Aman Miami development moves closer to reality

OKO Group’s Aman Miami development is getting closer to reality in Miami Beach.

The development will restore the Versailles Hotel at 3425 Collins Ave. with 56 hotel rooms and build a new Kengo Kuma-designed tower with 23 boutique residences.

Last week, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board approved the restoration of the Versailles. In February, the board will vote on the design of the residential tower. If approved, OKO Group can begin pulling permits and proceeding towards construction.

Other supporters of the development include Dacra CEO Craig Robins, Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association president and CEO Wendy Kallergis and Faena House Board President Tom Stern.

“We appreciate that the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board took time to understand how our vision for Aman Miami will benefit the Faena District and preserve the iconic Versailles Hotel while contributing to the local economy and elevating Miami Beach’s status as a global destination,” said OKO Group in a statement. “The board’s favorable vote is consistent with the widespread support that Aman Miami has earned in the neighborhood and the Miami Beach community.”

OKO Group also notes that the development will bring hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment, create more than 400 new jobs and bring in millions in property and resort tax revenues. The significance of the development also comes in the name: Aman Resorts International has built properties all over the world, and Aman Miami will be the fourth Aman property in the United States.

“We will continue this tradition in Miami Beach as we restore the Versailles Hotel to greatness,” OKO said. “We thank the members of the Historic Preservation Board for supporting what will surely become the most preeminent hotel and residential development in Miami Beach.”

Pictured: Renderings of the proposed restoration of the Versailles Hotel

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.