Local Alcohol Worth Traveling For!

(Hotels with their own line of alcohol or an “in” to experience local alcohol) 

We’re presenting thrilling ideas that speak to the art of living well and having an “in” to immerse yourself in local culture.

No matter what your cup of tea or shot of liquor is, trying local alcohol will spice up your travel and give you a taste of the destination’s flavors. For every type of alcohol, there are always places rumored to be the best to try it and the experiences are definitely worth traveling for. Whether it’s an alochol specific to a certain region, winery, distillery, or even bar, these hotels offer an “in” for you to experience local alcohol, and some have their very own exclusive line of alcohol.

Choose your insider booze experience:

Sandpearl Resort Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat

Sandpearl Resort Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat

Booze: Craft Beer

Where to have it: Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, Lido Beach Resort – Opal Collection hotels in Clearwater Beach and Sarasota, Florida

With trendy craft breweries popping up all over Florida, a few of the Opal Collection hotels offer guests a taste of local beer through a partnership with Sea Dog Brewing Company based in Clearwater, Florida. This local brewery created an exclusive line of craft beers for the Opal Collection hotels, with two brews, the “Deep Blue IPA” and “Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat”, available on tap at Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, and Lido Beach Resort. The Deep Blue IPA is a medium-bodied crisp, triple-hopped IPA with citrus and floral spices and the Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat is a light, fruity, and earthy ale. For a chance to check out the local brewery scene along the St. Pete / Clearwater Craft Beer Trail, Sandpearl Resort offers a Craft Beer Trail Chauffeur Service, where up to 14 beer lovers get their own VIP ride for the day or night and a map of the all the best hotspots.

Aruba Marriott - Aruba Ariba

Aruba Marriott – Aruba Ariba

Booze: Coecoei (Aruban liquor)

Where to have it:Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – Aruba

Sure to ease you into vacation mode, when you first arrive at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s tropical oasis, you’ll be greeted with the One Happy Island’s signature cocktail, an Aruba Ariba. While to first-time visitors, it may just look like a tropical rum punch due to its vibrant red-pink color, but it’s so much more than that. The Aruba Arriba features 3 juices including pineapple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice as well as 5 liquors including rum, vodka, banana liquor, Grand Marnier, and Coecoei – a centuries-old Aruban liquor first made by Indian tribes and derived from the sap of the kukwisa agave plant and then mixed with rum and cane sugar.

The House Rum

The House Rum

Booze: Rum

Where to have it: The House – Barbados

The island of Barbados may only measure 166 square miles, but this eastern Caribbean locale (aka the birthplace of rum) has no shortage of lively spots to ‘lime.’ The most iconic: the Mount Gay Rum Factory where travelers can sign up for distillery tours and tastings, complete with a few sips of the limited edition 1703 Master Select blend. For rum lovers looking to imbibe on the beach (because when in Barbados, right?), head toThe House, the chic, adults-only boutique hotel on the island’s platinum west coast. Not only can the property arrange private Mount Gay tastings, but the friendly staff will help keep the party going at the on-site 1703 Mount Gay Rum Bar. When the iconic sunset calls for a drink to complete the ultimate Insta story, look no further than the Bajan Rum punch, best enjoyed from the comfort of the bar’s plush, oversized lounge chairs.

CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Tequila

CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Tequila

Booze: Tequila

Where to have it: CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta – Mexico

At the epicenter of tequila culture you’ll find CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta — one of the few resorts in the world that grows its own agave azul onsite and produces a proprietary brand of tequila. The resort offers 114 tequilas by the glass, an in-house Tequila Sommelier, and weekly tasting classes for guests as part of the “CasaMagna Secretos de la Familia” program to help increase their knowledge of and appreciation for the most famous product of the resort’s home State of Jalisco: Tequila. Try their signature tequila mixed in the Margarita Magna – tequila cuervo gold, controy (Mexican orange liqueur), freshly squeezed lemon juice, mango & coconut cream. Oh boy!

JW Marriott Cusco Camote Pisco Sour with Sweet Potato

JW Marriott Cusco Camote Pisco Sour with Sweet Potato

Booze: Pisco

Where to have it:JW Marriott El Convento Cusco  -  Peru

Cusco is one of the world’s top destinations for gastronomy. Beyond native dishes, their national spirit, Pisco, is a big part of the culture, and a must-have when visiting Peru. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco invites you to join Executive Chef Thais Rodriguez behind the bar for a hands-on tutorial on how to make the perfect Pisco Sour – the national drink. During the lesson, guests learn the origins of Pisco, the different ways to enjoy it, and the secrets to mastering Peru’s classic cocktail, while personalizing their Pisco Sours with macerated varieties of pisco like passionfruit, ají picante — a hot chili pepper — or the hotel’s signature drink, the Camote Sour. Made with juiced sweet potatoes, the cocktail is loaded with nutrient-rich health benefits and served exclusively at the JW Marriott Cusco. Not only will you leave with lasting memories, but also with a pretty useful party skill that’s sure to impress. 

Il Salviatino Laterrazza

Il Salviatino Laterrazza

Booze: Wine

Where to have it:Il Salviatino – Tuscany, Italy

Among the rolling Tuscan hills you will find Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century villa just 15 minutes outside of the pulsing city of Florence. As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, Il Salviatino makes it a priority to connect guests with the area’s most cherished wine makers by arranging tours and tastings at private, family-owned wineries… so it’s less about the crowds, and all about the vino. A favorite among the hotel’s Service Ambassadors isColle Bereto, a hidden gem in the Chianti country offering beyond-belief views and private tastings within its 11th century, 148-acre property, which is owned by the Panzauti family. Here, guests encounter a variety of Sangiovese grapes, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. After touring the vineyard and cellars, they are treated to a wine pairing lunch – al fresco – with the simplest, but most delicious Italian specialties – cheeses, meats and homemade pastas — on the menu.

Blue Curacao  and Coconuts

Blue Curacao and Coconuts

Booze: Blue Curaçao

Where to have it: Willemstad, Curaçao

Curaçao, the “C” of the ABC islands in the Caribbean, is known for its blues music, its 35+ ocean-blue beaches, and most importantly, its Blue Curaçao liqueur. This famous drink is distilled and bottled at Landuis Chobolobo, an estate built in the early 19th century, located in the heart of the island, Willemstad. The refreshing bright blue liqueur is crafted from dried Laraha orange peels exclusively grown in Curaçao. Want to try the different flavors of The Genuine Curaçao Liqueur? Take a guided tour of the Chobolobo factory and witness how the famous “Blue Curaçao” has been distilled using traditional methods for more than 100 years while enjoying the different flavors including tamarind and chocolate.

Where to Enjoy National Rum Day in South Florida

In preparation for celebrating National Rum Day on August 16, we’re thrilled to share with you a few places to enjoy tropical rum cocktails across south Florida.

5 O'Clock Somewhere

5 O’Clock Somewhere

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami / Miami, FL

Sonesta Coconut Grove’s widely recognized restaurant, Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, provides for the ultimate spot with spectacular views to celebrate National Rum Day. For one day only, guests and locals can order the Spiced Blood Orange cocktail for $6 off the happy hour menu. Perfect for after a long day in Miami, guests can relax and unwind with the refreshing light rum cocktail, while indulging in a selection of light bites ranging from sweet chili glazed wings to roasted garlic hummus and pita chips, while overlooking breathtaking views of beautiful Biscayne Bay.

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood / Hollywood, FL

Located inside the lobby of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood will offer a complimentary rum tasting for both locals and resort guests with Zacapa Rums from 6 to 8 pm. Crafted with fresh crushed sugarcane in Guatemala, Zacapa Rums are filled with complex flavors from being aged to perfection in the highlands 8,000 feet above sea level. Attendees can also enjoy food specials and live music from Thais & Flavio, a Bossa Nova duo that blends pop and jazz music.

The resort will also offer all of its signature Boat Drinks for a discounted price of $9 at Margaritaville Restaurant, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, Lone Palm Beach Bar and LandShark Bar & Grill. Sample boat drinks include the “5 o’Clock Somewhere” made with Margaritaville Silver Rum, Paradise Passion Fruit Tequila, BACARDI® 151° Rum, orange and pineapple juices, sweet & sour and a splash of grenadine, as well as the “Tranquil Waters” made with Cruzan® Mango Rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice and mango.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach / Fort Lauderdale, FL

Celebrate National Rum Day at the laid-back, sophisticated Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, where travelers and locals alike seeking a tropical rum cocktail in the heart of Floridian paradise can look no farther. While there, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s handcrafted cocktail of the month, The Hurricane. Providing spectacular views throughout the property, guests can choose to enjoy their passionfruit, lemon and rum cocktail at the pool, lobby bar or with innovative cuisine ranging from lamb rack to yellowtail snapper at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Bistro.

A Few Favorite Recipes

August The Hurricane

August The Hurricane

The Hurricane / Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
2 oz dark rum
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Spiced Blood Orange

Spiced Blood Orange

Spiced Blood Orange / Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami
1.5 oz. Light Rum
2.5 oz. Blood Orange Puree
Smoked Paprika
Slice Orange for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Remember to enjoy your alcoholic beverages responsibly.

Celebrate National Rum Month at These Resorts & Destinations

There’s no better way to celebrate the National Rum Month than with a rum cocktail at a hotel or resort for a last minute summer vacation. A variety of our hotel and resort clients throughout south Florida are offering different rum cocktails that will make your mouth water and your days seem brighter.     

Filthy Colada

When Miami heats up, the people cool down – with refreshing cocktails, that is!  Red, the Steakhouse- located in the chic SoFi area of South Beach – puts a modern twist and adds some spice to the classic piña colada. Aptly named the Filthy Colada, this Bacardi drink beats the sweat with refreshing flavors of fresh pineapple and filthy cherry and shaken with Coco Lopez. The Ron Zacapa floater tops off this Miami treat.

Filthy Colada – Red, the Steakhouse

Filthy Colada

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Bacardi

0.5 oz Coco Lopez

0.5 oz Pineapple Juice

0.5 oz. Filthy Cherry

1 Ron Zacapa Floater

Method:

Mix all ingredients in glass over ice. Float Ron Zacapa and enjoy!

Rainforest Relaxation

There’s no better place to get a little R&R than Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, where cocktails are served in the  tropical rainforest with incredible views of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. In addition to thermal springs naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and open-air spa bungalows where treatments are rendered to the sounds of local wildlife, guests can channel their zen in the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens while sipping a Rum Relaxer made with Bacardi, pineapple juice, lime juice, soda water and grenadine.

Juniper Beach Resort & Spa

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Fresh Agave Mojito

Spread across a strip of golden Atlantic coastline dotted with natural dunes, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa offers a laidback, tropical escape for guests who want to relax and enjoy the easy breezy beach life. What’s the best way to take advantage of this beachside paradise? Head to the adults-only hammock garden with a Fresh Agave Mojito — made with Bacardi Superior, fresh mint, lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar — and sip slowly while swaying gently in the ocean breeze and watching the turquoise waves roll into shore.

St. Kitts Marriott - Tropical Sky Way

St. Kitts Marriott – Tropical Sky Way

Island Infusion

With August being National Rum Month, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is ready to celebrate with its delicious island-inspired rum cocktails. After enjoying a wide range of onsite activities such as golf and the Caribbean’s largest Vegas-style casino, as well as exploring the surrounding beaches and rainforest, guests at the St. Kitts Marriott can unwind at one of four bars. Found at the resort’s Sky Ultra Lounge, the refreshing Tropical Sky Way blends rum, orange juice, fresh mango and fruit syrup together to create a cocktail that perfectly embodies the essence of St. Kitts’ quintessential island vibes.

Casa Magna Marriott Puerto Vallarta - Coco Libre

Casa Magna Marriott Puerto Vallarta – Coco Libre

Coco Libre

Say cheers to National Rum Month this August at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The resort’s brand new poolside CocoBar offers a variety of cocktails, all served in coconuts and incorporating coconut water to help guests stay hydrated and beat the summer heat. Enjoy the resort’s signature rum cocktail, Coco Libre, a mouth-watering tropical cocktail served in a coconut that includes white rum, watermelon, and coconut water.

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa - Mayan Prince

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa – Mayan Prince

Mayan Prince

What’s Cancun without a tropical drink in hand? The Mayan Prince at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is your cocktail in shining armor, and packs a punch with white rum, Malibu, vodka, Midori, Curacao, pineapple juice and lemon. Whether you sip it at the swim-up bar or your oceanfront chaise lounge, this cocktail is your official signal that you’re on vacation in paradise.

Mayan Prince Cocktail – JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Ingredients

1 oz Malibu

1 oz Midori

1 oz white rum

1 oz fresh pineapple juice

.5 oz vodka

.5 oz Curacao

.5 oz lemon juice

Method:

Add the Malibu, Midori and lemon into a hurricane glass and blend, and then add the remaining ingredients. Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry and serve.

Vanilla Sky

Take a taste of the tropics at the globally-inspired, rum-focused WunderBar inside Circa 39 Hotel in Miami Beach. The Vanilla Sky cocktail is hand crafted with serrano peppers and Hawaiian and ginger puree, then shaken with spiced rum, Amaro liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Cointreau. Lastly, this libation is poured into a glass over a vanilla-infused ice spear for that perfect sweet-and-spicy kick.

Stanton South Beach

Stanton South Beach

It’s Bananas, (Dirty) B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Beat the heat this summer with a perfectly crafted frozen cocktail from Marriott Stanton South Beach’s Deco Blue restaurant. The oceanfront hotel is the best spot on Ocean Drive to catch some summertime rays on their newly-renovated outdoor lounge and pool deck while cooling down with a tasty spiked slushy (and the ocean breeze from the beach’s rolling waves). A favorite among locals and guests, the Dirty Banana is a flawless combination of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Rumchata, Kahlua, Banana, Cream of Coconut, and Chocolate Syrup — perfect for cooling down on a hot Miami summer day!

Stanton South Beach - Classic Mojito

Stanton South Beach – Classic Mojito

The Classic Mojito on Ocean Drive

Raise your glass to the drink you know and love – the authentically delicious classic Mojito.Marriott Stanton South Beach crafts this favorite summertime (or anytime) refresher with Don Q Cristal Rum, plus a stick of fresh sugar cane and hand-picked mint. Let them serve you one on the beach – it’ll be a great addition to your photo of the hotel’s perfect ocean view.

Miami Club Mojito – Stanton South Beach

Ingredients/Method:

Muddle 6-8 mint leaves and 4 lime wedges

1 ½ oz Miami club rum

¼ oz simple syrup

Splash of coconut puree

Splash of club soda

Insert one stick of fresh sugar cane

A Drink that will make you say “Arriba”

When visiting Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s exotic paradise, treat yourself to the Arriba Aruba rum cocktail. Whether you’re at the swim-up bar, soaking up rays on the beach, chilling in the new Happy Zone hammock garden, or strolling around the resort taking in breathtaking Caribbean views, sip on tropical flavors of Bacardi, Smirnoff, Grand Marnier, banana, pineapple, and lemon and you’re sure to find happiness on the One Happy Island.

Colony Club Rum Punch

Colony Club Rum Punch

‘Liming’ in the Birthplace

Some call it Barbados, but locals know it as the birthplace of rum. Home to more than 1500 rum shops and the Mount Gay Rum factory, it’s only fitting to celebrate this August with Colony Club’s signature Bajan Rum Punch. Chill out and ‘lime’ by the beach with the refreshing fruity concoction. Infused with lime juice, a dash of Angostura bitters, a hint of nutmeg and a falernum floater, this drink certainly packs a punch.

The Westin Playa Bonita - Honeymoon

The Westin Playa Bonita – Honeymoon

Honeymooners Delight

Nothing says paradise like slipping away with your sweetheart to The Westin Playa Bonita, a tropical, beachfront oasis just minutes outside bustling Panama City. As you look out over the rainforest and ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal, sweeten your romance with the resort’s signature Honeymoon cocktail – made with dark rum, kahlua and piña colada.

Honeymoon – Westin Playa Bonita

Honeymoon

Ingredients

2 oz. dark rum

1.5 oz. Kahlua

coconut milk or cream

pineapple juice

ice

Method:

Blend dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice and Kahlua with ice. Serve in a tall glass with pineapple garnish.

Sandpearl - Blue Pearl

Sandpearl – Blue Pearl

Scenic Sipping

Have your drink and enjoy its features around you too. With year-round picturesque Clearwater Beach scenes at Sandpearl Resort, the oceanfront restaurant, Tate Island Grill’s signature cocktail, the Blue Pearl is exactly what you can expect to enjoy… bright blue skies and Gulf of Mexico waters and pearlescent white sand. This tropical drink with Bacardi Coconut Rum, Créme de Banana, coconut, and Blue Curaçao swirl will set the mood for a carefree beach escape.

Opal Sands Resort - Sea Guini - Watermelon Mojito

Opal Sands Resort – Sea-Guini – Watermelon Mojito

A mojito that’s one in melon

Retreat to Opal Sands Resort, to enjoy contemporary beachfront luxury and stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Soak up the stunning sunsets at Sea-Guini, where guests can savor the salty sea breeze and live entertainment from the patio, all while sipping on a hand-crafted cocktail. So sit back and relax with a Watermelon Mojito – this classic rum-based cocktail has a fresh twist with watermelon ice-cubes.

Curacao - Netto Bar

Curacao – Netto Bar

A Caribbean Rum Like No Other…

If you love cocktails, then you’re probably familiar with Curaçao’s signature liqueur – Blue Curaçao, but Netto Bar’s Ròm Bèrdè (meaning “green rum” in the local Papiamento language) is another must-try for visitors. Located in Curaçao’s capital city, Willemstad, Netto Bar is a popular hangout spot where people from all backgrounds socialize and enjoy shots of the infamous Rom Bèrdè. The ingredients of their green rum have remained a secret since it opened its doors in 1954. For more information, visit www.nettobar.com.

SanJuan Marriott - Rum Island

SanJuan Marriott – Rum Island

Backyard Bacardi

Get the best of Bacardi in San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s Rum Island cocktail, combining 4 different types of rum which are made at nearby Casa Bacardi Distillery right in Puerto Rico. While this tropical drink isn’t served on the Red Coral Lounge’s menu, mention the Rum Island cocktail to the bartender and they’ll whip up this flavorful fruity sensation while you enjoy the hip lobby vibe and live entertainment.

Rum Island – San Juan Marriott

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. Bacardi Coco

1/2 oz. Bacardi Dragonberry

1/2 oz. Bacardi Apple

1/2 oz. Bacardi Lemon

2 oz. sour

2 oz. cranberry juice

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry.

Casa Palopo - XOCOMIL

Casa Palopo – XOCOMIL

XOCOMIL

Named after the strong, and very sudden midday winds that occur on Lake Atitlan, Casa Palopo‘s Xocomil celebrates one of Guatemala’s most coveted exports: rum. This specialty cocktail is made with native ingredients such as hibiscus extract and rum distilled in the Guatemalan highlands. Topped off with a splash of lemon lime soda, the refreshing Xocomil perfectly complements the boutique hotel’s breathtaking views of the lake and volcanoes across the shore.

Xocomil

1 1/2 oz of Zacapa Centennial Rum

3 oz of mixed fruits juice

1/4 oz of Dubonnet Wine

Method:

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well and strain in a chilled glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Fishbowl Rum for a Party of Three or More

Two might be company, but three (or more) is a party! Gather your friends around the rum-spiked Fishbowl at W Minneapolis – The Foshay’s speakeasy-style Prohibition bar, where sweeping 360 degree views of the city can be enjoyed from the 27th floor. Mixed with Bacardi rum, Malibu rum, Blue Curacao, and pineapple juice, the Fishbowl cocktail is the perfect ‘sip-and-mingle’ cocktail to set the mood for a fun and chic night out with your friends.

W Fort Lauderdale's Steak

W Fort Lauderdale’s Steak 954

Rum, Don’t Walk at W Fort Lauderdale

Celebrate National Rum Month with a signature cocktail at the ultra-chic W Fort Lauderdale where you can enjoy the spicy, yet tropical Rum, Don’t Walk drink at Stephen Starr’s award-winning Steak 954. Guests and visitors can sip on the tropical cocktail, made with tanduay rum infused pina & vanilla bean, pineapple shrub and 15 serrano infused agave nectar with a seat next to the restaurant’s centerpiece — a 15-foot long reef aquarium home to mesmerizing jellyfish — a rare and spectacular sight.

French Leave Resort

French Leave Resort

French Leave -1648 Restaurant

French Leave -1648 Restaurant

1648 Punch – For One Or For The Table

Whether you’re with a group or need just one, 1648 Bar & Grille, offers a signature rum punch that perfectly sets the mood for a day in paradise. Situated on the tranquil, Caribbean island of Eleuthera, French Leave Resort’s signature restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful pink sand beaches and picturesque harbors in the world, Cupid’s Cay. Combining over proof rum, coconut rum, aged Trinidad rum, grapefruit, orange, aromatic bitters and orange bitters, the tropical cocktail perfectly embodies the resort’s tropical laid-back vibe. For more information, visit www.frenchleaveeleuthera.com.

1648 Punch – French Leave Resort

Ingredients

3/4 oz Wray & Nephew

3/4 oz Rico Coconut Rum

3/4 oz Plantation Dark

1 oz Grapefruit juice

1 oz Orange juice

1 oz Olea Saccarum

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashesOrange bitters

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake vigorously. Strain into glass and garnish with orchid and mint leaves.

Faena District Miami Beach to Debut PAO, Innovative Culinary Concept by Chef Paul Qui

Alan Faena is delighted to announce Faena’s collaboration with Chef Paul Qui and New Waterloo (Qui’s Austin-based restaurant partners) with the debut of Pao, a one-of-a-kind culinary experience at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Pao will offer Qui’s renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine inspired by his unique culinary background. Located in the stunningly designed Dome space of the hotel, Pao will open this December and marks the James Beard Foundation Award winner’s first foray outside of Texas.

Commenting on the collaboration, Alan Faena stated, “We are thrilled to bring Chef Qui and his exceptional culinary talents to Miami. Paul Qui is one of the most exciting chefs in the industry whose modern and global approach to cooking is synonymous with the vibrancy and rich culture of Miami. His culinary perspective will bring an entirely new dining concept to the city.”

Commented Chef Qui: “Faena Hotel Miami Beach offered an exceptional opportunity to share my culinary vision in a meaningful way. Miami is a global gateway, a rich assortment of so many cultures and a destination I feel is very much in line with my playful, authentic and unexpected approach.”

Pao will offer an extensive menu with dishes influenced by Chef Qui’s wide-ranging inspirations, and will be a uniting of international styles including Filipino, Spanish, Japanese and French. The menu will showcase exceptional flavor combinations and ingredients, and will include an extensive crudo menu, small plates, as well as large plates and sides. To execute the menu, Chef Qui will utilize a number of cooking techniques including smoke and charcoal cooking for the restaurant’s binchotan service, where dishes will be seared tableside on Japanese charcoal.

Designed by Alan Faena, the restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor space firmly rooting the experience in Miami complete with spectacular ocean views. The Dome space in which the restaurant is located is avant- garde in its design, a highly modern sphere with ocean views overlooking the courtyard of the hotel. The interior of the restaurant features gold leaf walls and a patterned gold leaf design on the ceiling of the dome, while the floors feature a herringbone wood pattern surrounded by white marble. A Carrara marble bar with mirrored back shelves will be another focal point of the room, offering ample space for guests to gather or dine. One of the most striking elements of the interior will be Damien Hirst’s Golden Myth, a painted bronze and gold-leaf unicorn sculpture located at the center of the restaurant. Hirst’s sculpture explores the boundaries between legend and reality and stands as a tribute to the power of our imaginations.

Providing contrast to the sleek space will be organic materials and natural elements— including walnut wood tables, dark brown leather banquettes and midcentury style chairs with black leather seats. In the courtyard, guests will dine on white marble-topped tables and white chairs, featuring bespoke cushions enveloped in white and gold Faena fabric designed by Studio Job. Chef Qui’s dishes will be served on custom designed hand-thrown stoneware plates by Jono Pandolfi, as well as gold flatware and wood service ware.

Paul Qui is one of the most formidable young talents in the North American culinary world. Born in Manila, Philippines, Paul was trained in classic French and Japanese cuisine. His approach is modernist and he is a master at marrying classical technique with local flavors and influence. Qui is the chef/owner of his flagship restaurant, qui, as well as the co-founder and chef/owner of East Side King, a group of Asian-inspired street food trailers and restaurants in Austin, Texas. Later this year Qui will also be expanding his presence in Austin with Otoko, a 12-seat Japanese restaurant inside the new South Congress Hotel.

Qui’s debut in Miami with Pao will establish Faena Hotel Miami Beach as the city’s premier dining destination. Faena has also collaborated with Francis Mallmann, who will oversee Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s traditional Argentine asado experience, Los Fuegos, and Gabriel Ask, who will serve as the Executive Chef, overseeing the hotel’s culinary programming overall. Pao will be open December 2015 and reservations will be taken through Opentable.com.

ABOUT FAENA GROUP

Founded by Alan Faena, Faena Group is a pioneer in its field, specializing in the creation of one-of-a-kind holistic environments anchored in cultural experiences and socially responsible projects that integrate residences and hotels with art and cultural spaces. Faena Group is rooted in ideas and concepts that have the power to reshape and enhance our world. The projects it develops are platforms for personal expression and cultural interaction, destination landmarks that inspire original thinking.

ABOUT ALAN FAENA

Alan Faena is a revolutionary at heart and one of the most visionary leaders in South America. A modern impresario, Faena has made an indelible mark across a range of industries including hospitality, fashion, art, real estate and urbanism. Since 2000, Alan Faena has collaborated with Len Blavatnik, an American citizen, businessman and philanthropist with global interests in natural resources, media, entertainment, telecommunications, and real estate; together they have transformed an abandoned stretch of property, the docklands of Puerto Madero, into one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in Buenos Aires. In 2004, Faena created Faena Hotel Buenos Aires and since opening its doors, the urban resort has completely redefined the experience of travel by merging the elements of art, culture, entertainment, sustainable architecture and cutting-edge technology. Faena Group’s success in Argentina has consolidated the company’s expertise in urban development. In 2015, Miami Beach will see the launch of the first phase of Faena Group’s global expansion.

ABOUT LEN BLAVATNIK

Founding member of the Faena Creative Team, Len Blavatnik is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately held industrial group through which he controls his holdings. Incorporated in 1986, Access Industries has strategic investments in the United States, Europe and South America. Blavatnik, a U.S. citizen, was raised in Russia and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1978, becoming naturalized in 1984. He received his Master’s degree from Columbia University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He sits on boards at Cambridge University and Tel Aviv University, and is a member of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources. An active philanthropist, Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have been generous supporters of numerous leading cultural and charity institutions including The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Prince’s Trust. He is a member of the Board of Governors of The New York Academy of Sciences, and a Trustee of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2007, Blavatnik created the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists to acknowledge the excellence of the most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2010, Blavatnik established the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. In 2013, the Blavatnik Family Foundation expanded to a national level the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists program commencing in 2014.