WELCOME TO MIAMI
Now is the time to visit this Florida metropolis, as Design Miami sees creatives, products and pageantry take over from 30 November–4 December. We reveal the sights not to be missed
VISIT Faena Forum, an arts and culture institution designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is the latest launch in cult hotelier Alan Faena’s eponymous South Beach district. Built like a Roman forum, the circular structure will host everything from dance performances to debates, street food pop-ups and concerts. The pink-marble-floored edifice launches during Designmiami and thereafter will offer a public arts programme (faena.com). STAY Casa Claridges in Faena (above) looks like a 20th-century Havana hotel on the outside, but inside reveals eye-catching red suites and a colonial-style whitewashed courtyard full of bold artworks and leopard-print footstools (doubles from £266 per night; faena.com). Beyond Faena, in a 1950s building on South Beach restored by design studio Arquitectonica, Hotel Nautilus (right) has an elegant saltwater swimming pool and, inside, marries tropical charm with luxe materials to great effect. Palm trees hang over teal velvet banquettes in the lobby and rooms are refreshingly pared back (doubles from £148 per night; sixtyhotels.com/nautilus-south-beach). EAT Head to Ariete ( below), which serves what it calls ‘Sunday-supper-style meals’ such as farmhouse rolls, tomatoes and burrata and kale tortellini in a bright, airy dining room (arietemiami.com). Klima, meanwhile, is a trendy-yet-welcoming Barcelona-inspired brasserie with a menu featuring jamon iberico, fennel carpaccio and Crema Catalana for pudding. Flos lights hang above comfy cushioned benches and Vitra chairs ( klimamiami.com).