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A Sunshine State Escape

Opal Grand Pool (courtesy of Opal Grand/Norah Lawlor)

Spring is in full swing with warmer weather and longer days. More coronavirus restrictions are being lifted every day, and New Yorkers are eager to travel. While many New Yorkers have made Florida their home during these difficult times, it is still one of top tourist destinations, especially Palm Beach County. Here are four hotels with dining recommendations for an exquisite Florida getaway.

Set on Palm Beach’s iconic coastline, The Breakers stands tall as one of the most coveted and recognized retreats in the world, setting the standard in resort luxury and redefining what a glamorous experience can be. Founded in 1896, the Italian Renaissance-style hotel is celebrating 125 years of hospitality. The Breakers Palm Beach offers 538 luxury accommodations, including Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel nestled atop the property. Amid 140 acres of carefully landscaped grounds, the oceanfront resort features a five-star spa, two championship golf courses, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and an indoor-outdoor oceanfront fitness center, as well as a private Beach Club with four heated oceanfront pools, five hot tubs, 25 premium poolside bungalows available for daily rental and 14 signature boutiques.

The Breakers’ 10 restaurants offer everything from stylish sophisticated and casual dining to late-night cocktails and desserts. Among its signature restaurants are HMF, a chic social club with a globally influenced menu; Seafood Bar, fresher-than-fresh seafood with an ocean view and Flagler Steakhouse, a fresh take on the classic American chophouse. Among the dining venues are two off-site restaurants in Palm Beach just a few minutes from the main hotel, including The Breakers’ newest venture, Henry’s Palm Beach, and Echo, featuring five distinct cuisines of Asia. For hotel guests and club members, The Beach Club Restaurant is that ever-inviting, always-appropriate spot— be it for a relaxed breakfast, leisurely lunch or a quick bite between pool time and the tennis courts. thebreakers.com

Located steps from the ocean at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa is the newest four-diamond member of the Opal Collection, a collection of distinctive, luxury resorts in the most sought-after locations in the U.S. Offering the vibrant downtown of a larger city while retaining its authentic small-town charm, Delray Beach has become a popular haven for travelers seeking a relaxed oceanfront getaway with easy access to culture, nightlife and great restaurants. Along with easy access to the ocean, Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort in Delray Beach, Florida, is steps from upscale boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and exciting nightlife. From its award-winning spa and tropical outdoor pool to some of Palm Beach’s most sought-after event space, Opal Grand Resort is a destination you’ll want to return to year after year.

The all-new Monkey Bar at Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa is Delray Beach’s newest restaurant and lounge where you can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, lighter fare and a beautiful location to hang out for a night out with family, friends or coworkers. Located just off the newly renovated lobby of the hotel, Monkey Bar is a natural habitat where monkey business is highly encouraged. Swing up to the bar (where actual monkey bars are installed overhead) or sink into one of the comfortable booths and enjoy the sights of the lush living wall that accents the back of the bar. opalgrand.com

Experience the ultimate South Florida retreat at Waterstone Resort & Marina, a luxurious four-diamond boutique hotel in Boca Raton. Situated between the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, Waterstone is within walking distance to South Inlet Beach, nearby exclusive shopping and Boca’s top area attractions. Plus, each guest room offers a private balcony with water view — providing guests with spectacular scenery in an elegant, easy-going atmosphere. Rooms are also walking distance from the beachfront and less than 10 minutes from the shopping and entertainment of Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. They have a free shuttle covering the local area, daily champagne receptions and a heated outdoor pool with waterfront views.
Waterstone Resort & Marina features the area’s only on-the-water dining experience overlooking Lake Boca and the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. The all-new Sea Spray Restaurant serves fresh and delectable seafood, with guests being able drive their boats right to the dock. waterstoneboca.com

Attractively located in the Downtown West Palm Beach district of West Palm Beach, Canopy West Palm Beach is the latest luxury hotel from Hilton in South Florida. The property is close to several well-known attractions, less than a mile from Cuillo Center for the Arts, a 15-minute walk from City Square and one mile from Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The hotel features rooms and suites with Canopy-exclusive beds and local furnishings. The lobby, Canopy Central, hosts artisanal breakfast and complimentary evening tastings of regional beer, wine and spirits. The Canopy also has a spectacular rooftop outdoor pool, fitness center and pet-friendly rooms for your four-legged family and friends.

The Canopy’s on-site restaurant, The Banter, serves breakfast and dinner daily with ingredients sourced from local purveyors. In the evening, you can find great cocktails, wine and local craft beers. Enjoy fresh ingredients inspired by the West Palm Beach culture. The Canopy’s rooftop bar and lounge, Treehouse, is the highest rooftop bar in West Palm Beach with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city. hilton.com

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