Tropical Escape

For a Staycation to remember in The Sunshine State, The Palm Beaches offers a sampling of all the things that make South Florida one of the world’s most sought-after destinations: Sun, sea, shopping, fine dining, world-class accommodations and Everything in between.
Words by Estrellita S. Sibila | Photos provided by The Colony Palm Beach | | January 27, 2022 | Lifestyle

Royal palms greet you with a soft wave as their fronds dance in the wind and flirt with the rays of sun that softly kiss your face. Palm Beach, a landmark town of The Palm Beaches, is the kind of place where you want to float in the ocean undisturbed, stroll around for hours on a shopping and dining spree or cruise with the top-down so you can see and be seen. From world-class accommodations and endless beaches to explore, it’s a paradise for those with exquisite taste who want to luxuriate amongst the well-heeled.

Playful pinks, lime greens and tropical themes blend harmoniously at The Colony Palm Beach, a recently revamped très chic boutique hotel perfectly situated for a sweet escape — solo, paired up, with friends or with the whole family. Steps from the beach and all of your favorite designer shops, each guestroom and suite has a unique design, décor and personality, making every stay a highly Instagram-worthy adventure that will keep you coming back again and again. Grab a poolside cocktail, brunch, lunch or dinner at Swifty’s and don’t dare leave without an introduction to Johnnie Brown, the property’s mischievous monkey mascot! 

A sunrise on the sand, a dip in the sea and a snap by the iconic Worth Avenue Clock Tower is the perfect start to a day of adventure. A 12-mile ride along the Lake Worth Bike Trail is highlighted by breezy vistas, yachts, lush gardens, a majestic kapok tree and expansive mansions, including Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s grand Gilded Age estate at the Flagler Museum. Stop to recharge at rustic French-inspired Almond Palm Beach, where market-fresh and locally sourced ingredients (and signature cocktails!) are served up with gusto. 

If you want to delve a little deeper, reserve a guided private drive or bike tour with @IslandLivingPB and Palm Beach insider Leslie Diver to visit Palm Beach’s most glamorous homes, explore the island’s most astonishing architectural feats and get the inside scoop on all the hush-hush indiscretions of the area’s storied past. Guaranteed to make your jaw drop and have you questioning everything you read in the history books!

If shopping is more your speed, art, fashion and an endless array of life’s little treasures can be found on Worth Avenue and The Royal Poinciana Plaza, where luxury shops outfitting fashionista favorites can be found among meticulously landscaped courtyards, soothing fountains, arched entryways and whimsical patio walkways. Bring that laid back beachy vibe back home with a visit to the massive Restoration Hardware showroom where you can catch the sunset over a glass of wine and a nibble at RH Rooftop while picking out new furnishings to take a little slice of paradise back with you when your journey’s reached its end. 

Whether you visit for a week or an afternoon, or you arrive for the sun, surf, dining, strolling, shopping (or all of the above!) The Palm Beaches and its pristine 47 miles of sugar-white Atlantic coastline truly lives up to its reputation as “America’s First Resort Destination” — the glitz, the glamour, the pure relaxation, you may only be a few hours from home but you’ll feel like you’re in a whole different world filled with peace, love and tranquility.