Hotels, Dining and Attractions Earn Prestigious Travel Awards

THE PALM BEACHES, Fla. (February 2, 2012) - A year dominated by negative economic news, 2011 was a year of both development and recognition for The Palm Beaches of Florida. Leading the state in occupancy growth, the destination saw an influx of vacationers and an abundance of accolades, bolstering the claim that it is the best way to experience Florida. To complement this success, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Palm Beaches #9 among the best U.S. luxury destinations, and the #11 best summer vacation destination.

"This destination is made up of a collection of award-winning partners, from our fabulous restaurants, shops, and attractions, to our legendary hotels and resorts," said Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jorge Pesquera. "As ongoing industry recognition and consumer ratings prove, it's the outstanding service and experiences they deliver that together keep The Palm Beaches among the most desirable travel destinations in the world."

The following is a selection of recent recognitions earned by our partners:

The AAA Four-Diamond Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club earned a place on Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Gold List, and was also voted the #1 hotel in Palm Beach, #3 hotel in Florida, and #8 on the list of America's Best Beach Hotels by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The hotel's famed Café Boulud was also named a four-star restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide.

Also earning a distinguished spot on Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Gold and Platinum lists, the AAA Five-Diamond Breakers Palm Beach received the four-star award by Forbes Travel Guide and a four-star award for The Spa at The Breakers. In Fodor's Travels Guides list of the top 100 hotels, the property was recognized as one of 12 Grand Dames in the world, while Travel + Leisure readers voted the property #9 among America's Best Beach Hotels. The Breakers has received Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since its inception in 1981.

The distinguished and charming AAA Four-Diamond Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn, Cottages & Suites received the "White Glove Award" for Palm Beach County by Superior Small Lodging for housekeeping excellence, and earned the best pool distinction from Lanier Travel Guide. The Inn was also named to the Diamond Collection by for its extensive luxury amenities and consistent top-rated reviews. The property was also named one the best places to stay by Wine Spectator Magazine and earned a certificate of excellence by Trip Advisor.

The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club in Delray Beach was awarded a perfect score by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels.

The AAA Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach was one of only two Florida hotels to earn the five-star distinction by Forbes Travel Guide. The Restaurant at the Four Seasons earned the five-star award in the dining category. The property also earned the #2 spot in Palm Beach on Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels list.

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was awarded three Southeastern Museums Conference Awards, more than any other museum in the region. They were also awarded a $10,000 grant by Tourism Cares for their dedication to educating on Florida's Tourism Father, Henry Flagler.

Located in northern Palm Beach County, the AAA Four-Diamond Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa was recognized in Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, ranking #93 among the Top 150 Mainland U.S. Resorts.

The Palm Beach Cultural Council awarded the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden a Muse Award for best Arts and Cultural program in the area. The Morikami's Toro Nagashi ceremony, part of its annual Bon Festival, was recognized. The Muse awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations that enrich Palm Beach County's culture.

The AAA Four-Diamond PGA National Resort & Spa was ranked second by Golfing Magazine in the World's Top Five Multi-Course Venues, and received a Silver Award for its place in the Top 100 Premier Resorts. ranked the property the #1 golf resort in Florida and Golfweek named the Championship course the #47 resort course in America, #3 best course you can play in Florida, and #28 best tour course you can play. The resort also earned a place on The Knot's "Best of Weddings 2012" list.

Honored with Forbes Travel Guide's five-star distinction, The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach is one of only two Florida properties boasting Forbes' five stars. The property was also included on Travel + Leisure's top 500 hotels worldwide list, and is a recipient of Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award. Spa Magazine named the resort's Eau Spa in the top 250 spas, while SpaFinder's readers honored the resort with a Reader's Choice award for Eau Spa, Best Accommodations, Best for Interior Design, Best for Luxury, Favorite Spa Professional, and Best Brand. The on-property restaurant, Angle, was ranked in the top 100 restaurants by Wine Enthusiast.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach was a recipient of a Condé Nast Traveler's 2011 Readers' Choice Award and recognized by Southern Living in 2011 as a "Best Beach Stay". The property was also featured in The Knot's "Best of Weddings 2011" and "Best of Weddings 2012" lists.

South Florida Science Museum earned the 2011 "Kids Crown Award" for best museum in Palm Beach County by South Florida Parenting Magazine.


Media Contacts:

Carli Smith/Palm Beach County CVB Maria Hayworth/Hayworth Creative PR

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