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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort: Top-off of final tower is near

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, has taken a lead role in the success of The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, scheduled for completion in 2011.

While most properties in the company’s portfolio are managed or franchised, Starwood is the owner and developer of The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, poised to redefine 21st century luxury living in South Florida, says a company spokesperson.

Located on a coveted piece of oceanfront property at the northern tip of the chic enclave of Bal Harbour Village, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is comprised of three 27-story towers that feature one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury residences, ranging from 1,777 to 6,868 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies, measuring from 455 to more than 1,300 square feet, provide unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, while residents may have the option to enjoy such hotel amenities as signature butler services, pre-arrival grocery shopping, in-residence dining, chauffeur, housekeeping, and pet services. Residences are priced from $1.9 million.

“It is very exciting to see the property transform from a concrete construction project engulfed by giant cranes to a soaring, architectural masterpiece,” says Keith Fordsman, vice president of development for Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a part of the Starwood hotels and resorts family overseeing development of the property.

In the past few months, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has continued to reach its construction milestones. Vertical construction for both the center hotel tower and private north residential tower has been completed. The third 27-story tower — the private south residential tower — has been poured up to the 20th floor and is slated to be topped off this coming February.

Additionally, windows and sliding glass doors have been installed on the center hotel and north residential towers. Interior framing is more than halfway completed in the center hotel tower as well. Even the five- and six-fixture master baths are taking form as bathtubs and shower valves are mounted in the hotel.

Innovative technology also plays a key role in the design of The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, says Fordsman. One example is its air conditioning system, that relies on chilled water instead of noisy heat pumps. The chilled water lines have already been run through the central hotel tower.

“We live by construction milestones and I remain impressed by the craftsmanship and quality of work being put in place by our dedicated team of talented individuals,” says Tom C. Murphy, vice president of preconstruction services for Coastal Construction Company, contractor for The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. “We are working with the best in the industry and it shows by their commitment to detail and adherence to our timeline.”

For an update on construction progress, visit The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort’s Second Annual Holiday Open House now running daily through Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. The sales gallery address is 1170 Kane Concourse, Suite 100, in Bay Harbor Islands. Please call 305-993-6000 to schedule a visit.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is on Collins Avenue, directly across from world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops.

Current design plans include 268 ultra-luxurious residences, 37 condo-hotel suites, 183 hotel rooms and 24 fractional suites. Highlights include signature butler service, 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