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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort: South Florida’s Exquisite Retreat

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

After spending most of our vacation days in 2013 doing numerous road trips that took us to Canada and fifteen states in the U.S., Johnny and I felt that we deserve to start the new year with the most relaxing and luxurious beach-side getaway .  Although belated, on this occasion we were celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary.  Bal Harbour in South Florida immediately came to mind, especially because we had not been back to this beautiful area since our honeymoon.  Due to the stellar reviews of The St. Regis at Bal Harbour, we decided to book a two-night stay for mid-February, just in time to escape Atlanta’s winter weather.

Location

On the northern end of Miami Beach lies the “village” of Bal Harbour.  On this stretch of the island, the atmosphere is serene and you can spend hours peacefully gazing at the gorgeous aqua blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.  Bal Harbour is not only known for its beaches, but also for the exclusive and high-end boutiques of the Bal Harbour Shops.  The St. Regis is an oceanfront property that is conveniently located across the street from this shopping center, and minutes away from the popular tourist destination South Beach.

The Bal Harbour beach

The Bal Harbour beach

First Impression

Even before our arrival, Johnny and I were confidant that we would thoroughly enjoy our stay at The St. Regis.  Within 24 hours of making a reservation, we received a phone call to ensure that we would be placed in a room of our choice.  In addition, one week prior to our stay, the concierge team contacted us via e-mail to give detailed information on resort amenities, and to ask if we needed any assistance with transportation, additional reservations, and special requests.  Allow me, as they say at The St. Regis.  And this was just the beginning of the outstanding service we received from this exemplary establishment.

As we pulled up to the hotel entrance, the valet staff members greeted us and notified the personnel inside of our arrival.  We were quickly ushered for check-in, and were offered champagne to welcome us to the hotel.

A silver cloud sculpture by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle suspended from the ceiling at the hotel lobby

A silver cloud sculpture by Inigo Manglano-Ovalle suspended from the ceiling of the hotel lobby

The grand lobby

The grand entrance hall decorated with crystal chandeliers and mirrored walls

The check-in and concierge desks

The check-in and concierge desks

A deer sculpture covered in crystal beads stands at the corner of the reception area

A deer sculpture covered in crystal beads stands at the corner of the reception area

While waiting for our suite, we were given a tour of the property, and we relaxed by the pool to catch some of the afternoon breeze.

Oceanfront Pools

The resort offers two infinity pools: the main ocean pool, and on a separate level the adult-only pool with a hot tub.

The main ocean pool surrounded with chaise lounges and daybeds

The main ocean pool surrounded with chaise lounges and daybeds

The adult pool

The adult-only Tranquility pool

For extra comfort, guests may rent Oceanfront Day Villas and Oasis Cabanas.  The Day Villas are placed below the Tranquility pool.  They are air-conditioned cabanas that come complete with a wet bar, bath and shower, flat screen TV, and full Butler service.  The open-air Oasis Cabanas can be found near the main pool and Remède Spa, and include amenities such as fresh fruit, bottled water, and soft drinks throughout the day.

The patio of an Oceanfront Day Villa

The patio of an Oceanfront Day Villa

Oasis Cabanas

Oasis Cabanas

The lush landscape and ocean view of the resort

The lush landscape and ocean view of the resort

The Deluxe Oceanfront Suite

Deluxe Oceanfront Suite

Deluxe Oceanfront Suite

All the rooms and suites at The St. Regis Bal Harbour have been carefully designed so that each one features a spacious balcony with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Led by our butler, George, and a gentleman named Bob, we took a private elevator up to our Deluxe Oceanfront Suite on the 12th floor.  We immediately fell in love with our “new home.”  At 1250 sq ft, the elegantly appointed suite has a six-guest dining area, a kitchenette with top-of-the-line appliances, a master suite, a separate living area that doubles as a second bedroom with its own full bathroom, and two furnished balconies.

The kitchenette and dining area

The kitchenette and dining area

The living room

The living room

Balcony off of the main living area

Balcony off of the main living room

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

The extra living area that doubled up as a second bedroom

The extra living space that doubles as a second bedroom

Master suite

Master suite

Ample closet space to store your belongings

Ample closet space to store your belongings

Evening turndown service

Evening turndown service

Two tablets, one in the living room and one by the bed, are used to control the lighting, temperature, drapes, and to request housekeeping service.

The luxurious en-suite bathroom has a deep soaking tub, rain shower head, separate toilet area, double sink vanity, and bath products from The St. Regis’ Remède Spa.  In addition, an LCD TV is embedded behind a glass mirror, and it is one of four televisions that are ready to entertain us during our stay.  A second full bathroom can be found off of the suite’s living area (it comes with a shower, but no tub).

The en-suite bathroom

The en-suite spa bathroom covered in marble

St. Regis Butler Service

One of the advantages of being guests in a suite is having access to special services provided by The St. Regis Butler.  For a stress-free vacation, you can have the Butler unpack and pack your luggage, press your clothes, and deliver coffee or tea to your room.  We were so fortunate to be assigned with such an attentive Butler, George, who brought complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries to help us celebrate our anniversary.

Grateful for our super helpful Butler

Grateful for our super helpful Butler, George

An anniversary gift from the hotel

An anniversary gift from the hotel

The Beach

Although my instinct told me to spend as much time in our dreamy suite, on our second day at the resort I managed to walk down to the beach, and simply soaked up the beautiful scenery and warm weather of South Florida.  The beach attendants were eager to make our time on the beach as relaxing as possible, and they set us up a cabana and brought refreshments throughout the afternoon.

Sunrise by the ocean

Sunrise over the ocean

A perfect day in South Florida

A perfect day in South Florida

Bliss

Bliss

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences

Dining

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort presents various dining experiences.  At J&G Grill by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, guests can savor fine, world-class cuisine while sitting by floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the ocean views.  Breakfast is served at Atlánticoand poolside and beach dining is provided by Fresco Beach Bar & Grill.

Atlántico, Fresco Beach Bar & Grill, and our delicious lunch on the beach

Atlántico, Fresco Beach Bar & Grill, and our delicious lunch on the beach

If you are craving for Japanese food, The St. Regis Bar and Sushi Lounge serves up Sushi, Sashimi and Nigiri from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  And let’s not forget the Traditional Afternoon Tea Service that The St. Regis is famously known for.

Guests should also check out the all glass temperature-controlled Wine Vault, as it holds an impressive collection of the world’s finest wines and rare vintages.  Stop by the bar at 7:30 PM for a nightly champagne sabering ceremony, and stay for the live music afterwards.

The St. Regis Bar

The St. Regis Bar

The Wine Vault

The Wine Vault

Spa, Fitness Center, and Shopping

Although Johnny and I are typically the type of people who love to venture out, all the amenities available at The St. Regis made us reluctant to step away from the property.

For the ultimate indulgence, head over to Remède Spa, where you can unwind and experience customized services.  Couples may want to try the 5-hour long Bal Harbour Restorative Gold Package, which includes a signature body wrap, the Bal Harbour 24-Karat Designer Facial, and anti-aging manicure and pedicure.  In addition, you may choose where to receive the spa treatment, be it in your room or on a secluded spot on the beach.

Remède Spa

Remède Spa

The St. Regis makes it fun for guests to stay fit and healthy during vacation.   The St. Regis Athletic Club faces the pool and the ocean, and is equipped with state-of-the-art machines.  Many of the cardio machines have built-in TVs with Internet access.  Group classes, individual training sessions, and a comprehensive wellness program are also offered by the club.

The St. Regis Athletic Club

The St. Regis Athletic Club

A boutique store and the Rosenbaum Contemporary art gallery can be found next to the lobby.  For guests’ convenience, the St. Regis and Neiman Marcus have a partnership program called the Neiman Marcus Closet.  Prior to arrival, fill out a short survey of your fashion preferences, then Neiman Marcus’ shopping team will fill your suite’s closet with a personalized wardrobe collection.  Keep what you like, and return other items using The St. Regis Butler service.

The St. Regis Boutique

The St. Regis Boutique

Our time at The St. Regis felt too short, and we are already planning to return next year.  If you are looking for an elegant accommodation by the beach, coupled with service that goes above and beyond, then look no further than The St. Regis at Bal Harbour.

Note: We have added this blog post to the #SundayTraveler, where you will find a collection of travel stories and recommendations from around the world.

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Discussion

18 thoughts on “The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort: South Florida’s Exquisite Retreat

  1. Wow! What a resort

    Posted by Sammi | March 1, 2014, 10:20 am
  2. Wohou, that first photo is amazing… That silver cloud sculpture from the angle on your photo looks like a bear head (got confused for the moment :-). This place is screaming luxury (at least from your photos and review). Lovely post!

    Posted by frankaboutcroatia | March 2, 2014, 10:30 am
  3. What a nice way to spend your anniversary! The complimentary strawberries and champagne were a nice touch. Looks like a beautiful place for a winter weekend.

    Posted by Dave | March 2, 2014, 1:11 pm
    • We really loved how the St. Regis pays attention to the smallest details, and how they strive to make each guest feels special. It’s definitely the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

      Posted by fallequinox2006 | March 2, 2014, 11:07 pm
  4. Okay, fine I’ll go if you force me – kidding. I’ll stay there forever AND NEVER leave! What a resort. And you look simply stunning on the beach in that dress. Big thanks for linking up with us again for #SundayTraveler!

    Posted by SJ @ Chasing the Donkey | March 2, 2014, 2:15 pm
  5. Well, I guess I now know where I’m staying when I hit Miami Beach. As soon as you mentioned it was a St. Regis, I knew it would be wonderful. I like the view of the beach, the TV hidden behind the the bathroom mirror and that attentive butler. I really like that the poolside cabanas are air-conditioned. That would be so welcome on a hot Miami summer day.We stayed at a St. Regis in Tibet, and it was fab.

    Posted by malaysianmeanders | March 2, 2014, 3:52 pm
  6. This looks like pure luxury. Beautiful hotel. #SundayTraveler
    KÖLNER DOM | COLOGNE CATHERDRAL

    Posted by Bianca Malata (@ItsAllBee) | March 2, 2014, 4:24 pm
  7. Your dress is gorgeous! My husband & I will be staying there for our 10 year Anniversary & I am even more excited after reading your review!!! Great pictures & details!!! :) (Happy Anniversary to you two!!!)

    Posted by Lorynn R. | March 3, 2014, 6:33 pm
  8. Wow, that all looks incredible! I doubt I’d ever be able to afford it so for the moment I’ll have to be content with your photos instead :)

    Posted by codowd | March 4, 2014, 6:13 pm
  9. That deer sculpture is insane!!! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler :)

    Posted by ahubbard10 | March 6, 2014, 5:53 am

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