What's New in The Palm Beaches for 2016

12/22/2015
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What's New in The Palm Beaches for 2016
Discover the best way to experience Florida with new ways to stay, play, dine and unwind

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 22, 2015) - The Palm Beaches are the best way to experience Florida, and travelers to the destination have a variety of new hotels in which to stay, outdoor and underwater activities to explore, innovative restaurants to sample, and refreshed, world-class spas for a much needed ahh. Spanning 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter, 145 miles of tropical waterways, and insurmountable attractions across 2,000 square miles, America's First Resort Destination® is a collection of 38 diverse cities and towns that provide the ultimate wanderlust's experiential expedition.


NEW HOTEL OPENINGS

The new Hilton West Palm Beach is scheduled to open in January 2016. This 400-room hotel will be connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center by an enclosed walkway, and will add a new dimension to the county's tourism appeal. The property will offer two ballrooms and eight conference rooms, as well as additional event space. It will also feature a 225-seat restaurant named "Manor," which will showcase the talents of renowned local chef Matthew Byrne of the acclaimed eatery, Kitchen. The hotel will include a lobby bar called "Galley,' a fitness center and a landscaped pool area with cabanas. Located in the heart of the Convention and Entertainment District, guests are just a few short steps away from CityPlace, which offers a mix of more than 80 national stores, specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

A new Mandarin Oriental Hotel is planned to debut in downtown Boca Raton in 2017. The property will include two adjacent towers that will form part of an upscale mixed-use development featuring 65,000 square feet of luxury lifestyle retail, as well as a world-class private club, which will offer social, fitness and championship golf amenities.

West Palm Beach is set to become home to one of eight new Canopy by Hilton Hotels, the brand's concept touted as an energized and natural extension of its neighborhood with local design, food & drink, and culture. In May 2016, ground will break for the new 150-room, 14-story hotel, which will be built two blocks from CityPlace.

Boca Raton will welcome The Palm Beaches' third Hyatt Place property in summer 2016 with the opening of the 200-room, 13-story Hyatt Place Boca Raton. The hotel will include an 8,000-square-foot restaurant, as well as 4,000 square feet of meeting space and retail.

The new Residence Inn West Palm Beach Downtown/CityPlace Area is The Palm Beaches' first extended-stay property, boasting spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of the casual-urban West Palm Beach downtown, the 152-suite hotel is within walking distance to more than 120 shops and restaurants. The property is only an eight-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

West Palm Beach continues to attract new hotel developments. An AC Hotels by Marriott, a mid-priced chain targeting young, tech and fashion-savvy travelers, has been flagged for the former city hall site and a Starwood Hotels and Resorts Aloft property is proposed on the northeast corner of Third Street and Rosemary Avenue.


NEW EATS AND DRINKS

Through a growing celebrated chef presence and access to local, farm-fresh ingredients, The Palm Beaches' culinary scene continues to tantalize taste buds and receive critical acclaim.

James Beard Award-nominated chef, Clay Conley, and his partners in Buccan Group will open Grato, a modern Italian trattoria-inspired restaurant in West Palm Beach in late 2015. Grato, which means "grateful" in Italian, will feature an approachable family-style menu and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Anticipate rustic Italian cuisine and soulful dishes that characterize Conley's mastery of ingredients and technique, made from the highest-quality local ingredients.

Celebrated South Florida Chef and season nine "Top Chef" finalist Lindsay Autry has partnered with seasoned restaurateur Thierry Beaud to open THE REGIONAL Kitchen & Public House in downtown West Palm Beach's popular dining and entertainment destination, CityPlace. Set to open in Fall 2016, THE REGIONAL intends to present a unique perspective on America's time-honored cuisine through local ingredients, seasonally-influenced dishes and the soulful inspiration of a chef-driven kitchen.

Opened in spring 2015, Wine Scene is a contemporary wine bar and art gallery located one block north of City Place in West Palm Beach. It specializes in 50 wines by the glass, charcuterie boards and tapas. Its attached gallery and courtyard can be utilized as event space for smaller corporate gatherings of 30 people, to larger, private happenings of 300 or more.

Sip, sample and savor the flavor of West Palm Beach with 12 generous tastings from top local restaurants on the new West Palm Beach Food Tour, hosted by local foodie Kristl Story. The culinary tour is a leisurely three-hour, 1.25 mile/2 kilometer walk, with plenty of refreshing stops along the way. Adult tickets are from $65, and can be purchased online at: WestPalmBeachFoodTour.com or by phone: (866) 736-6343.

A second location for the popular vegan restaurant, Christopher's Kitchen, is slated to open in West Palm Beach in February 2016. Owned and operated by Chef Christopher Slawson, the restaurant will use honest techniques and ingredients that maximize real nutritional value for healthful results. Joining Slawson's first location in Palm Beach Gardens, the new eatery will be a place where casual elegance and an unrelenting passion for the finest organic living food can harmoniously co-exist.


REFRESHED AND REIMAGINED

The Flagler Club, a 25-room boutique hotel discretely located at The Breakers resort, opened in late 2015 following a $5 million transformation. This exclusive, ultra-luxury hotel welcomes guests with private access to redesigned accommodations and personalized service from pre-arrival to departure. Highlights include: premium amenities, house car service courtesy of the Club's Tesla, distinctive food & beverage offerings, and a stunning Club Lounge and panoramic Terrace - re-designed by internationally renowned Adam D. Tihany acting as design consultant to Peacock + Lewis Architects.

After an $8 million renovation, The Spa at The Breakers re-opened in late November 2015, completely transformed as the resort's coveted destination for personal renewal. The new indoor/outdoor Spa embraces guests with a relaxed, modern style - calling to mind The Breakers' casual, seaside sophistication and Italian influence - and nurtures them with heightened comfort and care. Amenities include 17 treatment rooms; a private courtyard; lounges for men, women and co-ed use; as well as a new salon area for hair and nail services.

Chef Daniel Boulud's renowned Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach boasts a new design that is lighter and elegant, achieved with unique touches such as a shimmery ceiling made from sea shells and Pecky Cypress, improved lighting, neutral tones, and warm wood flooring. The new, expanded bar is dramatically backlit and casts a resplendent glow through the rooms. The menu balances signature Boulud dishes and French favorites inspired by Daniel's restaurants around the world, with a spotlight on the region's incredible seafood and produce.

In 2015, common spaces, including the lobby and bar areas, at Palm Beach Marriot Singer Island Beach Resort were redesigned to be more guest-friendly, and more amenable to work and play. The upgraded spaces are equipped with new furniture, increased Wi-Fi bandwidth and charging stations for smartphones and other devices. The revamped common areas now encourage guests to mingle and gather throughout their stay, lending to a more communal, social feel.

The 33,000-square-foot Sports and Racquet Club facility at PGA National Resort & Spa recently underwent an impressive $4 million facelift. Upgrades include state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, a five-lane saltwater lap pool, a spin room with video road mapping, an indoor volleyball court, two lighted pickle/paddle ball courts, 18 Har Tru tennis courts and one lighted hard court with a hitting wall.

In 2015, the Wyndham Boca Raton completed the final phase of an extensive two-year renovation. From the 184 guestrooms and suites to the Grand Ballroom, Addison, and Mizner rooms to its public spaces, the property now features a casually elegant, modern new look. The resort has also added an organic tea lounge, TrendTea, and an in-house yoga studio, Yoga Journey.


ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS

Launched just one year ago, the City of West Palm Beach's Arts & Entertainment District (A&E District) has been enhanced by a wide variety of vibrant murals which add vivid color to the hip and happening downtown area. The new district unites a fast-growing number of its top cultural institutions, as well as the growing art scene of the area. 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 A&E District runs from Clematis Street south to Okeechobee Boulevard, and from Tamarind Avenue to the Town of Palm Beach. This area also contains CityPlace, a popular West Palm Beach destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as the trendy nightlife strip along Clematis Street. More than 22 organizations are linked by a free, 10-stop trolley bus that operates between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Regarded as one of the most inspired and admired retail and entertainment centers in the nation, the CityPlace project in Downtown West Palm Beach marked its 15th anniversary in 2015. The open-air, Italian-inspired, 72-acre property was built by a collaboration of developers led by Related Companies, the visionaries behind New York's Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards. A new chapter is expected in the New Year, as the precinct prepares to welcome new home furnishings retailers, all within walking distance from the new Hilton West Palm Beach opening in January 2016.

In conjunction with the Ann Jackson Gallery of Atlanta, Georgia, The Gardens Mall will present, The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection, January 17 - February 14, 2016. This collaborative exhibition features selections of artworks and sculptures from The Art of Dr. Seuss, works from Dr. Seuss' best-known children's books, and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork from Dr. Seuss. Enjoy special weekend performances from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with SEUSSICALTM, a Seuss Story Hour every Thursday at 10 a.m., and special events hosted by The Gardens Mall and its luxury retailers throughout the exhibition period. Exhibition hours will run concurrent with mall hours, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. in the Grand Court.

Opening in February 2016, Manatee Lagoon - An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, will be a new, free Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center will feature engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. On cold winter days, the facility's observation deck will be the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company's adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.

Comedy is back in Delray Beach with the Main Stage Comedy series at Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Once per month through April 2016, experience acts of some of today's top comedians at The Crest Theatre. Upcoming performances include Mike Marino and Vincent Pastore on February 26, 2016, and Judy Gold on March 24, 2016. Tickets are from $45 (regular reserved) and $65 (premium seating).

Tony Danza, Spencer Day and Jane Monheit will make their Royal Room debut at The Colony Hotel during the 2015-2016 season. Hailed the "best place for Cabaret on the planet" by The Palm Beach Post, the Royal Room will also feature returning favorites, including Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso, Nicole Henry, Nicolas King, Aaron Weinstein & Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Tune and more. For a full performance schedule, visit www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/event_categories/the-royal-room-cabaret.  

About the 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 spanning 2,000 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches of South Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of $7.3 billion in the local economy, produces $42 million in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supports more than 63,000 jobs.

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