by Eileen Cotter
A first impression always lasts, especially when it comes to a vacation experience in Palm Beach, Florida. There is no better way to embrace this classic destination by staying at The Breakers, a legendary hotel that has never wavered from offering the best accommodations around. Situated on the flawless coastline, its endless amenities and attention to detail are what makes this fabulous establishment trump all others.
A Palm Beach Mainstay
Tracing its history back to the late 1800s, The Breakers had a couple of ups and down to ultimately become what it maintains today – a superior hotel catering to a high-end clientele. When staying at these accommodations, travelers know from the stylish lobby space to the bright and sunny pool oasis that they will be taken care of at every moment.
The Breakers is the only hotel directly on the beach in the downtown area. The central location lends to being steps away from the sand, iconic Worth Avenue and everywhere in between that exude the regal spirit of Palm Beach.
A Grand Entrance
Walking through the main lobby already leaves a memorable impression. Designed after Italian inspirations of elegance and intricacy, each plus chair and ceiling mural lends to creating an incredible ambiance.
Rooms with a View
There are more than 500 rooms and suites that mimic the same grand style as The Breaker’s main spaces, restaurants and aquatic club. Each space to lay one’s head is designed to the nines, stocked with all the latest electronic, hygienic and sleeping amenities. Float from plush bed to massive bathroom and back, taking in the incredible ocean views from many of the rooms equipped with a breezy balcony.
Feel Spoiled Rotten
Some say staff at a hotel need to be invisible to be efficient. At The Breakers, their professionalism, charm and intuition is something else entirely – a unique touch offered to guests that makes them always feel right at home.
Couple of Cocktails
Having a superior stay at The Breakers can mean guests needn’t leave the property. With several dining, entertainment and wellness options to choose from on site there is an overall opportunity to eat, drink and simply enjoy the Florida sun. For the first evening at the Breakers, a great introduction to its style and ambiance can be felt at HMF. They channel the heyday of craft cocktails and swinging music of the 1950s with an innovative modern twist. Sample the succulent menu selection with small plates such as the heirloom tomato caprese salad and the standout Greek spiced lamb sliders. Lights are turned low as the chandeliers flicker seemingly in time to the soft beats of Frank Sinatra wafting through the air. Indulge this over some great food and a Sidecar or two.
A Fairytale Event
A weekend is a wonderful time to carve out for a stay there, but some guests take it to the next level to truly appreciate all The Breakers has to offer. In the striking ballrooms, weddings are a grandiose affair with no expense spared. Other events are also hosted there and on the beach by famous celebrities and notable people of interest on the regular. Have the seasoned planners take care of all details for an unforgettable wedding, birthday or any event in between. Each space has its own style ad offerings to be personalized to the max.
Start the Day Right
No one wants soggy pancakes or runny eggs in the morning. Luckily not only does The Breakers offer several options for breakfast, all of them are incredibly tasty, diverse and cooked to perfection. Start at The Beach Club to watch sun rises and feel the ocean breeze. For a fancier affair, spend time at The Circle for brunch and sample a spread of quality fruits, pastries, omelets and artisan cheeses.
More Fun for Foodies
Each meal at this hotel is an adventure in itself. Have some small plates at the gorgeous HMF lounge, or a more classic cut of beef the Flagler Steakhouse. Casual dining can be discovered poolside at any of the four aquatic retreats. Kids have the most fun at the Italian-style restaurant next to the kid’s entertainment center, and room service dining is also offered 24-hours a day.
For something really fresh and fun, head off-property by car or shuttle to Echo, the hotel’s Asian fusion restaurant. Steeped in rich red décor, this steamy space cools the palette with prepared sushi and hot plates. This is one of those places where you’ll not want to skip dessert either, as they present some stellar selections, from a coconut soufflé to a banana tempura sundae.
Extra Exciting Amenities
While guests run the gamut, most are older couples looking for a tranquil getaway or families hoping to keep everyone happy on their vacations. Both of these types of trips are easily accomplished with several pool paradise areas, full-service spa and two sprawling golf courses, just to name a few perks. There is an adults-only pool as well as a child-friendly area surrounded by rentable, relaxing cabanas. For the kids, they can enjoy a massive 6,100 square-foot entertainment center, filled with aquariums, arcade games and a movie theater.
There’s also camp days for kids-only activities led by experienced staff so adults can venture out on their own for the day. These events are always evolving and change every season, so something new is going on for the little ones to love. They can try crafts, nature walks and eve beginner’s golf.
Renew the Soul
To keep up with the pace of a thrilling getaway, it can be important to maintain body and mind along the way. Fortunately. The Breakers is ideal for the wellness-minded individual. Book some time at The Spa and have a signature Guerlian facial – the only of its kind in the U.S, deriving techniques from traditional French products and procedures. Afterwards, stretch out at a beachside yoga class or simply visit the state-of-the art fitness center with stunning ocean views. Personal trainers are there to assist as well if looking for a customized workout plan.
Explore the Island
Worth Ave, the premiere shopping street in Palm Beach, is only steps from the hotel. Head there by bike provided by The Breakers or car for an afternoon of indulgence. The hotel is happy to arrange excursions to a variety of points of interest nearby with historical tours. Feel free to check out the ample yoga classes, cooking demos, catamaran cruises and more at the fingertips of guests.
Outdoor enthusiasts, culinary connoisseurs and spa junkies will all fit right in at The Breakers. As a dramatic delight and iconic mainstay in Palm Beach, The Breakers is a cut above the rest in all aspects of prime hospitality.