Image: Delano Hotel
There is little doubt that Miami Beach’s waters are among the clearest and warmest in the U.S. It’s set in a cosmopolitan and culturally rich city at the edge of the continent. It has a vibrant history with diverse architecture to match. Miami Beach is a thick blend of life, energy, money, endless ways to spend it, and a strikingly beautiful beach. The City is a Rolling Stone, a shooting star, and just about every major international resort brand is pushing for a presence on the “Billion Dollar Sandbar.”
Image: Ritz Carlton
The Miami Beach area is home to several massive multi-phase luxury resort/residences developments. In any other beach, any one of these major developments would stand as the center piece. In Miami Beach each one is just another piece of the puzzle.
Image: Loews Miami Beach
Superstar hotelier Ian Schrager has been highly successful with the Delano and Shore Club, now operated by the Morgan Hotel Group. He is expanding his presence on Miami Beach in 2008 a with a new luxury hotel.
The Setai: This spectacularly opulent Asian inspired resort and residences concept comes from Malaysia with the highly successful Datai. The Datai is considered to be among the world’s most exclusive and exotic retreats. The Setai is the Miami Beach interpretation of Asian luxury. Penthouses go for over $6 million.
The Fontainebleu: Turnberry has billion dollar plans for this historic gem. Already the Fontainebleau II tower has been completed and Fontainebleau III has been topped off. The original hotel structures are undergoing a 40-year recertification and complete modern overhaul. The impressive virtual tour sheds light on the mega-resorts tantalizing future.
Award winning world renown Canyon Ranch Resorts, has transformed the historic Carillon building into the center of a seriously massive resort complex in the heart of Miami Beach.
The trendy W Hotel brand, of course, is not to be left out. This international luxury hotel brand is planning a sleekly designed resort and residence complex with uber-amenities. The site is located north of the Setai, across from the Collins Cultural Park.
Image: Fontainebleau II Tower
The Related Group of Florida plans to demolish the Sheraton Bal Harbour to replace it with a palatial St. Regis resort complex. Directly across from the Bal Harbour shops and by far the most ambitious project in the exclusive beach front enclave, the St. Regis will add a new dimension to luxe living on the Beach.
The historic Dilido hotel on South Beach has become the Ritz-Carlton Resort and Spa. The luxury resort boasts a multi-million dollar art collection, ground breaking pool, and a cruise theme. There are plans to expand the brands presence on the Beach. The historic Seville building is the site of the planed Ritz Carlton Club Residences.
The Regent luxury hotel brand recently completed their first South Beach hotel on Collins Avenue.
Not wishing to be left out Trump has, in addition to his numerous large scale residential developments, built a Sonesta brand Trump International Resort
The South Beach Loews remains one of the Beach’s most impressive luxury resorts and has set the precedent for much of the growth in the luxury hotel market on the island.
Ugo Colombo is bringing Venetian Cipriani tradition, luxurious accommodations, and fine dining to Miami Beach with the Cipriani development. Read more about Cipriani involvement in Miami Beach from CNN Money.
Jorge Perez has brought the Viceroy brand to SoFi.
Image: Canyon Ranch
Miami Beach does not just represent a luxurious retreat for vacationers but a lifestyle destination for the creme de la creme of the world. Miami Beach as a lifestyle destination is what truly cements its role as the premiere getaway for the rich and famous in the Western Hemisphere. Miami Beach as a lifestyle destination will be the focus of a follow up post. (to be continued…)