Which Palm Beach Resort is Your Style?
Ah…Palm Beach. Florida’s Gold Coast along the Atlantic Ocean has everything one could want in a luxury vacation: five-star resorts, pristine beaches, and fabulous designer shopping. Not to mention more billionaires per square mile than almost anywhere in the U.S.
A trip to Palm Beach is like a sunshine-filled fantasyland for families who want only the best. From the hallowed and stately halls of The Breakers to the retro glam of The Colony, there is no shortage of luxury accommodation in Palm Beach island and the surrounding Palm Beach area.
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After you arrive at the West Palm Beach airport and cross the intracoastal waterway, the vacation begins. So pack your Lilly dresses, polish your pearls and your best designer sandals. Palm Beach’s sunny skies, white sands, and top luxury hotels await, and there’s nothing else like it.
The Breakers Palm Beach
The Grand Dame
Opened in 1896, The Breakers (read our full review) is considered the standard to which all other Palm Beach hotels aspire. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Breakers combines the best of old-school luxury with the modern amenities of a five-diamond resort. The 140-acre oceanfront property boasts two golf courses, a private beach, tennis courts and a jaw-dropping spa complex (read our full review).
While public spaces and the grand hall have gilded furnishings and crystal chandeliers, hotel rooms are more understated with traditional furnishings and pastel hues. As a historic landmark, rooms at The Breakers are modest in size except in the new wings.
Luxe Recess clients and readers book suites with adjoining rooms for the most space for families. The Breakers’ biggest draw for families includes an outstanding kids club (which hasn’t restarted), playground, and a children’s gift shop with great resort wear. Family-friendly options at more than ten on site restaurants make meals easy.
It’s Palm Beach. Let us VIP you, because you can’t VIP yourself. When you book your stay through Luxe Recess, our rates include daily breakfast for two adults per room, a $100 resort credit, and an upgrade based on availability.
Eau Palm Beach Resort
With its beachy blue hues, airy lobby and vast views of the Atlantic, the Eau Palm Beach (read our full review) feels like a more playful version of The Breakers, its more formal neighbor to the north. With modern hotel interiors designed by Jonathan Adler, the massive hotel and resort has two pools, a swanky and newly refurbished kids and teen club, a large private beach, and multiple bars and restaurants.
Oversized suites with adjoining rooms are perfect for families. Those with private balconies feature hanging chairs to sway with ocean breezes.
Dining at the resort includes a new lobby sushi bar and restaurant. We love the family-friendly Mediterranean-inspired menu by the pools facing the ocean.
Eau Palm Beach’s full-service spa is a destination unto itself. 42,000-square-feet of treatment rooms, relaxation areas and outdoor private gardens will bring Zen to any stressed-out Mom or Dad. Located in Manalapan, nine miles south of Worth Avenue, Eau Palm Beach is a bit removed from the action. But it offers unrivaled privacy for those seeking sun without the crowds.
When we book your stay, our rates include daily breakfast for two adults per room, a resort credit, and an upgrade based on availability.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
The Serene Oasis
Fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation, the Four Seasons Palm Beach resort combines the contemporary luxury one would expect from Four Seasons luxury hotels, with the tropical ambiance of classic Palm Beach. Two pools, three restaurants, a spa and a private beach are all a part of this Forbes-five-star property.
The complimentary kids club, teen game room and beachfront water sports will keep kids of all ages happy. The adult pool and extensive fitness classes offer plenty of activity for parents.
Service at this resort is unparalleled, with extensive complimentary poolside offerings, evolving daily activities and bespoke experiences for families who want the best that Palm Beach has to offer.
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The large and airy beachfront guest rooms all feature balconies and are spacious for families. Cabana Terrace rooms offer direct beach or pool access.
Let us VIP you. We can book your stay with rates that include daily breakfast, a resort credit, and an upgrade based on availability.
The Colony Hotel
(Set to reopen in 2024)
The Shoppers Paradise
Oozing British colonial charm from its pale pink exterior, The Colony Hotel has personified classic Palm Beach style since 1947. Decorated by famed designer Carlton Varney (known for The Greenbrier), The Colony’s chic decor, cheerful hues, banana leaf motifs, and rattan furnishings will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back to another era, when Mai Tais and caftans were de rigueur.
The Colony is not oceanfront. Its location—just a five-minute walk from the shops and restaurants from Worth Avenue–can’t be beat. The hotel offers beach access with chairs and umbrellas for the public beach via the fabulous pink golf cart. The hotel’s charming pool, shaped like the state of Florida, is a peaceful retreat after a day spent shopping.
Swifty’s, the hotel’s restaurant, serves classic fare poolside. The Colony bar’s trivia nights and live music consistently draw local crowds.
The hotel’s retro glam and sophisticated vibe is best suited for girlfriend getaways and mother-daughter trips to post on Instagram. The Colony has a limited number of suites and villas suitable for families.
Other boutique hotels near Worth Avenue we love include the Chesterfield Palm Beach.
Marriott Singer Island
The Spacious Sanctuary
Singer Island, considered part of the Palm Beaches, lacks the walkability of downtown Palm Beach. The area boasts pristine beaches and a quiet, family-friendly feel. The Marriott Singer Island (read our full review) is a four-star beachfront hotel with two pools, spa and two restaurants.
Repeat guests love the spacious condo-style accommodations of the resort. The two-bedroom includes a king, two doubles, and a sleeper sofa. All rooms include a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and dining area, and living room. The hotel’s complimentary umbrellas and beach chairs, game areas, and fire pits with loungers provide an incredible value.
The outdoor pool features a waterslide and grotto. The resort hosts bonfires, swim-up movies and game nights, making it the choice for families who want a laid-back vacation.
When we book your stay, our Marriott rates include daily breakfast for two adults per room, a resort credit, and an upgrade based on availability.
The Boca Raton
The Big One
The Boca Raton is a massive, 500-acre resort and members-only club. Built by Addison Mizner (architect of The Cloister at Sea Island) in the 1920s, it combines country club elegance with modern amenities, but its size may be too much for those who don’t love mega-resorts.
Fresh off a 200-million-dollar renovation, The Boca Raton has five lodging options in one resort. The recently renovated Beach Club suites are a favorite of families. The Tower suites offer the most flexibility for suites and up to three connecting rooms. Families can book classic hotel rooms at the renovated original Cloister or extended stays at The Bungalows.
And now there’s an adult-only accommodation at the exclusive Yacht Club building.
The recently redesigned Spa Palmera with designer Colin Cowie, is 50,000-square-feet. This Alhambra-inspired spa includes a Himalayan salt room, 44 treatment rooms and a tranquility pool.
With multiple pools, kids camps, a surf school and a FlowRider surf simulator machine, this resort is packed full of activities. But it’s the renowned sports academies that continually attract active families. The Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy offers extensive camps and clinics for kids and adults. The resort’s thirty tennis courts and year-round clinics make The Boca Raton one of the top-rated tennis resorts.
When we book your stay at the Boca Raton, our rates include daily breakfast for two adults per room, a resort credit, and an upgrade based on availability.