Looking for a getaway location that's equal parts fun and refined? Consider beautiful Bal Harbour.

By Gabriella Rello
November 08, 2019
Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour

Not everyone wants a Vegas-style bachelorette party, but some brides are still looking for more excitement than a wellness retreat or yoga getaway. In the event that you're searching for a bachelorette party destination that's equal parts fun and refined, consider Bal Harbour, Florida. Just 10 minutes north of South Beach, think of this beautiful village Miami's chicer relative. Less crowded, more relaxed, and decidedly more elevated, Bal Harbour offers everything a bride-to-be and her friends could want in a getaway: Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Miami, this sunny locale truly offers the best of both worlds. Here, our picks for where to stay, what to do, and where to eat during your bachelorette getaway in southern Florida.

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Stay

There's no shortage of luxury accommodations in Bal Harbour. Book rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, St. Regis Bal Harbour, or Four Seasons Surfside. All three are beachfront and feature stunning pools, world-class spas, and five-star service, but appeal to a different type of bride. If a quiet property with epic pools is what you want, you and your group fill feel at home at the St. Regis. Want a glamorous backdrop (complete with striped beach umbrellas) for your bachelorette getaway? The Ritz-Carlton is the spot to call your home base for the duration of the trip. If an elegant hotel with a storied history that's worth exploring is more your speed, make your reservations at the Four Seasons Surfside.

Do

When you're tired of luxuriating on the beach, by the pool, or at your resort's spa, head to the Bal Harbour Shops for a little retail therapy. The luxury shopping is unparalleled, so pack a light suitcase—you'll be hard-pressed to go home without at least a few souvenirs. By night, head into Miami proper for drinks and dancing.

Eat

Delicious dining abounds in Bal Harbour, so plan your meals and make reservations in advance. For a fun lunch or a more casual dinner with oceanfront views, visit Artisan Beach House Restaurant. With offerings like a quinoa pita wrap, chicken truffle sandwich, and Tuscan kale salad, you'll want to take the sharing route so you can try a little bit of everything. For Italian classics with an Instagram-worthy, visit Le Sirenuse Miami—yes, it's the Sunshine State's spin-off of the iconic Positano restaurant. Start with a cocktail at the glamorous Champagne bar before digging into an incredible plate of homemade pasta. Be sure to save room for one of the pastry chef's classic Italian desserts. (We're partial to the lemon cake.) Before your big night out, visit chef Thomas Keller's the Surf Club. Though there are seafood and pasta offerings, the restaurant's impeccable steaks (and impecable service) are why you're here. Last but not least, make plans to visit Atlantikós in the St. Regis for a Mediterranean-inspired Sunday brunch.

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