Ultra-Luxury Experiences in The Palm Beaches

December 28, 2021

Get a glimpse of true South Florida luxury with these platinum experiences you can enjoy in style in The Palm Beaches.

The Palm Beaches seamlessly blend the high-end labels of Worth Avenue and palatial estates of Billionaires Row with a wealth of laid-back beach charm. One secret to this balance has been keeping the destination’s grandiose offerings under wraps. After all, part of the fun of vacationing (or staycationing) in The Palm Beaches is peeking behind the curtain. But you can also peel that curtain back and discover some ultra-luxury experiences only available in this part of South Florida.

Adventures by Land and Sea

When you first arrive, get acquainted on land with an up-close-and-personal view of Palm Beach from Island Living Tours. Take a VIP driving tour of the island and marvel at the biggest, most glamorous homes you can imagine. The tour includes a walk through the historic vias on Worth Avenue, as well as a bag of Island Living Tour’s signature handmade Palm Beach Chocolates for all guests. Leslie from Island Tours is happy to customize your driving tour — perhaps with a dream antique automobile or even on the back of a motorcycle!

Clock Tower Palm Beach
The Clock Tower

Guests of the glamorous Chesterfield Palm Beach can indulge in its exclusive private tour. The walking tour begins at the legendary hotel, where you’ll learn about its historic place in local lore. Next, your guide will take you to see and be seen on a stroll down Worth Avenue, where you’ll get the inside scoop on Palm Beach’s history and world-class architecture including the work of Addison Mizner and his role in developing the island. Finally, you’ll hear riveting stories about the city's early residents before returning to the Leopard Lounge at the Chesterfield to enjoy a martini on the house and tales about the famous figures who have frequented the lounge.

Nothing says “made it” like chartering your own personal yacht. Plan your next family reunion, bachelorette party, anniversary or just-because getaway aboard yacht XHale through Lots of Yachts/Lots of Spots for the ultimate dream yacht-cation. XHale is a 75-foot, modern and sleek luxury yacht that will host up to 12 guests for an unforgettable experience on the water. The welcoming main salon features a highly sociable layout with a half-open galley/bar, separate dining area and a luxurious lounging arrangement perfect for entertaining at sea. She features four private staterooms allowing for a great overnight experience for all guests. Cruise the Intracoastal, or head to The Bahamas or Florida Keys in this beauty — the options are endless! From Jupiter to Boca Raton, your charter can be customized to add your favorite experiences like sunset cruises, water sports, fine dining, shopping and swimming on sandbars.

Yacht XHale
Yacht XHale; photo courtesy of Lots of Yachts/Lots of Spots

To spend an evening on a yacht rather than a week at sea, enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Lady Atlantic by Delray Yacht Cruises. The two-hour evening cruise is offered select Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Cruise from Veterans Park on East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach south to Boca Raton, where you’ll learn about the area’s history, pass by some of the most beautiful waterfront mansions and see a variety of marine life in its natural habitat.

The Lady Atlantic yacht cruise, Delray Beach
The Lady Atlantic ready to set sail in Delray Beach

If you’re visiting in spring, peruse the picturesque abode of The Kips Bay Decorator Show House and get inspired by the state-of-the-art interior and exterior design of this spectacular Mediterranean mansion in West Palm Beach’s SoSo (South of Southern) neighborhood. This 4,400-square-foot property is a brilliant canvas for the world’s most renowned names in design and showcases an elegant ease of indoor and outdoor living. Each spring, the showhouse is open for tours that benefit both the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Looking to get some exercise on the water along with an up-close view of the ultra-elite mega-mansions of Palm Beach? Take Visit Palm Beach’s Mangroves and Mansions tour. Paddle among the mangroves of the Lake Worth Lagoon on this two-hour paddling tour passing some of Palm Beach’s landmarks including the Society of the Four Arts gardens, the historic Everglades Club, The Breakers Palm Beach resort and the Flagler Museum. The mangrove islands you’ll see on this tour are nearly untouched by humans, allowing for some of the most beautiful bird-watching and marine life spotting in South Florida. Even manatees sometimes make seasonal appearances!

Prancing Ponies & Great Golf

Called the Sport of Kings, polo is a prestigious equestrian sport that takes specialized skills. The Palm Beaches are no stranger to polo superstars — and with a private polo lesson at the International Polo Club in Wellington, you can learn to play like the pros. Private lessons come with a personal pony and instructor and are available for all skill levels by appointment only.

International Polo Club Palm Beach
A match at International Polo Club Palm Beach

If you’re not ready to play quite yet, but want to spectate in style, reserve your spot at The Pavilion at the International Polo Club on Sundays during polo season for Sunday Brunch at Florida’s finest polo venue. The Pavilion has become the destination for those looking for the ultimate polo social scene with a trendy atmosphere, fabulous food and drink, and sideline view of the match. Brunch begins at noon and the match starts at 1 p.m. every Sunday from January through April. If you’re looking for a private viewing experience, reserve your own private tailgate that can accommodate up to 12 people for a minimum of three Sunday matches.

If golf is more your speed, check out the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach. Unlike many Florida courses, Banyan Cay features subtle changes of elevation, with as much as 20 feet variation. The course also features gently rolling fairways, various water features and sod-wall bunkers that create complexity and appealing aesthetics.

Do you have what it takes to put your golf skills to the ultimate test? Considered one of the toughest tests on the PGA TOUR, home of The Bear Trap, is The Champion Golf Course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. With 7,045 yards of peril, The Champion is a must-play on any avid golfer’s list and challenges the pros each year during the Honda Classic.

Champions Course at PGA National Resort & Spa
The Champions Course at PGA National Resort

Looking for history and charm on the fairway? Look no farther than Florida’s oldest golf course: The Ocean Course at The Breakers Palm Beach. It recently underwent a renovation led by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, which honored its heritage and coastal location, balanced preservation and modernization, and brought the vintage course to a challenging new level.

Shop Like A VIP

You’re busy, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to suffer from your hectic schedule. Luxury shopping in The Palm Beaches is second to none. From Worth Avenue and Royal Poinciana Plaza on Palm Beach Island to The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens and Town Center at Boca Raton, shop esteemed brands like Hermes, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer and Ralph Lauren. Many of these stores offer concierge and VIP shopping services for clientele who need a personal shopper to help pamper someone special, stock their closet or curate accessories and designer outfits.

Shopping on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
Shopping on Worth Avenue; photo by Raul Pedroso

Other VIP shopping experiences include personalization like hot stamping your leather Louis Vuitton handbag or embroidering a monogram on a cashmere, cable-knit Ralph Lauren throw blanket. Exclusive to the Worth Avenue Lilly Pulitzer store are options to create your own Lilly Pulitzer printed shift dress or to have one of their print designers hand paint a custom print on a signature Lilly Pulitzer clutch or handbag.

Custom shift dresses at Lilly Pulitzer
Custom shift dresses at Lilly Pulitzer

When it comes to shopping for your home, reserve an appointment at Palm Beach’s iconic Serena and Lily store for coastal and classic furnishings, bedding and decor. Serena and Lily offers free personalized design services allowing you to bring the timeless aesthetic of Palm Beach right into your own home.

Stay A While... In Luxury

Live out your “Bridgerton” fantasy amid the lushly cloaked courtyards of the historic landmark Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach with the “Bridgerton at Brazilian Court” package. This experience is meant to charm you from head to toe (literally!). Dazzle in delicate jewelry, promenade around beautifully landscaped gardens, catch up on the latest society news over tea, enjoy an exclusive dining experience, and sleep under an elegant, wisteria-printed landscape. Included in this three-night stay is a Single Diamond Pendant Necklace and Olive Leaf Drop Earrings from Tiffany & Co., inspired by the jewelry Daphne wore on the show; the Duchess Royal Tea Experience at Serenity Garden Tea House and Café; and chef-curated five-course dining experience with wine pairings set on the terrace at Café Boulud.

The Brazilian Court Hotel
A chic entryway at The Brazilian Court Hotel

Looking to immerse yourself in the ultimate Palm Beach fantasy? Look no further than Villa Jasmine by AERIN, a guest villa designed and curated by Aerin Lauder at The Colony Palm Beach. The villa sits in a historic estate across the street from the main property and retains many of the architectural features of the original home. The two-bedroom, two-bath villa offers a direct private entrance, kitchen, gracious living and dining areas, fountained villa courtyard, front patio and French doors. The decor speaks to the natural beauty of Palm Beach embellished with a touch of old-world glamour. Guests enjoy full hotel amenities at The Colony Palm Beach plus ultra-personalized upgrades including butler service, a beach buggy program, around-town transportation and access to the exclusive villa pool.

Villa Jasmine by AERIN at The Colony Palm Beach
Courtyard at Villa Jasmine by AERIN at The Colony Palm Beach

Ready to be treated like royalty and experience the next level of luxury? Reserve your stay at the Flagler Club — a more intimate, exceptionally customized stay nestled within The Breakers on two restricted floors. This is the most luxurious and exclusive offering at The Breakers, designed with personalized service and privacy in mind from arrival to departure. Some features include chauffeured Tesla house car service and airport transportation, a full-service dedicated team to attend to any need, private lounge and rooftop terrace, special food and drink offerings throughout the day (breakfast, light luncheon fare, sunset hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cocktail hour with premium wine and spirits), and complete access to the resort property and complimentary amenities.

Cocktails & Exquisite Taste

One of Palm Beach’s most coveted dining destinations is Café Boulud. The award-winning upscale establishment is located within The Brazilian Court Hotel. It features a French-American menu created by Chef Daniel Boulud and Executive Chef Dieter Samijn, paralleling that of Café Boulud New York with a touch of South Florida flavor. With a spotlight on the incredible seafood and produce of the region, Café Boulud features classic French dishes modernized to suit the cosmopolitan palate of Palm Beach. For a scrumptious starter, impress your guests with either the caviar selection or charcuterie plate complete with a selection of pates and cured meats to share. Dress code tip: During high season in the winter and early spring, jackets are preferred.

A hand-crafted cocktail is part and parcel of The Palm Beaches experience, and there’s almost nowhere better to go than Ta-boo on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Ta-boo is a legendary fixture, and this American bistro has held onto its flagship location since 1941. Ta-boo is known for creating cocktails and is believed to be home of the original Bloody Mary, made at the request of Barbara Hutton, who needed a soothing drink following a night of partying.

Interior of Ta-boo
Intricate restaurant design at Ta-boo

For posh celebrity sightings, nothing beats Buccan. Expect to rub elbows with the likes of Maria Sharipova, Michael Jordan and Jon Bon Jovi while dining at this renowned Palm Beach restaurant. Dine on classical fare made with seasonal ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave you breathless.

Dine with the celebrity equestrians of Wellington at The Clubhouse inside the renowned Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. With a classic and refined setting for American dining favorites and curated cocktails, The Clubhouse also offers customized private dining experiences for intimate parties and large-scale events. During the Winter Equestrian Festival, patrons can watch the showjumping Grand Prix event streamed live on the flat screen TVs at the bar while sipping a Mint Mojito or Moscow Mule.

The Clubhouse, Wellington
The Clubhouse restaurant in Wellington; photo by Jenny Schartner

Remember to Relax

Top off your trip by resting and relaxing “Eau” day long. Treat yourself to a day in paradise at the Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan. Take the time to pause and reflect in the garden or bath lounge, soak in the sauna and steam shower, and unwind in the relaxation lounge, while guiltlessly devouring delicious cupcakes. One of the latest treatments offered at Eau is the “Vitality of the Glaciers” facial, a revitalizing treatment leaving the skin regenerated, radiant and firmer using the exclusive luxury product line Valmont from Switzerland.

Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
The tranquil garden at Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Or, hydrate and rejuvenate with a customized vitamin IV infusion from Nouveau Health & Wellness. This West Palm Beach retreat was voted Palm Beach County’s best anti-aging center. Whether you’re looking to “turn back time,” build immunity, decrease inflammation, improve mental clarity or boost your metabolism, you can work with a medical staff members to customize your concoction. Kick back in a plush reclining chair while your body absorbs the nutrients it needs after all that indulging.

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Ashley Cline
Ashley Cagle
Ashley Cline Cagle of EquestrianStylist.com is a lifestyle and fashion blogger based out of Wellington, Florida. Growing up living in fast-paced South Florida and competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival planted a seed for her love of fashion at a young age. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship from Nova Southeastern University, Ashley is committed to connecting the mainstream fashion industry to the equestrian community.