St. Regis Completes Vertical Construction at Bal Harbour Resort Project

» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | March 19, 2010 9:30 AM ET

(BAL HARBOUR, FL) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announced March 16 that in less than 24 months since the implosion of the landmark Sheraton Bal Harbour, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has completed vertical construction for all three of its 27-story towers. This is a significant milestone in the development of what some industry experts estimate to be the largest, active residential-resort project in the Southeast United States.

Scheduled for completion in 2011, the luxury oceanfront resort and residences located directly across from the upscale Bal Harbour Shops has made a significant contribution to the Florida coastline.  Setting a new standard for luxury living in South Florida, current plans for The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and The Residences at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort include 205 elegantly appointed guest rooms, 270 private residences, 37 hotel condominium suites, a 12,000 square foot Remede Spa, signature oceanfront restaurant, St. Regis wine bar, state-of-the-art meeting and event space, and secluded beachfront access across approximately nine acres of lush landscaping. 

Each residence and guest room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and the residences feature expansive balconies measuring from 440 to more than 1,380 square feet to provide unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.  With interior design by renowned firm Yabu Pushelburg, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort will offer guests and residents modern sophistication, unparalleled luxury and bespoke service at one the best addresses in the world. 

Following in the tradition of the iconic St. Regis Hotel New York, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort will feature the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service, bespoke guest experiences and luxury accommodations tailored to meet global travelers' needs. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guests' needs and customizing each guest's stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences. 

"Pinnacle properties like The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort stand apart from other luxury resort communities or developments because they represent the best of everything, within the resort, the residences themselves and the surrounding community," states John Manrique, vice president of sales and marketing for The Residences at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.  "This is an unparalleled location, and our continuing progress and achievements such as topping-off have further fueled the sales interest and activity we are enjoying in 2010, as clients seek to secure the best of our remaining residences."

Located on more than 600 lineal feet of pristine beachfront, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort features private St. Regis residences ranging from one to four bedrooms comprised of 1,777 to 6,868 square feet and offer residents access to resort's exclusive hotel services and amenities such as St. Regis' Butler Service, access the resort's signature Remede spa, pre-arrival grocery shopping, in-residence dining, private chauffeured transportation, housekeeping, and in-residence pet services.  Residences are offered from $1.9 million.

 "We are extremely pleased with the progress made to date," states Keith Fordsman, vice president of development for the St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour, "and credit much of our success to a renowned global brand and talented development team. We are currently working with our future residents on their interior finish selections and design plans, and it is rewarding to see the excitement and enthusiasm they share with us for what will certainly be a major landmark."

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort will join a select portfolio of St. Regis hotels in the best addresses around the world including Aspen, Atlanta, Bali, Beijing, Bora Bora, Deer Crest, Houston, London, Monarch Beach, Mexico City, New York, Punta Mita, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington, D.C.

British Columbia's Fairmont Hot Springs Gets Early Golf Start

(FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, BC, CANADA) -- Riverside Golf Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort announced March 17 it will open a week earlier than last year thanks to mild temperatures in the Columbia Valley. Weather permitting the course will open for business today.

"Spring is definitely here at Fairmont Hot Springs and Riverside is in excellent condition thanks to a mild winter," says Peter Smith, executive vice president and director of golf at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. "While many areas are still waiting for the snow to melt off the fairways, we're working hard to get the course in game shape for Friday."

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is focusing on course condition this year for all three of their courses, Riverside, Mountainside and Creekside to ensure golfers receive maximum value.

New tee box markers have also been installed at Riverside to improve visibility from the cart path and the pace of play will be improved at Mountainside thanks to a new starter shack.

"We're focusing on getting the little things perfected at the courses at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort," Smith says. "Our courses are in great shape every year,  but we're taking the little suggestions from our golfers to heart, and implementing them."

Green fees at Riverside are $80 for 18 holes on the weekend, and $75 on weekdays. Mountainside has a newly adjusted green fee of $70 on weekends and $65 on weekdays. The nine-hole Creekside course  is $19 on weekends and $17 on weekdays.

With three courses, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers 45 holes of golf at its picturesque location on Hwy. 93/95 in the majestic B.C. Rockies, one hour from Cranbrook, B.C. , and three hours west of Calgary, Alta.

The Riverside Golf Course is an 18-hole course set on the majestic Columbia River with the rugged Rocky Mountains as its backdrop. The winding Columbia River creates a natural and peaceful water challenge as fairways roll gently along its sloping banks.

Mountainside Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 golf course with fairways skirting towering peaks and a view of Columbia Lake. This meticulously maintained mature course was the first 18-hole course to be built in the Columbia Valley.

Creekside, the par-3, nine-hole course, is the perfect choice for a family golf experience or those looking to learn the sport, or just brush up on their skills.

In the heart of the Columbia Valley, Fairmont Hot Springs is a historical four-season resort destination located at the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River in the Rocky Mountains. World renowned for its natural beauty and its mineral hot springs, the 2,600-acre resort features a 137-room lodge with spa and conference center. It offers championship golf, ski resort and ski school, hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing and river rafting on the Columbia.

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