Delano Has A Genie
South Beach hotels are whacked.
Listen to Delano GM Mark Tamis:
"We have a genie. The genie doesn't wear pointy shoes, and there's no brass lamp involved." Instead, this wish-granting wizard casually ambles around the Delano's pool area administering foot massages and, once the proper level of relaxed intimacy has been achieved, inquiring as to guests' secret desires. This being South Beach, Tamis declines to elaborate on the more outré requests. "Some of them are sexual in nature," he admits with a knowing smile. But as long as it's legal, he's game. And he's proud to claim his genie has saved at least one marriage.
You remember the Delano right? It is the Schrager/Starck creation where the entire staff is cloaked in medicinal white, and the rooms are as blankly clothed as the staff:
A green apple on a wall sconce is the only splash of color inside sparse accommodations that more than a few travel writers have described as "sanitarium-like." Even Donald Trump, hardly a paragon of refined aesthetics, scoffed at the lack of luxe. Schrager's response? "I don't sell sleep," he quipped to the New York Times. "I sell magic."
Yeah. That and the Delano has a well known topless pool scene.