For 16 miles, the scent of sea air meets the splendor of old money. Palm Beach is the all-American paradise worth dreaming of. Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Chanel bags line the gilded glass windows of Worth Avenue, millionaires lounge beside cool blue pools at glitzy renaissance style hotels, and blue blood families own majestic mansions where they throw glorious galas that ring out into sultry Miami nights. Whether you are here for the beach, The Breakers, or to divide your time between golf and polo – here’s where to stay, dine and play in the Yachting Lifestyle capital of the US Palm Beach.
Where to Stay
The Breakers is a real showstopper in the first-class cabaret that is Palm Beach. The mesmerizing monolith building was born from oil tycoon money meaning that no expense was spared. The lobby is based on a castle in Genoa, setting the scene with its vaulted ceilings and regal imperial suites. 140 acres of space ensures that guests soak up the salt whipped glory of the sea front location, with whimsical afternoon teas, golf and tennis academies and OSEA spa facilities that bring a healing touch from the ocean.
Those wishing to soak in opulence without the grandiose demeanor of The Breakers may find the Four Seasons a sweeter deal. The flagship hotel is a five-star, five-diamond resort with a pool only steps away from the beach. Guests can stretch out in style in the light and airy deluxe oceanfront suites with panoramic views, breezy balconies and lashings of entertainment space.
The Chesterfield is another signature spot located in a peaceful residential area yet still a stone’s throw from the whitewashed sand. This small luxury hotel has a brilliant bespoke feel with its fashionable Leopard Lounge, Rolls Royce transfers, and superior individually designed rooms with marble bathrooms. The courtyard is an exceptional place to be, sip English tea and nibble French fancies beneath the cool shade of splayed palm trees in this pretty classical garden.
Where to Dine
Café Boulad is the most sophisticated spot in town and plenty of celebrities and socialites pass through these doors. Moments from the haute couture of Worth Avenue and the glitzy courtyard of the Brazilian Court Hotel, guests can pick their way through melt in the mouth veal ravioli and squab tartine, and light as a dream cinnamon ice cream.
Brunch in the beautiful sunshine takes a tantalizing turn at the sunny Avocado Grill. Egg benedict dishes are grazed with the richest hollandaise, and crab and avocado topped toast is the lightest start to a sumptuous day. The stand out dish must be the shrimp and grits, taken straight from the big blue outside the window.
For a more refined brunch then The Circle at The Breakers pulls out all the stops. Sip Bloody Mary’s and dine on swathes of seafood and finely cut meats beneath the soaring fresco ceiling. Live classical music punctuates the mood and the renaissance mood is simply marvelous for a Sunday afternoon.
Chez Jean Pierre is another exceptional dinner spot, even if it is eye wateringly expensive. Diners will adore the relaxed warm atmosphere, the refined style, and the signature French dishes like Dover Sole Meuniere and Lobster Fricassee.
Where to Play
The bounty of blue sky, the glades of grass, chic shopping streets and diamond studded nightlife set the mise en scene for leisurely days and lavish nights in pretty Palm Beach.
Spend an afternoon at the International Polo Club, either galloping across the grass and partaking in a tournament or simply spectating behind you Gucci shades. Take a plunge in the pool, sip champagne and mingle with the who’s who of the Palm Beach scene. Those who prefer a round of golf can swap the polo field for the Jack Nicklaus signature course. Each spring this is the course that hosts the Honda Classic PGA tour, proof that you are sure to be in good company on your tee off.
Worth Avenue is considered one of the most beautiful and expensive streets in the whole of the USA. The soaring palms, the supercars parked in the shade, and the glittering glass windows of elegant designer wares can tempt even the laziest shopper. Expect Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and other major names alongside beautiful little boutiques filled with Italian linens and other items of lusciousness.
After hours, throw down in style with an award-winning cabaret at The Royal Room in the Colony Hotel. Straight from the heart of the Big Apple, these shows often feature the hottest stars in the cabaret scene and with only 100 seats you can be sure of an intimate experience.