Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2019

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I was looking forward to revisiting the scene of some of my fondest memories, and was especially excited that we were to be staying for the first time at this particular Ritz-Carlton, a surprisingly boutiquey beachfront hotel with only 95 rooms and suites (although distributed over 18 floors) in the heart of the city's most exclusive shopping and entertainment district. I was delighted to find that not only has this historic part of town survived the test of time, it has become even more cosmopolitan and cool, in a ver y European way. Nowhere is this more apparent than at e Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, which offers an oasis of calm and elegant refinement in one of the world's most vibrant and invigorating cities. Whether you are visiting for a weekend escape, on vacation with the family or hosting a special event, this world-class establishment is a coastal sanctuary in a mesmerizing setting. With its oceanfront location on North Miami Beach, it is perfectly situated for guests to explore the city's most popular attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights. e vibrant streets of South Beach are just 15 minutes away, while the towering buildings of Downtown Miami illuminate the sky in the evening. Bikes are everywhere, and a preferred way to get around this beachfront paradise. Whenever we stay at a Ritz-Carlton, wherever we may be, we are always treated like old friends. Not only my wife and I, but our kids, too, were greeted by name. Even though we knew from experience that this venerable brand practically invented hospitality, we were amazed by what they had placed in our immaculately appointed oceanfront suite. It was a cleverly arranged compendium of us and our favorite things: a framed family photo, accompanied by a beautiful, edible turtle comprising a green milk chocolate shell and chocolate chip cookies. ere was a delightful gummy chaser, along with a shot of macaroons. Charmed—but still needing to unwind after the hectic drive down I-95—we adults availed ourselves of a refreshing cocktail while enjoying the ocean view from our terrace, and the kids set off in search of age-appropriate entertainment. 78

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