Bal Harbour: Hotels

Bal Harbour is known as a shopping paradise, but it’s much more than that. It’s a world-class and incredibly serene place to call home while you’re visiting Greater Miami and the Beaches. Bal Harbour, the northernmost peninsula on the island of Miami Beach, is a quiet and clean stretch where nothing is far from the water.

Expect almost every restaurant and certainly every hotel to boast rooms with views of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal waterways. In fact, the word “Bal” was made-up to suit the specific waterfront geography of this village on Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; the “b” comes from bay and the “al” is derived from Atlantic.

If you know you want to stay on Miami Beach and enjoy the breezy beach culture, but you want a quiet alternative to South Beach or the busier areas, Bal Harbour’s luxury accommodations are the answer. Bal Harbour is clean and peaceful. Bal Harbour Shops’ upscale designer shops and tasty restaurants lend an air of sophistication to this otherwise laid-back tropical oasis.

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

The ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa experience is all palm trees, turquoise waters, deluxe accommodations and highly personalized service that “blends art, technology and grace.” This world-class resort will impress even the most well traveled guest. Are you sold yet?

If not, let us tempt you with some of The SPA’s items. Whether it’s Body Sublimation or a Harmonizing Massage, The SPA is focused on deep tranquility and ultimate well-being for all guests. The sounds and sights of water fill this 10,000 square foot indoor-outdoor waterfront facility. Step out onto the open air terrace with a view of the ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. You can even treat yourself to an outdoor well-being treatment designed to stimulate the five senses. After your outdoor massage, lay back in the outdoor area and feel the breeze on your skin, smell the salt and watch the palms sway. It’s all part of nature’s treatment.

Head back to your room at ONE Bal Harbour and get some more fresh air on your private terrace facing the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal waterways. There’s only one guest room and one suite per floor, so you’re guaranteed privacy. This exclusive and luxurious environment is replete with all the fine accoutrements of an upscale home like leather accents, granite counter tops, a surround sound television and custom artwork.

Mister Collins, the waterfront restaurant at the resort serving locally sourced home-style American cuisine, is a destination in its own right. At Mister Collins, you’ll discover a menu filled with 60 wines, craft beers and an upscale dining experience. For something a bit more casual, try the bar and grill by the pool or stay in your robe and order up in- suite dining.

Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour

For a relaxing seaside hotel with an unpretentious vibe and all the amenities of a resort, the Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour is perfect. The building is reminiscent of another time on the beach; this deluxe European style hotel has a welcoming, but sophisticated lobby, a salon, fitness studio, meeting rooms and a restaurant. Located right on the beach, the hotel has views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay and newly renovated rooms to enjoy that view from.

If you prefer a pool to a sandy beach, the Sea View Hotel sports an Olympic-size heated pool with a bright and open pool deck and lounge chairs available for rent. Know you’ll be outside the whole day? Nap in the “Key West” style cabanas and keep your drinks cool in your personal mini-fridge. Book your winter trip now. When you’re in a bathing suit in January and napping with the sea-breeze in your hair, you’ll be glad you did.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Picture your ideal Miami vacation. There’s probably a warm light blue ocean that stretches out from the windows of your hotel room as far as you can see, a pool surrounded by cabanas with white curtains flowing in the breeze, a butler to satisfy your simplest or more demanding requests and palm trees just before the view of the lapping water. Have kids? How about a kid’s club where you can leave the little ones while you relax as a couple in the co-ed lounge? You can have all that, and much more, at the St. Regis Bal Harbour.

This new hotel was among the most anticipated openings of 2012 and it has lived up to the expected elegance of the St. Regis brand. It’s been named on the best hotels in America lists, best hotel restaurant lists and generally lauded by the press for going above expectations.

Each of the 243 guest rooms has a glass-enclosed balcony and floor to ceiling windows. It also has the many niceties of a beachside enclave, including access to the beach for long walks, a high-end culinary experience by celebrity chef Jean-Georges at J&G Gill, poolside cocktails and a spa.

Don’t skip the Remede Spa. The elegant design alone is worth the visit. This serene and modern spa feels both contemporary and timelessly chic with inspiration from the ocean and a fashion-forward vibe. Couples should book the Couple’s Room in advance. It’s a highlight of the spa with a soaking tub for two and a private rain shower. The Remede Spa also offers the trendy “Spa Without Walls” experience. The best part? The spa will come to you on the beach, in your room or on your balcony.

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