When this $1 billion–plus resort opened in 2012, Miami's North Beach entered a new era of glamour and haute living, with A-list big spenders rushing to stay in this 27-story, 243-room, triple-glass-tower masterpiece. In every facet of design and operation, the St. Regis is magnificent. An unassuming entrance gives way to a series of three-story, octagonal lobby partitions finished in rare West African movingui wood and exclusively quarried Chinese marble, illuminated by sparkling chandeliers hung from rosette ceilings, and decked in world-class European artwork. Rooms range from enormous (650 square feet) to gigantic (2,800 square feet), with oversize ocean-view balconies and surprisingly light, understated interiors; discreet butlers are on hand to manage your every need. The 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa offers every imaginable treatment, and mutiple restaurants provide a nice range of smart culinary experiences. Set aside some time to shop at the swish Bal Harbour Shops, across the street.
If your budget allows it, these luxurious rooms, located in one of the toniest areas of South Florida, are worth the price tag. Rooms are sized more like apartments, with neutral colored furnishings -- all the better to admire the ocean from your floor to ceiling windows or extra-large balcony. Rooms offer WiFi and flatscreen TV's.
Suites come with a butler, who will unpack your luggage, press your clothes, bring you coffee or tea, and help plan your vacation activities.
Large marble bath suites have different rooms for shower, vanity, tub, and dressing area and feature Remede Spa bath products.
A gleaming, pristine lobby with shining black marble floors and tufted chairs make guests feel like royalty. The lobby exudes refined elegance.
The property offers two infinity pools -- each with different experiences. The adult's tranquility pool is the place to catch up on your reading (or grab a catnap in the sun). The main ocean pool is a family-friendly area. Expect surprises and perks like smoothie tastings, sunscreen, and cold towels during your pool visit. The resort has a kids' day camp if you need some "me" time.
The 14,000 square-foot Remede Spa offers 11 different treatment rooms and extra luxuries like heated floors and cashmere wraps. Why not try the signature 24-karat facial that includes a sprinkling of gold oil as a finishing touch or the Bal Harbour body wrap that uses Hungarian moor mud and sea salts to make your skin softer?
A fitness room is available to hotel guests 24 hours a day.
Atlantikos offers Greek and Mediterranean fare featuring both local seafood and Mediterranean fish flown in daily. The restaurant is decorated in white with cobalt accents to replicate a Taverna in the Greek Islands. BH Burger Bar serves comfort food favorites like burgers, chicken wings, and shakes made with quality ingredients like Angus and Wagyu beef.
The hotel offers a rose brunch every Sunday that features 10 different still and sparkling rose wines and a five-foot Eiffel Tower made of macarons.
The St. Regis Bar is known for its sophistication. The bar offers a good selection of wines by the glass and craft cocktails. A sushi menu keeps you satisfied enough to order a second round of lychee martinis or a bloody sunrise, made with Clamato and key lime juice. If you're celebrating, order a cocktail in Lalique crystal for $200.
The St. Regis is in Bal Harbour, a relatively residential area, so you'll need to drive or Uber to South Beach, the Design District, and other destinations.
Le Zoo (5-minute walk) is Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr's vision of a Parisian bistro. This lively eatery is a good place for people watching and an even better place for steak frites. The Palm (5-minute drive) offers steak and seafood in a classic setting. Look for the drawings of famous Miami residents and politicians gracing the walls.
Le Zoo (5-minute walk) offers a lively bar scene and a good wine selection. Makoto (5-minute walk) serves finely crafted cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The St. Regis offers luxury in one of Miami's most exclusive cities.