Make a Palm Beach address your own — at least for a spell. These hotels blend the island’s storied past with a new-and-now verve.
White Elephant Palm Beach
From the island of Nantucket to the island of Palm Beach comes the White Elephant, a luxury boutique hotel set in a historic building in the center of town. The level of pretension is the same in both spots, but there’s one important distinction between the original location and its southerly sister: here, winter days average a balmy 80 degrees.
Some hotels are shining stars that burn brightly but eventually dim; The Breakers has a 125-year history as a grande dame of high society and the epitome of a luxurious resort stay. Nothing beats the hotel’s attentive service, fine dining, beautiful beach, and plentiful activities. For an even more exclusive experience, stay at the 25-room Flagler Club, a next-level hotel-within-a-hotel spanning two private floors inside The Breakers. There’s a chauffeured Tesla house car, private rooftop terrace, and snacks served all day long.
The Colony Hotel
Long a magnet for the rich and rarefied — from Frank Sinatra to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor — The Colony Hotel remains one of the hottest places to see and be seen on the island. With its signature pink facade, chintzy Florida-shaped pool, and unique take on laid-back luxe, it’s equally popular among the younger set and their grandparents.
The Brazilian Court Hotel
Who can resist a boutique hotel that feels more like an exclusive enclave within a residential area of midtown Palm Beach? Not guests of The Brazilian Court Hotel, which is perhaps the most plush yet homey accommodation option available on the island. Marrying Spanish Colonial architecture, tropical courtyards, and 1920s-style glamor, this 80- room pad is easy to make your home away from home.
The Boca Raton
Sure, The Boca Raton is off-island, but it’s nevertheless the of-the-moment destination of the in crowd — and worth the 30-minute drive south to Boca Raton. Fresh from a $200 million renovation that wrapped up this year, the hotel aims to usher in a new golden era of South Florida and has the rooms, dining destinations, and multifaceted resort experience to succeed.