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We were headed to a Palm Beach wedding (local for us) and wanted to stay the night with the wedding party and out-of-town guests. The hotel of choice for the guests was The Omphoy Ocean Resort. We were excited to spend the night at The Omphoy having last been to the property when it was the Palm Beach Hilton, built in the early 1980's. The hotel re-opened as the Omphoy in September 2009.
Were we disappointed with the 134-room oceanfront hotel? Well, mostly no but we spent a little too much time feeling like we worked there. Read on to find out why.
We're not sure how many Palm Beach dames have asked Santa for a facelift this year, but we bet they'll be happy to show them off at the similarly nipped and tucked Four Seasons Palm Beach this festive season.
All 210 of the resort's rooms have been spruced up by interior designer Brian Gluckstein, who also worked his magic on the hotel's spa last year. From what we've seen of the fresh new room decor, the man could be in demand in an area known more for OTT opulence than understated elegance.
Here's one last photo to admire before we bust out of this joint for Memorial Day Weekend.
Check out this old matchbook we found at our parents' house for the Palm Beach Hilton. Ladies and gents, this is a piece of history you are looking at.
For starters, the hotel no longer exists. Well, it does but as the Omphoy Ocean Resort, which has given the oceanfront resort a brand-new boutique hotel look. It also has a restaurant from a James Beard award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein's.
Also, check out that area code on the matchbook. That's now just the Miami area code. Yes, once upon time Palm Beach and Miami-Dade (formerly just Dade) counties shared the same area code. Now PB phone numbers are preceded by 561.
Lastly, this is just further proof that the new Hilton logo is essentially the old one, but tipped over and painted half-gold and half-silver. (Golf claps.) While we appreciated the antiquity of our matchbook find, we still prefer the Maritime Hotel's kinky ones instead.
Oscars time is right around the corner, and if you're dying to see whether Meryl will beat out Sandra for best actress or whether Avatar will sweep all the categories, watch the show in style. This week, we'll look at Academy-sanctioned hotel shindigs where you'll be able to dress up, see if you won the office Oscar pool and help raise cash for charity.
For this year's Oscars, you'll have the chance to eat food from a star. Well, a culinary star. The Omphoy Ocean Resort's Academy Awards viewing party offers an option to dine at Michelle Bernstein’s, the newest restaurant from the James Beard Award-winning chef.
You know what goes even better with a heaping plate of Thanksgiving turkey than a side of mashed potatoes? Palm Beach. OK, so maybe you won’t feel like jumping straight into that bikini or Speedo after gorging on your holiday dinner, but we’re still going to say beach-combing in Palm Beach trumps cramming into your sister-in-law’s house in suburbia.
But here’s what would make us extra thankful: staying at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, with the third night free. And for those of you purists who think the only way a beach should be part of Thanksgiving is lounging around like a beached whale after chowing down on seconds and thirds, fret not, for the Four Seasons has arranged for some traditional Thanksgiving activities.
Ah, what a cute fairytale-ish story: way back in the day when the Four Seasons Palm Beach's Chef Darryl Moiles was working at the Four Seasons Boston, the inimitable Ms. Julia Child would "make her way from the dining room to the kitchen" when she dropped in for a bite. Apparently she left quite the impression, because the chef is now paying tribute to her in conjunction with the opening of the new book-turned-Meryl-Streep-flick, Julie and Julia.
Chef Moiles, who is now the executive chef at Four Seasons Palm Beach, is throwing down a special menu showcasing some of Ms. Child's biggest-hit recipes from her cookbook The Art of French Cooking, which will be debuting and running at the Resort's Ocean Bistro from August 8 to September 4. The lineup will change weekly.
Yeah, we'll confess: sometimes we steal stuff from hotels. Like the little baby soaps and shampoos and things (which are ours for the taking), and one time we swiped a monogrammed washcloth and a tea packet and the binder that held the roomservice menus because we thought it looked nice. But do you know what we have never stolen from a hotel? A bird.
Though this is not as bad as the time some guy ripped the head off of one of the ducks in a hotel lobby (and yes, that really did happen), this is still sort of sad and mean: someone stole a couple of parrots from The Breakers.
According to the AP, police are charging a man with trespassing (and also "violating an ordinance declaring the island town a bird sanctuary") after he stole two baby parrots from the hotel and then left them in a pet store yesterday after trying to sell them to the pet store owner. But, uh, they don't know who the guy is.
Per the report:
The chicks were part of a flock of more than 100 wild birds at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. Biologists monitor the birds with cameras aimed at their nests in hollowed-out trees. That's how authorities learned the two chicks were missing.
No, but seriously: who does that? Kimpton, you need to start keeping close watch on your pet concierges now. Oy.
Sorta over the Miami scene? Or just can't really afford to hit it up right now? Opt for the decidedly calmer, considerably more affordable Palm Beach if you've got a hankerin' for a Florida getaway (or visit your grandparents!) and in '09, you can do it on the cheap.
To celebrate the 1909 founding of Palm Beach County, the CVB down there has launched a $19.09 room rate campaign that will score you a room for less than 20 bucks after stays of 2, 3, or 4 nights, depending which of the 40+ hotels in the area you go for.
The deal which includes hotels like the massive Breakers and The Colony Hotel and Cabana Club requires a rate code upon making your reservation (mostly it's 1909), but they're all conveniently listed here for you. Happy beaching!
If you've just debuted a $30 million spa in Florida in the heat of a recession, then you've got to be prepared to offer a little something for everyone. At Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, their rainbow range of treatments for both men and women range from the opulent, like the $550 platinum facial, to the more budget-friendly $75 Do-It-Yourself Body Scrub Bar.
The one-of-a-kind Scrub & Polish Bar allows you to not only choose and combine from a variety of fresh body scrubs to suit your mood, but also gives you the freedom to hang out in the spa and its pools, scrubbing off the mucky-muck and emerging refreshed and prime for the Florida sun.
Keep any leftover scrub and remember that this is a DIY treatment (no tipping), and this least expensive Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach spa option seems like a plausible distraction if you spend at least half the day using the facilities to their fullest.
[Photo: Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach]
We didn't think it was possible, actually we truly hoped it wasn't, but we have just possibly pinpointed the least recession-friendly hotel service. Yes, my friends, it's the "Bejeweled Collection" of facials at the brand spanking new Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Having finally fulfilled every Palm Beacher's dream of having a mega-spa around the corner, Eau is set up to slather spa goers in luxury--literally.
Sign up for the $550 Platinum and Bejeweled Face and Body ritual at Eau, and for the next 130 minutes you'll get a platinum face mask, a platinum chakra cleansing, a 50-minute Ruby and Sapphire Massage, and a witch's brew of Ruby or Sapphire-infused elixir. Will this also magically restore your 401K or your job at AIG? No--but it will guarantee you the freshest face in the breadlines.
Long a bastion for prettifying glam guests with massages, facials, and hair care, the Four Seasons Palm Beach just opened a shiny new 11,000-square-foot spa facility with 12 treatment rooms, a marble reception area, and multiple relaxation lounges with whirlpools, waterfalls, and steam rooms.
For those of you not drinking from Florida’s fountain of youth, worry not, for the spa’s new treatments are designed to keep you (at least appearing) far from your days of velour tracksuits and early-bird specials at Denny’s. Not that we’re judging.
Did you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day? Did you even know that Mother's Day is less than two weeks away? Hmm... Well, someone's in a pickle, aren't they?
Lucky for you, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach is offering two Mother's Day appropriate packages which are valid through August 15th.
The first, the "Mom and Family Getaway," includes accommodations in two connecting rooms, a welcome gift for Mom and--just so she can be rid of the rug rats for a day--a day membership for two at AquaNuts, a Ritz Kids Club for children ages five to 12, as well as Coast, for 13- to 17-year-olds. Prices start at $489 per night.
If you're feeling really guilty for almost forgetting about Mom, shell out $1,129 per night for the "Pampering Mom Getaway," which includes ocean-front accommodations, 100 roses upon arrival, dinner for two in the hotel's restaurant, with a 100 wine credit and a 100-minute Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap spa treatment.
Now go book, and don't say we never do anything for you.