Now, thanks to Victor Hotels USA, the villa is open for business, having been converted into a truly luxurious boutique hotel for everyone (with the budget) to enjoy.
From the famed mosaic pool, to the lavish Baroque inspired bedrooms, the intricate wallpaper and fabulously gaudy animal print sofas, this 23,000 square foot home is a real stunner, one overflowing with glamour and steeped in history.
Known as The Villa Casa Casuarina, and operating as a hotel since 2013, the mansion actually dates back to 1930. It’s first owner, architect and oil heir Alden Freeman, created the space as an ode to the Alcázar de Colón, the former Dominican Republic digs of Christopher Columbus’s son, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
These Hispanic roots are apparent in the house, which really feels like it’s fit for fashion or film royalty.
It was back in 1992 that Versace purchased the property and put $32 million into a major renovation. The original 24 separate apartments put in by Freeman for his friends and guests were replaced with 10 lavish suites, specifically created by the designer to house his close family members.
Now, these same rooms can be stayed in by guests of the hotel, although the prices are quite steep, starting at a substantially unfriendly $900 per night.
That said, for fans of the show or lovers of fashion, this is a pretty dreamy vacay indeed.