Friday, February 7, 2014

Luxury, Defined: The St. Regis Bal Harbour

The village of Bal Harbour is South Florida's most glamorous travel destination and has been one of my favourite places to vacation for years.  The village of Bal Harbour is considered the "jewel" of South Florida, and when you arrive, you can easily see why.

Bal Harbour is my go-to place to get away from it all, featuring the very best of everything: five-star restaurants, luxurious shops, and family-friendly (and couples-friendly) accommodations, like the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. As much as I love to travel and explore different destinations from Aruba to Greece, there is something I especially love about south Florida, and in particular, Bal Harbour.

Bal Harbour epitomizes luxury living, from the St. Regis to the Bal Harbour Shops right across the street. It's a place where you're constantly surrounded by beauty, so heading back to reality is a little bit of an adjustment.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

During my recent stay in south Florida, I was given a tour of the beautiful St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. This resort was awarded the Forbes five-star, AAA five-diamond award for 2014, and everything about this resort was truly stunning.

Classic elegance? Check.
Quiet, breathtaking grounds? Check.
Oceanfront balcony views? Check.

The grand entrance will take your breath away, and as you walk around exploring the grounds you'll soon discover a world of tranquility and luxury at its finest.

The pools at the St. Regis are beautiful, and I was really impressed with the  Oceanfront Day Villas. These 600 foot villas are right by the pool, a short walk away from the ocean. The rooms are air conditioned and elegantly decorated, and include marble floors, a full bath and shower, flat screen TV, mini fridge, a wet bar, a daybed, and an outdoor patio area. Of course, these villas come with a butler, too.  For families travelling with young children, there is nothing better than having a cabana or villa to relax in during the day. That way when the kids need a break or a nap, you don't have to head back to your room.

The St. Regis has an adults-only pool, and a pool the entire family can enjoy. There is also a kids club, so the kids can keep busy all day, or for half the day, meeting new friends while they take part in all the different activities the club offers.

There are 227 elegant guest rooms at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, and all include a spacious glass-enclosed balcony, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the ocean. The decor in the rooms is pure elegance—clean, crisp, and classic, with a touch of modern, too.

The Neiman Marcus Closet

While touring one of the gorgeous suites, I walked through the closet area, feeling very much like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. "Do you know about about the Neimain Marcus Closet at The St. Regis Bal Harbour?" I was asked.

Neiman Marcus (right across the street at the world-famous Bal Harbour Shops) has partnered with the St. Regis Bal Harbour, bringing a one-of-a-kind  personal shopping experience to their guests.

This personal shopping experience is like no other, and allows guests and residents the opportunity to have their closet stocked with items from Neiman Marcus in advance of their stay, ensuring the perfect wardrobe is hanging in their closet when they arrive. No need to even pack a suitcase!

Once you arrive, you try on the items, keep what you love, and return what you don't need. Looking for that perfect black cocktail dress? A new pair of Louboutin's? It's all taken care of... talk about perfect personal shopping on a whole other level.

Remede Spa

My favourite part of the tour was experiencing the popular Remede Spa.  I quickly changed into my soft robe and explored. I hadn't even started my one hour massage and I was in paradise...

The Remede Spa is 14,000 luxurious square feet with marble floors and walls, and features a full spa menu including a Bal Harbour 24-Karat Designer Facial where guests enjoy a facial treatment that begins with a copper-enriched peel and ends with a bejeweled sprinkling of gold oil. Extravagant, yes?

I had a one hour massage and it was pure bliss. Of course, the hour passed way too quickly for my liking. It was pure relaxation, and just what I needed to unwind.

The Remede Spa also has a couples treatment room, 11 spacious treatment rooms (the room where I had my relaxation massage was the biggest massage room I've ever been in) a Vichy shower room, Finnish saunas, aromatic steam rooms, and a full service salon, where you can get freshen up your pedicure or manicure, or get your hair done after your massage. The women's lounge was lovely and calming, with ocean views and an array of fruits, water, and tea to enjoy while waiting for your treatment to begin.

The Wellness Program

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean your exercise routine has to be put on hold. The St. Regis Bal Harbour has a fantastic Wellness Program, developed in partnership with celebrated fitness trainers Tracie and Christopher Vlaun, of V Art of Wellness. This wellness program tailors individual fitness, relaxation, and culinary experiences for guests of the St. Regis.

If you want to eat more healthfully during your stay, keep on track with your regular fitness program, or freshen up your exercise routine, the Wellness Program has something for everyone, from beginner to expert, including yoga.

You'll find a great fitness centre at the St. Regis, with views of the Atlantic Ocean... can't beat that for motivation! There are also group fitness classes and personal trainers available to cater to your every need.

If you're planning an upcoming vacation, I'd recommend the St. Regis Bal Harbour. It would be perfect for a romantic weekend away, and it would be equally wonderful for a girls shopping trip.  The St. Regis Bal Harbour is luxury, defined.

For more information on the St. Regis Bal Harbour, check out their website.

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