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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Breakers

Palm Beach is one of the prettiest towns in the United States, noted for its Mediterranean architecture, lush little parks, galleries, convivial restaurants and boutiques that sell everything from priceless jewelry to affordable vintage clothing. It’s easily accessible from New York City, too, with fifteen flights a day on JetBlue alone between the city’s airports and Palm Beach International. On the off chance you don’t have your own waterfront manse, the area also has amazing hotels, from chic boutiques to stately grand resorts. Here are a few.


The Breakers

For the Lilly Pulitzer clique

First constructed at the turn of the 19th century, this palatial waterfront hotel has four pools, two impressive golf courses, Har-Tru tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Just strolling the sprawling grounds is a wonderful way to spend a day, as is taking a short walk to town or to the Flagler Museum. The spa offers holistic treatments from Tammy Fender, as well as skincare therapies from Guerlain. As for dining, you never have to leave the resort: there’s a new Seafood Bar designed by Adam Tihany that overlooks the water, the golf club has its own steakhouse and the ‘60s themed HMF bar draws a fun Palm Beach crowd.

1 South Country Road, Palm Beach



Brazilian Court

For the Euro-philes

Tucked away on a quiet street, this boutique hotel built around a lush courtyard has a lot to offer, including an outpost of Café Boulud and a Frederic Fekkai salon. Rooms have the feel of a European country inn with high-polished wood floors and armoires, shuttered windows and oversized beds draped with silk. For those who want to go beyond the picturesque pool, a house car will take guests to the shore and provide them with fully stocked beach bags.

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach




The Boca Raton Resort and Club

Boca Raton Resort and Club

For the Sneaker, Racquet and Tee Time Set

Designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner, this pink resort in Boca Raton, on the south end of Palm Beach County, spans from the Intracoastal to the ocean and has a lovely boat and a shuttle to bring guests back and forth. Golfers, swimmers, tennis players, cyclists, swimmers and even surfers will all be catered to (there’s a Flowrider wave machine!) A magnificent spa modeled after the Alhambra palace is perfect for chilling out after all the exertion: don’t miss ritual baths. Fitness classes run the gamut from dance to Pilates, and the resort is also now importing rotating fitness specialists, including shadow boxers and professional stretchers In the evening check out the property’s restaurants, including an authentic Tuscan spot, Lucca, an outpost of Morimoto, and Seagrille, which specializes in fish and local ingredients. bocaresort.com

501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton



Hilton West Palm Beach

For cultured antiquers

The huge pool scene and the Galley restaurant with its outdoor fire pit have been major draws at this two-year old hotel. It’s location is prime for active travelers: it’s situated right across from City Place, and down the street form the Kravis Center and Norton Gallery.

600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach



The Colony © Nickolas Sargent Photography

The Colony

For the cabaret crowd

This intimate hotel has arguably the best location in Palm Beach—a block from the ocean and down the street from Worth Avenue. Rooms are a bit tight but cheery and kitschy in local colors of pink, green and yellow, and an impressive top suite was once the winter residence of the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson. The pool area is one of the prettiest around, the Polo restaurant serves top-notch steakhouse fare and people come from all over the area for the Royal Room cabaret, which features acts like the popular Steve Tyrell.

155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach



Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa

For Palm Beach Hipsters

Situated on a beautiful stretch of beach, this hotel has a dark infinity pool that’s one of the most magnificent in the county. The spa offerings include a sage-scented hyrdrofacial and an Oasis Massage, which incorporates an acupressure facial and scalp treatment. Chef Joseph Bonavita has taken the helm at Brandon’s, whipping up local fare like cobia with corn succotash.

2842 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach



The Eau Palm Beach

Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa

For the terrycloth robe aficionados

Eau Palm Beach’s famous cream-colored marble lobby is unchanged, but Jonathan Adler and Eric Villency have added pops of color and a modern vibe to the hotel’s rooms and to the club lounge. The whimsical spa is a focal point: swings and a stone-studded pond make the sunny back tranquility area particularly inviting, while the inside relaxation rooms offers cupcakes and tea to sweeten the experience. Take home a personalized scrub: you can choose from pumice, sand, sugar or salt, with add-ins like vanilla, ginger or citrus. The Eau’s club level offers impeccable concierge service, or, for ultimate privacy, choose one of the lanai accommodations that have direct access to the beach or pool. And chef Manlee has made the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Angle, even better by working closely with local farms.

100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan



Hutchinson Shores

For low-key pioneers

This new resort and spa opened last October, and is worth a drive north from Palm Beach. The décor is crisp and nautically themed, oceanfront rooms have balconies that make you feel as if you are practically floating on the water, and some lanai accommodations have direct access to the pool and beach. Suites are complete with 59 inch smart TVs and kitchens. The Drift Kitchen and Bar offers contemporary Italian seafood, while two pool bars serve lighter bites.

3793 Northeast Ocean Boulevard, Jensen Beach



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