Guide to Palm Beach

By Olivia Cuccaro

On the Atlantic Coast of the US, Palm Beach is paradise found. For years, the island has upheld a level of luxury unmatched by any other Florida getaway. American oil tycoon Henry Flagler made his home here – a testament to the area’s prestige – and his historic mansion turned museum is just one of the exciting landmarks to see. Visitors of this chic and sunny region are in for the best coastal living has to offer including award-winning golf courses, exhilarating water sports, superb yachting and the renowned Palm Beach International Boat Show. The warm weather is ideal for sunbathing on pristine beaches or shopping along the palm tree-lined Worth Avenue. Attractions like the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Zoo and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium make it a family-friendly destination with plenty to do. At top-of-the-line resorts with beachfronts, tranquil spas and Florida’s finest dining, this is a city that offers the best of the best.

Where to Stay:

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Surrounded by lush gardens, The Brazilian Court is a tropical oasis in Palm Beach. A Mediterranean-style villa, the hotel’s interior has warm mahogany accents and extends its welcome to pets. The outdoor pool and hot tub are open year-round and a 24-hour fitness center is available to guests for a workout. Relax in the many landscaped courtyards or be chauffeured in a Mercedes to the nearby beach for an ocean escape. The location of our January/February 2017 fashion shoot, this luxurious property is an Elite Traveler favorite.

Top Suite: Two-Bedroom Lanai Suite with Terrace (Hepburn Suite)

This Spanish Colonial-style suite spans 1,800 sq ft and features two bedrooms, 2.5 marble baths with jetted tubs and walk-in showers and a private patio or terrace. Laundry and twice daily maid service are also included.


The Breakers Palm Beach

A sophisticated beachside resort, The Breakers is a natural choice for your Palm Beach stay. To soak up the sun, there’s a Beach Club with private oceanfront, four pools, 25 daytime bungalows, two championship golf courses and 10 tennis courts. The 24-hour fitness center offers complimentary classes during the week and clinics are also available for golf and tennis. If shopping is your cardio, there are 11 on-property boutiques including Guerlain and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Top Suite: Imperial Suite with Oceanfront View

A stunning panoramic ocean view is the key feature of this 1,700 sq ft suite. It includes a foyer, wet bar, five Juliet balconies, 1.5 baths, oceanfront dining and living areas and can be connected to additional oceanfront guest rooms. A personal concierge is also included with your stay.


Four Seasons Palm Beach

An elegant island vibe is found at Four Seasons Palm Beach. The beachfront location means guests can enjoy snorkeling in the ocean or take a dip in the pool and still enjoy white sand beach all around them. There’s also a Peter Burwash tennis program, 24-hour fitness club and watersports led by a US Coast Guard Masters level certified captain–take a private surf lesson for $75/hour. Swell Boutique carries designers like Missoni and Pomellato for shopping on the property.

Top Suite: Deluxe Oceanfront Two-Bedroom Suite

An ivory-colored haven, this suite boasts two furnished balconies and a Juliet balcony for watching the waves. Located on the fourth floor, the 1,370 sq ft suite encompasses two bedrooms with king-size beds, two full marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, one guest powder room and spacious living area.

Next, see Where to Dine and Where to Relax in Palm Beach.