In a city with glittering skyscrapers and multimillion-dollar yachts, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach offers its guests a truly over-the-top experience. When it opened in 2016, it received a Forbes Five-Star rating – the first time a resort has received this honor in its first year. In 2020, Conde Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards named it the best hotel in Miami and the second property in the country.
The art deco-inspired hotel lobby is steeped in glamour, from its gold-painted ceilings to the vibrant murals on its walls. Massive columns, also gilded, line the room and frame your view of floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the room in natural light. Outside, a sparkling pool and tropical bar beckon; a large golden mammoth skeleton, said to be worth millions, guards the entrance to the beach.
The hotel is part of the Faena neighborhood, home to a lavish theater with a jaw-dropping chandelier and decadent dinner service (caviar, anyone?), a luxury shopping mall, and several acclaimed restaurants. (Dine at Los Fuegos for authentic South American favorites, and if you really feel like splurging, opt for a flight of their three top-rated Bordeaux wines, priced at just $1,500.)
The Tierra Santa Healing House is perhaps the perfect addition to the hotel’s epic attractions. The 22,000 square foot spa features one of the largest hammams on the East Coast and an overwhelming selection of shaman-inspired body treatments and healing rituals. Try the signature Tree of Life Vibrations treatment for aromatherapy with essential oils, a hot stone massage, and sound therapy with Nepali singing bowls. It presents the golden opportunity to recharge before indulging in the rest of Miami’s best.
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“It’s a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy craft cocktails and small bites. It has a very laid back environment and there is outdoor seating so you can enjoy Miami’s great weather.
“This place has the best pasta in Miami Beach. It’s such great Italian comfort food. The quality is always consistent and it’s definitely one of my top picks when I go out for dinner.
Real bread bakery
“It’s a bakery like no other. Everything is baked everyday, so I like to go for breakfast and have coffee and pastries. They also have a good selection of fresh breads.
This article originally appeared in the Spring and Summer 2022 issue of Southbound.