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MAY-JUN 2019

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Dinner our first evening was at the hotel's Artisan Beach House. Chic and impeccable in every way, this modern restaurant features a global menu of classically inspired dishes with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood. Beginning with a Smoked Orange Blossom cocktail (and virgin daiquiris for the kids), we shared a couple of seafood appetizers, including an outstanding ceviche, before moving on to the main course. Carnivores that they are, my wife and daughter opted for the 16-oz Angus rib eye steak, which they both assured me represented the pure embodiment of beef. I decided to keep things local with the Florida swordfish, while our son opted for the Arroz Caldoso, a kind of fish stew, knowing he could add hot sauce with impunity (he's a spice- aholic). If we couldn't exactly taste the sea, we could certainly smell it as the fresh ocean breeze wafted across the deck. Because it is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as bar bites and cocktails in the lounge, we visited Artisan Beach House several times during our stay. The following afternoon, after a Signature Flow Massage for me and a Power Facial for my wife at Exhale, the resort's oceanfront spa, we enjoyed a casual al fresco lunch at Water's Edge, the hotel's poolside eatery, which offers a less formal environment and simpler fare, as well as an inviting selection of shakes and smoothies suitable for younger guests. Here my wife restored her energy with a succulent burger, while I opted for a wonderfully fresh tuna poké. Both were washed down with a suitably thirst-quenching Provence Rosé from Château Miraval. When you are in Bal Harbour, it is essential to take a stroll through the famous Bal Harbour Shops and along Collins Avenue, sampling a few culinary offerings along the way. In order to work off lunch and expose the children to a bit of local culture, we took a walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District, with its jaunty hotels and apartment buildings. Stopping here and there for gelato and iced drinks to keep the troops from rebelling, we whiled away a most enjoyable afternoon. slmag.net 81

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