We got a lot of mileage out of our quick trip to Palm Beach last week, and it was made complete by a stop at The Breakers, one of my favorite places on the island. So many incredible updates have been made to the resort since I called Florida home (I hear the budget for maintenance and upkeep is $25 million a year), and this place just keeps getting better and better because of it. I’ve been to The Breakers plenty of times, but I was still blown away looking up at the lobby’s ceiling (above), staring out over the turquoise pools, and wandering through its manicured grounds. Being here is like going back in time to an era of grandness, elegance, and simple pleasures (beach days, bike rides), which I think is too scarce these days.
The Breakers’ flagship restaurant, HMF, takes up the historic Florentine Room. It was named after Henry Morrison Flagler and designed by Adam D. Tihany, who’s responsible for the design of Per Se, Restaurant Daniel, and Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental London, plus more of the world’s top spots. (Including, as it turns out, Agua by Larbi at One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, where I ate breakfast and dinner just two days ago!) Not too shabby. That blur in the background is a beautiful wine cellar. And can we take a second to appreciate those floral arrangements, please?
The Circle, home to one of Palm Beach’s most famous Sunday Brunches—and stunning chandeliers.
You could easily spend a week at The Breakers without getting past its shops, which include Ralph Lauren and Guerlain and boutiques carrying everything from Stella McCartney to Christian Louboutin. Absolutely Suitable has tons of swimsuits for women….
…and colorful trunks for the guys.
Palm Beach and Lily Pulitzer pretty much go hand in hand, and guests can buy scarves in this exclusive Breakers print at its Lily boutique.
What I love most about The Breakers, though, is that despite its formal feel at first, it doesn’t take long to realize that it’s a place to relax and have fun. Its fitness center is the best I’ve ever seen in a resort, with a giant TV built into its main mirrored wall, plus crazy ocean views from its cardio machines.
But the pièce de résistance is, hands down, its sprawling Beach Club, which stretches on forever and is dotted with candy-colored umbrellas and apartment-style cabanas.
This was the epitome of beautiful beach days, complete with a dolphin looping in between the surfers and swimmers in the waves just off shore.
So grand, and so good. I can’t wait to see what this special place comes up with next.