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The Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, Florida

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Florida, United States, North America: The Lanai Room off the swimming pool of the Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, Florida
301 Australian Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 7740's insider take:

Set around two large courtyards filled with lush greenery and leafy palm trees, this hotel is where heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post crashed while prepping her manse Mar-a-Lago for the season. The hotel was designed in 1926 by Rosario Candela (the architect behind some of Manhattan's swankest Fifth Avenue apartment buildings) and got a face-lift in late 2007 that redesigned the still very British-colonial rooms with mahogany and Hauteville Doré limestone. The Brazilian Court continues to attract society types who prefer the privacy of the 80-room inn versus the Breakers, which is almost seven times the size. (The Brazilian Court also skips the Breakers's beachfront location, family-friendly fun, tennis courts, and golf course.) What the hotel lacks in activities it makes up for in big-name amenities: The salon is Frédéric Fekkai and the restaurant is Café Boulud, which provides room service until 11 pm.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.5
  • Activities: 74.7
  • Design: 90.4
  • Food: 96.3
  • Location: 94.0
  • Rooms: 90.4
  • Service: 90.4
"New York meets tropical at this ritzy yet low-key" resort built around small courtyards. Mediterranean Revival and Dutch Colonial architectural styles dominate. "Classy, classic suites" have dark woods, crown molding, shutters, and "luxurious king-size beds." The modern French cuisine at Café Boulud "is the primary reason we return." Order pineapple caipirinhas at the lobby bar, the "scene is lively."

(80 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa

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