Hotels In Bal Harbour

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Pool at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

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Poolside seating at Atlantikos in St. Regis

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Miami is known for its unique enclaves sprinkled along the ocean and one of those communities worth an extended stay is the fancy village of Bal Harbour, tucked away on the northern tip of Miami Beach with the action of South Beach just 15 minutes away. While Bal Harbour may be small — it extends from 96th Street to the Haulover Inlet — it’s mighty in luxury shopping, high-end condos and beachside relaxation. Drive down the exquisitely manicured roadways to reach the ultra-chic Bal Harbour Shops with its al fresco collection of sought-after boutiques and brands, a large selection of dining options, seaside hotels and ritzy resorts. Whether you’re looking for over-the-top luxury with staff that caters to your every whim, a family-friendly vacation or romance, Bal Harbour has it all with four standout places to stay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour

Renowned for its top-notch service where guests are treated like royalty, this Ritz-Carlton property impresses with its dreamy corner location overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and 750 feet of beachfront meant for sunning and frequent dips in the ocean. Opulent guestrooms as well as one- and two-bedroom suites are fitted with sumptuous bedding, spacious bathrooms with tubs and terraces that overlook the ocean. The suites even have gourmet kitchens. Guests can escape to the 10,000-square-foot Exhale Spa and fitness studio to take a barre workout class and then enjoy being pampered. (You’ll want to relax for hours on a cloud-like couch in the all-white lounge.) Splash around in the outdoor pool or reserve a luxury cabana overlooking the ocean. Enjoy poolside dining at Water’s Edge, or savor waterfront dining and exquisite ocean views at Artisan Beach House, a coastal-inspired restaurant featuring a globally-inspired menu of fresh seafood. Dishes star local seasonal produce, and the Sunday brunch with a generous buffet and made-to-order items is the chance to sit on the expansive outdoor patio to watch the boats whizz in and out of Haulover Cut.

St. Regis Bal Harbour

With a reputation as one of the swankiest hotels in Miami, this 260-guestroom hotel lays claim to a coveted Forbes’ Five-Star rating. Guests are greeted with a jewel-box lobby boasting exquisite details like glittering chandeliers, mirrored walls, and whimsical decor like a bedazzled reindeer on a pedestal. The building’s zigzag configuration ups the ante when it comes to spectacular views of the beach, and its opulent rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious terraces with glass walls and oversized lounge chairs so you can gaze at the ocean all day. In typical St. Regis-style, service is always on-point, and guests can expect thoughtful touches such as a welcome glass of bubbly and butler service. Pool hop between the lower level pool and the upper level tranquility pool; spend all day in one of the oceanfront day villas decked out with Roche Bobois premium furnishings; or retreat to the sprawling Remede Spa where treatments are customized and guests can enjoy Finnish sauna facilities and a VIP couple’s suite. When it comes to dining, indulge in French cuisine, pastries and afternoon tea at La Gourmandise; enjoy exquisite steaks and seafood for dinner at The Grill at St. Regis; enjoy a Greek affair at Atlantikos; or spend an elegant Sunday sipping bottomless rosé and Champagne while dining on extravagant brunch items at the hotel’s “Rosé Sundays” brunch. Don’t miss the nightly Champagne sabering ritual at the St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault.

Quarzo Boutique Hotel

Overlooking the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, this intimate retreat offers the chance to pretend like you’re staying in someone’s home or condo. The boutique hotel shines with oversized suites ranging from junior suites to one- and two-bedrooms fitted with full kitchens, Roman tubs, modern furniture and private balconies. Retreat to their tranquil gardens to relax in a chaise lounge under the swaying palms along the water, float in the pool, or take a five-minute walk to the beach where guests receive complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas. The location is prime as guests can stroll by the bay to see a multitude of boats.

Sea View Hotel

Personalized service is the name of the game at this European-style hotel. The beachside oasis has bragging rights to newly renovated guestrooms with living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen facilities, along with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay — perfect for watching a breathtaking sunrise. After swimming in the Olympic-size pool, take a delicious nap in the Key West-style cabanas fitted with ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators, a walk-in closet, lavatory, phone and a huge covered patio. The hotel offers several dining options: the Terrace restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers views of the pool and ocean; the Patio Bar is a prime spot for sipping fresh tropical drinks and catching a game on TV; and during season, spend an evening at the piano bar, Emerald Lounge, for lively entertainment. Our tip? Wake up early to get some exercise on the beach jogging path, then snag a hotel beach chair to take advantage of tranquil Miami living.

Whatever your vacation style and budget, check into one of the above Bal Harbour hotels, or search for more hotels in Miami.

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