The AHEAD Americas Hotel of the Year Award

The most prestigious award of the evening was presented to Faena Hotel Miami Beach, a project that also scooped awards for Event Spaces, Resort Hotel and Spa & Wellness, while founder Alan Faena was awarded The Outstanding Contribution Award.

A collaboration between filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, set designer Catherine Martin and visionary Alan Faena, this project delivers a theatre of extravagance and escapism set in a neighbourhood gushing with artistry and culture.

Located on an oceanfront strip stretching from 32nd to 36th Street, and from the Atlantic Ocean back to Indian Creek, the Faena District is a mixeduse development with residential offerings, restaurant, public spaces and a hotel at its core.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach occupies the former Saxony Hotel, with design reflecting not just the locale, but Faena’s personal taste. Pattern is aplenty, with embroidered cushions punctuating leopard spot upholstery, and bathrooms that are a mix of marble furnishings and aquamarine tiles. Art Deco design recalls the glamour of 1950s Miami Beach, modernised with high-end fittings and bespoke pieces.