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Mini-Guide: Bal Harbour

Our writer heads north to exclusive Bal Harbour, where Miami Beach’s over-the-top flair takes a sophisticated turn.

St. Regis Bal HarbourPhoto courtesy of the St. Regis Bal Harbour

Stay: St. Regis Bal Harbour
Miami’s reputation as a growing market for contemporary art takes root at this oceanfront property, located across the street from Bal Harbour Shops. The hotel’s common areas are peppered with large-scale works, such as Kohei Nawa’s crystal-bejewelled deer sculpture at reception and Miami-based graffiti artist Santiago Rubino’s imposing three-piece charcoal mural in the bar. While the Yabu Pushelberg-designed interior is unapologetically grand, the hotel’s spacious rooms, in muted shades of blue and grey with subtle Art Deco touches, are far from ostentatious. Step out onto your room’s oversize balcony for postcard-worthy views of the coast.

Bal Harbour ShopsPhoto by Terry Vine

Shop: Bal Harbour Shops
Flanked by specialty department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, this open-air mall is the epicentre of Bal Harbour’s social and economic life. Its corridors are lined with designer boutiques like Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Prada, but the impeccable mall grounds are what make this shopping centre a star attraction. Koi ponds and lush tropical gardens, complete with palm trees and Hong Kong orchids, create a Zen-like atmosphere that’s perfect for whiling away the afternoon with the latest bestseller from Books & Books or with a latte to go from Segafredo Bal Harbour.



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michael qui

Sunday, January 13th 2013 22:54
Love this area
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