sharing
20th to 24th November 2017

Selinda Camp – Botswana

5 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition, per person sharing – $3 950 per person sharing
19th to 24th February 2018
5th to 10th March 2018
17th to 22nd March 2018

Mara Expedition Camp – Kenya

5 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition, per person sharing – $3 864 per person sharing
19th to 24th February 2018
27th March to 1st April  2018
2nd to 7th April 2018

ol Donyo Lodge & Mara Expedition Camp

7 Nights -Wild Studio Photography Tuition, per person sharing – $5 761 per person sharing
(3 nights ol Donyo Lodge + 4 nights Mara Expedition Camp)
9th to 16th February 2018
17th to 24th March 2018


Minimum of two guests,
Maximum of four guests per vehicle
Ranging from 4 to 7 nights
Vehicles specially fitted out with supports and bean bags
Internal flights not included
Savings of up to 25%
Hosted by a professional photographer throughout
No single supplement on dates where at least two other guests are booked.
Payment of double required if sole attendee.
Courses personalized for all abilities and levels
Non-Photographers are welcome and will enjoy themselves and the game drives
due to the special format of the workshop.


An innovative format of learning photography. We develop a brief with you, just like a professional will be given from their publisher, and the workshop is then about finding those shots and building a portfolio.

Workshops are based at Selinda Camp and Duba Expedition Camp, Botswana and ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Expedition Camp, Kenya.

Wild Studio has fixed date workshops from November through to April.

Private tuition is available in all our camps throughout the year and is available on request.

The tuition is aimed at all abilities and even accommodates those wanting to improve their photographic skills with smartphones!

We also welcome non-photographers who are able to enjoy game drives on the workshops with our photographic tutors being able to balance the game drives to accommodate.

Why join a Wild Studio workshop or private tuition?
The experience is totally unique and a lot of fun.

We guarantee that you will come away with images from your safari that you will be exceptionally proud of to share with your friends, family or even the rest of the world on social media.

Please contact  for all photography enquiries and for bookings.

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The Siam Bangkok Special Offer

Experience all your senses at The Siam this fall with The Siam Senses Package. Book a three night stay at the Best Available Rate and receive:

Complimentary upgrade to the next category at the time of booking
60-minute body massage for two at Opium Spa & Wellbeing
Thai set lunch or dinner for two at Chon Restaurant (Thai Tasting Menu)
Daily breakfast for 2
Butler Service
Complimentary Wi-Fi property-wide & in-house movies
Complimentary local call
Daily fresh tropical fruit
Private cruise between the hotel and Bangkok’s central Sathorn pier

Valid until December 23, 2017

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Mayfair 4 for 3

Take advantage of The Beaumont’s Four Nights for Three offer to spend some more time exploring London and the Mayfair neighborhood.

Stay 3 nights plus one night complimentary.

Rooms from £480/night for 3 nights, plus one night complimentary
Studios from £760 /night for 3 nights, plus one night complimentary
Suites from £1,295/night for 3 nights, plus one night complimentary

The ‘4 for 3’ rate is available for stays 7th October to 29th October 2017.
With this package you will be treated to a number of complimentary amenities:

A ‘Help Yourself’ morning coffee, tea, juices, home-made Viennoiseries and preserves in The Cub Room
A private in-room bar with soft drinks and snacks
Wifi throughout the hotel
Use of the hotel’s vintage Daimler for local trips (subject to availability)
Use of the Spa and Gymnasium throughout your stay.

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Faena Hotel in Miami Beach Brings New Depth to Design Hotels

The word “Faena,” heard most emphatically in neighborhoods fanning from the blinding white sands lining Miami Beach, could be another term for fantastical, improbable. It stems from one unstoppable Alan Faena, creator of the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach and the energy behind the increasingly famous Faena District.

The five blocks of Collins Avenue in the Mid-Beach section of Miami Beach are now part of a re-imagined metropolis of architectural icons and showcases of progressive arts and culture as conceived and developed through the eyes of one of Argentina’s hottest exports.

Alan Faena and business partner Len Blavatnik opened Faena Hotel in Miami Beach in December of 2015 and have not looked back. The property – called by some a palace, others a museum and still by others, a cathedral – anchors a $1.2 billion, seven-block parcel in a formerly run-down section of the city that now thrives as a place to experience music, art, theater, poetry and urban wonder.

Faena District Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach is complemented by the Faena House condominiums (designed by Foster + Partners and featured one unit that recently sold for a record $60 million). Also in the mix is Faena Forum, a 42,000-square-foot swirl of a space for exhibitions and performances that was designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Faena Bazaar is a grand bazaar of vendors and crafts people, to connect these spaces, and the mélange also includes Casa Faena, a 50-room circa-1928 historic Mediterranean-style manse with some of the best Sunday brunch menus in the city.

Alan Faena, famous for creating Faena Hotel in 2004 in Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, which transformed seedy dockyards into a booming borough of high style, edgy architecture and artsy entertainment, found a perfect palette for his visions in Miami Beach – one of the three locations for  the annual Art Basel fests (the others are Basel, Switzerland and Hong Kong). The celebration presents work from some 300 leading international galleries from more than 30 countries over a few days, attracting some 100,000 art aficionados, appreciators and connoisseurs (the next spectacle is scheduled for early December).

But it all would start with the hotel: Faena Miami Beach would have to be a statement in its own right. Faena took the former Saxony Hotel, once a veritable second home for the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra, and a favorite getaway for Marilyn Monroe, and turned it into a 169-room stunner with input from director and producer Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Australia) and his wife, the production and costume designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby).

Miami Chic: New Definitions

Today, the interior designs guests will find might defy definition. Words like fantastical, daring, extravagant come to mind as guests wander through spaces that may have started with an Art Deco swoosh and ended up with layers of theatrical design flares.

Drawn into the lobby, guests may be entering a modern museum or the imagined palace of Cleopatra. A walk along a central red carpet runner (shocking reds are a theme in Alan Faena’s bright design schemes) passes golden columns, a beveled recessed-lit ceiling and lush floor-to-ceiling murals by Argentine artist Juan Gatti evoking exotic fantasies of jungle utopias. Walls of glass ahead flow into a garden patio and beyond, a golden woolly mammoth skeleton sculpted by Damien Hirst.

There are rooms and spaces for every occasion: a designated quiet room called The Library, for checking email on a red velvet lounging couch; The Living Room area that looks like an Art Deco movie set with a huge Alberto Garutti chandelier rumored to sputter slightly when lightning hits the Pampas plains in Argentina. The hotel features a 150-seat cabaret-style theater inspired through its red velvets and glinting golds to summon thoughts of the opulent opera houses of Europe.

Two restaurants and some seven bars each bring on their own sense of the dramatic. Pao infuses Asian influence from the Far East and Philippines through the work of celebrated chef Paul Qui in a space of re-imagined greenery crowned by a golden unicorn, another oeuvre by Damien Hirst. Los Fuegos, by Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann, brings creative Latin influences and keeps the show aglow from the open-fire kitchen. Meanwhile, the Saxony Bar leans into the classic Greek revival/modernist/Art Deco design blends and serves up old fashion cocktails from golden ages past.

Faena’s spa, Tierra Santa Healing House, provides its own signature of shades of Miami teals mixed with Faena reds accenting sumptuous couches and chairs in the lounging areas and intriguing treatment room designs. Spa guests relax amid fantasy wall murals and on private terraces overlooking the beach. The menu features cleansing and purification treatments by staff specially trained by an authentic Mexican healer, and these selections can also be paired with Balinese sound bowl healing sessions.

The beachfront property overlooks a 100,000-square-foot swath of warm sand and blue ocean, painting Miami Beach with classic red and white striped umbrellas.


Faena Hotel: Latest Beds of Miami Beach

Accommodations, too, are treated to teals, pinks, whites and reds with 18 configurations of rooms and suites (there are 111 suites in the mix), many featuring generous balcony spaces over the blue waters of Miami Beach. Room quarters run from the 489-square-foot Bay View option ($525/night) to the 4,515-square-foot Faena Suite ($20,000/night) with four king bedrooms and more than four bathrooms, to the Penthouse Suite ($50,000/night) at 14,507 square feet, which has four king bedrooms with two master bedrooms, five full and four half bathrooms, wrapped oceanfront views, full kitchen and a large living room with a grand piano. All room choices benefit from the added luxury of dedicated guest managers and butlers.

A full schedule of performances, regular and special, are listed on the Faena’s website within categories labeled Art & Culture, Experiential, Gastronomy, Mixology, Music and Wellness. For those ready to go, Faena District anchored by Faena Hotel will be the only destination in Miami Beach they will need to know.



Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Avenue
Faena District Miami Beach, FL 33140


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