Regent Bal Harbour
While it's got the beautiful beachfront and plenty of headline-grabbing features (the country's first Guerlain Spa, a $4 million art collection), there's no Euro-lounge soundtrack pumping into the lobby. This is a place for adults—which is appropriate, given that the Regent is also the first major hotel to open in the old-line Bal Harbour Village in 52 years. Here, it’s all about the signifiers of luxury: Anichini bedding, plasma television screens embedded in bathroom mirrors, and a dazzling crystal chandelier. At times it might seem over the top, especially when coupled with service that's a tad overbearing (resolutely solicitous waiters actually thanked us for enjoying our dish), but the hotel is a welcome alternative for those in search of Miami's more grown-up side.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.