Best of the Best 2016: Journeys | Hotels: Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Giant gold columns and red-velvet sofas may not be everyone’s taste, but there is no denying that this South American import is a showstopper. Alan Faena, the Argentine developer behind Buenos Aires’s acclaimed Faena District, opened his black book wide for his latest project, enlisting an army of tastemakers—from chef Francis Mallmann to director Baz Luhrmann—to create a veritable wonderland in Miami Beach. The Faena is more than a hotel; it is the gem of Miami’s newest arts district, which, upon completion later this year, will transform a forgotten stretch of Collins Avenue into the city’s hottest neighborhood. 

  • The Faena opened in December within the former Saxony Hotel, a 1940s landmark once considered Miami Beach’s most opulent address. 

  • Art deco meets modern glamour in the 169 rooms—111 of which are suites—where animal-print ottomans pair with pieces designed by Faena himself.

  • A museum-worthy art collection includes Damien Hirst’s Gone but not Forgotten (a gilded woolly-mammoth skeleton that welcomes guests to the cabana-lined pool) and a series of commissioned murals by the Argentine artist Juan Gatti.

  • Don’t miss the 22,000-square-foot spa, the 150-seat cabaret theater, or the live-fire restaurant Los Fuegos by chef Francis Mallmann.

Faena Hotel Miami Beachfaena.com ($600–$20,000)

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