'Something Lovely's Starting': SLS South Beach Will Finally Open in April 2012
It's finally official--the long awaited SLS South Beach will open in April 2012! This will mark the second SLS Hotel to open after the flagship one in Los Angeles and hotelier Sam Nazarian is pulling out all the stops, combining pretty much all of his restaurant and nightclub hotspots under one roof.
First off, the hotel will feature room designs from SLS hotel designer Philippe Starck. While we only have that above rendering to go on, the rooms still retain the airy and effervescent quality of the SLS in LA but this looks a little, how do we say this?--cozier?
There are no "floating" glass beds and cramped low ceilings, although there will be oversized chaise lounges and the beds do look as if they are levitating ever so slightly. Starck is also doing something a little unusual behind the bed with curtains that feature a painted-on bedroom scheme. Same goes for the "armoire" that "holds" the TV opposite the bed (we saw this in another smaller rendering.) Oh and don't forget to look up, because there's a mirror on the ceiling!
Now onto the restaurant and nightlife. Super chef Jose Andres will bring his Bazaar restaurant to the hotel, combining the flavors of Caribbean, Cuba and Latin America to create a Miami-inspired menu. He will also be in charge of an upscale food truck that will serve as the kitchen for the pool menu.
Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi will also bring his own Katsuya brand to the hotel with a menu that will feature "incomparable artistry against the backdrop of Starck’s 'mise en scène' design concept.
And as we previously reported, Lenny Kravitz will be designing a luxury poolside bungalow and penthouse suite for the hotel, while revelers can party the night away in the hotel's Hyde Beach club which will empty onto the sands. Sounds glamorous, we just hope it actually opens in April.