ELLE Escapes: Palm Beach

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ELLE Escapes: Palm BeachCourtesy Ori Harpaz, Tata Harper Spa, Brazilian Court


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There’s something about Palm Beach. Maybe it’s the namesake trees, or the prime people-watching—the relaxed island known for its exclusive resorts and private beaches has attracted members of the fashion pack like Aerin Lauder and Katie Sturino, but still somehow manages to conjure the feeling of a tight-knit community, whether you’re a homeowner or happen to be passing through for the weekend at one of its hotels (our current favorite is Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa). Cruise around with the top down—I chose a Bentley Continental GTC Azure convertible—as you enjoy a truly niche part of Florida, synonymous with luxury and the lifestyle to match. For your next trip down south, we rounded up where the well-heeled snowbirds eat, drink, and sunbathe.

What to See


Royal Poinciana Plaza

royal ponciana plaza
Courtesy of Royal Ponciana Plaza

With stores like Zimmermann, Hermès, and Veronica Beard, restaurants, and a gelato stand at Sant Ambreous, you could spend your whole afternoon walking around the John Volk-designed Royal Poinciana Plaza and be totally content doing so. If you want to squeeze a workout in, check out Squeeze Pilates.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

palm beach par 3 golf course
Courtesy Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

Golf and Palm Beach basically go hand in hand. If you’re a novice in the sport like I am, this scenic par 3 course overlooking the water is a good place to practice your swing—or just replay your regrettable bogeys over and over in your head. (I’m working on it.)

Eau Spa

eau palm beach resort and spa
Courtesy of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Upon entering the spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, you’ll understand why it’s worthy of being part of the hotel’s name. From the service to the treatments and top-tier facilities, the 42,000-square-foot space is the ultimate place to be pampered.

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Where to Eat


Café Boulud

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Courtesy Cafe Boulud, BROWNWYN KNIGHT

With its picturesque outdoor terrace at The Brazilian Court, this hard-to-get-into Daniel Boulud-helmed restaurant lives up to the hype. Everything on the menu is solid, but the White Cosmo—a mix of vodka, elderflower, and white cranberry, finished with an orchid ice cube—begs to be Instagrammed. If only And Just Like That... filmed in Palm Beach.

LoLa 41

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Courtesy Lola 41, OVI MUSTEA

Though LoLa 41 shares an address with the White Elephant hotel, the Pan-Asian restaurant is a destination on its own, with dishes ranging from sushi to Korean beef bulgogi over noodles, cocktails, and a bar adorned with vintage coins from all over the world. Fun fact: the name is a nod to the resort’s Nantucket location.

Le Bilboquet

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Courtesy Le Bilboquet, Ori Harpaz

For a South of France vibe on Worth Avenue, head to Le Bilboquet. The Upper East Side mainstay helmed by self-professed bon vivant Philippe Delgrange is known for its bistro fare and Cajun chicken in particular. Displaced New Yorkers, take one.

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Where to Drink


Swifty’s

swiftys
Courtesy Swiftys, CARMEL BRANTLEY

A good choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Swifty’s, situated poolside at The Colony Hotel, may be one of the more casual dining options on the island, but a satisfying one nonetheless. Take advantage of the live music—specifically, acoustic guitarists strumming everything from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys. No need for song requests here.

HMF

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Courtesy THE BREAKERS PALM BEACH

The Breakers’ restaurant and lounge space, HMF, is a great place to grab a drink and wander the property’s storied halls. There’s a reason it’s been named a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner each year since the list started in 1981.

Sant Ambroeus

sant ambroeus
Courtesy Sant Ambroeus, Nicole Franzen

Located at the Royal Poinciana Plaza, Sant Ambroeus has a bar and outdoor section that’s ideal for a round of post-retail therapy drinks. Or a gelato, if that’s your thing.

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Where to Stay


The Brazilian Court Hotel

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Courtesy The Brazilian Court Hotel, BROWNWYN KNIGHT

Sizable suites? A private, shaded pool area and hair salon? Custom Linus bikes for loan? The Brazilian Court Hotel gives guests a homey feel in the center of town, a quick ride from the Palm Beach Lake Trail. Take it from owner Courtney Schlesinger: “The hotel was built to feel like a private estate, so when you’re here, you feel like you have your own place in Palm Beach,” she tells ELLE.com. “That’s what I love the most: waking up in the morning, sitting on the terrace with a coffee, and imagining Daniel Boulud is my own private chef.”

White Elephant Palm Beach

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Courtesy White Elephant Palm Beach, CHI-THIEN NGUYEN/ELKUS MANFREDI ARCHITECTS

The newest, fully renovated hotel on the island, White Elephant Palm Beach has spacious rooms decorated with pop art, a heated pool, and shuttle service to and from the beach.

The Colony Hotel

the colony hotel
Courtesy The Colony Hotel, CARMEL BRANTLEY

Celebrating its 75th year in business, this all-pink hotel is not only pleasant to look at, but has Art Deco interiors, recently redesigned rooms, a great pool scene, and activations from Dolce & Gabbana, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and artist Ashley Longshore. The programming is also noteworthy: don’t miss bingo night or seasonal workouts by celebrity trainer Isaac Boots in the East Garden.

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Beauty Picks


Major Glow Body Oil

For legs that gleam in the sunlight, throw this hydrating body oil made from squalane, vitamin C, and olive oil in your beach bag.

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Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil

For a face that gleams in the sunlight, pack this hydrating oil with vitamin C in your beach bag.

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Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

If you plan on taking dips in the pool, applying waterproof mascara is a must. Sweat- and water-resistant with a lengthening effect, this one pairs well with a cocktail.

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Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

Just because you’re longing for a tan doesn’t mean you can skimp on the SPF. Venus Williams’ sun serum is super transparent and blendable, with a matte yet hydrating finish. This woman certainly has plenty of experience with sunscreens.

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Aceite de Moska

Beach waves are cute, but salty water can wreak havoc on your hair. This oil can be used on dry strands or pre-shower as a refreshing scalp facial after long days in the sun.

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