South Florida is widely known as a great tropical getaway. While Miami gets a fair amount of attention for its beaches and other attractions, it is a big city that comes with the fast-paced life typical of a city of its size and all that activity may not be suitable for everyone. If you're looking for a quiet place away from the big city to enjoy tropical weather, you can't go wrong with Palm Beach. Known for its high-value properties with a mix of modern and Art Deco architecture, the city is one of Florida's most desirable locations, attracting wealthy individuals from across the globe.
With an abundance of beaches with breathtaking views of the Atlantic, you can kick back and relax while you're away from work. You can also enjoy relaxing and exhilarating activities such as polo, golf, and a yacht cruise. This part of South Florida has a storied past, so there are a good number of museums worth visiting, the most notable of which is the Flagler Museum. And while you're here, you may want to take advantage of the premium shopping on Worth Avenue where you'll find world-famous designers, jewelers, and art galleries.
Of course, any great vacation destination should have irresistible dining options, and Palm Beach doesn't disappoint. Regardless of your culinary preferences, you'll find superb dining options to suit your taste. So, with all that available to you, the only thing left to decide on is where to stay.
It should come as no surprise that Palm Beach has good options for the discerning eye. But which establishment should you choose? Below, we explore the best luxury hotels in Palm Beach.
Founded in 1896, The Breakers is undoubtedly the most lavish hotel in Palm Beach. Providing direct access to the ocean, the impressive property with its lengthy driveway, large palm trees, and carefully manicured lawns and hedges, offers a great view of the storied building that will leave you impressed before you walk through the front door. Historically, it attracted the wealthy and famous from across the U.S.'s booming East Coast, all looking for a tropical paradise, offering the epitome of first-class service.
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Today, The Breakers delivers world-class accommodation. Multiple guest room options are available, including some with views of the Atlantic Coast, plus superior suites with generous living space, balconies, and private bars. Accessible accommodation is also available on-site.
But if you want the best the hotel has to offer, you should look at the Flagler's Club. Described as offering "limitless Luxury," this exclusive part of the hotel includes 21 rooms and suites recently updated with the help of Tihany Design. Guests at the Flagler's Club can enjoy personalized services like a chauffeured Tesla house car, private lounge, rooftop terrace, and unique dining options.
In addition, guests can enjoy golf, a gorgeous spa, multiple pools, and a private beach that offers jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Breakers also offers numerous family activities, including mini golf, complimentary bicycle rentals, and a video game lounge.
The Colony is a chic and classic Palm Beach hotel. First opened in 1947, the flamingo pink Art Deco building is just a block away from Worth Avenue, so if shopping is your main goal, this boutique hotel may be the best option for you. It's also about a two-minute walk to South Ocean Boulevard, so you can enjoy the marvelous views of the Atlantic Ocean as often as you please.
Known to have hosted distinguished guests like presidents and royalty from different countries over the years, the hotel has many bars and restaurants that blend with its glamorous interior and exterior spaces. The establishment also hosts events by top designers, including Ferragamo, Dolce and Gabbana, and Oscar de la Renta.
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The hotel's team of hosts cater to guests' every whim. Visitors can arrange for a butler to help with their needs at the beach. This service is perfect for setting up umbrellas or getting gourmet bites in branded YETI coolers with plates, napkins, and ice brought to the oceanfront
Guests can also rent custom bicycles (beach cruisers) for trundles along the promenade or coordinate with the hotel for on-demand drivers to chauffeur them to any location in the Palm Beach area.
The Brazilian Court
The Brazilian Court is another must-stay classic, offering a combination of 1920s glamor and boutique intimacy. Housed in a building with stylish Spanish colonial architecture, this 80-bedroom enclave prides itself on being Palm Beach's most private and secluded hotel. It offers the perfect retreat for anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The Brazilian Court treats guests to decadent experiences with a variety of suites, lush fountain-adorned tropical courtyards, and a spectacular pool. While enjoying the warm weather on one of the designer chaise lounges, guests can rely on the friendly attendants to deliver all they need, including food and beverages from one of the eateries on the property.
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The hotel's best-known attraction may well be the Café Boulud. Located in a tastefully furnished dining area, the award-winning restaurant operates under the guidance of Chef Daniel Boulud. Since opening in 2003, the restaurant has become among the most coveted destinations in Palm Beach, with its lavish shimmering sea shell ceilings and furniture with velvet and leather upholstery.
The hotel also offers an art gallery showcasing original pieces. The good news is the art is for sale, so you can pick up your favorite pieces to add to your private collection. Other perks include The Brazilian Court Salon, which offers world-class spa treatments, bicycle rentals, complimentary transportation around the city in a BMW SUV, and a beach experience that ensures you enjoy the best Palm Beach has to offer.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Located on the prestigious South Ocean Boulevard, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is a five-diamond, five-star resort offering guests a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere. Stately rooms and suites with ocean views are on offer to ensure a memorable stay. The oceanfront location is ideal for sipping on the hotel's garden-inspired cocktails and enjoying casual seaside dining experiences.
The hotel regularly arranges various experiences to help guests explore the surrounding region. Guests can enjoy private poolside cabanas where butlers cater to their every whim or take tours of the nearby Everglades wildlife sanctuary by private airboat. Beach beds are also available for getting that quintessential vacation glow.
Polo fans can take advantage of the polo lessons the hotel offers or simply enjoy the action from the sidelines while treating themselves to a chef-prepared picnic. If your trip coincides with the Palm Beach polo season, you'll get an opportunity to enjoy exclusive experiences with top polo players.
You can also go on a yacht cruise along the Intercoastal Waterway or use the concierge service to identify great snorkeling locations in the Atlantic.
Eau Palm Beach
Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa is an oceanfront retreat offering lavish accommodation and treatments. The hotel offers large guest rooms with private balconies, generous suites, club-level rooms where you'll have your own private concierge, and the ground-level Eau Lanai Terrace Suites, which offer quick access to the establishment's two swimming pools and a private patio. Perks offered by the hotel include complimentary kids clubs, private poolside cabanas, and no-cost bicycle rentals.
The hotel is a 2023 winner of Forbes' coveted five-star award, making it one of only seven resorts in the region to obtain the accolade and one of only 49 nationally. Guests can take advantage of more than 42,000 square feet of "playful rejuvenation" facilities, where they can enjoy facials, massages, body scrubs, pedicures, and the occasional naughty cupcake.
Dining options include the Angle Steakhouse, which collaborates with local farmers to offer locally grown produce along with prime meat and seafood in a tastefully decorated dining room.
The Boca Raton
The Boca Raton is a multi-award-winning hotel that was established in 1926. The bold, grand architecture of the main building welcomes guests to an enclave that offers the best coastal living has to offer. While not within Palm Beach proper, it's only about a 40 minute drive away.
Several accommodation options are available, including elevated Tower rooms with stunning harborside views, adult-only accommodation in the Yacht Club, and bungalows for extended stays. You can also stay in the iconic Cloister, where The Boca Raton experience started.
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Numerous restaurants are available on-site, catering to all tastes, including The Flamingo Grill, Beach Club Lounge, and The Supper Club.
The Harborside Pool Club features three pools, a 450-foot lazy river, water slides, cabanas, and a personalized butler service. If you're traveling with children, they'll appreciate the 5-story water slides, Kids Splash Zone, and "Kiddie Cabanas."
Other activities available to guests include golf at a championship-level course in the Boca Raton Club, tennis, pickleball, and an assortment of water sports, including paddle boarding, snorkeling, and surfing.
PGA National Resort
The PGA National Resort is a desirable hotel that builds on the aesthetics and appeal of golf. While the hotel is up north in Palm Beach Gardens, its offerings make it worth considering as it's less than 30 minutes from the center of Palm Beach. The hotel's claim to fame is the six world-class golf courses which will deliver a golf-centric holiday experience few other establishments can offer.
However, that's not all the PGA National Resort has to offer. The spectacular location also brings numerous amenities that elevate it beyond a mere sporting destination. Memorable dining experiences include the 1950s-style Butcher's Club serving succulent cuts, the Honeybelle offering classic Floridian cuisine, and Birdie's Diner for those who like to keep their food all-American.
The resort also offers guests hard-to-match curated luxury experiences. For example, celebrity coach Matt Manasse runs a pickleball clinic, and the BLADE aviation service offers transportation within South Florida using its fleet of seaplanes, jets, and helicopters.