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Palm Beach Hotels

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The Brazilian Court
301 Australian Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
33480
Tel: 561 655 7740
info@braziliancourt.com
www.thebraziliancourt.com

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.

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The Breakers
1 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
33480
Tel: 561 655 6611
Tel: 888 273 2537
Fax: 561 659 8403
www.thebreakers.com

Aah, the Breakers—one of the most famous, most exclusive, and yes, priciest places to stay in America (it's even snagged a spot on the National Register of Historic Places). Since its opening in 1896, the 550-room Breakers has played host to generations of great families—and those willing to pay big bucks to mix with the great families—during the social season. This 140-acre oceanfront Italian Renaissance–style property has extraordinary views, exceptional service, and amenities galore: Book in here for two 18-hole championship golf courses, three fitness centers, a beach club with fancy cabanas and water sports, five swimming pools, ten tennis courts, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and eight restaurants, most notably gourmet French spot L'Escalier. Lifelong visitors might remember the Breakers' rooms during the less-than-glorious 1990s, when they were, frankly, a little dingy and careworn. The owners have spent $250 million since then, updating the rooms and ensuring guests have access to high-speed Internet while they lounge on the gilt-and-floral furniture.

$300-$399
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The Chesterfield
363 Cocoanut Row
Palm Beach , Florida
33480
Tel: 561 659 5800
bookchpb@rchmail.com
www.chesterfieldpb.com

This is a British expat favorite—note the Union Jack fluttering above the entrance—with 52 rooms decorated to make these guests feel right at home. Flouncy bedspreads, heavy drapes, and antique-style desks seem borrowed directly from a chintzy English country house, though the huge TVs are flat-screens. There's a smallish pool with striped awnings and metal furniture that give a whiff of vintage Agatha Christie (the beach is three blocks away). The after-hours spots are worth stopping in even if you aren't staying at the hotel: The cigar menu at the Churchill Room is intense (pair a $25 Savinelli with a $175 shot of Louis XIII Remy Martin) and the Leopard Lounge is one of the few buzzy spots for an evening drink on the Island. That, and the hotel's quirky/quaint details—dishes of jelly beans everywhere, satisfyingly hefty old-fashioned room keys instead of electronic cards—lend the Chesterfield a sense of whimsy sorely missing from other Palm Beach hotels.

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The Colony
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
33480
Tel: 800 521 5525
reservations@thecolonypalmbeach.com
www.thecolonypalmbeach.com

This 90-room hotel is a youngster by Palm Beach terms—it was only built in 1947—but it echoes its neighbors' hushed, moneyed elegance (the Florida-shaped swimming pool's a waggish touch). Like most of the hotels on the Island, the Colony is only a couple blocks from the beach and just a block from Worth Avenue. A five-year, $13 million makeover upgraded the admittedly still pocket-size rooms with breezy yellow decor inspired by the British West Indies. But if you are staying at the Colony, you are here for the legendary suites. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor crashed in the penthouse during their itinerant post-abdication exile, and last year the hotel finally honored the renegade royals by renaming the 1,900-square-foot, two-bedroom penthouse in their honor. (Look for the framed check His Royal Highness used to pay the $1,000 bill back in 1961—now, rates start at $2,000 a night.) Across the road from the main building is the Colony's most exclusive enclave. The circa-1928 Casa Manana has been turned into seven stand-alone villas, available in season for monthly rentals from $20,000 to $30,000. That monthly charge is a hint at the clientele here: largely longtime regulars who hole up in Palm Beach for a chunk of the chilly northern winter. Their dominance helps give the hotel a pleasant, homey vibe. Nightlife here also fits with the laid-back atmosphere, with a steak house that doubles as a piano bar and the Royal Room Cabaret.

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Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
2800 South Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 582 2800
res.palmbeach@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasonshotel.com/palmbeach/

Tucked away amid the hedgerow-hidden mansions a little ways out of town, this 210-room property provides all the pampering you'd expect from a luxury resort, from the warm smile of the valet to the ever-present pool attendants who bring chilled facecloths to your side while you sunbathe. Nearly every room has a generous ocean view, and there are lush gardens and AAA Five Diamond dining. The Spa offers extensive traditional and contemporary services, either in-room or on-site. Championship golf at nearby courses, three tennis courts, fishing and water sports, and a heated freshwater pool with cabanas are among the activities at your beck and call. Good news for families: Children under 18 can share the room for no extra charge. The supervised Kids for All Seasons activity program is available for children under 13, and teens have their own game room. Not as old-school grand or as conveniently located as the Breakers, but a good choice for the chintz-phobic, and the concierge service is exceptional.

$199 or less
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Hotel Biba
320 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach , Florida
33405
Tel: 561 832 0094
reservations@hotelbiba.com
www.hotelbiba.com

Those looking for a hip, modern alternative to British colonial and Italian Renaissance will feel more at home at this former motor lodge in West Palm Beach, just over the bridge from the Island. British designer Barbara Hulanicki breathed new life into it when she took it over in 2001. The Swinging Sixties London icon, famed for her Biba label, filled the 46 rooms with mod furniture and her trademark citrus colors: orange walls, lots of plexiglass, and crisp white sheets. All of the usual hotel amenities are there as well. Bathrooms are stocked with Aveda products and the tech is up to date (flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi). A breakfast of sticky Cuban pastries is served in the Biba Bar every morning and the bar's Asian-style garden is the perfect place for a nightcap. The location in the El Cid district also puts it right near the shops, restaurants, and bars on Clematis Street.

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Omphoy Ocean Resort
2842 S. Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach , Florida
33480
Tel: 888 344 4321 (toll-free)
Tel: 561 540 6440
sepps@omphoy.com
omphoy.com

Palm Beach is known for many things—personal net worth that's through the stratosphere and Worth Avenue (Florida's answer to Rodeo Drive), for starters—but it has never been known for luring the younger, hip set. So, the summer 2009 introduction of the Omphoy Ocean Resort, six miles south of Worth Avenue, is noteworthy as much for what it is as where it is. Its successful reincarnation from a lackluster Hilton property to a bastion of beachy Zen attracts hipsters from New York and Europe. Leslie Schlesinger, of Palm Beach's Brazilian Court Hotel, is behind the impeccable Asia-meets–South Florida design sense here. In the guest rooms, flooring of cool metallic-hued porcelain tiles and sunny orange and blue accents complement the dark wood furnishings. Most of the 133 rooms have ocean views and balconies; connecting doors in some rooms (left over from the Hilton days) turn one-room suites into two-bedroom condo-style accommodations that are ideal for vacationing families. Bathrooms, while not overly spacious, make good use of the boxy original footprint, too, with glass and tile showers and separate toilets. The hotel is revered in Palm Beach foodie circles for famed Miami chef Michelle Bernstein's eponymous outpost, her first outside of that city. The restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows pair dramatic ocean views with dishes such as crispy whole branzino and cioppino packed with stone crab and scallops. The only drawback to the hotel's pretty pool is that it's located on the street side of the hotel, but there's a perk for beach lovers: The hotel's stretch of sand is wider than what you find at other properties a few miles south.—Terry Ward

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Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
100 South Ocean Boulevard
Manalapan , Florida
33462
Tel: 561 533 6000
Fax: 561 588 4202
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/PalmBeach/Default.htm

It's a stretch to put "Palm Beach" in the name of this Ritz-Carlton, since the beachfront resort sits a ten-mile drive down the coast from Worth Avenue. But it's designed to be a destination in itself. The beach is the main attraction: Though the seven-acre strand is not private like the one at the Breakers, the out-of-the way location keeps it from getting as crowded as the public beaches in Palm Beach proper. The Ritz reopened in March 2007 after an eight-month shutdown for renovation of the 310 rooms, to which were added now-expected details like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. A lot of work went into the suites' bathrooms, which now have huge tubs carved from single slabs of stone and angled to have ocean views. The three restaurants were also updated: Breeze Beach Bar; the casual Temple Orange (modern Italian); and Angle, a dark, candlelit spot with an extensive seafood menu. The hotel also added oceanfront cabanas that have stocked fridges, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docking stations for a sybaritic day on the beach. An extensive kids' program takes advantage of the ocean and nature sites around the hotel. One caveat: Construction at the new Eau Spa (due to open winter 2008–09 with a 42,000-square-foot spa) can make it noisy on weekdays.

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