With a history that dates back to 1896 and a guest register that links it to the 20th century’s most prominent families, The Breakers is by far Palm Beach’s main attraction. Setting foot in the hotel’s 200-foot-tall main lobby, with its intricate ceiling frescoes and crystal chandeliers, is witnessing what unapologetic luxury is all about. There’s a lot to love about this tribute to Villa Medici: Florida’s oldest 18-hole golf course, nine dining establishments, 11 boutiques, 10 tennis courts, four pools, a spa offering Guerlain treatments and 538 rooms awaiting check-in. The best way to process this five-star spectacle is during Sunday brunch at The Circle, an elaborate feast of pates, beef tenderloin, Alaskan crab legs and Champagne with just the right amount of pomp and circumstance. Rates from $659 per night, 1 S. County Road, 561.655.6611
As picture-perfect as shopping gets, Worth Avenue (561.659.6909) remains Palm Beach’s epicenter of retail excess. November brings a new boutique from Lilly Pulitzer, the women’s resort brand synonymous with prints and pastels. Not far from there, Royal Poinciana Plaza (340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561.440.5441) is smaller, but no less impressive with Saint Laurent (561.614.3900), an Assouline (561.791.6061) book shop that’s ideal for gifts and a mammoth outpost of Hermès (561.514.0288).
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