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Seaside Scene: Palm Beach

Words by Samantha Ross
Photos courtesy of The Brazilian Court Hotel

Palm Beach is probably where the word “luxury” originated. Anyone visiting the city, a small barrier island off the east coast of Florida known for its year-round seasonable weather and high-end shopping and dining, should expect
to be pampered at every turn.

Inconspicuously nestled on a palm tree-lined avenue, The Brazilian Court Hotel asks you to take that familiar idea of luxury and challenge yourself to expect more. From the instant you step on to the property, every detail goes beyond what you'd believe. From the attentiveness of the staff and the originality of the rooms, to the unbelievably delicious fare of Café Boulud, The Brazilian Court Hotel keeps their guests in awe.

"The hotel was founded in 1926. The current owners remain local and stay actively involved in continuing the impeccable taste of our hotel," says Stacy Lee of Brazilian Court. As a hotel which highly prizes its guests’ privacy, the gorgeously maintained grounds harbor many hidden coves perfect to steal away for secret moments. The same meticulous landscaping provides gorgeous backdrops for weddings of up to 150 guests. Café Boulud's Theresa Valiante spends spring's peak season managing the property's events. "We are a well-oiled machine," she says of her extensive experience throwing breathtaking celebrations at Brazilian Court. "After the ceremony, Café Boulud will host a cocktail reception in the North Courtyard, followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom."

In the days after the “I do's,” newlyweds can stroll hand-in-hand into town to shop and dine like royalty. The city's European-style decadence is evident down every block between the hotel and Worth Avenue, a world-famous shopping destination. Other options include museums, tours and cruises – but, let's face it, being a bride takes a lot, so there's no need to overdo it. At the end of the day, it’s easy to appreciate the way The Brazilian Court Hotel takes pampering to the next level. Tuck yourselves away in your room's completely private courtyard, get room service from Café Boulud, lay out by the pool or indulge in the inimitable service of the Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa located on property. "I want everyone to leave happier," says Philippe Barr, Fekkai's brilliant creative director, on the power of a great hair day or creating a timeless bridal look.

Regardless of your idea of luxury, Palm Beach's Brazilian Court Hotel, Café Boulud and Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa will not disappoint you or your guests. In fact, they'll probably redefine what you think of the word altogether.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.

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