Palm Beach, Florida
We asked Jan Jarrett, Les Clefs d’Or Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, to share the savviest sightseeing suggestions for the ultimate Palm Beach experience. Palm Beach exudes sophistication and a rich heritage created through the generations by some of America’s leading families. Beyond the natural beauty of beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway, the town also has many surprises, including a thriving arts scene, exceptional shopping venues and wonderful outdoor adventures.
Buccan is the hottest new restaurant in Palm Beach and their tables are some of the hardest to get. The concept, conceived by acclaimed Miami Chef Clay Conley, is primarily a high-end bistro featuring progressive American cuisine in a changing array of small plates. Buccan offers a vibrant and busy atmosphere in a casually sophisticated setting. Its newest venture, an Asian restaurant called Imoto, just opened its doors right next door to Buccan.
A Night to Remember
Cafe L’Europe has been appealing to the discerning palates of Palm Beachers for 30 years. This continental restaurant is completely charming and has three unique dining spaces. The bistro area with its French glass doors, mirrored surfaces and a piano bar is lively and entertaining. The main room is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner for two, and the stunning wine room can accommodate a party of 40.
In the Swing
As if staying at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach wasn’t entertaining enough, guests at our resort also have access to several private golf clubs in the area. Atlantis Golf Club features a private course originally designed by William F. Mitchell and renovated in 2003 by Sanford Golf. The private club has 27 holes of championship golf and is exclusively member owned. If you prefer to go a bit further afield, Polo Trace in Delray Beach is an excellent choice as well. Polo Trace was designed by Karl Litten and Joey Sindelar and features design elements reminiscent of the rolling links courses of Scotland.
Worth Avenue—The Rodeo Drive of the East Coast
No visit to Palm Beach is complete without a stroll down Worth Avenue. For more than 90 years, Worth Avenue has been a byword for the good life, island mystique and the best shopping in the world. From Cartier to Hermès, Gucci to Louis Vuitton, Worth Avenue offers the best boutique shopping in a true European atmosphere, as well as world-class dining options such as fine European dining at Renato’s or American fare at the oldest restaurant in Palm Beach, Ta-boo.
Glide in the ’Glades
Enjoy a thrilling experience with a trip to the natural wonders of Florida’s fabled Everglades via an airboat tour—a high-speed safari through cypress forests and wildlife habitats. Marvel at flamingos and alligators while an expert guide explains South Florida’s unique ecosystem. Ask the Concierge to recommend airboat operators that can provide private group tours. Our favourite is a two-hour tour under the guidance of a retired biology teacher.
Follow This Path
Take in the sensational scenery along the Lake Trail, a 9-mile bicycle and walking path that winds between Palm Beach’s storied mansions and the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway. Wryly referred to as the “Trail of Conspicuous Consumption,” this path also acquaints travellers with native vegetation, including buttonwood, Christmas palms and gumbo-limbo trees. Rent bicycles, including high-end models, at Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop, where you’ll get a map of the trail with points-of-interest.
You can also coast ride out of our driveway with our very own complimentary bicycles. Take in the fresh ocean air as the scenic path along the Intracoastal Waterway has you cruising past infinite magnificent seaside estates, luxury yachts and other sights and sounds.
For men who crave some serious pampering, the Willow Room at the Resort’s Spa is just the ticket. This gents-only retreat pampers with a six-step traditional hot-towel shave with a classic straight-edge razor and the finest products for skin care. While indulging in the ultimate shave—in an old-fashioned barbershop chair—you can catch your favourite programs on the 42-inch flat-screen TV.
Visit a Mansion
Not just any mansion—visit Whitehall, the breathtaking Italian Renaissance-inspired palace built by railroad tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler. Florida’s Gilded Age is alive and well at this landmark, now known as the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Tours spotlight many of the mansion’s more than 70 rooms, including the incredible baroque ceiling in the Grand Hall. Afternoon tea is a delightful treat served seasonally in the opulent, sun-filled Café des Beaux-Arts.
In the heart of South Florida’s famed horse country called Wellington, just a short drive from the resort, is International Polo Club Palm Beach. Experience Sunday brunch on the field-side veranda of the most prestigious polo facility in the nation. A magnet for those who wish to be at the centre of the polo social season, enjoy an action-packed high goal polo match, gaze at the majestic horses, delight in fabulous cuisine, entertainment, fashion and more. It’s a day you’ll never forget.