2-Day Romantic Getaway
- Wave Hello
Stroll hand in hand and survey the sand and seawall of the beach at Bal Harbour on the landscaped Beach Walk, which runs parallel to the water the full length of the seaside village, down into Surfside.
- Worth a Shot
All breakfast selections at Rustiko Artisan Bistro include coffee and a “juice shot”; pair the avocado toast with the Mandarin Mint (tangerine juice and mint leaves) for a light, beach-friendly breakfast.
- Privacy, Please
Bal Harbour Beach is among Miami’s most sumptuous, with tranquil waves lapping at the shore of well-groomed white sand. Enjoy the access and view from a luxury cabana at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, which includes two lounge chairs, a day bed, beach towels, refreshments, bottled water, personal concierge service, privacy curtains and a plunge hot tub. Or opt for a private beach bed, with two lounge chairs and umbrellas stationed close to the surf.
- The Great Estate
Step back a century and explore Vizcaya. Industrial heir James Deering’s estate was built in the early 1900s but was designed to look like a baroque 18th century Italian villa. The National Historic Landmark is now open for tours of the 38,000-square-foot main house, the 10 acres of formal gardens filled with statues, busts, vases and urns from as far back as the 1700s, and a collection of 2,000 orchid specimens in an “orchidarium.”
- Sit Back and Sup
Be prepared to truly savor dinner at Naoe; the average meal at this intimate Japanese restaurant on Brickell Key lasts 2½–3 hours, while Executive Chef Kevin Cory lavishes attention on his eight — yes, eight — guests. (Reservations are required, and the Chef’s Choice omakase menu is prepared specially according to what’s new and fresh, and can be paired with sake from Cory’s
family distillery.) Forbes Travel Guide has awarded the restaurant five stars, the top score, every year since 2013.
- Here’s to You
Salute the sunrise with mimosas from your breakfast table on the ocean-side patio at Artisan Beach House. Start the day with Eggs Your Way or opt for the Garden Frittata, filled with locally sourced squash and other vegetables.
- Purchasing Power
Browse the Bal Harbour Shops to find the perfect outfit, souvenir or gift. The boutiques and department stores in America’s most successful open-air luxury center run from A to Z — literally, from Agent Provocateur to Zimmermann — so virtually any retail dream can be realized within.
- Curated Couture
For a more specialized shopping experience, engage a Couture Concierge. Celebrity stylist Elysze Held will organize personal shopping experiences at boutiques and designer showrooms or assist with one-on-one wardrobe consultations.
- Paris Amid the Palms
Double James Beard Award winner Stephen Starr’s 200-seat brasserie, Le Zoo, features classic French bistro fare, such as escargot, steak or salmon frites, and salade niçoise.
- Rest and Recharge
Retreat to your room for quiet time. All rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami have 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, free-standing soaking tubs that look out to water, and terraces with at least partial ocean views.
- Heaven Scent
Arrive at Exhale Bal Harbour at least a half-hour prior to your scheduled Fusion massages in the couple’s suite. You’ll want plenty of time to unwind in the sauna and steam room before your treatment, which combines rhythmic massage with aromatherapy oils.
- Grand Finale
Reserve your table in the Mosaic Garden at Gianni’s at the Villa and dine facing a pool tiled in 24-karat gold at The Villa Casa Casuarina, the 1930s oceanfront mansion that was built by the heir of a Standard Oil executive but is best known as the former residence of Gianni Versace. Then squeeze in for a postprandial cocktail at the six-seat Onyx Bar, a conversion of Versace’s former kitchen.