My Mom's Birthday Surprise inside an Oceanfront Day Villa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel

Sazoneros! If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that on Wednesday, August 15th, my sisters and I surprised our mom for her birthday and we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon inside an Oceanfront Day Villa at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort!! Since the St. Regis offered me a complimentary villa to indulge in their new property and amenities, I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to bring my sisters together for an unforgettable birthday celebration. Earlier in the morning, I told my mom I had booked an appointment for her and I at the St. Regis Spa (a minor fib of course). Upon arriving at the hotel lobby, my mom was already in heaven. Check out the stunning St. Regis entrance pictured above: Chinese Godflower marble floors (mined exclusively for the resort), West African Movingue wood walls and a signature rosette detail on the ceiling. Breathtaking right? Well, I explained to my mom that we would receive a tour of the resort before heading up to the spa and that's exactly how we led her up and around the pool area toward a luxurious 600-square-foot air-conditioned cabana! This is how the rest of our day unfolded....
As we entered the Oceanfront Day Villa for my mom to take a peek, my sisters were actually waiting inside and screamed "SURPRISE!!" I was secretly hoping she wouldn't faint. Luckily, all my mom did was cry for a solid 10 minutes! Did I mention these villas include butler service? Our butler was extremely attentive, polite and truly welcoming. The villa was elegantly decorated, complete with antiqued mirrors, plush couch, wet bar, bath and shower, flat screen TV, movies on demand, an iPod docking station and mini-fridge. Amazing right?
Introducing my mom (a.k.a. the birthday girl) and my sisters! The surprise was a complete success and my mom couldn't believe she had her three girls all to herself for the entire day. Sending a BIG thanks to Michelle for making this special day a reality!
If you're a fan of pastries, then I must introduce you to The St. Regis Bal Harbour's most amazing Pastry Chef, Antonio Bachour. Last year, Dessert Professional Magazine selected Bachour as one of their "Top 10 Pastry Chefs" in America. I couldn't believe Antonio would be making a one-of-a-kind birthday cake for my mom. The cake was delicious and it truly showed me how the St. Regis makes sure to go above and beyond for their guests! 
After we settled into the Oceanfront Day Villa, we enjoyed an outdoor lunch in our very own spacious patio featuring a daybed, umbrellas, dining table and privacy hedges. I definitely recommend you try the fish tacos, chicken quesadillas and their burgers. Don't forget to order their signature mojito!

The ocean looked like a postcard right? Since we tanned for a good hour on the beach, we decided to head up the stairs to check out the Tranquility Pool above our cabana. The water was pristine and set to the perfect temperature. Our butler kept the drinks flowing while us ladies chatted the afternoon away. Overall, I will never forget our experience that day and I hope you'll have the opportunity to visit the property very soon!

Trust me, it was hard to leave the hotel at the end of the day. Check out the view as we walked through the lobby (above). Canadian-based designers, Yabu Pushelberg, were the masterminds behind the “jewel box” lobby featuring natural rock crystal chandeliers. If you've fallen in love with The St. Regis Bal Harbour, then make sure you visit their website and inquire about their Oceanfront Day Villas. Villas are available for $550 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. I suggest you plan your visit ahead of time because these villas are in high demand! Cheers to an amazing day, our scrumptious cake and the spectacular views!! Thanks again to the whole staff over at the St. Regis: our butler, renown Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour and the lovely Michelle Payer, Director of Public Relations. I'll be back to the resort soon to check out J&G Grill's Miami Spice menu!


  1. Wow! Great post! This place is really luxurious. It's like living in a paradise and living a royal life. And the price? I guess it's just all worth it! Thank you so much for sharing with us this very interesting and informative post. This could help me a lot with my business.Right now, median sale prices for ocean homes in Miami are the most affordable they’ve been in a long time. Oceanfront House Miami Keep posting interesting stuff like this one.

  2. That seems pretty nice surprise, i bet she liked it a lot!


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