Harkening back to the exclusive days of the Miami Club, the Bath Club and, ever so slightly, Regine’s, the developer of two ultra-luxury condo towers on the Miami River, has said the project will include a members-only private club designed by international hotelier Adrian Zecha.
Those afraid of heights need not apply.
The 35,000-square-foot SkyClub will be located in a three-story bridge that connects the two 60-story towers, called One River Point at their summit.
Amenities will include a 10,000-square-foot garden and terrace, indoor and outdoor restaurants, a craft cocktail bar, a cigar lounge, a wine cellar and tasting room, a media room, a library, a business center and 25 suites for guests of members.
Residents at One River Point, which offers 350 units starting at $850,000, will automatically become members if they choose. Outside applicants will also be accepted.
Indonesian-born Zecha founded Amanresorts International, a global high-end chain of luxury resorts, and is credited with helping launch the boutique hotel trend.
Miami used to boast a number of private clubs where the city’s elite rubbed shoulders and patted backs, but the exclusive retreats gradually fell out of style. Only a handful remain. Luxury condo towers now stand or are planned on the site of several former clubs.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Adrian on his first curated private lifestyle club in the heart of downtown Miami,” said Shahab Karmely, the developer of One River Point. “He is one of the world’s most influential tastemakers and we look to his interpretation of what a modern day, intimate private club should look and feel today.”
Star architect Raphael Viñoly is designing the towers at One River Point, located on the Miami River’s north bank just west of the Miami Avenue Bridge and planned for completion in 2018.
As sales slow, developers in Miami are turning to ultra-luxury amenities as a way to lure buyers. The planned Turnberry Ocean Club in Sunny Isles will have its own three-story amenity lounge also called the Sky Club. And developer Jules Trump is planning a 45,000-square-foot entertainment complex he calls the Circus Maximus at the Estates at Acqualina in Sunny Isles.