Group is set to begin building Island Gardens, one of the largest waterfront
developments in the world to be located on Watson Island.
Surrounded by 360 degree views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, the $575-million
project will integrate a super-yacht harbor, a luxury hotel, a business hotel,
fractional residences, high-end retail shops, waterfront dining, a leisure garden
and a maritime gallery, all engaging the skyline of Miami and the setting of
Island Gardens will feature two hotel towers; the Shangri-La Hotel and the
Westin Hotel, as well as the Living Shangri-La fractional residences set amongst
extensive signature gardens in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
As one of the numerous public amenities that will enrich the Island Gardens
experience, a maritime gallery will be created in conjunction with the Historical
Museum of Southern Florida.
Island Gardens will boast the only marina in North America that is exclusively
designed for mega-yachts. The super-yacht harbor will establish the City of
Miami as an international destination on the same caliber as illustrious getaways
in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
"We are excited to bring a project to the city that will draw residents,
visitors and guests from all around the world," said Mehmet Bayraktar,
Chairman and CEO of Flagstone Property Group. "Super-yacht harbors are
proven magnets in attracting crowds, as experienced in St. Tropez, Monte Carlo,
and Monaco. Flagstone Property Group aspires to create the excitement surrounding
a mega-yacht anchored lifestyle experience at Island Gardens."
A beacon to Miami, Island Gardens is designed to provide an engaging 24- hour
experience to the public through its ample public space and variety of indoor
and outdoor activities. The development will offer recreation, civic education
as well as the unique legacy of Miami's exciting history.
Island Gardens was conceptualized by developer Mehmet Bayraktar and concept
architect Eric Kuhne to utilize every aspect of Watson Island and offer Miami
residents and visitors an extraordinary public area that will enrich the City
of Miami. Piero Lissoni, world-renowned interior designer and co-founder of
Studio Lissoni, is designing the interiors of various components of the development.
The project architect is Spillis Candela DMJM, one of the oldest and largest
professional design firms in the southeastern United States.