Vacation perfection can be found in the one square mile that is Bal Harbour, Florida. This exclusive Miami Beach enclave is home to the new flagship of the St Regis hotel brand, the stunning beachfront St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel and Resort. This five-diamond confection of glass towers is the perfect spot for a luxury travel mom to get away with her brood.
Boasting the largest standard guest rooms on the eastern seaboard, the St Regis offers ample space for a traveling family. Book a suite; get a butler and a kitchen, the perfect combination. Call ahead and the kitchen will be stocked with Go Go Squeeze and Chardonnay. Never had a butler and not sure what they do for you? Glad you asked:
They will unpack your suitcase on arrival, and hang your clothes by color and style.
Deliver your coffee or tea in the morning, or really any time you need a caffeine jolt, on silver trays, of course.
Press your clothes before you head out to see and be seen at the Shops at Bal Harbour or in South Beach.
Shine your shoes.
Repack you for your trip home. Even your sand filled bikini will be gingerly wrapped in tissue paper for the journey.
A new butler perk is the Neiman Marcus Closet.
Imagine arriving at your hotel to find the closet stocked with gorgeous designer clothes in just your size and all of your favorite colors. Prior to your arrival your butler will send you a questionnaire asking your size, style icon, favorite colors, etc. The Neiman Marcus personal shopping team will work their magic and viola, insta-wardrobe. You can be styled for everything from a star-studded wedding or just a new bikini and sunglasses look for the pool. Keep what you love, they add it to your bill, the rejects magically disappear thanks to your attentive butler.
Luxury isn’t only for mom and dad, the Sea Turtle Club for 4-12 year old guests is a seriously chic kids’ club. They even offer camp on Friday and Saturday nights so your little ones can have supervised fun while you hit the hot spots in South Beach.
For an unforgettable outdoor cinematic experience, the town of Bal Harbour offers under-the-stars screenings complete with complimentary popcorn and plush couches. This year’s features included The King’s Speech, My Fair Lady, Madagascar 3 and The Avengers. What goes better with movies under the stars than a good bottle of wine? Be sure to check out the resort’s Wine Vault, which showcases 2,500 international vintages,
Just looking to lounge poolside? Don your new bikini courtesy of the Neiman Marcus personal shopping team and tuck in to an Oceanfront Day Villa. It’s like bringing your suite, poolside. These luxurious 600 square-foot air conditioned cabanas come with full butler service, marble floors, plush couches, and a spacious outdoor patio.
No resort stay would be complete without some spa time. The St. Regis is home to the 14,000 square foot Remède Spa. With customized, locally inspired experiences, Remède Spa delivers the most exclusive and fashionable treatments in South Florida. Check out the 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. Hello Cleopatra. Or try the Bal Harbour Body Wrap, a crazy fab combo of Hungarian moor mud and sea salts.
You can revel in all this luxury for as little as $699 for a standard room or $819 for a suite, depending on rates and availability. Of course the truly fab can book the Presidential Suite, price upon request.
Kim-Marie Evans is a freelance writer specializing in luxury and family travel. She has traveled the world with her four children to places as glamorous as the south of France and as challenging as Rwanda. Her work has appeared in print and online. You can find her best travel secrets on her award winning blog LuxuryTravelMom.com and at TravelingMom.com. Follow her on Twitter.