What’s New in The Palm Beaches for 2015
Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
Malcolm Griffiths, Vice President
Development Counsellors International
What's New in The Palm Beaches for 2015
Discover new places to stay, dine and shop; the best way to experience Florida®
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 30, 2015) - 2015 will be another banner year in The Palm Beaches. From Boca Raton to Jupiter, Singer Island to the shores of Lake Okeechobee and The Everglades, this dynamic destination continues to evolve with new accommodations, dining, entertainment and shopping options for visitors on all budgets. From hotel make-overs to fresh eats, here is a look at what's new in 2015:
New and revitalized hotels in 2015 make The Palm Beaches even more accommodating and welcoming.
The recently opened 95-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Delray Beach, is in the heart of this village by the sea, close to galleries and boutiques, award-winning restaurants and performing arts venues such as The Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square.
The Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton, is the famed location's newest luxury boutique hotel, located one block from the beach. This Doubletree by Hilton property has 139 rooms and two restaurants, including Boca Raton's only "on-the-water" dining experience "Boca Landing" that features "dock and dine" facilities overlooking the pristine beauty of the Intracoastal waterway.
Downtown West Palm Beach will receive its first extended-stay property with the 152-suite Residence Inn by Marriott. Scheduled to open winter 2015, this nine-story hotel will be within easy walking distance to the Palm Beach County Convention Center, shopping and dining at CityPlace, as well as the downtown hub along Clematis Street, which made the top 10 list of the 2014 Great Streets in America by the American Association of Planners.
On the northern boundary of The Palm Beaches is the new 179-room Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. The property offers 15,000 square feet of contemporary meeting space in a central location convenient to restaurants, golf, shopping and the area's beaches.
But it's not just about new properties. Many of The Palm Beaches' venerable establishments have been reimagined for the new year.
The very elegant (and pink!) Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently completed a $30 million renovation of its historic Cloister building. Many of the 318 deluxe rooms and suites were part of Addison Mizner's original architectural masterpiece, the Cloister Inn, built in 1926 with his signature Spanish Colonial/Mediterranean-style design. The resort also offers fun for the whole family with its new Flow House wave pool that features the FlowRider surf experience.
Internationally-renowned designer Carleton Varney led a $9 million "re-imagining" of the historic boutique property The Colony Palm Beach. Its 91 guest rooms and suites have been redesigned, welcoming guests with a unique palette of vibrant colors, floral patterns and bold contrasts, along with the latest high-tech amenities. The hotel is just steps from both the Atlantic Ocean and Palm Beach's shopping epicenter, Worth Avenue.
Crane's BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar, a Key West-style boutique hotel on Delray Beach, completed a half-million-dollar renovation that transformed four suites into exclusive villas. This transformation is the first phase of a multiyear remodeling project for the property, located steps from the beach, as well as the dining and cultural options along Atlantic Avenue. www.cranesbeachhouse.com
In neighboring Highland Beach, the 115-room Delray Sands Resort has been transformed with a major refurbishment of its lobby, restaurant, rooms and suites. The property is nestled along a quiet strip of shoreline, just minutes away from golf courses, shopping, restaurants and cultural venues found in Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
The Five-Diamond Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa recently hired New York City designer Jonathan Adler to redefine its 309 guestrooms and suites. Each is now filled with elegant surprises, including Adler's signature ocean-inspired colors.
A new spa is slated to open the first quarter of 2015 at Kimpton's Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, the 130-room Palm Beach property that was previously named "The Omphoy." The expanded 5,900-square-foot facility will include seven treatment rooms and offer a menu of distinctive treatments, body scrubs, facials, massages, salon and nail services as well as other wellness-driven offerings designed for men, women and couples. New executive chef, Todd Wiss will take the lead in the kitchen, redefining the resort's culinary experience that will focus on locally inspired cuisine and craft cocktails.
The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is putting the finishing touches on a series of renovations. Common spaces, including the lobby and bar, will be redesigned to be more guest friendly and amenable to work and play. Equipped with new furniture, increased Wi-Fi bandwidth and charging stations, these locations will allow guests to mingle and gather throughout their stay, lending to a more communal, social feel.
AN EATING SCENE
There is no shortage of fine and casual dining options throughout The Palm Beaches.
In Delray Beach, Dennis Max has opened Max's Social House. Affectionately known as "SoHo," the restaurant offers appetizers, salads and main courses that draw on influences from around the world - crispy pork rinds with Korean chili and salt, ribeye burgers and a big-plates menu, billed as "To Each Their Own," with akaushi short rib, Murray's half chicken, Wagyu flat iron steak and day boat swordfish. It's located at 116 NE Sixth Ave. Delray Beach; (561) 501-4332.
Gary Rack, the brains behind Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar in Delray Beach, as well as Boca Raton's Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern and Farmhouse Kitchen will open Fat Rooster, at Southeast Second and Atlantic Avenues. Billed as "down and dirty" Southern diner fare, it's expected to open this spring. www.thefatrooster.com .
Also in Delray Beach, veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport has opened Apeiro Kitchen & Bar at the Delray Marketplace. Executive chef David Blonsky has created a progressive Mediterranean menu to sample, located at 14851 Lyons Road, off West Atlantic Avenue. (561) 501-4443; www.apeirorestaurants.com.
Boca Raton now is home to South Florida's first Belgian-style brewery, with Barrel of Monks, a two-story, 10,000-square-foot facility with a tap tasting room, lounge area, meeting space, and a barrel-aging and bottling room at 1141 S. Rogers Circle at the Penn Florida Commerce Center; (386) 243-4010; www.barrelofmonks.com.
Western Boca Raton has a new venue for fine dining with La Ferme, a modern French bistro opened by Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro, who own Flex Mussels in New York. (561) 430-3731; www.laferme.kitchen
Dining options continue to grow in the center of The Palm Beaches as well.
Buccan chef/owner Clay Conley has opened The Sandwich Shop at Buccan, a 300-square-foot, four-seat takeout space, located at 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach. (561) 833-3450, www.buccanpalmbeach.com.
Mark Henry is the new executive chef at West Palm Beach Marriott's Bistro Ten Zero One. He hails from the Skamania Lodge in Oregon and the Eden Roc Miami Beach. 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach; (561) 209-3353, www.bistro1001.com.
The dining scene along downtown West Palm Beach's Clematis Street continues to thrive, with two new restaurants.
Lynora's Osteria, owned by a family with decades of restaurant experience in The Palm Beaches, offers a farm-to-table menu, as well as pizzas and pasta. 207 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; (561) 899-3117, www.lynoras.com.
A few doors west of Lynora's, look for a fusion of nibbles and cocktails at The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar, 223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; (561) 355-0691, www.thealchemistgastropub.com.
Around the corner is chef/owner Julien Gremaud's Avocado Grill. Opened during fall 2014, this dining establishment offers small plates, tapas, raw bar, sushi and an extensive cocktail menu. 125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; (561) 623-0822, www.avocadogrillwpb.com.
Harbourside Place, the new mixed-use development at Indiantown Road and U.S. 1, provides Jupiter a downtown on the water, with a mix of national and local high-end retail. Shop boutiques such as Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market and pet shop Pucci & Catana. Restaurants include Bravo! Cucina Italiana, the casual BurgerFi, deep blu seafood grille, the Asian-fusion fare of Too Bizaare, and Tiger Woods' new restaurant, The Woods, opening in Spring 2015. The Jupiter Wyndham Grand is also located within the same development, providing an ideal "play to stay" for shopping weekends. www.harboursideplace.com
Marketplace at the Outlets is a 300,000 square foot retail center opened December 2014 adjacent to Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach. This new development features more than 20 stores including Bed, Bath & Beyond, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Sports Authority, T.J. Maxx, Ulta and a Whole Foods Market. The Palm Beach Outlets are also a new addition to The Palm Beaches' shopping scene. Bargain hunters rejoice, searching for discounts on brand fashion at Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Talbots, Under Armour Factory Store and White House | Black Market. www.palmbeachoutlets.com.
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL OFFERINGS
Downtown West Palm Beach has launched an Arts & Entertainment District. This cultural corridor spans a two-mile city radius, which includes institutions of fine art, theatres and live music venues such as the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, The Flagler Museum, Palm Beach Dramaworks on Clematis Street as well as the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach . The District runs from Clematis Street south to Okeechobee Boulevard and from Tamarind Avenue to the Town of Palm Beach. The District contains CityPlace, a West Palm Beach destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as the trendy nightlife strip along Clematis Street. A total of 22 organizations are linked by a free, 10-stop trolley bus that operates between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. www.DowntownWPBArts.com
Accommodation options also abound, with the new Residence Inn by Marriott opening winter 2015, joining the established Hyatt Place West Palm Beach and West Palm Beach Marriott. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is also adjacent to the Arts & Entertainment District, where a new 403-room West Palm Beach Convention Center Hilton Hotel is projected to open in early 2016.
About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as, The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $34 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.
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