Hotel Faena, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Lording it over a combed swathe of the finest sand dotted with red-and-white umbrellas, this ocean liner of a hotel, with its gold-plated Damien Hirst mammoth parked out back, opened in 2015 to huge applause and is still the place to be seen.
Rooms, co-designed by flamboyant film director Baz Luhrmann, are brilliantly OTT – think art-deco touches, sumptuous velvet sofas, vases of vivid coral and flashes of Faena’s trademark lipstick red everywhere you turn. Elsewhere, sink into plush leather banquettes, sip cocktails served in unicorns and keep your eyes peeled in the lobby – you might spot the likes of Madonna or Katie Holmes; the A-list can’t get enough of this place.
Chill by the pool whilst munching on Madagascan prawns, with Miami’s bright-blue skies and skinny swaying palms overhead, or sleep off your hangovers shoreside with the Atlantic breeze caressing you. You won’t find better service anywhere in the world: Faena’s fleet of beach attendants are part security, part Baywatch.
There are three swanky restaurants well worth dressing up for, including Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos – a fiery Argentine extravaganza that’s not to be missed. Throw in a chandelier-clad theatre showing racy burlesque shows, a sensational spa (shaman ritual, anyone?) and a glamorous, old-fashioned nightclub where you can drink decadent cocktails while listening to live DJ sets, and Hotel Faena will have your blood pumping faster and harder than ever before…
Winning streak: The world-famous works from contemporary artists including Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons dotted around the hotel and its grounds. In fact, the few blocks surrounding the hotel have become a mini art district in themselves.
Go: Scott Dunn offers five nights in a Partial Ocean View Room from £2,300 per person, including flights and transfers.