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Attention, jetsetting bookworms: The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach recently announced its line-up for the 9th Annual Author Breakfast Series—and it's looking pretty sweet.
Presented by Parker Ladd, an exec at Scribner & Sons and famous for being married to noted fashion designer Arnold Scaasi, the Author Breakfast Series offers six author breakfasts, beginning on January 11th and concluding on March 29th.
Gracing the AAA-Four Diamond resort will be Michael Connelly, known for his #1 NYT bestsellers, and Tony Mendez, author of Argo. (If you've seen the movie, you'll remember that Mr. Mendez was played by Ben Affleck himself.) Oh, and we can't forget Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day Lewis. Swoon!
Like every year, the author breakfasts will be held at The Ballroom (pictured) at Cafe Boulud (yes, that Boulud), so it's probably not a good idea to show up wearing flip-flops and jam shorts. A $100 ticket gets you breakfast, valet parking and a copy of the featured book, but all reservations must be booked in advance.
It’s a smorgasbord of choices that lets you craft your ultimate BLT.
Now, we don’t usually get so excited about the normally plain Jane BLT sandwich, but this ain’t your momma’s BLT.
In celebration of Florida’s tomato season, the Four Seasons Palm Beach Resort is picking heirloom tomatoes from its very own chef’s garden and offering them up in this classic sandwich, turning a garden-variety lunch item into a gourmand’s delight.
A recently renovated room at Four Seasons Palm Beach
We know. Savings is not a word you associate with Palm Beach. But things are different in the summer. You know, the season when all the ritzy residents relocate to the Hamptons...
Here's what these posh properties are offering in the way of summer deals now the temperature is soaring...
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.
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.
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.
This hotel chains consistently charges $10 a day for wireless access (sometimes more, depending on location), despite the fact that you are probably paying more than $400 a night for your room.
And even though they are a luxury hotel chain, it seems the internet at this location doesn't work for shit.
The Four Seasons advertises internet, but the wireless does not work well - at least not in our room on the third floor (Room 303, which was otherwise a beautiful room). I bring an external antenna card, and despite this, neither my husband's nor my laptop could get a strong enough signal to connect wirelessly in our room to the internet.
So I used the ethernet cable provided in each room to connect to the desk. The problem is that the ethernet internet is incredibly slow (think dial-up speeds at times) and disconnects frequently (one night, about every 15 minutes). I called the front desk and spoke to their internet service directly (Wayport) to troubleshoot this, but nothing worked.....(Note that I tried the business center one day, and it was not a helpful substitute, because it took me over 30 minutes to reach one of the computers, since there are only two desktops and one laptop station and no time limit for the fortunate few in place ahead of you. So using the hotel's computers will not be a good solution for you business travelers.)
You know something's not right when you can get free WiFi in Panera without buying a single bagel or cup of coffee but as a paying guest of the Four Seasons, you need to fork over $10 for "possible" access.
A note to the Four Seasons, Ritz Carltons and other luxury chains: Just because your guests can afford the pricey room rates doesn't mean they think its okay for you to rip-em off on WiFi fees. And if you even want to make an honorable mention on our Annual WiFi Report, then you better start moving fast.
· Four Seasons Palm Beach reviews [TripAdvisor]
Like the other "in-town" hotels of Palm Beach, the Brazilian Court Hotel is small with only 80 rooms. But what it lacks in size it makes up in service, privacy, comfort and an overall enjoyable stay.
Just two blocks from the beach and three blocks from Worth Avenue, when you enter the hotel, you get a full view of the french doors leading out to the hotel's famous courtyard and fountain.
The rooms as well as other parts of the hotel have been renovated and upgraded to include new amenities as well as a Frederic Fekkai hair salon, spa and a fitness center. Sadly, unlike other boutique hotels in Florida, the pool scene is not happening. But rather it's a very small-sized pool, made for a quick dip in and out.
Dining at the hotel is recommended as Café Boulud, a New York outpost from famed restaurateur Daniel Boulud offers guests a better chance of getting seating than some outsiders.