FAENA UNIVERSE | Luxurious And Extraordinary In Miami Beach
“Faena Hotel exemplifies our commitment to bring new and extraordinary experiences to Miami Beach. It gives me great pleasure to share with our guests thoughtful, attentive service in a warm, luxurious environment recalling the golden age of Miami.”
– WELCOME TO FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH-
Miami is a city that has experienced the transformative power of the arts. With this conviction in mind, Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik debuted Faena Hotel Miami Beach in December 2015, marking the first phase of openings in the Faena District Miami Beach. A new neighborhood rooted in the arts, Faena District will help catalyze a cultural renaissance in Miami and further enhance its reputation as a vital link between North and South.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach is both invention and reinvention: Alan Faena has reimagined the historic Saxony Hotel, originally built in 1947 by George Sax and designed by Roy F. France. Once known as the “Queen of Collins Avenue,” the hotel reigned in the 50’s and 60’s as the lodestar of glamour, where Hollywood icons Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin performed and dazzled the crowds.
The sunny days and sexy nights are back: Alan Faena envisioned every one of the 169 rooms and suites and 13 penthouse residences spanning the top two floors of the property. To make his vision come to life, he enlisted film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin to develop the narrative for what would become the essence of Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Together they created an artful visual language that recalls the glamour of the 1950s: stunning Art Deco appeal, old-world grandeur, hardwood floors, sumptuous Faena Red velvet and cool blue tiled bathrooms. Each floor features a signature Faena Butler offering guests one point of contact and personalized service throughout their stay, and all visitors to the hotel will additionally enjoy access to Experience Managers, who assist in designing the overall experience from pre-arrival planning to departure arrangements. Sun-worshipers of all ages will enjoy the palm-lined pool area and our beach club Faena Playa, which is situated on 100,000 square feet of pristine white sand.
A place like no other: As part of our commitment to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary, Faena Hotel features remarkable works by artists Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Alberto Garutti, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Manuel Ameztoy and Juan Gatti, to whom we refer as the Michelangelo of Faena.
Barriga llena, corazón contento (full belly, happy heart): the hotel’s fire kitchen, Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, is the celebrated chef’s only restaurant in the United States, offering a contemporary take on the Argentine dining experience. Faena has additionally collaborated with award-winning chef Paul Qui, who has debuted Pao by Paul Qui– Qui’s first restaurant outside of Texas – which offers the chef’s renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine. Meanwhile, chef Gabriel Ask serves as Executive Chef for Faena Hotel Miami Beach, overseeing all Food & Beverage, as well as room service.
The Fountain of Youth: Tierra Santa Healing House is a one-of-a-kind South American-inspired spa dedicated to the art of well-being, with a holistic approach to healing, fitness and relaxation. Conceived as an oasis for rejuvenation, the spa features custom treatments that meld ancient South American healing rituals, indigenous ingredients and the latest anti-aging technologies, including shaman-developed body treatments, acupuncture, sound and color therapy, as well as advanced facials.
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. Every single one of its elements defies convention while promoting cultural inclusiveness that will benefit the entire community. This is, at its heart, Faena’s definition of luxury: a clever combination of art, design, technology, service, nature and sustainability.
Faena District is the result of a collaboration between some of the most talented and rebellious minds who continue to challenge existing concepts of culture, entertainment and community. By integrating art, architecture, nature and technology, Faena District will change the physical and cultural landscape of Miami Beach forever.
Designed in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Faena Forum is a pioneering new public venue dedicated to presenting and showcasing the ambitious, the innovative and the groundbreaking in fields ranging from art and entertainment to business and beyond. Faena Forum, evocative of the ancient civic and architectural concept of a forum, aims to offer Miami a dynamic setting, allowing for ongoing programming under the direction of Faena Art, as well as use by private companies, institutions and individuals.
The recently opened Faena House, designed by Foster + Partners, is an 18-story luxury condominium situated on the widest stretch of white sand. It is an emblematic addition to the Miami Beach skyline, featuring architectural advances that allow a true indoor/outdoor experience, such as signature aleros and expansive glass walls that open to panoramic views.
Casa Faena is based on a simple idea: to have a beach-side guesthouse designed as a home, rather than as a hotel. Built in 1928 as El Paraiso Apartments, the hotel is steeped in Spanish architectural roots. The 50 rooms and suites welcome guests to a new Miami Beach experience, combining art and leisure in an intimate atmosphere.
The District will include Faena Bazaar, a retail shopping complex, state-of-the-art parking area and marina on Indian Creek—all designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and enhanced by the landscaping design of Raymond Jungles.
Faena Art is a non-profit organization led by Chair Ximena Caminos that provides a conceptual framework for a wide range of activities housed at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires and Faena District in Miami Beach. Faena Art encourages cross-cultural collaborations and synergies throughout the Western Hemisphere. From South to North and across the Americas, the flow between Miami and Buenos Aires will encourage a dialogue beyond geopolitical divisions, placing Latin-American cultures in a broader international context. The Faena Circle, an international advisory committee for Faena Art programming in Miami, consists of art world luminaries including Carlos Basualdo (curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art), Alex Poots (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Culture Shed), Caroline Bourgeois (Curator, Pinault Collection) and Philippe Parreno (Artist, Filmmaker).
Regarded as the most important art prize in Latin America, the biennial Faena Prize for the Arts, is an international juried accolade awarded by Faena Art. The Prize aims to foster artistic experimentation, encourage crossover between disciplines and promote new explorations of the links between art, technology, and design. The winner receives US$75,000, which supports the production of a work of art to be exhibited at the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires and the Faena District Miami.
Founded by Alan Faena, Faena is a pioneer in its field, specializing in the creation of one-of-a-kind holistic environments anchored in cultural experiences and socially responsible projects, which integrate residences and hotels with art and cultural spaces. Faena is rooted in ideas and concepts that have the power to reshape and enhance our world. Its projects are platforms for personal expression, cultural interaction and original thinking—destination landmarks encompassing new buildings, revitalized historic properties, and dramatic natural settings, which Faena develops collaboratively with teams of leading architects, designers and artists.
Alan Faena is a revolutionary at heart and one of the most visionary leaders in South America. A modern impresario, Faena has made an indelible mark across a range of industries including hospitality, fashion, art, real estate and urbanism. Since 2000, Alan Faena has collaborated with Len Blavatnik, a businessman and philanthropist with global interests in natural resources, media, entertainment, telecommunications and real estate; together they have transformed an abandoned stretch of property, the docklands of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, into one of the city’s most valuable pieces of real estate. In 2004, Faena created Faena Hotel Buenos Aires and since opening its doors, the urban resort has redefined the experience of travel by merging the elements of art, culture, entertainment, sustainable architecture and cutting-edge technology. Faena’s success in Argentina has consolidated the company’s expertise in urban development.
Founding member of the Faena Creative Team, Len Blavatnik is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately held industrial group through which he controls his holdings. Incorporated in 1986, Access Industries has strategic investments in the United States, Europe and South America. Blavatnik, a U.S. citizen, was raised in Russia and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1978, becoming naturalized in 1984. He received his Master’s degree from Columbia University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He sits on boards at Cambridge University and Tel Aviv University, and is a member of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources. An active philanthropist, Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have been generous supporters of numerous leading cultural and charity institutions including The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Prince’s Trust. He is a member of the Board of Governors of The New York Academy of Sciences, and a Trustee of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2007, Blavatnik created the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists to acknowledge the excellence of the most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2010, Blavatnik established the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. In 2013, the Blavatnik Family Foundation expanded to a national level the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists program commencing in 2014.