Parties & Events

Faena Hotel Miami Beach Launch Party

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Follow by Email

Starting Art Basel Miami Beach off right, an intimate celebration was held last night for the grand unveiling of the luxurious Faena Hotel.

Close friends and family of the hotel’s founder Alan Faena and his longtime business partner, Len Blavatnik, gathered at the hotel in the heart of Miami, where they were led to explore each room while mingling with dancers and performers.

Entertainment was in no short supply with special musical performances by Michael Nyman, The New World Symphony, Andra Day, DJ Henri, Rossy de Palma & Adanowsky and DJ Pascal & Miranda.

Fireworks by the pool and a spectacular food procession were also on the schedule, and the true star of the party (and subject of many Instagram snapshots) was an art work displayed in the garden, named “Gone But Not Forgotten”, a nine-foot gilded skeleton of a wooly mammoth by artist Damien Hirst.

The $1 billion project was developed by Alan Faena, along with award-winning creatives, film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin, who restored the historic Saxony Hotel (aka “The Queen of Collins Ave”) originally built in 1947 by George Sax.

Welcome to the block, Faena Hotel Miami Beach!

Photos by David X Prutting and Zach Hilty/


Prince Headlines Temple of Dendur (No, Not The Purple One).

Prince Amyn Aga Khan raised funds for his brother's foundation at a Temple of Dendur Gala

On The Avenue

Things to Do the Weekend of 11/17

Performances, exhibitions and more!


Picasso, Degas and Johns, Oh My!

The Diamonstein-Speilvogel Collection at Sotheby's is a Must See

by Sarah HysongPhotographed by Billy Farrall