Aman, a resort company with a cult-like following, has announced plans to open a hotel and residences in Miami Beach in 2023.
Vladislav Doronin’s OKO Group and Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries are partnering to develop the project. Doronin is also the CEO and majority owner of Aman.
Aman Miami will include two oceanfront buildings, including the existing Versailles Hotel at 3425 Collins Avenue and a vacant lot next door. Both are part of the 1 million-square-foot mixed-use Faena District, which features entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and the Forum, an arts venue.
“My strategy for Aman places focus on expanding the urban destinations for the brand after success with similar projects such as Aman Tokyo. As a major global hub, Miami always has been a key location, particularly since I founded OKO Group and already have a number of developments in the thriving city of Miami,” Doronin said. “The Miami and Aman lifestyles are highly compatible. Both are energetic, easy-going and embrace the outdoors. I have been looking for the perfect location for many years, and I am thrilled to find it and to partner with Access Industries.”
The new tower will likely be 16 stories, and slightly taller than the neighboring Versailles, if it mimics a 2014 proposal for the site.
In 2014, Faena submitted plans for a new 16-story condo project designed by Leitersdorf Haw Architecture next to the Versailles tower, and imploded a portion of an older building there a year later. The 1940 Versailles tower with 141 hotel rooms is regarded by the city to be historic and was retained, while a 1955 addition to the Versailles was demolished.
Aman is known for elegant properties, attention to detail and an exceptionally high level of service (along with ultra-high prices). The company now has 39 hotels and resorts, including a location in New York set to open in 2020.