With 71,000 millionaires and 42 billionaires residing in the county, travellers looking for a fantastic luxury escape needn’t look any further than The Palm Beaches.
The Palm Beaches is known for its sophisticated elegance and has become a magnet for the rich and famous. It is home to 39 tropical and vibrant cities, each with a unique character and lavish offerings, many of which have become synonymous with luxury.
From staying at the most luxurious accommodations to sipping champagne at a prestigious polo match, we share a luxurious guide to The Palm Beaches, helping travellers plan the ultimate extravagant escape this year.
Glamorous hotels fit for a star
The Palm Beaches have hosted glamorous stars from across the world and offer some of the most elegant hotels and resorts for the occasion. The Breakers (above and main image), founded in 1896, is one of the most regal properties in Florida. It was Henry Flagler’s debut premier oceanfront hotel and embodied luxury, and seaside glamour, paired with world-class service.
For those eager to experience elevated elegance, reserve a stay at the Flagler Club – an intimate, exceptionally customised stay nestled within the property on two restricted floors. Features include a chauffeured Tesla house car service and airport transportation, a full-service dedicated team to attend to any need, a private lounge and rooftop terrace, and special food and drink offerings throughout the day, including cocktail hour, and complete access to the resort property and complimentary amenities.
To experience ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, head to The Boca Raton. Having undergone a 200-million-dollar reimagination, this Alhambra Palace-inspired wellness sanctuary exudes blissful tranquillity. Its 44 treatment rooms, ritual baths, saunas, and inhalation treatment with Himalayan salts have been designed with customised wellness therapies in mind, allowing guests to steep in holistic wellness.
Opening its doors in early 2023, Amrit Ocean Resort and Residences will become The Palm Beaches’ newest, cutting-edge health-centric resort offering first-class service along with a programme that combines Eastern wellbeing philosophies with Western technology to create personalised journeys for each guest and resident.
The resort will feature an Aayush Hydrothermal water therapy circuit, indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, an ocean view learning kitchen and plant-centric spa restaurant, IV and sound & light therapies, an array of fitness classes, and arguably the most sophisticated spa-centred Ayurvedic and yoga programme in the US.
Shop until you drop
Immerse yourself in a world of fine apparel and head to the world-renowned Worth Avenue, with its plethora of designer names and famous faces. Home to Gucci’s and Saks Fifth Avenues’ first locations outside of New York, and the birthplace of the Lilly Pulitzer brand, it’s no surprise that The Palm Beaches‘ shopping scene has evolved to be a site of luxury.
Discover the romance of Worth Avenue’s enchanting “Vias”, located off the main street, with hidden boutiques and stylish outdoor dining. To travel back in time, visit Antique Row, with more than 40 antique stores offering 17th and 20th-century antiques, fine and decorative arts and vintage furnishings – the perfect place for acquiring a taste for the finer things in life.
Spectate ‘The Sport of Kings’
The Palm Beaches are home to a multitude of equestrian events and prestigious polo matches, providing the perfect opportunity to dress up and watch incredible sportsmanship with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Dubbed the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World,” The Palm Beaches are a top destination for equestrian and polo supporters who can spectate the world’s finest horses, and riders compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. This celebrated event invites travellers to engage in the thrills and graces of show jumping and dressage – a fantastically elegant way to spend a day.
From January through April, the Palm Beach International Polo Club becomes the epicentre of social activity, offering a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, a field-side champagne brunch and exclusive sponsor boxes.
Swing into the golfing scene
As Florida’s Golf Capital, The Palm Beaches are home to more than 160 golf courses and more than 60 of the world’s most famous golfers, including champions Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. Tiger Woods also chose The Palm Beaches for his first restaurant endeavour, The Woods.
Watch the professionals at work at one of the world’s most highly anticipated tournaments in The Palm Beaches – The Honda Classic (above), bringing the world’s best PGA Tour players to the destination. This is a golf course for all abilities for those wanting to take a swing.
Head to the newly transformed PGA National Resort, where golf is never considered just a game. The 99 holes of championship golf on six championship golf courses make for a blissful escape into a world of luxury golf.
Treat your tastebuds
Following a day living the high life, head to the Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray in Delray for a well-deserved beverage. Sweeping baldachins, oversized umbrellas, trellises and pergolas married to a lush tree canopy provides coverage to the diverse lounging and dining areas of Rosewater. Perched above 2nd Avenue are the indoor and outdoor spaces, hosting relaxed daytime and evening events with a signature bar and cocktail experience for poolside guests.
Experience a decadent meal at Café Boulud by multiple Michelin Star Chef Daniel Boulud, found at the heart of the historic Brazilian Court Hotel, just steps from the magnificent Worth Avenue. Originally from Lyon, Chef Daniel Boulud is widely celebrated as one of America’s leading culinary authorities.
The sensational cuisine and dining experience have earned Café Boulud Palm Beach numerous top awards. Its recent renovation features a light, elegant touch, with Pecky Cypress ceilings inlaid with a shimmering bed of seashells laying the foundation for the lavish design template of Café Boulud’s luxurious dining room.
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