Miami World Resorts 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 8-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 will be included if Florida’s
legislature and governor approve Destination Resort legislation.
Each level of Resorts World Miami is designed with outdoor terraces offeringspectacular 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 will also 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, American Airlines Arena, Museum Park, the Miami Art Museum currently under construction, the new Miami Science Museum currently under design, the 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.
In May 2011, Bayfront 2011 Property LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Malaysia Berhad, purchased about 13.9 acres of land in downtown Miami for US$236 million with plans to build a mixed-use development. The parcel includes the building currently housing The Miami Herald Media Company and an adjacent parking lot.
Resorts World Miami, as the development will be called, will include hotel, convention, entertainment, restaurant, retail, residential and commercial facilities all designed in accordance with the City’s comprehensive zoning code, Miami 21. The resort will include more than ten million square feet of development, and will cost about US$3 billion. All told, Resorts World Miami is expected to create 15,000 direct and indirect construction jobs and another 30,000 direct and indirect positions on an ongoing basis.
The site is bounded by 800 feet of waterfront on Biscayne Bay to the east, MacArthur Causeway (part of I-395) on the south, Biscayne Boulevard (part of US Route 1) on the west, and the Venetian Causeway on the north. Both causeways link Miami International Airport with downtown Miami and South Beach, one of the world’s top beach destinations. Located nearby the site are the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and the future Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum.