Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Manalapan
Manalapan , Florida
Tel: 561 533 6000
Fax: 561 588 4202
Concierge.com's insider take:
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 200809 with a 42,000-square-foot spa) can make it noisy on weekdays.