Talk about old-world charm. Driving onto the vast grounds of The Breakers Palm Beach, guests might think they've entered an Italian Renaissance estate since the iconic Florida resort is modeled on the grand Italian villas of the 15th century, namely the Villa Medici in Rome.
Sitting on 140 acres and with a private beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean, The Breakers, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is awash in luxury, with four pools, ten restaurants, a spa and fitness center, ten tennis courts and two golf courses. Its ornate interior spaces match the grandeur of its exterior, with its lobby design said to have been influenced by the Great Hall of the Palazzo Carrega in Genoa, Italy, which was built in 1560.
The Breakers was constructed in 1896 by the industrialist Henry Flager, the founder of Standard Oil, and to this day remains owned by his descendants. The resort is located about 70 miles north of Miami and attracts affluent guests from around the world. That's been the case since the beginning. In the early 20th century, frequent guests included the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, the Astors, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan, along with European notables, according to the hotel's written history.
A Beachfront Location Beckons With Private Bungalows
As with most visitors to the Sunshine State, guests at The Breakers arrive not only for the luxury amenities but also for the beach experiences. They'll find plenty at this historic hotel, including a large main pool, an adults-only pool (for those 21 and older) based on an infinity pool design, a family pool, and 25 private bungalows that can be rented for an extra fee. The bungalow area also has its own pool.
The restricted private bungalow space is described as an island-chic retreat. The buildings range from 300 to 400 square feet, each accommodating up to six people. The luxury treatment reaches a high point for bungalow renters, who have a designated concierge to attend to their needs.
Bungalows include a furnished lounge area and dining table, a full bathroom, a fridge stocked with non-alcoholic beverages, food and drink service, a flatscreen TV, and WiFi. Guests planning to rent a bungalow must call the hotel for rates and reservations.
The Breakers Offers Multiple Categories Of Rooms, Suites
The Breakers has five categories of guest rooms and 11 categories of suites, giving vacationers a wide choice of accommodations.
Sample guest rooms include the Premium Partial Oceanview, with 400 square feet offering views of the ocean and the resort grounds. In mid-fall, the per night rate is $1,500. The slightly larger Atlantic Oceanfront, at 460 square feet and with a Juliet balcony, costs $1,800.
The top-of-the-line suite, called the Imperial Suite Oceanfront, is a whopping 1,700 square feet, and has five balconies, a dining area, multiple bathrooms, ocean views, and personal concierge service. A mid-fall booking costs $5,500 per night.
Other suites include the less expensive Junior Suite Resort View. At 525 square feet, it features an open floor plan with extensive resort views and personal concierge service for $1,590 per night.
And there are even more exclusive accommodations at The Breakers, in its luxury boutique hotel area that encompasses the top two floors of the property. It's called the Flagler Club, and it has 25 rooms and suites in a restricted area. Guests in this part of the property receive chauffeured Tesla car service and airport transfers, a private lounge and rooftop terrace, special cuisine offerings such as sunset hors d’oeuvres, and access to all of the amenities throughout The Breakers. A 300-square-foot Flagler Club Ocean View King costs $1,980 per night.
Elegant Dining, Poolside Treats Await Guests At The Breakers
Dining venues at The Breakers offer cuisine choices and indoor and outdoor settings sure to please any guest. The Flagler Steakhouse, described as a fresh take on an American chophouse, has beamed ceilings, wood furniture, and elegant chandeliers. Guests also can choose to dine on the outdoor terrace, which offers city and golf course views.
The Seafood Bar features an exhibition kitchen and serves fresh seafood for lunch and dinner. At Echo, guests can sample Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean specialties. Henry's Palm Beach, named after the hotel's founder, is an American-style bistro with comfort food items on its menu, such as Dover sole, chicken pot pie, burgers, and pasta dishes.
The Italian Restaurant offers antipasti, salads, pasta, brick-oven pizzas, seafood, and other Italian dishes and has indoor and outdoor seating. The Circle is a breakfast venue with hot and cold buffets, and made-to-order omelets, among other items.
The Beach Club is open for breakfast and lunch, and two poolside venues, Ocean House and Surf Break offer light fare.