If you're going to the Palm Beach International Boat Show, you will probably opt to leave your own vessel at home. Much as we hate to disembark, hitting the hard in Palm Beach can come with a very soft landing when you choose your accommodations wisely.
The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club
The Granddaddy of posh places to stay, the Brazilian Court was designed by Rosario Candela back in the 1920s. Over the years, it's endured as THE hotel of choice for both prominent locals and visiting dignitaries and celebs.
Conveniently located near the beach and Worth Avenue's famous shopping, the hotel's own attractions may compete with the neighborhood's: an outpost of one of New York's best chefs, Café Boulud, and one of New York's best known-scissorhands, the Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa.
A six year renovation has resulted in 80 redesigned suites that sport crown molding, Provence style wooden shutters, hand-forged, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, and beds that will cosset you in fine linen-draped luxury. There are one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, many with their own terraces that lead to romantic gardens. And of course, all this old fashioned elegance is topped off with flatscreen plasma tvs and massaging airjet bathtubs.
The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club
301 Australian Avenue Palm Beach, Florida 33480 (800) 552-0335 www.thebraziliancourt.com
The Omphoy Ocean Resort
The Omphoy Ocean Resort is a newly opened oceanfront hotel and spa with a distinctly soothing and restful Asian flavor. Floor to ceiling windows in the lobby look out at the Atlantic, while the lobby bar's backlit glass installation with concrete counter and comfortable sofa seating give the room a modern, sexy vibe that's also inviting.
All 130 guest rooms and suites have Atlantic or ICW views, custom-designed furniture, and bronze floor tiles. An Iron Chef winner has two eponymous venues for fine dining here at the Omphoy. Michelle Bernstein at the Omphoy offers a continuation of the zen-feeling in a dramatic space that emphasizes the ocean location-appropriately enough, the cuisine here also focuses on seafood and healthy, Mediterranean-inspired delicacies and is open for dinner only. The Michelle Bernstein Terrace, however, offers casual breakfast and lunch options from the same chef, in a chic, beachy setting.
If you're at the Omphoy for a luxurious get away from it all, you'll want to spend some time at the Exhale Spa, which offers all kind of mind/body therapies, in addition to signature "Core" classes in movement, yoga, and Pilates.
Visiting Palm Beach by boat? If you're headed there before or after the show, or are lucky enough to get dockside during, here are a few places to tie up.
Palm Harbor Marina
400 North Flagler Drive, Suite A West Palm Beach, Florida Tel: (800) 435-8051 www.palmharbor-marina.com
Sailfish Marina Resort
98 Lake Drive West Palm Beach, Florida Tel: (561) 844-1724 www.sailfishmarina.com
4200 North Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, Florida Tel: (888) 792-6842 www.rybovich.com