Set Your Sights on South Florida's Most Desirable New Address: The Regent Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour Village, FL | February 04, 2008

The Regent Bal Harbour, the first new hotel property to debut in Bal Harbour Village in nearly half a century, is opening its doors March 3, 2008. The epitome of privacy and exclusivity, The Regent Bal Harbour is bringing unprecedented levels of sophistication, service and serenity - not to mention international flair - to the pristine oceanfront community.

The hotly anticipated opening of The Regent Bal Harbour is certain to perfectly blend with what is already one of the country's most desirable destinations. Located just north of Miami Beach, the exclusive Bal Harbour Village beach community has been a haven for the affluent since the 1940s. These days, the chic boutiques of the Bal Harbour Shops are filled with high-end labels such as Hermès, Chopard, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Luca Luca, Judith Ripka and Harry Winston. It's a Mecca for upscale shopping and people-watching on palm tree-lined streets, all within walking distance of The Regent Bal Harbour or a quick drive in the hotel's private luxury car.

The stunning, locally-inspired design and rich, classic elements of The Regent Bal Harbour incorporate an Art Moderne nod to Miami's vibrant architectural legacy and a 21st-century glass façade that soars and curves like a ship's sails. Located on one of Bal Harbour's most pristine white-sand beaches, the 18-story, 124-room property affords inspiring panoramic views of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. Designed for timeless elegance, the hotel will also house a commissioned, museum-quality art collection featuring works by established and emerging American artists that evoke the Asian heritage of Regent Hotels & Resorts.

"The Regent Bal Harbour promises The Regent Experience to the fullest. That means total immersion in the inviting culture of Bal Harbour, unrivaled luxury for all the senses and attention to every detail - including highly personalized service delivered with genuine kindness and warmth," said General Manager Guenter Richter, whose pedigree includes The St. Regis and The Waldorf Astoria in New York, as well as Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. "The result will be the authentic experience of hospitality at the highest levels, which is what Regent is all about."

Stylish Guestrooms with Asian Flair
Guest rooms reflect The Regent Experience, playing out as elegant, sublime sanctuaries with subtle Asian influences. Set before ocean and bay views, each guest room and executive suite assures the utmost privacy and quiet with access from semi-private or private elevators. The materials are textural and seductive, and the color palate is soothing and rich, with splashes of color for accent. Bamboo walls, leather tiles and parquet flooring are several of the touches that add to The Regent Bal Harbour's sophisticated design. Thoroughly thoughtful touches include 42-inch plasma screen TV, Anichini® linens, DVD and CD players and private terraces. Bathrooms are outfitted with freestanding bathtubs placed before 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning water views. In a world-renowned Regent touch, all showers have a "toe-tap" groove for testing water temperature before entering.

For the ultimate in accommodation in Bal Harbour - or just about anywhere - the hotel's 18th floor is occupied by the extraordinary Presidential Suite. At 3,500 square-feet, including 702 square-feet of terrace, it's a dream destination of hardwood and stone floors, with a theatre and media room; 46-bottle wine storage; and grand-piano bedecked living room. A Roman tub on the suite's master balcony offers breathtaking views of the Miami skyline and bay. A fully-equipped kitchen features a Wolf oven and Subzero refrigerator. The dining room seats eight, with table settings of hand-selected china.

An Oasis of Calm & Luxury
The first Guerlain Spa to debut in North America, The Guerlain Spa at The Regent Bal Harbour will unfold as a 10,000 square-foot oasis of calm and luxury. Meander along bamboo flooring past the spa's limestone waterfall to discover the pleasures waiting in each of 15 treatment suites. With views overlooking Baker's Haulover Inlet and the Atlantic, guests can sample signature treatments such as Five-Senses Hydrotherapy, as well as a menu of Harmonizing Massages incorporating the latest anti-aging technology. Topped off with Guerlain's renowned skincare products, the spa is certain to provide a soothing and transforming personal occasion—the essence of the Guerlain experience, the perfect union of effective know-how and aesthetic expertise.

Leisure by the Beach
Whether lounging on The Regent Bal Harbour's 750-foot beach, swimming in the expansive infinity-edge pool, or unwinding in poolside cabanas and private Roman hot tubs, guests will experience a level of personalized service that has become a Regent signature. Cabanas, located in a separate sanctuary near the pool for privacy, will be decked out with flat-screen TVs, WiFi and minibars, as well as ample room for private dining. Beach and pool attendants will be on hand to assure carefree relaxation, and to provide sunscreen; portable DVD players and iPods, iced towels and beverages available for all. A fully equipped fitness center with on-site personal trainers and a marina nearby for sunset sails and fishing expeditions, will fulfill the whims of every guest. And for those who consider shopping a sport, the resort's luxury car will whisk guests to and from the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops.

Dining Before the Shore
Discriminating diners will find culinary contentment from the finest and freshest provisions at the hotel's signature ocean-view restaurant 1 Bleu, where the Executive Chef, Gerdy Rodriguez will create an inspired, contemporary menu full of Mediterranean flavors, combined with produce from South Florida green markets and savory local seafood. Guests may also dine poolside in a more casual atmosphere, or imbibe at the View Bar with an oceanfront lounge where the hotel's signature cocktail, the Bal Breeze, will whet whistles better than East Coast humidity. Have an appetite for something on the healthy side The hotel's own spa cuisine, created in conjunction with the Guerlain Spa, will be available throughout the property.

So get set to experience the finest of South Florida in the New Year at The Regent Bal Harbour.

Rates begin at $750/night up to $1,000 and Suite rates begin at $1,150/night up to $8,500. For reservations or for more information, call 800-545-4000 or 305-866-2121, or visit www.RegentHotels.com/BalHarbour.

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About The Regent Bal Harbour
The first major hotel in Bal Harbour Village in more than a half-century, The Regent Bal Harbour is an Art Moderne gem establishing a new standard of luxury on the Atlantic beachfront just north of Miami.

The 18-story property features 124 rooms arrayed with Asian-influenced elegance, including expansive ocean-view terraces, mahogany parquet floors, granite stone, seductive leather details, and stunning bathrooms with free standing bathtubs set before floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort's Presidential Suite occupies the majority of the 18th floor, with 3.500 square-feet including 702 square-feet of terraces.

The signature restaurant, 1 Bleu, serves a contemporary menu of international Mediterranean seafood highlighting produce from South Florida green markets and the freshest local seafood, while the View Bar is a casual spot to imbibe before oceanfront views. The Guerlain Spa is a 10,000 square-foot oasis of calm and luxury with bamboo flooring, a limestone waterfall, and an extensive treatment menu.

And along with 750-feet of beach frontage and a selection of water sports, the resort's expansive pool is a must-do experience, with poolside dining, private cabanas and private Roman hot tubs. The resort is located just a quick walk - or an even quicker ride via luxury car service - from the renowned Bal Harbour Shops, featuring chic boutiques and top designers. The Regent Bal Harbour opens March 3, 2008. For more information or reservations call 800-545-4000 or visit www.RegentHotels.com/BalHarbour.

About Regent Hotels & Resorts
Regent Hotels & Resorts is part of Carlson, a global leader in the hotel, restaurant, travel and marketing industries. The Regent brand encompasses luxury hotels, resorts, residences and cruises throughout the world, offering discerning travelers The Regent Experience℠ (www.TheRegentExperience.com) with unique and personalized service. Regent Hotels & Resorts offers a global portfolio of luxury properties in Beijing; Shanghai; Singapore; Taipei; Berlin; Zagreb, Croatia; Bordeaux, France; and Turks and Caicos. The company's expansion plans in North America include The Regent Bal Harbour, Florida and The Regent Boston at Battery Wharf in 2008. Future global developments include properties in The Republic of Maldives; Bangkok, Thailand; Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Manila Bay, the Philippines; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.RegentHotels.com.

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