The Breakers Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida. Is there any place more Posh? We just got back from a wonderful stay at the historic Breakers Hotel that was built by oil magnate Henry Flagler in 1896 and known as the "Palm Beach Inn."
Since then it's been rebuilt twice because of fires and in the last 10 years The Breakers has spent $250 million dollars (even during the lean years) to ensure guests have an extraordinary beachfront experience. Set amidst 140 acres of picturesque oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, The Breakers has become a luxury retreat that sets the standard for family amenities and world class service.
We drove up from Fort Lauderdale and the kids (of course) fell asleep in the taxi so when we rolled up to the iconic entrance, they were cranky pants from just waking up. The front desk spotted our cantankerous clan and expedited our check in. The girls were given Breaker Bracelets upon check in and were mesmerized by the cathedral-like lobby (and so was I).
We were whisked upstairs to the 5th floor. We had two connecting rooms: one Premium Deluxe room with two double poster beds, grasscloth wallpaper and terracotta tile floor and a huge bathroom and a Premium Deluxe room with a king bed, desk area, large closet and bathroom.
The hotel also arranged for us to have an additional mini fridge to store snacks, juice boxes and mommy's wine. The two rooms were attached via a walk in closet which was so helpful to us as we could access clothes without waking anyone in the other room up.
We also were welcomed to the hotel with a beautiful and delish chocolate mold of The Breakers with truffles inside and colored blue and tan sugar to make the ocean and beach and tuxedoed chocolate strawberries. Almost too adorable to eat but it was delish!
The first evening we were at the resort we went to The Italian Restaurant, which is GENIUS. It is a great Italian restaurant adjacent to the Family Entertainment Center which includes a movie theatre and playrooms. Parents can enjoy their pasta carbonara and cabernet while their children play safely just a few feet away.
The always-present supervisory staff amuses children of all ages with arcade games, arts and crafts and a big screen movie room. Toddlers and the pre-K crowd get their own special area. After dinner, the whole family enjoyed watching the 7 pm showing of Alvin & The Chipmunks. Along the path on the way to the Italian Restaurant and Family Entertainment Center is a fabulous playground.
The playground has something for everyone, lots of climbing structures and slides with a soft and bouncy astroturf covered ground. The playground is lit at night and we saw lots of families sipping their wine while children played.
The next day after we all slept like the dead in those luxurious beds we went to The Circle restaurant for buffet breakfast. An architectural and design gem, The Circle boasts fabulous ocean views and soaring 30-foot frescoed ceilings. I enjoyed the omlette station and the kids ordered hot chocolate and made multiple trips to the waffle maker and the donut selection. Hey, it's vacation, right?
I left my brood to finish breakfast and took the shuttle to the Tennis Complex to participate in a clinic. One of the "Top 10 Tennis Resorts" by Tennis Magazine, the $50 adult clinic was so fun and so helpful. I met wonderful people from Switzerland, Spain and New York in my group. We were so well matched we continued playing after our clinic was finished. I went back the second morning too and am seriously considering a solo Mommy tennis trip. Our 8 year old had a private lesson and also loved it.
The girls spent an afternoon at the Coconut Crew kids' camp and had a blast. The camp is for kids ages 3-12 and does cute educational programs like: Chef of the Days, Environmentalist for the Day, Beach Explorations and Go Green. They also make sure campers are well-exercised with pool time, scavenger hunts, nature walks and sports.
The hotel also offers a Coconut Crew Night Camp each night from 5:30pm - 9:00pm ($65 per child) so that parents can enjoy a quiet night out together. There is also a camp program for Tweens and Teens which is great for older kids.
We spent a lot of time at the pools. Yes, plural. There is a main pool, a baby pool, a lap pool, a zero entry active (family) pool and a tranquility pool (no loud noises or kids!) We hung around the main pool, the baby pool and the family pool. The pool staff is excellent and will help you locate a seat/homebase for you and your brood.
Next time we will definitely rent a Beach Bungalow next to the "Active Pool" to have our own 300 square foot homebase and shade. They were adorable and each had a patio surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The Bungalows are conveniently located next to The Ocean Grill, where you can grab lunch, a smoothy or quick snack. (Note they also have these bungalows surrounding the Tranquility Pool for some luxe adult time.) The Breakers also has 10 Grand Cabanas that offer private poolside space and concierge service.
The beach is very beautiful and if you walk south for 10-15 minutes you will arrive at the famed Palm Beach shopping mecca, Worth Avenue. Honestly, you don't need to leave Breakers to shop. We loved the vast array of The Breakers Shops. One evening be sure to pick up wine and cheese at The Signature Shop and then take it to the front lawn to watch the kids run around. So relaxing!
Our second evening, we took a Breakers shuttle to Echo, a fabulous sushi/Asian restaurant. It was beautiful and modern but super kid friendly. They gave us crayons and coloring books upon arrivel and offer a great kids' menu that included Sesame Chicken, Lo Mein, Beef and Broccoli among other choices.
The last day we spent the morning at the pool and took a long walk on the beach. We were all very sad to go. Next time we will stay more than 2 nights to explore more of the property but to also try more of the onsite restaurants including The Seafood Bar. Perched on the beach side, overlooking the ocean, the actual bar has an aquarium in it and we thought it was probably the best place for an evening cocktail.
Also, if you want to get your date night on, L'Escalier, the AAA five diamond award winning French restaurant is the ultimate place to get romantic. The food is incredible and the setting with the curved banquettes, crystal chandelier and soft lighting is very come hither. Get a sitter!
One more thing I must tell you. While we were there, Lucy who's 6, got her fingers pinched in the hotel door. It was very bruised and ouch! I called for ice and security came up in 3 minutes with an ice pack and was very attentive. He asked if we wanted to see hotel doctor, which we didn't need. Lucy immediately felt better and we were so impressed with how responsive they were to our silly little kid injury. Later that day, we returned to the room to find a box of cookies for Lucy with a note from the manager who said we're so sorry to hear you got hurt, hope you feel better.Too sweet. Another reason we found The Breakers to be the perfect family beach resort!
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