Art Basel Miami Beach is the sister fair to the original Basel event, attracting a sophisticated international crowd of galleries, artists, collectors and glitterati. This is North America’s foremost international modern and contemporary art fair that takes place in early December each year and showcases over 260 leading galleries from all over the world. If you are planning to join the sophisticated crowd to experience the many dimensions of today’s art and at the same time expect the ultimate travel experience, consider booking one of the following hotels:
1. Faena Hotel
This high-end hotel overlooking Miami Beach boasts art deco-inspired rooms and opulent suites with separate living rooms, and in some case, private dining areas. Amenities include three sophisticated restaurants, a pair of hip bars and an ornate cabaret theater, as well as a chic spa and an outdoor pool.
The Faena Hotel will be debuting the Night Market at its terraced Pao restaurant, allowing everyone to enjoy an illuminated indoor and outdoor experience inspired by electrifying nights of Southeast Asia. Make sure to sample the event’s exclusive nightly menus paired with music, neon art by Tracey Emin and exquisite cocktails by Bombay Sapphire. Night Market will be open to the public between Nov 29 and Dec 3, from 5PM to midnight.
2. W South Beach
You are welcome to choose an iconic South Beach hotel, where the highest comforts meet mesmerizing ocean views. This ultrachic, beachfront hotel provides its guests with luxe studios and suites, a sun-splashed deck alongside the pool and even basketball and tennis courts which are situated on the rooftop. Of course, if you prefer just to relax, you are welcome to do so on the hotel’s private luxurious beach, SAND. During Art Basel Week, Montauk hot spot The Surf Lodge hosts a couple of exclusive events at the W South Beach. Programming includes artist-hosted dinners, poolside cocktail parties, pop-up shop, wellness classes, and more.
3. Soho Beach House
If you are looking for the most stylish quarters, Soho House is the one. This art-deco building on swanky beachside Collins Avenue has a retro 1950’s or European style. Many of the rooms have terraces, soaking tubs and ocean views, but everyone enjoys access to the rooftop pool, Cowshed Spa and exquisite dining venues, of which some will be booked for private VIP events during the Art Basel Miami Beach week.
4. EAST Miami
This modern cool hotel is situated Downtown in the heart of the Brickell City Centre and just minutes from Wynwood, the Design District and South Beach. If you are after innovation, style and personalized luxury service, this place hits all the right notes. With a vibrant restaurant scene, sleek guestrooms and a variety of retail shops, you’ll feel totally at EAST the moment you step through their doors. And, do not forget to pop into SUGAR, the hotel’s 40th floor rooftop bar and garden, where you can take in the panoramic views and mix with other visitors, as this venue enjoys a reputation of being a local hotspot.
5. Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental is an urban yet quiet resort, is nestled in the secluded Brickell Key area and just minutes from the Design and Finance Districts. It is internationally known for its highest standards and a sophisticated feel that is the epitome of modern five-star luxury. With a private beach, gourmet fusion restaurants and an exotic day spa, the resort offers a taste of Asian serenity in sun- and art-kissed Miami. For Art Basel attendees, the hotel offers special VIP art packages, of course.
PLUS: Click here to take a look inside The Art Basel Miami Beach VIP Guide: