Created in 1936 with a fully conceived master plan, Bal Harbour is a decidedly upscale south Florida beach community. Peppered with elegant homes, gleaming condominium towers and hotels, elite shops, gourmet restaurants, Bar Harbour event venues, and impeccably landscaped roadways, it exudes an air of exclusivity.
Bal Harbour is located 16 miles from Miami International Airport, 17 Miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 9 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center, 14 miles from downtown Miami and 21 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Luxury, multi-floor properties within steps of a beautiful sandy beach highlight hotel venues in Bal Harbour, include the 227-room The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort with 11,000 square feet of meeting space, the 268-room Grand Beach Hotel Surfside with 9,000 square feet of meeting space, and the 124-room ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa with 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
Looking for luxurious off-site, beachside event venues in Bal Harbour? The Bath Club, a private club in Miami Beach accessible to groups, is situated 7 miles from Bal Harbour, with 26,000 square feet of event space encompassing a 3,166-square-foot ballroom; it can accommodate receptions for 400 people and a palm-lined courtyard, where sit-down dinners for up to 150 people are possible.
Beyond the appealing water-related activities such as sunbathing, sailing, diving, and snorkeling, the next most popular pastime in Bal Harbour is shopping. The posh Bal Harbour Shops on Collins Avenue, with anchor stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, is a shopper's nirvana with specialty stores like Michael Kors, Brioni, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co.
You're never more than a short walk from a superb selection of cafes and restaurants in Bal Harbour. Some of the town's best restaurants are located at the Bal Harbour shops, including Carpaccio, La Goulue, Makoto, and Zodiac Cafe at Neiman Marcus. Restaurants at hotels such as ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, St. Regis Bal Harbour and Sea View Hotel are also excellent gourmet options.