She’s in her fifties, and, understandably, the Fontainebleau is much bigger than she was when she first debuted. But, after her multi-year $1-billion touch-up, the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami is back and ready for her close up. She’s had a taste of glamour before, co-starring with James Bond in Goldfinger, as well as playing the perfect hostess to the Beatles, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1950s and ’60s when Miami Beach was the US equivalent of Europe’s Côte d’Azur.
Emerging from an unfashionable decade or two, the moneyed are again clamouring to be pampered inside one of her gleaming 1,500 rooms, scattered among two buildings and two towers. The cool linens, flat-screen TVs, high-tech sound systems and iMacs in each room create a cocoon experience for agoraphobics – a difficult achievement for a property the size of the Fontainebleau. The more extroverted can flit around the 11 restaurants and clubs, recharge in the 40,000-square-foot spa, or sizzle in a cabana next to one of six jewel-like pools, or the 22 acres of adjacent beach-front. The Fontainebleau caters for all.