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St Regis Bal Harbour: Beach Front Luxury in Miami’s Best Address

Combined with impeccable design, outstanding customer service, luxurious amenities, excellent location, and killer views, it is no wonder that the St Regis Bal Harbour was named #1 Best Hotel in Florida and ranked as one of the Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News. Just a step into the lobby you will begin to indulge in the “St Regis Experience” taking you into a luxurious journey. This exquisite property is perfect for any occasion from a honeymoon to a wedding to a quick getaway with or without the kids. In our case, we chose this property to celebrate my husbands birthday, and left with lifetime memories.

Check in & Lobby

We were greeted with champagne, water, and apple juice for the little one as we checked in to the St Regis Bal Harbour. Though the actual check in process was well under 5 min, we were informed that the room was not ready. We dropped our little one off at the Kids Club or the Sea Turtles Club, as it is called and settled into the lobby. With a lobby that looks more like a lounge and less like a lobby, it was easy to make ourselves comfortable and enjoy all the beautiful details and designs through out the lobby areas.

The Suite

We were welcomed into an Atlantic Ocean Front Suite. At almost 1,500 sq feet this luxury suite provides the perfect combination of luxury, comfort and convenience. With a 6 guest dinning area, kitchenette, media room, family room, 2 bathrooms, separate bedroom, and 2 oversized balconies over looking the beautiful florida coast line, this suite will make you feel like you are staying in a penthouse, especially since the suite shares the elevator with only one more room in that floor.

I highly recommend this room for families as it allows parents and kids to have their own space and privacy. The sofa in the media room turns into a queen sized sofa bed which was perfect for the little one. And since there is a full bathroom right next to the media room and dinning area, he even had his own bathroom. Though the balconies are certainly the perfect place to spend most of the time while you are in your room, for the not so sunny days aka the rainy days that tend to make up for most of the summer in Florida, the living area provides a spacious and comfy area to relax for the whole family.

All of the suite is equipped with digital light switches not only allowing you to dim the lights, and open the drapes/curtains, but also making it easier to identify which switch turns on which light.

There are two furnished over sized balconies overlooking the unobstructed Florida coast line. The main one right in front of the family room and the other private one in the master bedroom.

And to top it all, this room also comes with Butler service which means you have a personal concierge at your service. He/She can even help you pack and unpack your luggages!

Pool , Beach & Amenities

On the ground floor right below the lobby is where you will find the main pool , spa, gym, kids club, pool bar, Atlantikos restaurant and access to the beach. The main pool is kids friendly so here is where you will find most of the families.

For couples or all other adult guests, there is an adults only Tranquility pool. As this pool is on the second level it is disconnected from the ground floor, making it feel like its own separate oasis. When my little one was at the kids club, my husband and I relaxed there and later moved to the main pool to enjoy as a family.

Also next to the Tranquility pool is a jacuzzi , though I am not certain if kids are aloud in that area.

The weather was not in our favor during most of our stay, so we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the beach. June tends to be a rainy month in Florida, especially during the first week of the month right for my husbands birthday. For the last five or six years, it has always rained heavily. 

Make sure to stop by the beach cabanas as they make for great pictures!

And for all the gym lovers, the gym is fully equipped though its not quite big in size and has beautiful views of the pool.

Kids Club/ Sea Turtle Club

Also situated on the ground floor, the kids club or the Sea Turtle Club as it is called welcomes kids from 4 to 12 years old. There are different actives for kids of different ages including a variety of toys, iPads and movies. If you are staying in the Atlantic Ocean Front Suite, the kids club is included in your reservation. If not, the cost is $55 for half day from 9:30am – 12:30pm or 1pm-4pm or $90 for full day from 9:30am-4pm with lunch included.  If it is not included and you are traveling with children (especially with kids 4-6), I would highly recommend you sign them up at least for one half day so you can take some time to relax by the pool or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. Our little one has recently fallen in love with kids club to such extent that while we were checking in he asked if there was a kids club. We don’t complain as this allows us to get some couples time at least for a few hours during the day.


Situated in a prime location, this beach front property is just steps away from one of the most well known luxury retail shops in South Florida , Bal Harbour Shops, home to  brands such as Tom Ford, Hublot, Chanel, Balenciaga among many others. Also only 8 miles away from South Beach, and less than a 10 min drive away from anything you might need such as Whole Foods, restaurants & bars. Before checking in to the property we stopped by Whole Foods to stock on some items for the little one that we simply cant travel without such as hummus, almond butter, granola bars, and chocolate coconut milk.


From the moment that you pull into the valet parking, you will be welcomed and attended by the highly trained and professional staff that know how to provide exceptional service without making the guest feel overwhelmed. The attention to detail and all the extra effort is what makes the customer service outstanding and definitely one of the best service we have experienced.

All the little things are what make a difference. As soon as we checked in, my little one was handed a bag of goodies with pool and beach toys in a St Regis bag. He was also given a little toy turtle to sleep with.

We were welcomed into our room with a bottle of champagne, a variety of macaroons, little chocolate turtles and a beautiful fruit platter. Along with an elegant pair of matching Father & Son swim shorts exclusively designed for St Regis from Vilebrequin. 

And on my husbands birthday,  we were both surprised to receive a beautiful and delicious birthday cake!


There are four on-site restaurants in the property offering from burgers, to greek food to one with a wine vault. Situated on the main level right before you exit towards the pool, Atlantikos is the main restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves the pool area as well. This is where you will find the breakfast buffet every morning. Inspired by the greek isles, Atlantikos offers greek cuisine. We dined here on our first night and we were not only impressed by their selection of vegetarian dishes (some customizable for vegans) but the flavor, taste and quality was top notch. My husband particularly fell in love with their braised  okra dish.

Though the weather wasnt on our side during our stay, my family and I had a phenomenal stay in St Regis Bal Harbour, and leave the property with nothing but life time memories and many intentions to return.

Disclaimer: Though this post is in partnership with St Regis Bal Harbour, as always, all opinions are my own.

Claudia Zeeba Life

  • Anne


    This place looks fabulous. Love the decor and the spacious suite. Looks you had a fab birthday celebration

  • Astrid Vinje


    Wow, this hotel looks very luxurious and glamorous. By the looks of it, it also looks like it would be okay for families with kids too!

  • Anda


    The hotel looks absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately Florida is not very high up on my list. I've been to Miami and Orlando and didn't find any of these places really worth flying there from California. If I want tropics, I can go to Hawaii. That doesn't mean that staying in St. Regis is not a good idea if you have Florida in your mind and that I am not tempted to visit....

  • Danik


    WOW! WOW! WOW! that pretty much sums up my feelings for this place after reading this and seeing those totally awesome photos. I thought it was a showroom at first being so clean and modern :D Would seriously consider staying here. :)

  • Lois Alter Mark


    Packing now! What a gorgeous hotel and location. St. Regis hotels always have amazing service. I love all the goodies they left for you!

  • Lia


    What a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion! I love that it's super kid friendly ... but who am I kidding, I'd go just for the macaron welcome plate :P Yum!

  • Peter Korchnak


    Nice hotel, I guess ;-) My big question is, where are all the other guests?

  • Fiona Maclean


    What a stunning suite - I don't think I'd be leaving it! All looks picture perfect

  • Katja


    As someone who rarely travels without my entourage of children this looks like a great hotel for us! I love the family-friendly suite, the Sea Turtles club and the fact that it looks so chic! Great recommendation, thanks.

  • Sandy N Vyjay


    This is a lovely hotel and no wonder it has been recognized. Right from the lobby, to the rooms, to the gym and pools, the hotel seems to pamper you lovingly. The best thing I found was the balcony, really stunning views. Lovely hotel to wake up in.

  • Siddhartha Joshi


    These places look great and your pictures even better! I esp love the lobby and the rooms....super inviting and comfy :)

  • Barb


    It looks like a beautiful hotel with great food! I also loved your outfits. Your photos are stunning. i will have to check out this hotel next time I am in Florida.

  • Susan R


    That photo of you in your red dress and your husband in his suit in the lobby is just fantastic - needs to make its way onto Instagram! What a perfect view from your suite and the swimming pool is stunning

  • Sarah Kim


    I can't believe this hotel! It looks more like a lux apartment than a hotel. That's awesome that the rooms give you space for privacy as parents and that there's a daycare. Great family hotel!

  • Dorene


    Wow! That is luxury. Stunning photos and you guys are seriously photogenic!

  • Jithin


    Wow..the hotel looks stunning. You have given a detailed description of the hotel. Very useful for those travelling to florida. The pictures are amazing.

  • Annie


    How lovely to not only be greeted with champagne, but to have a cozy place to relax while they finish getting your room ready. And an added bonus of having a Kids Club for them to play while you enjoy some time with your husband. Seems lovely!

  • Laura Lynch


    It looks so classy! Your photos are doing it much justice, I have to say. I would love to stay there.

  • Candy Rachelle


    Oh my, this hotel is everything!!!! I mean, absolutely gorgeous! The check-in area...The cabanas! I am going to put this on my list of places to visit!!! Awesome!

  • nisha


    Sheer luxury for the entire family. The balcony is definitely a highlight. I also loved the photo of the family having breakfast-on-the-bed :) .

  • Samantha


    This place looks incredible! That lobby is spectacular! Looks like you had a great time.

  • Alicia Taylor


    I was stunned by the entry way. However, nothing beats the view from the room!

  • Jennifer


    I can see why St Regis Bal Harbour was voted #1 hotel in Florida! It is absolutely gorgeous! I have never seen a hotel in Florida like this before. I don't think I'd ever leave the hotel if I stayed at St Regis Bal Harbour!

  • Odette


    This hotel looks like heaven!

  • Julie Cohn


    What a fabulous resort, I love St Regis hotels. I love the windows in the Atlantikis restaurant!

  • NAti


    It looks like the perfect place to spend vacation with a chic touch!

  • Elisa


    Wow! Everything looks very fancy but it would be hard to pull me out of the pool and beach amenities, definitely my favorite part!

  • Samantha Elisabeth


    This place looks incredible! I can't believe there's butler service, and that welcoming set-up is so cute! I love that they were kind enough to treat your husband to a cake on his birthday!

  • GiGi Eats


    Whoa baby, this place looks amazing. I would wear those robes, EVERYWHERE.... hahahaha! What I am most curious about though is - WHO the heck took all your photos! LOL!

    1. Claudia


      Hahah We love hanging out in our robes and usually wear them every time we are in the room. We use a tripod! :)

  • Chrysoula


    That is an amazing hotel in Florida. The room is so luxurious and I love the views from the balcony. The sea is so close and the swimming pool is great. I would love to spend a week there for sure!

  • Claire


    Holy cow this hotel looks amazing!! The food, the details and those views! Not to mention the pool! Its great there's a place for the kids too, so you get some time to yourselves.

  • Emily


    I lived in Florida most of my life, but sadly, never saw this place! Looks gorgeous!

  • Megan Indoe


    Wow, this hotel is amazing! I love the elegant lobby and the rooms are to die for. Also, that pool? What a gorgeous place! I love all the styled photos you did with your family! You guys are an incredibly good looking family as well! This place is ideal for families, that's great there's a daycare too!

  • Victoria


    I freaking love all the pictures including the two of you! Something we struggle with is how to take photos at fancy hotels that really shows the place off so this is inspiring!

  • Sofia


    Wow, this looks stunning! Also, these have to be the prettiest hotel review photos I've ever seen!

  • Mel


    This place looks amazing!! So luxurious. Great photos the one with you and your family in bed is really sweet.

  • Kerstein


    Wow! What a gorgeous luxurious hotel! We love the design, so clean and neat, and the food looks fabulous too! We've been to Miami twice, but never stayed in a luxurious hotel. I guess next time we should try out if only for one night! Thanks for the review and the awesome pictures!

  • Tracey


    Claudia, your pictures look right out of a magazine! Absolutely stunning accommodation!! My family loves Miami, we often choose to stay in there on the way to other destinations and staying at St. Regis Bal Harbor would make those short stays so much more special.

    1. Claudia


      Oh thank you so much Tracey!! Absolutely, Miami has so much to offer it deserves a few days rather than just being a transit city :)

  • Obi Ka


    What a nice vacation and seems romantic too!

  • Drew


    Wow. What a property. I've seen a few pictures of the St. Regis before, but never in such detail. Great design and decor all around. And of course, the 1,500 sq ft suite isn't too shabby either! Love the space it provides, especially if you bring any little ones! And it's hard to beat that location and view, that's for sure!

  • Donna Meyer


    What a gorgeous placw. So classy. And beautiful photos.

  • Nandita


    Wonderful location and interiors! Love any place that has a separate area for kids where they can enjoy while the parents relax and feel like individuals again :)

  • Christina


    This just looks like the MOST beautiful hotel!! I love that gorgeous lobby with the chandelier and all of those mirrors. AND that spread in your room looks delish. Need all of those macarons!!

  • Claire Summers


    This hotel looks amazing! And I am in love with your photographs. The food served looks too good to eat, I bet it tasted amazing. Even the daycare looks perfect. this place really does have the wow factor!

    1. Claudia


      Thank you so much Claire! Yes, my little one loved the kids club so it was a huge plus for us :)

  • Claudia


    This is an amazing hotel. Bal Harbour is a very chic community and this resort property fits it to a tee! Loved the family-sized suite, perfect for parental privacy.

    1. Claudia


      Absolutely, Bal Harbour is known for being an upscale neighborhood and this property definitely lives up to the standards.

  • Cat


    I love St. Regis! I have one of the most amazing experiences at their Bali hotel. Your room offers such a wonderful view! And all the treats look delicious!

  • Jenna


    Looks like a really pretty hotel! Love the views from the balcony and the pool looks great. I like that your suite had separate rooms and bathrooms--perfect for a family! And it's nice that the kids club was included in your reservation and that your boy had a great time there, too!

  • mark wyld


    This place looks warm and inviting, cosy, family friendly, luxurious and everything else. The pool area looks like a lot of fun for the kids and adults

    1. Claudia


      Absolutely. Though my little one and I had very little pool time because of the weather , we still had a great time :)

  • Paige W


    This is, hands down, one of the swankiest looking hotels I've ever seen! It looks so luxe! That view is unreal, and those fruits they provided look absolutely incredible. Cheers!

    1. Claudia


      I agree! Oh yes the fruits were so yum and even better in our balcony :)

  • sherianne


    It looks like a beautiful property and the hospitality and food options look incredible. Thank you for putting this on my radar!

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