Step Into History at The Breakers
No institution exemplifies Old Florida more than The Breakers. This gorgeous Gilded Age era hotel was built in 1896 by Henry Morrison Flagler, the railroad pioneer who founded Palm Beach and helped establish Miami.
Originally an overnight stop for railroad travelers, The Breakers has survived several generations and multiple fires to grow into the Italian Renaissance-style landmark it is today. Situated on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the center of luxe Palm Beach, today’s hotel has 2,000 staff members dedicated to guest comfort, a half mile of private beach, eight restaurants and 36 holes of golf. It is one of America’s premier hotels and a must-visit luxury destination for any serious resort connoisseur.
The Breakers’ guest rooms underwent an $80 million renovation and redesign in 2011. In contrast to many historic, venerable hotels, The Breakers’ rooms are fully updated and modern. Guests have the option of staying in resort view, partial ocean view or fully oceanfront rooms. No matter the view, all rooms have luxury linens, a mini-bar, private-label toiletries and high-speed internet. Guests who opt for a suite will be treated to personal concierge service.
The pinnacle of Breakers living are the Flagler Club suites. Located on the resort’s top two floors, the oceanfront Club Level suites come with an unparalleled view, afternoon tea service, pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and a post-dinner cordial.
Guests come for the luxury, but they stay for the view. The Breakers’ half-mile of private beachfront offers guests unobstructed views of the turquoise waters of South Florida’s coastline. Stepping outside, guests are greeted by four oceanfront pools — including one for families — and five whirlpools. Those seeking privacy can opt for a daily private bungalow rental, complete with personal concierge.
The highlight of a stay at The Breakers is the chance to enjoy the serene oceanfront. Guests can roam the water’s surface with a guided sea kayak tour, take paddleboard instruction or can explore the natural reef just offshore with a dive lesson from the hotel’s on-site dive instructor.
Golfers will find two championship courses, the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones Course, a newer statement addition to the resort. Guests seeking to improve during their vacation will enjoy personal instruction from The John Webster Golf Academy at The Breakers, while tennis players can get personalized instruction at one of The Breakers’ 10 tennis courts.
For a more relaxed set of activities, The Breakers has a full day spa with signature treatments, like the A Walk on the Beach Pedicure or the Orchidée Impériale Facial, in addition healthy cuisine to enjoy afterward. There is also the Gentleman’s Spa with treatments specially designed for men.
Featuring eight restaurants and in-room dining, The Breakers is unlikely to disappoint even the pickiest palate. With so many options, it’s difficult for guests to sample each restaurant on their stay, but must-visits are The Flagler Steakhouse, where guests can dine like a Gilded Age power player, and Sunday brunch at The Circle, a great place to fill up before a long day of beachfront activities or lounging. Adult guests are also advised to stop by the glamorous HMF cocktail lounge. Named after The Breakers’ founder, HMF serves up new twists on classic cocktails in a decadent setting.