One of the most prized pieces of waterfront land in Florida will soon come alive with Resorts World Miami, a destination resort featuring iconic skyscrapers sporting designs inspired by a coral reef and serving as the centerpiece of a new three-mile Baywalk that will activate the city’s waterfront.
Resorts World Miami, which represents a $3 billion investment by Genting Group, comprises approximately 10 million square feet of mixed-use development, making it one of the largest development projects in Florida history.
“Resorts World Miami will accelerate Florida’s evolution as a global destination at the crossroads of the Americas,” said Mr. KT Lim, chair and chief executive of Genting. “Most importantly, Resorts World Miami will boost confidence in Florida’s economy, 30,000 permanent positions on an ongoing basis, attracting more inbound investment, and substantially increasing the tax base for the city, county and state.”
Rising from 13.9 acres of bayfront land currently housing the Miami Herald Media Company, Resorts World Miami is located in the heart of the city of Miami, midway between Miami International Airport and Miami Beach.
“Resorts World Miami introduces a new vocabulary of architecture to Florida, one that is inspired by the ocean and Florida’s coral reefs,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founder and principal of Arquitectonica, the world-renown architecture firm based in Miami.
“At Resorts World Miami, building designs echo familiar forms that are part of our identity, including tropical fish and seashells. When you describe Miami and Florida, you inevitably come back to the water. We have captured that relationship with Resorts World Miami’s design.”
Resorts World Miami includes a series of four hotels with a total of 5,200 rooms and two residential towers featuring 1,000 units. The towers take on sculptural forms that change from every perspective. Each building is designed with outside balconies adorned with LED-lit exteriors, creating a jewel-like effect that will illuminate the Miami skyline each night. The Destination Resort will include a super-luxury hotel, a contemporary hotel, a convention hotel, and a family hotel, offering a lodging option for each segment of the market.
The towers sit atop an eight-story podium where guests can immerse themselves in a double-story, 250,000-square-foot luxury retail galleria; more than 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs; a high-tech multimedia entertainment area showcasing the music and culture of Florida and South America, and 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space which includes a 200,000-square-foot column-free ballroom, the largest in the United States.
A casino may be included if appropriate legislation is approved.
Each level of Resorts World Miami is designed with outdoor terraces offering spectacular unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
The podium’s rooftop features a 3.6-acre outdoor lagoon — a size equivalent to 12 Olympic-size swimming pools — and natural sand beaches that will enable guests to swim from Biscayne Boulevard to the edge of Biscayne Bay, a distance of more than 1,000 feet. Each hotel also will have a private swimming pool.
Resorts World Miami will be the highlight of a three-mile Baywalk beginning at the Miami River and running north to Margaret Pace Park. The Baywalk will link Bayfront Park, Bayside Market Place, AmericanAirlines Arena, Museum Park, the Miami Art Museum currently under construction, the new Miami Science Museum currently under design, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Omni Center. All will be connected by new public spaces and pedestrian, jogging, and cycling paths that will activate this stretch of partially completed Miami waterfront.
Resorts World Miami has been designed — and will be constructed — in accordance with all applicable zoning codes and regulations, including Miami 21, the City of Miami’s comprehensive zoning code. The project has been conceived with an emphasis on sustainability and LEED-certified solutions, including three levels of below-grade parking.
The Genting Group has a 25-year track record of investing in the United States. Its history of investment in Florida started 12 years ago when it acquired Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and spent more than $5 billion building eight new ships and transforming NCL into the youngest and most innovative cruise line. The Genting Group currently owns 50 percent of NCL.
Genting also partnered with Florida-based Universal Studios to build and open the $5.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore last year, which includes a Universal Studios theme park. Within a year, Resorts World Sentosa became the world’s most successful destination resort.
“Resorts World Miami is a continuation of the Genting Group’s long history of investing in Florida and working with the state’s business community,” Lim added. “We are fully committed to develop Resorts World Miami to maximize the impact of this destination resort on Florida’s economy. Our goal is to create Resorts World Miami as the most successful destination resort in the Americas.”
For more information about the Genting Group, visit online at www.genting.com.