When Colonel John Jacob Astor IV opened The St. Regis Hotel in 1904 in New York City, the Beaux-Arts landmark was heralded for its elegant design as well as its mission to bring Old World charm, hospitality and service to the New World.
In a modern interpretation of that classic style, South Florida’s newest landmark, The St. Regis Resort, Bal Harbour is designed to offer the finest expressions of luxury for which the brand has been renowned since the days of Colonel Astor, says a spokesperson for the developer.
The St. Regis Resort, Bal Harbour is on 1,000 feet of beachfront in the upscale Bal Harbour Village enclave. The interior design of the public spaces and common areas is the work of award-winning firm Yabu Pushelberg.
Based in New York City with an office in Toronto, Yabu Pushelberg is known for its innovative yet elegant approach to interiors for high-end clients worldwide. Principals George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg took their inspiration for Bal Harbour’s design from both the rich history of the St. Regis brand and the local architecture and distinct flavor of Miami Beach, where they have a vacation home.
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“We focused on the many layers and textures of the Miami atmosphere – which we see as both approachable and aspirational – to create an environment that recalls Old World splendor while at the same time expressing the fresh, light South Florida aesthetic,” says Pushelberg.
The interiors of the three 27-story glass towers resonate with a refined opulence characterized by rich textures, fine materials and a strong emphasis on integrating art, with plans calling for oversize sculptures and a premier collection of pieces rich in tradition of the St. Regis brand.
Art has always found a home at each St. Regis property with acclaimed masters such as Salvador Dali among the many glamorous and creative personalities who have made a St. Regis property their address – he and his wife Gala lived at The St. Regis, New York, as did Marlene Dietrich, William Paley and his wife Babe, the 20th-century style icon.
Iconic for The St. Regis Resort, Bal Harbour is the Grand Hallway, a promenade that allows entrants to discover different worlds by virtue of its double-story faceted mirror screens against exotic Movingui hardwood walls. The space is anchored by elegant furnishings in pleasing shapes and textures with a lushly muted color palette and a combination of marble and travertine flooring. The hallway is complemented by a mirrored bar and lounge, a jewel-box wine room, a tailored reception area and a sunlit all-day restaurant lined with gold mirrors and etched plaster walls.
From the overall concept, The Residences at The St. Regis Resort, Bal Harbour are designed with relaxation in mind and feature spa-like baths with walk-in enclosed showers, overflow soaking tubs and luxurious stone surface treatments. Other planned residential highlights include chef’s kitchens with European-style lighted cabinetry, granite countertops, an island, pre-slotted cutlery drawers and professional-grade appliances.
The one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom luxury residences range from 1,777 to 6,868 square feet and are suitable for couples or families equipped with nannies or personal assistants. Expansive balconies, measuring from 455 to more than 1,300 square feet, coined “outdoor living rooms” due to their size, offer unparalleled views of the Atlantic and Biscayne Bay and are ideal for gracious entertaining or romantic interludes under the stars.
In keeping with the legendary St. Regis bespoke service, residents may have the option to enjoy such hotel amenities as signature butlers, pre-arrival grocery shopping, in-residence dining, chauffeur, housekeeping and pet care. Residences are offered from $1.9 million.
“It’s about timeless beauty,” says Pushelberg. “No other project here has such permanence.”
Current design plans include 268 ultra-luxurious residences in addition to a St. Regis hotel, oceanfront dining, a 12,000-square-foot Remède Spa and serene gardens with multiple pools, water features and sculptures. More information is available by calling 888-943-7473 or visiting online at www.StRegisBalHarbour.com/elegance.