Fontainebleau Miami Beach's 100 days of Frank Sinatra isn't just for tourists. Here's how to participate like a local.
Frank Sinatra arrives at Fontainebleau Miami Beach with his entourage (including his stand-in) while filming "The Lady In Cement" in 1968.
It’s no secret that Frank Sinatra had a love affair with Miami, specifically the Fontainebleau. The iconic resort wasn’t just featured in films Tony Rome and A Hole in the Head (both of which star Sinatra), it was the actor, singer, producer, and director’s home away from home. For Sinatra, a night in Miami often meant playing to a packed house at the Fontainebleau’s nightclub at the time, La Ronde (think today’s LIV equivalent).
In honor of the legacy of both Frank Sinatra and what would have been his centennial on December 12, the Fontainebleau is celebrating the occasion with 100 days of Sinatra-filled programming. From breakfast with Frankie (just like in the Golden Era) to a surprise musical performance (a kind of metaphorical blow out of his birthday candles), here is the best of what’s to come.
1. Frank Sinatra Photo Gallery
A living testament to the life of Sinatra and the proper kickstart to his 100-day centennial birthday countdown, this exclusive and specially curated gallery is an amalgamation of authentic and rare photos from the Sinatra Family Archive, the Capitol Records and Warner Bros. Records archives, renowned photographer Terry O’Neill, and the estate of Ben & Bernice Novack, the original owners of Fontainebleau. Stay tuned in October when two of Sinatra’s granddaughters, A.J. Lambert and Amanda Erlinger, will descend into Miami to commemorate the special occasion as well as unveil the limited edition photography book Sinatra, signed by the family and with never before seen pictures that they compiled. With only 1,500 copies of the coffee table tome available, this might be your only chance to snag one.
2. Breakfast with Frankie at Stripsteak
Brunch was seemingly a trend back in the Rat Pack heydays, since the singer's sleepless Saturday nights were followed by indulgent Sundays, where guests were welcomed to dine with Frankie. Dubbed Cocktails and Breakfast with Frankie, this meal is making a comeback to Stripsteak starting this Sunday, September 6. The restaurant has digital copies of the old menu to prove it, some of which (Frankie’s faves) have been added to the limitless offerings at Stripsteak. Also, be sure not miss out on the nightly Jack Daniel Sinatra Select 6:30 pm toast to celebrate evenings at BleauBar.
3. Live Like Frank
Who doesn’t want to live like ol' blue eyes? While that may not come to fruition, the aptly titled Live Like Frank package is the next best thing. Bask in Golden Era glamour as you make the Fontainebleau your treasured destination. Enjoy junior suite accommodations, breakfast for two at Vida, dinner for two at any Fontainebleau signature restaurant, "Fly Me To The Moon" massages, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey, his Ultimate Centennial CD featuring his greatest hits, and more when you book through December 30.
4. Live at the Sands Hot Shave and Buff Manicure
Named after Frank’s first commercially released 1966 live album, Sinatra at the Sands, this Lapis gentlemen’s pampering that includes a hot shave, buff manicure, and all day use of spa facilities will have you looking and feeling as fresh as the legend himself.
5. Closing Concert
How do you close out a 100-day celebration for one of the most legendary performers of all-time? With an epic performance, of course. While details for this concert are being kept under wraps, we can only expect it to fill our hearts with song.
Photography by: Photography by Terry O’Neill