Need to know
180, including 122 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $518.70, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $39.90 per room per night on check-out.
Room rates don’t usually include breakfast or the $39.90 a room nightly resort fee, which covers access to the wet spa and fitness centre, chaise lounges at the pool and beach, a welcome drink, access to the house car and an art tour of the hotel.
If you’re wondering how Damien Hirst’s gilded mammoth found its way into the hotel’s garden, it’s because the hotel’s co-owner is billionaire Len Blavatnik, who bought the work when Hirst auctioned it off for charity in 2014.
At the hotel
Private beach, gardens, theater, spa with hammam, sauna and treatment rooms, gym, spacious lounge area, laundry services, free WiFi throughout, unlimited local calls, free digital newspapers. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, free bottled water and bath products by Tierra Santa.
Our favourite rooms
With bespoke art deco furniture and Carrara-marble bathrooms, even the entry level Bay View Rooms are indulgent...but hell, you’re on the beachfront in Miami, and those ocean-view rooms have a sweet siren call.
Sat between the hotel and it’s own stretch of private beach, the cross-shaped pool looks like it was plucked from the grounds of an art deco mansion. It’s surrounded by bright red sunloungers and the hotel’s signature candy-cane-esque striped parasols, some of which are shaded by tall palms. There are two Jacuzzis off to one side and a poolside bar to keep the cocktails coming.
Spanning 2000sq m of the third floor, the Tierra Santa Healing House is more pared back than the rooms, but it’s still lavish and a little eccentric. Guests are advised to arrive at least an hour early so they can make the most of the impressive lounge, designed to transport spa-goers to South America with its vibrant decor. No less impressive is the sauna, with its curving wooden benches and dramatic lighting, or the hammam, which is centered around a hexagonal block of multi-coloured marble. Designed in collaboration with Alan Faena’s personal shaman, the treatments are influenced by ancient South American healing techniques; the facials, on the other hand, are as high-tech as they get.
All that is bold, bright, patterned or patent.
All of the hotel’s common areas are wheelchair accessible. Certain rooms are ADA-certified, including several Bay View Rooms, Partial Ocean View Junior Suites, Premier Oceanfront Junior Suites and the Premier Oceanfront Corner Suite.
All ages are welcome. Baby cots are available on request. In-house babysitting can be arranged for $35 an hour (minimum booking four hours). The hotel also has its own kids’ club.