Apologies for the late post today, but re-entry from vacation is never easy! I’m just back from a peppermint-candy colored immersion into what felt like a fantastical stay in Miami. The Faena Miami, barely opened 4 months, is a magical experience designed by Alan Faena, with creative input from Baz Luhrmann and artistic drawings by Juan Gatti. The color, which seems it would be over-the-top, is the perfect combination of exhilaration and chic. The staff, from the porters to the spa staff and every person in between was well trained in the art of hospitality. “Pleasure” was what I heard after any request, large or small.
Their goal is to “curate a magical experience” for you and they do not disappoint! Pool or Beach? That was usually my hardest decision. The “tree of life” is a centerpiece of the outdoor patio.The Tierra Santa Spa, complete with sauna, steam, ice chamber and a hammam was another experience that you could enjoy whether or not you are staying at the hotel. Divinely decorated and luxuriously appointed. We ventured out to a couple of known Miami hotspots but found that we wanted to hurry back to the hotel. In the evenings, there is live music every night in the Living Room, which was an exotically decorated space that made you want to linger with cocktails and take in the show. If you go…definitely make a reservation or you might find yourself giving up your seat! No less than 2 DJs and a live band performed over the course of the evening.I’m now dreaming of red and white tasseled umbrellas and a ceramic leopard for my house! Special thanks to my friend and travel advisor, Sandy Grodsky, of the inspirational travel blog You May Be Wandering, who found the hotel for me! If you want your own magical getaway, she’s the one to plan it!