First US 'integrated resort' to open in Miami

Miami is to get a new $3 billion mega-resort next year, developers have confirmed, constructed by the same firm behind Singapore's massive Resorts World Sentosa destination.

The enormous Resorts World Miami, which will overlook Miami's prized waterfront, is set to open next year in between Miami International Airport and Miami Beach, Malaysian developer Genting confirmed.

The development will stretch three miles along the bayfront, filling a total of 13.9 acres and containing multiple skyscrapers with a futuristic ocean-inspired design.

With approximately 10 million feet of space, it will be one of the largest development projects in the history of Miami, one of the United States' most popular holiday destinations.

A total of four hotels will call Resorts World Miami home, offering a total of 5,200 rooms, alongside which a series of residential towers will also be built.

Underneath the skyscrapers is an eight-story base building, which will hold a 250,000 square foot retail centre, over 50 restaurants, lounges bars and nightclubs and the largest ball room in the United States.

Genting also confirmed that it plans to include a casino, subject to approval from Florida's lawmakers.

On top of the base podium's rooftop will be a 3.6 acre lagoon with beaches, allowing guests to swim over 1,000 feet from one end to the other - or walk the length of the building on a new Baywalk, which stretches for three miles and is connected by new public spaces.

Genting is the name behind the enormous Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, which, along with Marina Bay Sands, was among the world's first truly 'integrated resort' and has significantly boosted Singapore's tourism income.

With the announcement of Resorts World Miami, it looks like Florida could also be in for a touch of the Genting magic.