Tierra Santa Healing House Faena Hotel Miami

The glamorous Faena Hotel in Miami has been blessed with several auspicious awards since my visit: the prestigious Forbes Five Star Award and the recent Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award.  As previously posted, this property is a dazzler in every sense of the word. To reach the secluded spa treatment room, it is necessary to pass through the stylish wildly colorful and tastefully curated Tierra Santa boutique. Brimming with handcrafted treasures and South American inspired hats, purses, jewelry and clothing by Carolina K.https://i2.wp.com/www.faena.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/08/Faena_hotel2_Spa-Waiting-Area-640x640.jpg?resize=584%2C584

Mingling the Latino and Miami vibe, the brilliant tones continue in the reception lounge; accented by retro-style furniture, a vividlyhued striped rug energizes the sunny boutique, hovering above, an immense chandelier comprised of multicolored fishing lures. Locally based Argentinian fashion designer Carolina Kleinman designed colorful poofy ottomans covered in intricately embroidered textiles.

Carolina Kleinman also designed the spa’s staff attire and she has curated the small adjoining boutique, which is stockedwith her Carolina K line of boho Mexican and Peruvian-inspired smocks and caftans. Stock up, it will save you a trip to a foreign country, chic, fun and sexy attire! I filled a bag and have received numerous compliments on my distinctive purchases.

The Tierra Santa Healing House is a striking 22,000-square-foot refuge that features one of the largest hammams in the U.S. Designed hand in hand with shaman-developed body-healing rituals and treatments, the spa instructors guide you on the interior journey.

The immersive experience offers an introduction to South American healing culture and massage art. Time-honored healing rituals are combined with magical ingredients ethically sourced from the South. Each treatment is an opportunity to transform your life and improve your health through the therapeutic power of touch, sound, color, taste and scent.

Tierra Santa” translates as “holy ground” and I would recommend meeting their spa guides, to lead you step by step through the spa. Begin the ritual by shaving slivers of soap from the massive block. The fragrance of the clay-colored soap was hand selected by Alan’s wife, Ximena, a soothing combination of lavender, chamomile, white fir and cardamom. Create your own “do it yourself” ritual. Lather up with a choice of muds, scrubs, butters and oils available at reception. Choose from one of each category to create your own Tierra Santa experience with these unique South American healing ingredients. Purifying Scrubs: maca and guarana or palo santo and buriti. Healing Clays: Amazon white clay or Rainforest bio green. Nourishing Oils and Butters: sandalwood oil or murumuru butter.

I padded slowly to the ‘wet spa’ – a small curved room where you enjoy bathing rituals; seated in one of two small alcoves built into the wall – begin with the icy snow mound, dribbling it across your skin. Ice stimulates your blood flow. Chilled and calm, continue through the eerily quiet spa to the tepiadirum. Unique to Tierra Santa is the private Hammam Purification body treatment. Begin your journey with a personalized cleansing ritual on a warm marble slab, where your therapist will purify the body with a scrub of guarana and maca, followed by therapeutic Amazonian white clay or Rainforest bio green mud to nourish and soothe. Take time to relax while gently inhaling the soothing steam, and then conclude the ritual with a beautiful full-body massage using precious rose oil from their Sacred collection.


The enormous jasmine scented hammam has a show stopping massive hexagon slab of Amazonite stone, its heated and the jasmine scent will reduce you to a trance like state, if you haven’t yet succumbed to the hypnotic zen zone of Tierra Santa.

Highly recommend an afternoon of spa rituals as a sun and sand recovery program.


The Faena – Miami

My previous posts on the Faena Empire and the sophisticated theatre, C’est Rouge! and one of their star performers Irina Kazakova, https://www.instagram.com/sunallure/?hl=enn didn’t include a review of the hotel or the spa.

Travel Mantra: a hotel for each and every client – this is not your ordinary Miami hotel, I would recommend to very specific clients. Imagine if you collaborate with Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin as creative consultants; Catherine, an Academy Award winning designer. Imagine grand theatre, imagine a contemporary art filled property, jazzy soundtracks, a Cathedral arrival foyer studded with shimmering gold-leaf columns and surrounded by dramatic neo-romantic floor to ceiling frescoes painted by Spanish artist Juan Gatti…and that is just the entrance. Happily, there are small velvet covered settees to catch your fall as you strain and bend to take in the amazing Cathedral entrance. The walls echo a story, of course, as Alan Faena is The Most Contemporary Storyteller – Gatti’s story revolves around a Journey of love, science and nature.https://i1.wp.com/www.faena.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/11/Faena_hotel2_05_Cathedral_HOME-1920x704.jpg?resize=584%2C214

At every corner, hallway, restaurant and outdoor terrace, be prepared to be wowed, dazzled and inspired by spectacular artistic design. From the Cathedral foyer gaze out to the shimmering blue sea, your view is interrupted by a 10,000 year old woolly mammoth skeleton dipped in 24karat gold – a Damien Hirst sculpture entitled “Gone But Not Forgotten,” encased in a larger-than-life temperature controlled glass box. Faena Hotel is not designed for the timid traveler!

The over-the-top Living Room Lounge is furnished in opulent and silky claret and tiger patterned prints with a breathtaking gold chandelier. Dinner upstairs at Pao is managed by James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui. The Pan-Asian cuisine is served at glammy candlelit tables directly below another spectacular painted bronze and gold leaf Damien Hirst unicorn sculpture, Golden Myth. Inspired dining, inspired interiors.https://i1.wp.com/www.faena.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/11/Faena_hotel_PAO_MAIN-1920x1470.jpg?resize=584%2C447

Los Fuegos Francis Mallmann Death by Steak!

Glamorous dining at Los Fuegos Faena Hotel

The Faena is an inspirational foodie centric destination. My favorite Argentine chef, Francis Mallmann hosts his first U.S. restaurant here, Los Fuegos. Mallman is the legendary asado grill master who made his fame in Latin America. My son & I made mecca visits in Buenos Aires and Mendoza to his temples of asado – he texted me while I was dining: send me photos! My enormous rib eye with chimichurri was easily the most scrumptious cut of meat I’ve ever tasted, sandwiched by the Mallmann famous square cut potatoes, it was a bit much, but a couple of glasses of fine Malbec kept me alive!https://i1.wp.com/www.faena.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/11/FAENA-HOTEL-MIAMI-122115_%C2%A9Todd-Eberle__T6A2562-Pano-2_FINAL-1920x1470.jpg?resize=584%2C447

The 169 rooms and suites (plus 13 penthouse residences) continue the visual delights; the aesthetic flair is echoed in each and every detail. Colorful, bright and bold artistic visuals – permeated by ruby red accents, most rooms contain small terraces. I would opt for the rarely viewed Penthouses, which are cavernous and could easily host a raft of friends.https://i1.wp.com/www.faena.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/11/Faena_Suite_Bedroom-1920x1470.jpg?resize=584%2C447

Lounge at the glamorous Art-Deco pool topped by colorful red & white striped umbrellas, or pad out to the beach and be spoiled by the hotel beach guardians who provide sun cream and fruit infused chilled water.

Did I mention the spa? Separate post coming – oh my! How could this hotel hotel get any more decadent? Think Shaman spiritual spa advisor!

The Faena Hotel, Miami

Outrageous opulence with no apologies at the Faena – it’s fun and festive and flamboyant!