My “long weekend” in Palm Beach was not long enough. As a matter of fact, the experience was so wonderful that it flew by in a blur. Currently, I am back at my home base in New York, freezing. While they say, “back to reality” or “duty calls” I kind of wish I could have said, “I think I will just hang here for a few more days.”
Sadly, this was not the case, but what wonderful memories.
Hotel stays are very important to me when I travel especially when I visit resort destinations. I have a habit of becoming a “home body” on site at the hotel, so I look for destinations where I believe I will fall in love with the property and return regularly.
I often say that, “I never met a Four Seasons I didn’t like.”
The Four Seasons Palm Beach far exceeded my expectations and I am already planning my next visit. Let us take a walk down my very recent memory lane and join me in recounting The Four Seasons, Palm Beach.
We arrived at the hotel shortly after 1pm EST and our room was not quite ready. We all had head colds, and as uptight neurotic New Yorkers, we were stressed when we reached the property. The drive is only about 20 minutes from the airport so checking e-mails and returning calls while struggling to remind ourselves that we were on vacation was happening simultaneously.
We were invited to enjoy ‘Graze’, while we waited for our room. ‘Graze’ is a casual poolside restaurant on the property, serving breakfast and lunch as well as Sunday Brunch. The menu offers a variety of fresh, local cuisine.
We were given a lunch menu and enjoyed Florida Stone Crabs with Mustard Sauce and Curry-Lime Garlic Sauce, a Tuna on Rye – Ahi tuna sashimi, cilantro, scallions, sprouts, spicy mustard, and soy mayonnaise. My son enjoyed the Chicken Fingers and French Fries in-between chasing birds and running along the immaculate outdoor seating area, which overlooks the swimming pool. The food was delicious. I would love to tell you that I tried the Stone Crabs, but my husband ate them so fast, I missed my opportunity!
Once our room was ready, we were delighted to find ourselves in a large Ocean View room with a beautiful balcony that allowed us to hear the breaking waves for the duration of our stay.
That evening we opted to have dinner sent to our room from the In-Room Dining Menu provided by Graze. Given my illness I went with Chicken Soup, a choice I would not have made in Florida weather, but a life saver to be offered on the menu. Not only was it delicious, but it helped my very sore throat tremendously. My Husband enjoyed the Maryland Style Crab Cake Fritters served with Graze’s Signature Seafood Dipping Sauce and my son had the Pizza Margherita.
All were a great hit!
The waves lulled us to sleep and next thing we knew, Friday was upon us. And we were up early!
I am an early riser, but my son gives that term a new meaning. We were out at the pool by 7:30am.
Early morning, the pool is set up for fellow early risers to swim laps. It is important to note that the pool area will be under renovation beginning May 30th and the hotel will be closed during this time. The plan is to re-open in October.
I am really looking forward to seeing the new design, since the current design is already breathtaking.
The pool is located past the outdoor dining area at ‘Graze’ and is adjacent to seating that faces the beach. You can visit the beach by simply crossing a small bridge that resembles a jungle gym. The beauty in the seating is that you can face the beach without sitting on the sand if you choose to do so. I am told they are expanding the size of the pool…I cannot wait for that follow up visit!
After several hours of swimming, we decided to explore. The House Car was offered to us and we had a lovely afternoon checking out Worth Avenue, Mar A Lago and some of the surrounding beaches. Later that evening, when we returned to our room, we were ready for more rest. The hotel is so quiet, I think I had some of my best sleep at this resort that I have had in ages.
Saturday morning was another early wake up call and I was able to bribe my son with pancakes AND waffles for breakfast. it was a big deal to a six-year-old to try ‘Graze’ for breakfast with me. I enjoyed the egg-white frittata with goat cheese and peppers while we let my husband continue to enjoy sleep.
Following breakfast, we visited the pool and some friends met us.
As the day progressed we ordered light bites poolside from AB&G, the only beachfront restaurant on the island. Restaurant recommendations included Ahi Tuna, Fish Tacos and the Lamb Sandwich, but I had dinner plans. So, we opted for lighter snack type fare that included hummus and vegetables, chips and salsa and chicken fingers for the kids.
A post-snack walk on the beach concluded the day and suddenly it was time to get ready for a night out.
You did not think that I would miss the on-site shopping, did you?
I had been itching for a few moments to check out ‘Swell’ since I arrived, and I found myself with 30 minutes to explore what is described as a “one-of-a-kind shopping experience.”
Pieces from Missoni and Lilly Pulitzer are accented by works from high end jewelers.
My husband found me just as I was purchasing a pearl-accented pair of Tory Burch flats and a Cosabella layering piece. I knew he had arrived when I heard, “Uh oh, this store has Angela written all over it. What did you do?”
Following my shopping explanation and a well-deserved pat on the back for exiting without too much damage to the bank account, we headed to ‘Jove’, the recipient of 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Open Table Diners Choice Award for 2014 and 2015.
Tucked away at the end of the long marble lobby on the ground floor this restaurant claims a “modern take” on Italian cuisine and named for the Italian God of the Sky. Creative designs of local, fresh fare are served in a trendy environment. Attire is “Business Casual” and we dined with friends in the bar area.
The food was quite nice. We began with a charcuterie board to share and enjoyed Roasted Halibut, Grilled Swordfish, Lamb Shank Ossobuco and Cornish Hen Cacciatore.
The atmosphere was lovely, and the wine was flowing, which makes for an excellent last evening in Palm Beach.
I did not have an opportunity to visit the Fitness Center or Spa, which is an incredible bummer. My son did not have time to visit the Kids Club either. We vowed to make sure to make those a priority on our return.
This experience is one we will re-visit again very soon.
I highly recommend making the trip between now and May or when the property reopens in October.
You may find me sitting at the pool enjoying the new renovation!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.