Florida Diaries: Part 4 – Palm Beach baby!

Palm Beach

On a golden stretch of the Atlantic shore lies glorious Palm Beach. After the hectic time in Disney followed by the drive to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center, our plan for the remaining five days was to totally chill out. Boy did this place hit the spot!

Lake Worth - Palm Beach

Separated from mainland Florida by the scenic Lake Worth Lagoon, Palm Beach is a 16 mile long island. A place known for three types of people – the old, the rich and the new rich. Actually make that four – the holiday-makers too! It’s where the billionaires live side-by-side to their poorer neighbours the millionaires. The glitterati’s playground.

We decided to stick with the theme and spend the final part of our holiday in style at The Four Seasons Palm Beach.

Here are my top five best bits from our luxe break:

1.The Hotel

Set in one of the best locations on Palm Beach backing directly onto the white sands. The Four Seasons Palm Beach is smaller and more intimate compared to other Four Seasons and more traditional in style. So it fits right into the old world glamour Palm Beach exudes.

Four Seasons Palm Beach

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We opted for the premier ocean view room with sofabed. The room rocked a beach style vibe in cool contemporary colours. By the time we arrived in the early evening after the 2.5 hour journey from Cape Canaveral, we were more than ready for our cosy beds.

We enjoyed breakfasts on the terrace of Graze restaurant. The buffet was amazing: fresh fruits, an omelette station, freshly made pancakes and waffles and all the other usual morning extras to set you up for the day.

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And Mr S was kept happy with his huge pot of coffee.

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There is only one pool, which the girls enjoyed. Whilst I caught the rays and a quick sun snooze on the loungers. Poolside cabanas are available too at a price.

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The service was outstanding. Staff were always on hand to help with loungers, umbrellas and towels. The complimentary sun lotion, after sun cream and flavoured waters were a plus too.

Four Season Palm Beach

The hotel also runs a complimentary children’s club for 4 – 12 year olds called ‘Kids For All Seasons’. Radha and Asha made use of it when the afternoon sun got too much. They were taken on nature tours and came back with plenty of hand-made craft items. It got a huge thumbs up from the girls.

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And of course in the name of research I had to check out the spa.

Four Seasons Palm Beach

Where I indulged in a Coco Beach Buff  – a fine sugar, pineapple, coconut shea butter scrub followed by a relaxing massage using Florida Key Lime Oil. And yes, it was as good as it sounds.

Four Seasons Palm Beach

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2. The Beach

What can I say? The beach was sublime. Clean clear blue waters and sandy golden beaches.

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Even Mr S gleamed in the rays!

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The girls and their holiday friend found plenty of things to amuse themselves with too.

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There was a lovely old pier nearby. Great for seeing the local surfers trying to catch some waves.

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3. Worth Avenue

Palm Beach is home to one of the most prettiest shopping precincts I’ve ever seen – Worth Avenue. Full of Florida old world charm, it’s a great place to people watch and see how the other 1% live.

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

The original Rodeo Drive. It’s full of luxury retailers: Chanel, Hermes, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gucci, Cartier and many more. You can do some serious damage to you credit card here.

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

The main thoroughfare resembles a car show room. Every other car is either a Bentley, Jaguar, Masserati or Rolls Royce jostling for a space and calling ‘Me! me! Instagram me!’

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Whilst I stood back and dreamed about how I was going to get my hands on a Chanel bag.

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

The Vias off the main avenue are the gems – full of hidden boutiques, restaurants and beautiful architecture. A wonderful place to lose yourself in amongst the gurgling fountains and rambling bougainvilleas

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

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It’s a doggie paradise too, with a water basin made out of Italian ceramics.

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

And the best bit – it’s right next to the beach. So when you’re tired of strolling, and cooing over gorgeous items you can’t afford you can head straight over for some relaxation.

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

4. West Palm Beach

Cross the Intercoastal waterway and you find yourself in downtown West Palm Beach. Home to sunny palm-lined streets, breathtaking waterfront views, quaint shopping districts and historic, scenic neighbourhoods. Clematis Street is where you need to head to for a raucous night on the tiles, where you’ll find a broad mix of restaurants, bars and clubs.

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

Let’s talk about the street art around this place. Every corner we turned was adorned with an amazing mural or quirky installation art.

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An instagrammers paradise…

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

We spent a great afternoon strolling around the streets, crossing train tracks and soaking up the atmosphere.

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The Food

If you know me well, you’ll know I’m all about the food. The Four Seasons Palm Beach certainly did not disappoint on this front. From breakfast to lunch to dinner at The Jove (which I’ll talk about in a later post) the food was always of a very high standard.

Mr S and I ended up with a couple of go-to dishes – Every lunch! The tuna & salmon shirashi, a delightful sushi inspired tuna, salmon and sticky rice bowl full with avocado and cucumber and coated in sweet soy and kimchi aioli. It passed the Radha test too.

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And the chorizo quesadillas, obviously minus the spicy sausage for this vegetarian. Made with manchego, oaxaca cheese and tomatillo avocado crudo salsa. Tasted damn fine. Oh and children under five eat complimentary from the kids menu. Something we just managed to take advantage of with Asha.

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For one of our evenings the hotel organised a wonderful babysitter called Janet. She was like the modern day Mary Poppins, who came along with her bag of goodies. Mr S and I were practically shoved out of the room and told to enjoy our evening by a four and seven year old!

Which of course we did at Chez L’Epicier in West Palm Beach, a restaurant kitted out in French country decor offering French Canadian cuisine. ‘What is that?’ I hear you say.

Chez L'Epicier - Palm Beach

Well we were none the wiser after our visit. I ended up with the classic vegetarian fallback of beetroot for my starter and you can probably guess my main. Yes, the standard issue mushroom risotto. Not very Canadian, not very French and not very imaginative I think you’ll agree. Mr S faired better with his grilled octopus and a main of dill and almond crusted snapper. That said the evening was a real treat and the bottle of viognier went down very nicely.

Green's Pharmacy - Palm Beach

When the Palm Beach luxe gets a little overwhelming and you need to head back down-to-earth. There is only one place to go – Green’s Pharmacy on North County Road.

Green's Pharmacy - Palm Beach

It’s a charmingly old-fashioned pharmacy with a lunch counter where none other than JFK used to escape for a quick bite. Open since 1938 it’s a Palm Beach landmark serving burgers and milkshakes as big as your face.

Greens Pharmacy - Palm Beach

Greens Pharmacy Palm Beach

The unfussy diner hasn’t changed over the decades and the walls ooze so much history. You’ll see everyone from construction workers, stock brokers to business moguls (and travel bloggers) eating here.

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Another great restaurant recommended by the hotel was Nick & Johnnie’s, an airy seafood bar and grill.

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Where I chomped on the best roasted baby artichokes with garlic-parmigiano aioli.

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And Mr S devoured the avocado toast, with smoked salmon, feta, radish and tomatoes.

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Followed by THE best kale and quinoa burger.

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And the catch of the day.

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Whilst the girls enjoyed some mac’n’cheese action.

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And the view from the sidewalk terrace just topped off the whole evening.

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Palm Beach offered us a perfect relaxing break in the lap of luxury for a few days. I’m so glad Scott Dunn Travel convinced me to add it to my itinerary. We came back with the most wonderful memories and it was the best end to our Easter break. Until the next time Florida…

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You can catch up on the rest of my trip in Part 1 and Part 2, full of top tips for Walt Disney World and Part 3 on my trip to Cape Canaveral to NASA!

Do you have an all time favourite beach holiday? Let me know in the comments box below.

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Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach | 2800 South Ocean Boulevard | Palm Beach | Florida 33460

www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach

 

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9 Comments

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      2nd May 2016 / 8:36 am

      Florida was amazing. Only problem now is I want to go back. X

  1. 2nd May 2016 / 7:38 am

    It looks as though you are having the time of your lives and the hotel looks just stunning x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      2nd May 2016 / 8:40 am

      It was a dream holiday Rachel. Coming back home to reality was a shock. X

  2. 2nd May 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos – I want to go!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      2nd May 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Carol! Hopefully one day xx

  3. 14th May 2016 / 8:00 am

    Wow what a read and such amazing photos!!! I’m googling Palm Beach as I type this as it looks like the perfect long weekend escape for when I’ll be in Florida in a couple of months time. The Four Seasons looks fantastic, I’m a sucker for Rodeo Drive type shops and boutiques and that milkshake! You have me seriously excited about Palm Beach Sima 🙂 xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      14th May 2016 / 11:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Maggie! I hope you make it there, you’ll love it. X

  4. 22nd June 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Hi Sima,

    Last month, I too went to Palm Beach and had an amazing time! I am working on an interesting project related to Florida for Huff Post. I couldn’t find your email id on your site. Please email me at ana.ojha.10@gmail.com and I will share you the more details!

    P.S.- Your pictures are awesome!

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