The Breakers Palm Beach

Stay in the lap of luxury at the glamorous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Originally constructed in 1896 for the wealthy socialites, The Breakers got its name for its location where the waves “break”. 

After enduring two fires and numerous restorations, the resort is more elegant than ever.  Rich with European flair and Victorian opulence, the ceiling in the main lobby, which was intricately painted by 75 artisans brought from Italy in the 1920’s, welcomes guests to another time; a time of glamour, glitz, and class.  Guests of The Breakers include everyone from the Rockefellers to U.S. presidents, and now it can be you.

Rooms

Like all hotels, prices vary upon the time of year, but to stay at The Breakers you should plan to spend at least $500 per night.  At times and for larger, more luxurious accommodations, the price per night can jump into the thousands.

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The Deluxe Guest Room with Resort View will be the least expensive option, but still a lavish place to stay. In this 300 square foot space, you will feel cozy and pampered as you walk on the plush carpet and look out your window at the historic grounds. You can opt for a slight upgrade to the Deluxe Guest Room with Partial Ocean View if you just can’t bear to not have a room that allows you to see the water. 

The Premium Guest Rooms are the next step up, with 100 square feet of more space and options for a resort view or, a slightly more expensive, partial ocean view.

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If you are going all in and want to do The Breakers Hotel Vanderbilt style, I recommend booking the Atlantic Guest Room with Oceanfront View.  The spacious 460 square foot room includes a private balcony where you can admire your ocean view, so close you will swear you can touch the waves. 

The beachfront is private, so you won’t have to worry about extensive noise.  Leave your doors open, and let the sound of the waves lull you into a sense of calm serenity.

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Regardless of what room you choose, you will enjoy custom furnishings, plush bathrobes and slippers, luxurious bedding, high-end toiletries, flat screen TV, in-room movies, hairdryer, WiFi, minibar, electronic safe, and daily newspapers upon request.



Amenities

You will feel like royalty when you enter The Breakers dazzling Beach Club; a private sanctuary for Breakers’ guests, equipped with not one, but four sparkling pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 poolside bungalows, and a half mile of beach solely for the guests of the resort.

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The massive main pool is ideally located next to The Beach Club Restaurant.  There are two infinity pools–one which is adults only and the other offers the majority of the private bungalows. The fourth pool is a zero-entry active pool, said to be perfect for families. 

The bungalows aren’t just some chairs in a tent either–they are as glamorous as poolside relaxation can get. Equipped with sleek furniture, bathrooms, showers, flat-screens with a DVD player, and a stocked refrigerator, these bungalows will perfectly host you and six guests.

Feeling adventurous? Every day The Breakers Hotel offers a variety of water-sport activities. You can call the hotel in advance to find out what they are offering when you visit.  The activities include options for all levels of ambition, such as scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle-boarding.

You don’t have to worry about falling behind in your workout regimen with The Breakers’ 6,000-foot indoor-outdoor fitness center, where they offer a variety of complimentary fitness classes. Even if you aren’t a regular gym-goer, seeing the exquisite facility that is available to you might just change your mind.

Tennis and golf players will also rejoice at the sight of the court and the green.  The golf course is Florida’s oldest 18-hole course, and the 10 tennis courts are surrounded by meticulously manicured grounds.

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If you are looking for more relaxation and less sport, the spa has everything you could want.  Choose from indoor and outdoor treatments ranging from innovative skincare to holistic remedies sourced from the sea. After, enjoy the serene courtyard, private to only spa guests.

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One of the most beautiful pieces of this magnificent hotel is the grand ballroom. Mostly reserved for the very rich, the Breakers Hotel Ballroom is host to grand weddings and ceremonies throughout the year. Difficult to reserve and expensive, but it would certainly make for a memorable occasion. 

The resort is also kid friendly and has a plethora of activities to keep the little ones happy. The expansive Family Entertainment Center has an indoor playing area, a toddler’s room, arcade, an outdoor playground and a basketball court. Sign your kids up for Camp Breakers, an adventure filled program for kids 3-12.  Your teenagers will love the water-sports, laying by the pool, movie nights, the arcade, and video game lounge.



Lastly, there are 11 boutiques on the resort’s property for all of your shopping needs! Pick from designs by Lilly Pulitzer and Ralph Lauren, or just graze the stores to see what you like.

Dining and Nightlife

You will only get the best of the best at any of The Breakers’ nine delicious restaurants.  Marvel in the classic ambiance of the historic hotel, or eat al fresco while enjoying an ocean breeze.  Your find dining options are endless!

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Start your day in true Breakers Hotel fashion by savoring breakfast, or Sunday brunch, at The Circle. Sitting beneath the 30-foot muraled ceiling will make you think you are brunching in Venice. The restaurant puts out an extravagant buffet each morning from 7 to 11 and stays open until 2:30 on Sundays for brunch. Take your pick of fresh fruit, pastries, made to order omelets and crepes, and much more. I can’t think of a better way to start your day.

The modern yet sophisticated Flagler Steakhouse will be a highlight for all steak lovers. Here, guests can choose from a variety of high-quality USDA prime cuts, Italian specialties, and seafood dishes.  The steakhouse also has a refined bar, perfect for a happy hour cocktail or a nightcap.

The Italian Restaurant blatantly expresses its menu but also is suited for cozy, family dinners, as it is nestled in the wing of the Family Entertainment Center. Open every evening, the restaurant serves up Italian favorites such as authentic pizzas, salads, plates of pasta, and desserts. Kids will love eyeing the 1,000-gallon aquarium while you eye your cannoli and glass of wine.

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You can’t get fresher seafood than at The Seafood Bar, where guests are seated with a view of where their food came from. Newly opened in 2016, floor to ceiling windows line the restaurant so that all patrons have an ocean view.  Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant has a variety of dishes for every palate, including sea scallops, snapper, grouper, and of course, lobster. The entire restaurant is tastefully decorated with nautical touches, but the bar is gorgeous.  It looks like you are drinking on top of an aquarium, while the windows behind the bar look out onto the ocean.  Here, you will be served specialty cocktails, as well as your classic favorites, until midnight.

Open for breakfast and lunch, the Breakers Hotel Beach Club Restaurant is the perfect spot for a bite when you need a break from the sun. More of a laid-back choice, but still with the option of eating indoors or outside. There is also a bar, which is open until 6,  ideally located for you to grab a mojito for the pool.

Be sure to make a reservation for Echo, a chic Asian-influenced restaurant. Go for happy hour when you can enjoy half-priced sushi and cocktails in the Dragonfly Lounge, or have a romantic dinner in the garden, dotted with lanterns for a serene dining experience.

For a retreat from the sun, stroll over the the Ocean House where you will feel like you’re a guest at a friend’s beach home.  Have a cocktail and a snack at the bar, or take a seat in one of the cozy dining nooks and enjoy fish tacos and fresh salads.  If you aren’t looking for a full sit down meal, The Surf Break is conveniently nestled between two pools and is open every day until 7.  It’s an open-air beach bar which also serves light bites–a perfect spot for a daiquiri.

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You can’t end your stay at the Breakers Hotel before visiting HMF, the highly acclaimed hot spot of the resort.  Come for dinner but stay for drinks, music, and good times.  Their wine collection of 32,000 bottles undoubtedly has something for everyone.  Sip your wine, smoke a cigar of your choosing, and listen to the sounds of Palm Beach’s chicest social spot since the 19th century.

And of course, if you simply cannot bring yourself to leave your incredible room, allow the food and drinks to come to you!  The resort offers 24 hour room service, blissfully convenient when you wish for a glass of champagne while dressing for the evening, or you desire a fresh pot of coffee when you wake up.

There are many options when choosing where to stay, but why wouldn’t you pick the resort that has been dazzling for decades? The Breakers Hotel will not disappoint! 

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The Breakers Hotel
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(888) 727-1649

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Middle school English teacher and part-time freelance writer. Lover of books, wine, and pickles.

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