Bal Harbour: Florida’s Upscale Getaway Locale

You’ve been to bustling Orlando and done the tropical Keys. Now discover the ultra-exclusive, supremely posh side of Florida.

Stay: The four-month-old St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is pure glitz, with a multimillion-dollar art collection, 24-hour butler service and plush guest rooms (from $850 per night). You’ll get unmatched privacy at the club-like ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, where there are just two rooms per floor (from $395 per night). The family-friendly Bal Harbour Quarzo offers apartment-like digs with full kitchens—staff can arrange for grocery delivery or a private chef (from $250 per night).

 

 

Eat/Drink: At Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill in the St. Regis, start with a hearts-of-palm salad, then mix grilled options like diver scallops and Scottish salmon with house-made sauces. Across the street are see-and-be-seen Italian eatery Carpaccio (the seafood risotto is a must) and Stephen Starr’s Japanese restaurant Makoto, which turns out inventive sushi rolls.

Shop: Drop serious cash at Bal Harbour Shops, the town’s famed alfresco mall—home to stores including Neiman Marcus, Lanvin and Chanel.

Explore: Haulover Beach Park boasts a marina, tennis courts, and 1.4 miles of beach—including a half-mile clothing-optional stretch. Miami Beach is a mere 15 minutes away, and is easily accessible via a free shuttle that stops at all Bal Harbour hotels. Stroll Miami’s 25-block boardwalk, or take in the impressive collection at the Wolfsonian art and design museum.

Relax: The Quarzo and ONE Resort share a beach—and first-rate towel-and-chair service. The signature facial at the St. Regis is especially decadent; it ends with a sprinkling of gold oil.