Luxury has no boundaries, and neither does The Breakers Palm Beach. Established by famed American industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler, the world-renowned hotel has been one of Florida’s most sought-after destinations for decades, and rightfully so. Think vibrant, green palm trees, spectacular year-round weather, numerous highly rated restaurants and stretches of white beaches. Whether you’re escaping the cold winter months in the metropolitan area or simply in need of a relaxing retreat, The Breakers never disappoints.
Flagler once said, “Helping others is like helping yourself,” a maxim he faithfully lived by. The Florida East Coast Railway system which he famously built up made his luxury resort accessible to all Americans. The line allowed people to experience not only his grand hotel, but also the bliss of Palm Beach.
Ever since the railway’s establishment, The Breakers has been deemed one of the premier resorts of the South. Aristocrats, honeymooners and families flock to the coastal hotel to enjoy its superior amenities, picture-perfect weather and wonderful history.
The hotel’s registry lists some of America’s wealthiest families, including the J.P. Morgans, Astors and Vanderbilts, who all came here to bask in the Breakers’ magnificence. The rich and famous still gather here. Last year, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello celebrated a romantic wedding reception at the property. Not surprisingly, the allure of being able to vacation like royalty has proved irresistible to middle-class Americans, too.
There’s no doubt as to why so many people come to enjoy the resort. The Breakers is unlike any other property in the area, largely due to its Italian Renaissance-style architec- ture that allows you to experience a European hotel without leaving the U.S. Modeled after a few of Italy’s most iconic structures including Villa Medici in Rome, the Florentine Fountain in Florence and the Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi in Genoa, The Breakers stands out gloriously amongst its neighboring buildings.
R&R AT THE BREAKERS
With 538 rooms (68 are high-end suites) and 140 acres of oceanfront property, The Breakers can easily accommodate a large number of visitors. It offers a variety of activities for every demographic, from sports gurus to spa retreaters to fine diners.
There are two premier championship courses: the Ocean Course and Ree Jones Course, both elite in their own ways. The Ocean Course is prominently known through- out the Sunshine State as the “oldest 18-hole course” in Florida. The green was constructed in 1896 by Alexander H. Findlay and then renovated in 2000 by famed architect Brian Silva. Golfers who tee off at this timeless course will experience turf TifEagle Bermuda greens, 88 sand-and grass-faced bunkers, six lakes and 10,000 square feet of putting greens.
For golfers looking for a more modern layout, the Ree Jones Course, which resides about 10 miles off the resort, offers turf TifEagle Bermuda greens, 62 sand- and grass-faced bunkers, 10 lakes, a multitude of palm trees for an added challenge and 8,000 square feet of putting greens. To ensure all golfers remain stress-free throughout the day, The Breakers provides complimentary shuttles to and from the course to avoid the hassle of having to book traveling accommodations. For beginners or those looking to perfect their swing, there’s the elite John Webster Golf Academy, taught by the PGA professional himself.
Guests can continue the R&R off the course by visiting The Breakers’ elite on-premise facilities: the Spa and Ocean Fitness Center. After undergoing an $8-million renovation, the Spa provides a tranquil experience for all and includes a newly added salon for hair and nail treatments.
Inspired by the pristine spas of Italy, renowned designer Sylvia Sepielli set out to establish a whole new precedent at The Breakers with an indoor-outdoor layout that mixes coastal charm and unrivaled comfort. Equipped with 17 treatment rooms, the Spa offers unparalleled services including Tammy Fender skin care, massages and holistic bodywork, and OSEA treatments. It is also the first resort in the U.S. to provide guests with ERBE treatments, one of Italy’s finest spa product lines. While waiting for appointments, you can indulge in cocktails, coffee and lite Italian bites such as gelato and biscotti outside in the courtyard, featuring a design inspired by “a Medici concept.”
The Ocean Fitness Center debuted just over a year ago and is yet another indoor-outdoor facility, with 4,300 square feet of indoor space and a 1,700-square-foot outdoor terrace to ensure guests spend ample time experiencing the revivifying Palm Beach weather. With a stunning view of the shimmering waters which guests can take in through the center’s 10-foot windows, The Breakers ensures that workouts don’t seem as daunting as they normally would. Guests can relieve stress by working out on the center’s high-tech equipment such as the Life Fitness’ Synrgy 360TM system, Matrix indoor cycling or treadmills featuring self-propelled Wood Curve and 4Front. The center provides some 60 complimentary fitness classes per week ranging from yoga, Pilates and water conditioning, to name just a few. Experienced instructors help maximize workout time and give a hand where needed. Guests who enjoy off-hour workouts can utilize the resort’s other gym, which is open 24 hours so they can break a sweat without compromising their schedule.
Other on-premise attractions include four pools with poolside bungalows, five whirlpool spas, a half mile of private beach and 10 Har-Tru tennis courts. The nine eateries include HMF, a cocktail bar with more than 1,600 wine selections; Flagler Steakhouse; the Seafood Bar, which recently reopened after undergoing an extensive restoration; the Asian-inspired Echo; the Italian Restaurant; The Circle, for breakfast and brunches; the Ocean House, offering a laid-back restaurant environment; and the Surf Break and Beach Club restaurants, perfect for afternoon bites between swimming sessions.
THE FLAGLER CLUB
The latest addition to The Breakers may be the resort’s most astonishing enhancement to date: the Flagler Club. This exclusive VIP boutique hotel offers guests more privacy, an exorbitant num- ber of services and, above all, more luxurious experiences. With 25 rooms and suites, the Flagler Club is outfitted with high-end amenities and tailored happenings, including private car service to and from the club, chauffeur services around the club in a Tesla, private-access floors, premium bar with exceptional craft beers and curated wine and champagne lists, private outdoor terrace and a staff solely dedicated to the Flagler Club. Talk about living the luxe life.