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Residents reflect on South Florida’s global appeal, future of hotel brand

When The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort begins welcoming residents in 2011, neighborly gatherings will more closely resemble the United Nations General Assembly than the typical cocktail party, says a spokesperson for the property.

“Since we entered the market, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has attracted an international clientele,” says John Manrique, vice president of sales and marketing for Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “The global makeup of our residents can be attributed to Miami’s geographic location at the crossroads of Latin America, the international appeal for Bal Harbour Village and Bal Harbour Shops, and the continuing growth and global breadth of the St. Regis brand.”

Just as snowbirds from the northeastern United States and Canada migrate to South Florida for the sunny weather and sugar-sand beaches, people from South America travel to Bal Harbour to escape the Southern Hemisphere’s chilly winter season. Moreover, with the vibrant nightlife and cultural pleasures of Miami close by, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is the preferred address for Europeans and jet-setters seeking the very best this region has to offer, says Manrique.

In addition to experiencing South Florida’s many cultural offerings, residents of The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort can visit the celebrated Bal Harbour Shops directly across the street on Collins Avenue to peruse luxury retailers that have been delighting fashion connoisseurs for more than 40 years.

Each season, Bal Harbour Shops augments its noteworthy collection with new and legendary boutiques, including the recently opened Roger Vivier and Lanvin, the French haute designer’s first boutique in the United States.

A diverse collection of floor plans make The Residences at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort suitable for couples or families visiting with nannies or personal assistants, says Manrique.

Expansive balconies measuring 440 square feet to more than 1,380 square feet are ideal for gracious al fresco entertaining complemented by scenic vistas and Atlantic Ocean breezes.

Other requisite amenities for hosting successful soirees include chef’s kitchens featuring lighted European-style cabinetry, granite countertops, a center island and pre-slotted cutlery drawers. The professional-grade appliances found within the kitchens include wall ovens with warming drawers, built-in coffee makers, wine refrigerators and a choice of gas or electric cooktops that vary with plan designs.

Luxurious properties in the most exclusive locations around the world are opening under the St. Regis flag, many of them offering the bespoke residential lifestyle for which the brand is known, says Manrique.

“Obviously important to our future residents are the traditions, strength and compelling future for the St. Regis brand,” explains Manrique. “Seventeen hotels are currently being developed in locations from Bangkok and Osaka to Abu Dhabi and Buenos Aires. It is a particularly exciting time to be part of the St. Regis family.”

In addition to the landmark St. Regis hotel in New York City, the pleasures of residential living are offered at St. Regis hotels and resorts in Atlanta, Deer Valley, Mexico City, Bali and Singapore. Aside from The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, hotels with Residences in development include Bangkok, Bahia Beach (Puerto Rico), Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and Riviera Maya (Mexico).

Scheduled for completion in 2011, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is on Collins Avenue in the village of Bal Harbour. The alluring oceanfront address will feature 270 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury residences ranging from 1,777 to 6,868 square feet.

In addition to private residences, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort will feature 37 condo-hotel suites and 205 hotel rooms. With access to resort and hotel services, residents and guests will have the option to enjoy amenities that include a 12,000-square-foot Remède Spa, signature St. Regis Butler service, pre-arrival grocery provisioning, in-residence dining, limousine services, housekeeping services and pet services. Residences are offered from $1.9 million.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Sales Gallery is at 1170 Kane Concourse, Suite 100, Bay Harbor Islands. More information is available by calling 888-943-7473 or visiting stregisbalharbour.com/elegance.

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