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About Palm Beach
Palm Beach sounds like a desirable place to live, doesn’t it. It’s not just the idea of a palm fringed beach, it’s probably also the fact that the name is synonymous with American wealth and glamour. And of course there’s that good ol’ Florida sunshine. The best places to stay in Palm Beach include some pretty tempting looking beach resorts, but there are also some great city break style hotels. And our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Palm Beach also includes a great affordable suggestion.
Palm Beaches’ beaches are clean and golden and stretch for miles. Fringed by hotels and, of course, palm trees. This holiday idyll with its tropical climate, set on a 26km long barrier island at the very east of Florida, was the dream of one man in particular, Henry Morrison Flagler, who’s responsible for running the railway out here.
He also built the first two hotels. And started the trend for building elegant beaux-arts style homes and palatial Greco-Roman mansions. His Flagler Museum is housed in his original mansion built in 1902, with its 75 rooms and impressive pink aluminium-leaf wallpaper - which at the time of the house’s construction was more expensive than gold.
These days the super-duper rich live on Ocean Boulevard, on estates which are so big that it’s probably better to drive down here than walk. The most famous of them is probably Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. You can rub shoulders with the owners of these properties on Worth Avenue, a palm-lined stretch of around 200 high-end shops.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Palm Beach are popular properties, so if you're planning a vist, get organised and book well ahead.
For a beach break
- The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a 300 room resort with two restaurants, a bar, a full service spa, a kid’s club and activities and some of the most golden sandy beach views around. Cabana luxury.
For a city break
- The Brazilian Court Hotel is just back from the beach in downtown Palm Beach. There’s room to lounge - in the pool and hot tub, spa and salon, but you’re also right by much of the action when it comes to shopping and sightseeing.
For great value
- Playground of the rich and famous? Yes. Completely out of the reach of the rest of us? No. The Chesterfield is a 50 room hotel in West Palm Beach, almost on the beach, with a great pool, hot tub, terrace restaurant and bar and bold botanical decor. And a couple of palm trees.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Palm Beach for you?
Best Hotels in Palm Beach
The Chesterfield 53 rooms from $217Palm Beach
Bold choices in the interior design draw on ornate botanical patterns and Victorian opulence coupled with Floridian laid-back charm. Hot tub, swimming pool, bicycles. At The Chesterfield, you can eat outside on the terrace or enjoy the atmosphere of the Lizard Restaurant, Lounge and Bar.Swimming Pool - Outdoor swimming poolRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
The Brazilian Court Hotel 68 rooms from $239Palm Beach
A chic and romantic hotel in the centre of down-town Palm Beach, with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub for lounging with loved ones. Restaurant serving exquisite seasonal French cuisine. Spa and salon offering massages, beauty treatments, and haircuts. Rooms are lavishly but tastefully decorated.Sights nearby - The Norton Museum of Art is less than 2km awaySpa - Frédéric Fekkai Salon and SpaHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa 309 rooms from $369Palm Beach
Florida's number one resort has it all: marble detailing in bathrooms, feather beds, balconies for every room and suite, a full-service spa, a bar and two restaurants, two outdoor pools and a bold and classy eye for design. Enjoy cabana luxury in this chic, nautical-inspired beach-front paradise.On the beach - Soak up the sun, sea and sand on Eau Palm Beach's personal access to the beach.Kids Club - Extensive children's programming (teen centre, game room, and puppet theatre)Views - Views over the ocean, the city and the beautiful resort gardens.Swimming Pool - Two swimming pools