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Despite its high-income demographic and luxurious mall that lures shoppers from miles around, Bal Harbour, Fla., just outside of Miami, didn’t have a hotel befitting its zip code until last month, when The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences opened. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the company that also did the St. Regis properties in Mexico City and San Francisco, the hotel interiors were inspired by what the area might have been in the 1960s when “Harry Winston and Bonwit
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Teller had shops on Lincoln Road,” explains Glenn Pushelberg, one of the company’s partners. “It’s formal, but also very glamorous. I don’t think anyone in America is going to build a five-star of this caliber for quite some time.” It took seven years to construct the property, which has 243 rooms and suites, all with ocean views, butler services and, according to Pushelberg, “ginormous terraces.” The property also has a 14,000-square-foot Remède spa, a Jean-Georges restaurant (called J&G Grill), a vault with more than 2,500 rare wines and, of course, easy access to the mall. Rooms from $850, 9703 Collins Ave., (305) 993-6000, www.stregisbalharbour.com