In just three hours, jet-setting moms-to-be can be near the glitz of South Beach, with its restaurants, nightlife and Art Deco splendor, yet feel away from it all in the calmer, platinum-status enclave of Bal Harbour. Make the Sea View Bal Harbour Hotel your vacation base, and walk just two blocks to the Shops, featuring Cartier, Valentino and Hermès along its groomed sidewalks. In the morning, take an early stroll down the mile-long beach outside the hotel. Before lunch, check out Miami’s 18-block Design District, chockablock with art galleries and furniture showrooms and just 20 minutes away. For dinner, hit hip Touch Restaurant and Lounge in South Beach (910 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-8003; touchrestaurant.com) early to munch on mango-infused foie gras and fresh Florida mahimahi (dinner for two, about $170) before the fashionistas descend in earnest.
Sea View Bal Harbour Hotel, 800-447-1010; seaview-hotel.com. Rooms from $290.
Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, March 2006