A spinoff of Alan Faena’s famed Buenos Aires hotel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a reimagining of the 1947 Saxony building, which was an early lavish Miami hotel (Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and the like performed there). It blends old-school glam with a vibrant South American vibe, richly decorated in ruby red and cool teal and turquoise blues, with Art Deco touches and serious animal print accents throughout. For the hotel’s design, Alan Faena collaborated with film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The expansive hall lobby (called “the cathedral”) is lined with gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals done by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti. (Faena’s collaborator list goes on to read like a who’s who of the arts and entertainment world, and the result is visually stunning, not unlike a Baz Luhrmann movie set.) The rooms, which begin in the $700 per night range are generously sized, with the suites bordering on enormous. Rooms with an ocean view—another splurge—do not disappoint. The long, wide balconies are ideal for taking in the sea and the grand stretch of sand leading up to it. (You can also look down at Faena’s modestly sized, geometrically shaped pool and hot tub, which are surrounded by red lounge chairs, red and white striped umbrellas, and all the requisite palm trees.) Each floor of the hotel is overseen by a dedicated butler. The spa is outstanding, as is Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos restaurant.

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