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Planning Your Trip

Secluded on a peninsula yet only 15 minutes from the energy of Miami’s South Beach, the hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway. From beautiful beaches to a night out on the town, here’s what to bring along.

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Weekend Getaway

Just a quick jaunt from cities like New York and Washington, D.C., Bal Harbour and the surrounding Miami metro area make for a perfect weekend destination. Bring along a few essentials to ensure you’re able to cover a lot of ground in a short time.


  • Pack a pair of comfortable sandals that can take you from lounging on the beach to exploring the city.
  • One of Miami’s greatest assets, the sunny weather, requires a few extra accessories to keep your skin protected. Bring along a wide-brimmed hat and stylish sunglasses to avoid overexposure.
  • Stash a lightweight scarf in your beach bag to transition from day to night — the ocean breezes can be chilly once the sun goes down.

Exploring the City

Bal Harbour, situated at the northern tip of Miami Beach, has ideal access to many of the city’s best museums, galleries and botanical gardens, as well as shopping and dining. Here’s what to pack.




  • There’s so much to see and do in and around Bal Harbour — opt for a pair of stylish sneakers to keep you comfortable as you explore the myriad museums, galleries and boutiques.
  • For evening outings, do as the locals do and err on the side of dressy: slacks and button-downs for men, sheath dresses and high heels for women.
  • There is an abundance of great shopping in Miami, beginning with the Bal Harbour Shops just down the street. Consider bringing along an extra tote bag for packing your new wares.

Beach Vacation

While there is so much to experience in Miami, simply relaxing on Bal Harbour’s white-sand beaches — which are wonderfully secluded compared to the rest of the city’s beaches. Stock your beach bag with these must-haves.



  • Pack multiple swimsuits so that you always have a dry option at the ready. Ladies may want to consider bringing different suit types for different activities.
  • A waterproof beach bag (or pouch within) is vital to keep e-readers and tablets safe from unexpected ocean swells or rain showers.
  • A sarong or lightweight cover-up will take you seamlessly from the beach to happy hour on the patio — stash a couple of stylish options in your suitcase.

Don’t Forget:

While Miami’s weather is just about perfect, unexpected rain showers do happen. Pack a small umbrella in your tote bag to take along as you explore the city.

Whether a romantic getaway or a relaxing girls' trip, a little planning can ensure you’re able to do everything on your itinerary. Classes at Exhale spa, a table at LIV nightclub, a session with the hotel’s Couture Concierge and dinner at Miami's best restaurants can all be arranged prior to your arrival.

Dining Reservations

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Outdoor dining is a must-do in a sunny locale like Bal Harbour. Book a table on the patio at Juvia, where you can take in the sights of South Beach as you nosh on eclectic fare like Wagyu Short Rib Gyoza and Duck Foie Gras Terrine. For cutting-edge, plant-based cuisine, head to Plant Food and Wine, where the stunning modernist space competes for attention with the food. For delightful fusion cuisine, reserve a table at Makoto, where chef Makoto Okuwa his developed his own take on Japanese cuisine. The fresh sushi is delightful, but don’t pass up a chance to try some of the more unique offerings, too, like Japanese risotto and tuna pizza.


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Home to a bustling live music scene, vibrant nightclubs and evening art shows, Miami was practically made for a night out on the town. For a unique evening out, head to El Tucán, a modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s and transports revelers to the bygone era of glitz and glamour. For all-night revelry, reserve a table at LIV, one of the city’s most storied nightclubs, which recently reopened after a $10 million renovation. To truly dress the part, book an appointment with The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Couture Concierge Service, which includes wardrobe planning and personal shopping at nearby designer boutiques.

Spa Appointments

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Find a few moments of respite with a trip to Exhale Bal Harbour. The 10,000-square-foot waterfront spa and fitness boutique offers wellness treatments that relax, restore and rejuvenate. Start your morning with a barre, yoga or HIIT class in the light-filled studio overlooking the ocean, then unwind in a private treatment suite as you enjoy offerings like the Signature Flow Massage, Power Facial and Glow Body Scrub, before wrapping up your day in the steam room and sauna.

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

One of the country’s biggest destinations for art, there’s no shortage of masterpieces to view in Miami. As part of the Bal Harbour Unscripted program, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour get tickets to numerous museums — ask your concierge for more details. Additionally, arrange for a private tour at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a work of art in itself where visitors can take an architectural tour of the 200,000-square-foot building, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron. Inside are rotating special exhibitions as well as a section dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art, in honor of the region’s cultural heritage. For evening entertainment, ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami to secure you tickets to a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center, which plays host to the Miami City Ballet as well as traveling Broadway shows and various musicians.

Bal Harbour offers a distinct destination: amid the energy of Miami Beach yet secluded enough to feel like a true getaway. To make the most of your visit, the hotel’s local experts have crafted itineraries for a romantic retreat and an arts-focused weekend.

2-Day Romantic Getaway

Combine the warmth of the sunlight, the sound and sight of gentle Atlantic waves and the natural splendor of Bal Harbour, and it adds up to a relaxed, romantic getaway. This upscale Florida village and surrounding beaches are home to the perfect places to let time drift away as you spend time together in fine restaurants, elaborate gardens and intimate venues. These coastal adventures will create idyllic memories that ignite the flames of love, and keep them well ablaze.



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3-Day Cultural Treasures

Miami’s arts and cultural scene is internationally renowned; Art Basel Miami Beach draws more than 70,000 visitors a year, making it one of America’s leading art shows, while modern art and midcentury modern architecture continue to define the city’s famous aesthetic. Bal Harbour, situated at the northern tip of Miami Beach, has ideal access to many of the city’s best museums, galleries and botanical gardens. Visitors don’t have to go far to start: Bal Harbour’s public Beach Walk is home to exhibitions organized by the city’s Unscripted art program.


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