The Palm Beaches is nothing short of glitz and glamour. Whispering tales of opulence, every street is a runway punctuated with Michelin star restaurants, designer boutiques and 5* hotels. Today, the county remains a hotspot for international stars and holds testament to its legendary birth as America’s First Resort Destination.
From Jupiter and the iconic Palm Beach to Boca Raton, the county is comprised of 39 towns, each with its own distinct character. It’s often referred to as Miami’s little sister and offers a calmer and slower-paced life, perfect for those who prefer longer days and shorter nights.
Sat between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth Lagoon, the sub-tropical land boasts lush vegetation, balmy temperatures and turquoise blue waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. Beyond its glamorous facade, the Palm Beaches harbour a historic district and a depth of culture, innovation, and intellect that traces back to its foundation. Explore, indulge, and uncover the hidden treasures of this coastal gem.
WHERE TO STAY
Starting off with where to peacefully lay your head at night, the Palm Beaches has plenty to offer, with chain, boutique and independent hotels such as the Breakers, the United States, largest family-run hotel. Whether you seek the lavish comforts of a world-class resort or the intimate ambience of a hidden gem, rest assured that the Palm Beaches have you covered.
The Boca Raton Hotel
‘Florida’s Secret Paradise’
In the town of Boca Raton sits a cosmopolitan hotel that spans 337 acres. It embodies the reinterpreted vision of the late famed local architect, Addison Mizner. Here, exclusivity reigns supreme, extending a warm embrace solely to its cherished members and esteemed resort guests, ensuring an unparalleled experience at every turn.
The hotel features the coveted Five Star Forbes Travel Guide Award for its outstanding Spa Palmera and Beach Club (Just a mere 4-minute journey via water taxi from the main building). A championship-level golf course beckons enthusiast to test their skills, while the full-service Racquet Club offers a haven for those seeking exhilarating matches. And for the discerning few, the Yacht Club stands as The Boca Raton Hotel’s adults-only all-suite harbour, brushing against an impressive yacht-lined marina, a sight to behold in its grandeur.
With over 1000 meticulously curated rooms, including 224 found within the iconic Tower – standing tall as the epitome of Palm Beach county’s skyline – each guest is treated to a sanctuary of comfort, refinement and sheer luxury. From sweeping panoramic vistas of the majestic ocean to tranquil views of Lake Boca Raton, every room offers serenity, complemented by premium amenities that redefine indulgence, including the discreet services of a private butler, ensuring every desire is fulfilled.
‘They should have a special touch — that extra membership love.’ – Andrew Roebuck
In their World of Flavour, The Boca Raton Hotel’s strives to keep things fresh and innovative for their loyal guests in the safe hands of the Director of Culinary Operations and Resort Executive Chef, Chef Andrew Roenbeck. Having spent over three decades at the property, Roenbeck has been a primal part of the culinary evolution and continues to successfully navigate through the new age of culinary concepts as knowledge increases and expectations heighten. With a clientele accustomed to excellence, Roenbeck ensures each dish exceeds expectations, stating: “We go one step further because we have a very high-end clientele. They’re well-traveled. They understand quality.”
With 14 distinct dining concepts under his watchful eye, Roenbeck prioritises consistency and adaptability. Refreshing menus seasonally and attentively addressing feedback ensures the highest standards are maintained. For their exclusive diners, personalised allergy cards are issued pre-registration, exemplifying their unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction.
Beyond culinary excellence, Roenbeck emphasises the transformative power of food to unite people from diverse backgrounds. “Once we cook together and break bread, we have this memorable bond,” he says. His ultimate goal is to spark conversations and create unforgettable culinary experiences that linger long after guests depart. With passion and dedication, Roenbeck and his team continue to seek opportunities to delight guests across all venues, forging connections through the universal language of food.
The Colony Hotel
‘Pink paradise — One foot in the sand and one foot on Worth Avenue.’
If Barbie did not muster up your appetite for all things pretty and pink, then The Colony sure will. It’s pink, it’s grand, and it’s picture-perfect. The Colony is the ultimate dream house, moments away from Worth Avenue, the iconic pioneer of luxury shopping and nestled between the beautiful Lake Worth Lagoon and Atlantic coast beachfront.
Rattan, florals, bamboo, custom fabrics, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper and elaborate decor dress the interiors inspired by Palm Beach murals. This boutique property is one of the five historic hotels of Palm Beach and features 89 guest rooms spaciously spread across seven floors. With the signature No.155 pink paradise scent wafting through the air, every moment is infused with tropical bliss.
Each room and suite is customised with remarkable attention to detail for a distinctive and memorable guest experience. In celebration of its 75th anniversary season, the property underwent a redesign which introduced modern touches whilst remaining integral to its vintage charm.
The Colony is also home to 14 multi-bedroom residences with custom-themed Villas, Bungalows and Penthouses. Partnering with esteemed designers, the Colony continues to reimagine each of its residences, the most recent being the stunning GOOP Villa, designed by Ronen Lev, which delicately illustrates ‘a heartfelt tribute to the elegance and romance of Paris and the natural beauty of Palm Beach.’
With a signature je ne sais quoi, this destination is a lavish landmark, long frequented by international luminaries – from political figures to music legends, and even royalty, including the likes of the Shah of Persia, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, and the late President, John F. Kennedy.
At the heart of this iconic establishment lies a commitment to style and design that transcends mere luxury – it’s a testament to a legacy and continues to be meticulously curated by current owners Andrew and Sarah Wetenhall. They continue to breathe life into this illustrious haven, ensuring that every detail and nuance speaks volumes of their unwavering creativity and vision.
Sarah, in particular, has been hailed as a visionary goddess, her touch evident in every corner of this enchanting retreat. And now, in a gesture that allows guests to take a piece of the dream home with them, the Colony Edit shop offers a curated collection of signature items – a keepsake to cherish long after their departure.
Naturopathica Suite Spa
The Colony’s in-residence spa partner, Naturopathica, is located on the 3rd floor in a transformed, unapparent suite. Its offering includes signature massage and facial treatments based on the brand’s holistic approach to skin health and well-being, designed with natural ingredients to promote grounding. The Defy massage is particularly effective, employing deep tissue techniques coupled with active ingredients such as Sweet Birch and Arnica to melt away tension and promote relaxation.
But the pampering doesn’t end there. From Sunday night bingo to high-class trivia and gentlemen’s night, The Colony offers a plethora of activities to enrich your stay. Sip & shop events and tailored experiences like beach setups and fitness classes elevate the luxurious Palm Beach experience. As you explore, keep an eye out for The Colony’s mascot, Johnnie Brown.
WHAT TO DO
‘Steps from the ocean’
Step into the timeless elegance of Worth Avenue, where old-world charm meets modern luxury in America’s most prestigious shopping district. Predating Rodeo Drive, Worth Avenue is a pioneer of ultra-luxury shopping, boasting renowned designers alongside independent labels like Lily Pulitzer and Daniella Ortiz, who serve ‘Palm Beach Chic’.
Adorned with Mediterranean Revival architecture, Worth Avenue features a blend of Neo-Renaissance, Gothic, and Moorish influences. Wander through its enchanting streets and meander the cloistered “Vias” with enthralling courtyards. Featuring pecky cypress beams, Azulejos tiles, and Venetian windows, each corner is reminiscent of a quaint European village. Inspired by Northern Italian and Southern French resorts, Worth Avenue was the vision of founding figures Paris Eugene Singer and Addison Mizner, who sought to recreate the allure of the Riviera in Florida.
Home to the prestigious Everglades Club, Worth Avenue played a pivotal role in propelling Palm Beach from the Gilded Age to a jet-setter destination. Stretching from the shores of Lake Worth Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean, the avenue culminates in the iconic 30-foot Clocktower, a picturesque spot for capturing memories.
Hotelier, local historian and author Rick Rose hosts weekly comprehensive walking tours from December through April, focusing on the history for approximately 75mins.
The Flagler Museum
Step into a bygone era of extravagance and intrigue at the Flagler Museum, where the echoes of history resonate through every corridor. Originally crafted as a wedding gift in 1902, this magnificent estate, known as Whitehall, was the cherished abode of Mary Lily Kenan, wife to the illustrious Henry Morrison Flagler. As you wander through its silk-lined halls, prepare to be transported back to the Gilded Age, where tales of technological marvels and artistic triumphs unfold amidst the lavish splendour of Florida’s East Coast Railway and Flagler’s visionary hotel empire. The building emulates many architectural gems of the world and borders the Intracoastal Waterway on Palm Beach. This National Historic Landmark also leads to the five and a-half-mile-long lake trail.
There are endless activities and excursions, such as a chartered sunset cruise, water sports, art galleries, fine art and antique fairs, botanical gardens and much more.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Brunch at Cafe Boulud Palm Beach
Experience award-winning French cuisine with a South Florida twist at Cafe Boulud Palm Beach, located in the historic Brazilian Court Hotel. Chef Daniel Boulud’s menu highlights the region’s incredible seafood and produce while offering classic French dishes tailored to Palm Beaches cosmopolitan palate. Enjoy intimate dining spaces indoors, in refined elegance and outdoors, under the towering palms.
Dinner at Le Bilboquet
French is a popular cuisine in Palm Beach. Step into the whimsical world of Le Bilboquet, where French bon vivant Philippe Delgrange’s American dream comes alive. Originally starting as an intimate boîte in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1986, Le Bilboquet has grown into a beloved institution known for its lively atmosphere, classic comfort dishes, and much loved cocktails. Now expanded to various locations, including Palm Beach, each restaurant offers a unique character while maintaining the jovial service and Euro vibe that define the Bilbo experience. The presentation of the food is exceptional, as is the aesthetic and ambience.
Dinner at Swifty’s
New York’s beloved boîte, Swifty’s, adds to the Colony’s timeless charm. Its al fresco dining displays shabby chic decor and blends beautifully with the elegance of the grounds. Under the luscious hanging garden with grand chandeliers, Swifty’s invites guests to indulge in high-end American classics. A popular and romantic hotspot of the island, perfect for people-watching.
Book a trip and let the allure of The Palm Beaches sweep you off your feet. Whether as an exclusive trip or in addition to other county visits in Florida, it’s worth popping in for an unforgettable experience.