CHECK IT OUT EAST MI­AMI

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Hong Kong-based Swire Ho­tels, op­er­a­tor of the ac­claimed Op­po­site House in Bei­jing and Up­per House in Hong Kong, will open its first ho­tel in the US on Mon­day as part of a $US1.38 bil­lion ($1.91bn) devel­op­ment in Mi­ami’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict.

Form­ing part of the 3.6ha Brick­ell City Cen­tre, the 352-room EAST Mi­ami, de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Arqui­tec­ton­ica, fea­tures an out­post of ac­claimed Uruguayan res­tau­rant Parador La Huella, a 40th-floor rooftop bar and gar­den, 24/7 gym and a groovy deck area with lap pool, spa pool, cold plunge pool and hot tub.

The green-cer­ti­fied devel­op­ment has at its heart an in­no­va­tive $US41 mil­lion Cli­mate Rib­bon, us­ing nat­u­ral wind cur­rents to cool parts of the vast mixed-use com­plex, and the ho­tel has in­vested heav­ily in a cu­rated art col­lec­tion while spon­sor­ing a lo­cal cre­ative acad­emy, the YoungArts Foun­da­tion.

All gue­strooms fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and bal­conies fram­ing views of Mi­ami and Bis­cayne Bay; the con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior fitout in­cludes a rain shower, cof­fee ma­chine cour­tesy of Mi­ami-based Pan­ther Cof­fee and unguents by Aus­tralia’s own Ap­pelles Apothe­cary. The one, two and three-bed­room res­i­dences of­fer full kitchen and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties. There’s free Wi-Fi and the tech-savvy guest ex­pe­ri­ence en­com­passes key­less en­try, pa­per­less check-in, a sight­see­ing app and in­house pro­gram of arts, mu­sic and de­sign events.

EAST Mi­ami of­fers ready ac­cess to the air­port and South Beach but guests may never feel the need to leave the Brick­ell City Cen­tre, set to in­clude five lev­els of re­tail an­chored by Saks Fifth Av­enue, 30 restau­rants and a “fine­din­ing movie theatre”.

DON’T MISS: Whoosh­ing up in the ho­tel’s fu­tur­is­tic lifts to the rooftop Asian-in­spired Sugar for sun­set cock­tails and tapas.

DIN­ING IN: The ho­tel’s sig­na­ture Quinto La Huella is led by ex­ec­u­tive chef Nano Cre­spo, while key kitchen staff have been brought straight from this fa­mous beach­side res­tau­rant in Uruguay. Here on the fifth floor they work a smart room de­signed by the LA-based Stu­dio Col­lec­tive and dom­i­nated by an enor­mous par­rilla grill, large outdoor ter­race, ovens fired by red and white oak and a sushi counter fea­tur­ing lo­cal fish. Try the ar­roz ne­gro (squid ink and shrimp rice), crudo Si­cil­iano (fish tartare) or molle­jas (sweet­breads). The ho­tel also fea­tures a lobby cafe and pool­side bar.

DIN­ING OUT: Check out the River Yacht Club, El Tu­can, Mar­ion and Ko­modo.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: BEAST, the ho­tel’s state of the art gym, is set to fea­ture a pro­gram of well­ness ac­tiv­i­ties; down­load the ho­tel app to view the cal­en­dar.

CHECK­ING IN: From $US219 low sea­son. Open­ing spe­cials from $US195. More: swire­ho­tels.com.

ALSO TRY: Ovolo Laneways, Mel­bourne; EAST, Hong Kong; The James, New York.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

Chef Nano Cre­spo, above; sig­na­ture dish at Quinto La Huella, above right

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