The Perfect Day in Palm Beach
March 27, 2013 | by —BETH LANDMAN | Homepage
Palm Beach has a well deserved a reputation as a retreat for the indulged. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway, the community is studded with mansions and small parks. Perfectly groomed inhabitants stroll around in khakis and pastels, soaking up the sun. Follow this guide and you too can feel as coddled and pampered as a Palm Beacher.
The white marble laden Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach (100 S. Ocean Blvd.) offers a range of pleasures while still maintaining an intimate feel. Choose a first floor room with a draped lanai that opens onto the quiet pool just steps from the beach. No stay is complete without a visit to Eau Spa, where lights in the steam room change from yellow to blue to violet, and a scrub bar offers your choice of exfoliant (sugar? salt? pumice?) mixed with a range of essential oils, depending on your mood. You can also relax in one of the swings dangling over a pebbled pond, or book a private suite and soak in the outdoor bath.
Over at the Four Seasons Palm Beach (2800 S. Ocean Blvd.), they’ve thought of everything, right down to poolside frozen grape service. And two bedroom ocean front suites with wraparound views come with an added plus—the use of a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, Audi R8 Spyder, Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Porsche 911 Carrera S, or Nissan GT-R. Hang out in the downstairs Living Room for specialty cocktails, light fare, and a weekend DJ, or find a spot on the outdoor patio and savor a martini and some fresh oysters.
The recently opened Kiosk boutique (150 Worth Ave.) stocks everything from jewelry to Philip Treacy hats to headphones and DJ equipment. Owner and curator Natascha Fasnakis says the colorful shop is inspired by King Ludwig II’s personal theaters. Next, take a side trip up to The Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Blvd.), where retail destinations include an Apple store, Tory Burch, and Chanel. Then stop by PGA Commons (5100 PGA Blvd.), a collection of adorable shops and restaurants. Pop in for Key lime-crusted fish at Water Bar and Grill, a margarita at Rocco’s Tacos (with 225 types of tequila to choose from), or lobster risotto at Vic and Angelo’s. Don’t miss the 6 p.m. Yappy Hour and canine fashion show at Le Posh Pup.
Alicia Hunter lengthens the lashes of some of the world’s top models, and she will work her magic on yours, too. (Bonus: her lashes are pool and ocean proof.) You can go to her, or better yet, she’ll come to you. To refresh your cut, visit Frederic Fekkai creative director Philippe Barr at The Brazilian Court (301 Australian Ave.). The salon and spa has a relaxing garden where you can sip a heady lavender-infused cocktail while your color or conditioning treatment takes effect. Equally luxe but more edgy is David K Space in West Palm (2401 N. Dixie Hwy.). Owner David Kingston is known for genius cuts, and his conditioning treatments come with head and neck massage.
Dine, Drink, and See a Show
Walk past the large gold Buddha at Fuku Restaurant (215 Clematis St.) and sidle up to the neon-illuminated bar for a glass of Champagne or spiked bubble tea. Our favorite cocktail nosh is the Palm Beach Roll, made with lobster, filet mignon, black caviar, and asparagus. Or, to see and be seen, head to Bice Ristorante (313 Worth Ave.), where you can toast your fresh crab salad with a bellini as the socialites file by on Worth Avenue. But make your dinner plans early so you can catch a show at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd.). VIP seats are front and center and Champagne is served upon arrival.
Go behind the scenes with Elle Macpherson during her Ocean Drive photo shoot.