Bal Harbour’s Revival

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Movies on the beach at ONE Bal Harbour


Bal Harbour Village is reinventing itself as a cultural destination, and at the forefront is ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa. The ultra-chic hotel located on the village’s northern point is hosting cultural events this season, in addition to offering luxurious digs and a new, to-die-for beach club.

   In its previous incarnation, ONE Bal Harbour was The Regent hotel. Much of the decor remains (it was fabulous, so why not?), so expect acres of wood paneling, textural materials like corrugated metal, rice paper and glass tile, provocative art and sunwashed spaces courtesy of the enormous windows on the ocean side. The rooms themselves are among the best in Miami. Okay, it’s not South Beach (it’s 15 minutes to the north, depending on traffic, which is always a wild card), but it’s far more spacious than anything else in the area and the views are beyond. Suites are impeccably appointed (you won’t see stingray coffee tables at many other hotels) and have all the comforts, including full kitchens with—very important—killer espresso machines. Not that you’ll cook, but it’s nice to have should you want to entertain.

   The big news is the resort’s Beach Club, set to open in November. Situated beachside around the chic lawn area, the Hernan Arriaga-designed club will feature its own food service, private tables, chaises and cabanas, and various exclusive events. Membership costs $10,500 a year, by invitation only. Charter members include our own Nacho Figueras, India Hicks, Stephen Dorff, Helio Castroneves and Oscar Blandi. The resort is already impressive, but this will be a game changer for the area.

   To coincide with the opening, the lawn will be used for cultural performances such as concerts and movies on the beach. The village’s cultural season, in which ONE plays a fairly significant role, kicks off Nov. 27 with a showing of Avatar under the stars. For more on the programs, click here.

   I can’t think of a better way to end a day of shopping at Bal Harbour Shops.


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A cabana at ONE Bal Harbour … personal hot tub included.

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The freeform pool

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Rooms have marvelous decor and water views from every window.


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The ultra-fab Beach Club, opening November.

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