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If you want to avoid the hullabaloo of South Beach but still enjoy a prime Miami waterfront location and a luxury vibe, consider the Bal Harbour Quarzo, which opened earlier this month. Set in the chic Bal Harbour community 20 minutes north of SoBe, the new boutique hotel’s 29 studios, one- and two-bedroom suites – outfitted in white with pale blue and beige accents – feature balconies, 37-inch flat-screens, and free Wi-Fi. Expect open living and dining areas, as well as full kitchens. Don’t feel like cooking? Make use of the private chef service to whip up a tasty meal without lifting a finger. Also on offer: a Zen meditation garden (pictured above), solarium, and outdoor pool. The beach is a short walk away.
Bal Harbour Quarzo joins One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa and the Sea View Hotel for accommodations options in the neighborhood (a St. Regis is scheduled to open January 2012). The area is known as a premier shopping destination, thanks to an abundance of designer stores like Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. Don’t be surprised to see a celebrity or two popping in for the latest must-haves – Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, and Nicky Hilton were all recently spotted at the Bal Harbour Shops.
From May 1 to September 30, Bal Harbour Quarzo will offer a fourth night free when booking three nights at full price; rates start at $194.25 with the discount applied. www.quarzomiamihotel.com