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Palm Beach, the ritziest address in Florida, is home to 44 billionaires. Read through Gina Baksa’s list of the top luxury hotels in Palm Beach to find out how you too can experience this billionaire’s playground
South Florida’s effervescent jewel, the island of Palm Beach, is just 16 miles long and a mile wide yet boasts some of the world’s most exclusive luxury real estate bordering white-sand, palm-fringed beaches. The most beautiful landmark and modern hotels and residences are here too, replete with award-winning restaurants, and world-class spas to relax in.
Water-based activities such as fishing, paddling, and boating are available at most resorts, and if you can drag yourself away from your cabana, there are more than 160 golf courses in the area to tee-off from. For luxury brand retail therapy head to Worth Avenue or one of the many Palm Beach outlets, while historical sites to visit include the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and the wild Everglades.
Check out our list of the top luxury Palm Beaches hotels and resorts here.
The Top Luxury Hotels in Palm Beach
The Breakers Palm Beach
Since its opening in 1926, this Grande Dame of luxury Palm Beaches hotels has attracted the great and the good to its stunning Palm Beach island location. Designed in the style of a classic Roman villa, The Breakers offers guests a choice of lavish ocean-view suites and the services of a private concierge who will cater to your every whim.
Reserve one of the two Imperial Suites, each with wet bar and five Juliet balconies: the perfect spot for sundowners as you gaze over the south Florida coast. Ideal for entertaining and relaxing, dine in or book a table at the elegant Circle restaurant with its 30-foot frescoed ceilings; enjoy a light lunch at the outdoor oasis Beach Club and tuck into chops at the Flagler Steakhouse, locally sourced fruits de mer at the Seafood bar or savour pan-Asian platters at Echo.
Pamper sessions are recommended at the superb spa using OSEA products, and there are four pools to swim and play in, as well as tennis, golf and an extensive fitness facility.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Visit The Breakers Palm Beach
The Ambassador Hotel & Residences Palm Beach
The Ambassador Hotel is one of the top luxury hotels in Palm Beach, with direct access to its own private soft-sand beachfront dotted with cool cabanas. Enjoy stunning Floridian sea views and the sound of lapping waves from the privacy of your own room or suite.
Choose from elegant studios to the luxurious monochrome palette of the 2007 sq ft, three-bed, three-bath penthouse and glamorous roof terrace with views across the waterway. This serene oasis will lull you into deep relaxation with its gentle tropical breezes, swaying palms and 5-star service.
Indulge in a decadent spa session or work out in the 24/7 fitness suite and Pilates studio. The in-house restaurant, Ambassador’s Grill, is helmed by Juan Xavier Pareja and serves up an intoxicating cuisine adjacent the 8,000 sq ft pool deck.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Ambassador Hotel & Residences Palm Beach
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
The exclusive Four Seasons brand is the height of sophistication and always attracts a cool crowd. It’s the Four Seasons Palm Beach hotel is a Five Star, Five Diamond Resort located on a white sand beachfront along Ocean Boulevard, providing an oasis of calm and rejuvenation for couples and families.
As you’d expect, the cuisine here is first class: make a reservation at Florie’s restaurant helmed by Mauro Colagreco, try new cocktails at the snazzy bar and tuck into generous seafood at Seaway. Room service is available 24/7 so a romantic supper on your terrace is easily organised. The beachfront loungers and cabanas are addictive, but you may also feel the need for speed and hop on board the Four Seasons yacht for a sunset cruise.
Indulge in the suite life at this luxury Palm Beach hotel and reserve the two-bedroom Sea Breeze Suite: cool, spacious and elegantly appointed with direct access to the beach and swimming pools.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
White Elephant Palm Beach
Just a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport, this gem of Palm Beach resorts harks back to the 1920s, with its refurbished landmark building home to 19 beautifully appointed suites and 13 deluxe rooms.
Enjoy the laidback yet sophisticated vibe from the magnificent three-bedroom Park Suite. Outdoor dining is a must from the suite’s 1,200sq ft rooftop terrace with views over the coastal waterways. Book a private chef to create memorable meals from your fully equipped kitchen, while refined cuisine and cocktails await you at the hotel’s award-winning Lola 41 restaurant located near the pool.
A pre-arrival concierge service ensures a smooth segue from the airport to your Palm Beach haven, while nearby attractions include luxury retail on Worth Street, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit White Elephant Palm Beach
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
The exclusive Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa boasts seven acres of private beach and lush tropical gardens to relax in, with stunning views across the ocean and the manicured lawns.
Understated luxury is the vibe here with Club level rooms offering guests the chance to mingle with other guests in the Club Lounge, and the services of your very own personal concierge. We love the Lanai Terrace Suite and private patio, just a short walk from the pools, that offers separate lounge and bedroom areas.
Enjoy al fresco dining on Floridian and European flavours, alongside meatier fayre from farm-to-table American cuisine. Work off this fabulous food with a fitness session, tennis, a sail or a bike ride, and retire to the well-appointed spa for an indulgent face or body treatment.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
The Brazilian Court Palm Beach
Award-winning Palm Beaches hotels include the sublime Brazilian Court Palm Beach, one of the area’s best-loved landmark hotels. Located in the heart of this island idyll, the hotel is within easy reach of Palm Beach outlets along Worth Avenue and just a short walk to the Atlantic beaches and Intercoastal Highway.
Discrete rooms and suites are centered around the outdoor pool and hot tub among tranquil tropical gardens. For extra privacy, choose the iconic two-bed Lanai suites with a private terrace or patio facing the secluded palm-fringed swimming pool. Decorated in vibrant warm colours, and rich fabrics, the Spanish colonial style is timeless and elegant.
Make a reservation at Daniel Boulud’s acclaimed Café Boulud, or the Brazlian Court Salon for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Brazilian Court Palm Beach
The Chesterfield Palm Beach
Palm Beach island has long attracted the cognoscenti to its pristine white-sand beaches, luxurious hotels, and fine-dining restaurants. The Chesterfield Palm Beach is a case in point, offering guests secluded luxury among lush tropical gardens with lashings of Old World charm and outstanding service and accommodations.
Suite life here harks back to a gentler age with sophisticated interiors, each individually designed in light tropical colours and original artwork. Enjoy cocktails, live music and creative local cuisine showcasing the best of local provenance in the Leopard Lounge & Restaurant, replete with its decadent jet black walls the backdrop to gilded fittings and funky leopard skin print flooring. Southern coastal charm at its opulent best.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Chesterfield Palm Beach
The Colony Hotel
Surely the pinkest luxury hotel in Palm Beach, The Colony is one of the finest historic luxury Palm Beaches hotels attracting the cream of Hollywood in its heyday and a secluded winter resort for royalty, industry magnates and politicos.
Book one of the beach bikes and head down to the white sands for a gourmet picnic organised by the Colony’s dedicated beach butler. Or take a ride in the custom Volvo to explore the retail attractions along Wells Road and Blossom Way.
Accommodation at the Colony oozes refined, old-school sophistication with thoroughly modern touches. Pastel hues, lush fabrics, and light-filled spaces that hark back to a gentler time. Stay in one of the Mediterranean building’s multi-roomed penthouses with access to parking and private pool, or for the ultimate, book the Aeron Villa Jasmine designed by Estée Lauder’s granddaughter.
Swifty’s Pool, Pink Paradise Café, and The Living Room all serve the very best cuisine, and there’s 24/7 in-room dining.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Colony Hotel
Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa
Sleek modern architecture at Palm Beach’s Tideline Ocean Resort& Spa is a welcome contrast to many of the classical grand dame hotels in this idyllic holiday paradise.
Located directly on private Tideline Beach with world-class ocean views, this Palm Beach luxury hotel is an award-winning oasis of calm. Light-filled suites and rooms here all boast floor-to-ceiling windows that invite in the Florida sunshine and cool Atlantic breeze. Views are out over the cabanas, the ocean, or the well-manicured tropical gardens. Marble and wood against the finest Italian linens create a sophisticated yet relaxing vibe.
We recommend the oceanfront king suite with romantic views, soft-as-silk Frette robes, and separate lounge and bedroom areas. Dining options at the Tideline include fine sushi at Mizu, and a European/American menu at Brandon’s Palm Beach, where the refined coastal cuisine is as spectacular as the Atlantic Ocean views.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa
Contributor Gina Baksa is looking forward to her next Florida trip. See more of her travel writing at https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com