The newest and most lavish addition to Bal Harbour, an affluent community at the extreme northern tip of Miami Beach, is The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. A 27-story, three-tower complex on nine oceanfront acres, the property opened in March 2012 after six years of planning and construction, and the expenditure of $750 million. In the eye-catching mirrored entrance hall, glittering crystal chandeliers reflect on dramatic floors of dark marble highlighted with bands of white.
Here, guests are greeted by a silver cloud sculpture suspended from the ceiling, part of an impressive collection of contemporary art by local and internationally known artists. (Indeed, so impressive is the artwork that the hotel seems to be making a pitch to the participants at Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s prestigious modern art exhibition staged each December!)
All 243 spacious guest rooms and suites (the smallest is 650 square feet) overlook the ocean and provide individual glass-enclosed balconies and unobstructed sea views. Studios and suites have kitchenettes, and all suites include separate dining areas. Interiors feature a palette of blue and gray, with soft textures, marble baths, large walk-in closets and high-tech accoutrements. All accommodations come with St. Regis’ renowned butler service.
Dining options include J&G Grill, set above the hotel pool, with a menu inspired by star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Offerings include signature dishes such as black truffle pizza with Fontina cheese, and tuna tartare with avocado, radish and soy ginger. For breakfast, Atlantico is an inviting, sunny space. Light lunchtime fare is available at Fresco Beach Bar & Grill. Impressive amenities include a 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa with personal fitness instructors; oceanfront cabanas; a nearby golf course; and just across Collins Avenue, the renowned Bal Harbour Shops. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort seems set to provide serious competition for its nearby rivals in South Beach. -A.H.