As darkness falls and temperatures freeze in the midst of winter, thoughts draw to sunshine, sea life and palm-fringed beaches. The Palm Beaches offers 47 miles of pristine beaches, many luxurious hotels and spas, an array of fine-dining restaurants, shopping malls and an impressive selection of cultural, sporting and family-friendly attractions. Whether it’s an active morning spent kayaking on the Loxahatchee River, an educational visit to Loggerhead Marinelife Centre, a soothing massage at Waldorf Spa at the Boca Raton Resort & Club or a competitive tennis tournament at the Delray Beach Open, The Palm Beaches has an abundance of experiences to enjoy this winter. Escape the chill and beat the blues in this favoured getaway spot providing a daily dose of the good life.
Here, are key highlights to enjoy a warmer winter in The Palm Beaches:
Stay at… Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Nestled in a Mediterranean inspired historic village and just a few steps from the stunning South Florida coastline, Boca Raton Resort and Club is a luxurious home away from home. The sophisticated guest rooms boast views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intercoastal Waterway and the marina, establishing the resort as one of the most reputable luxury accommodations in the area.
Socialise at… The Sunday Polo Brunch at the International Polo Club
Experience Sunday brunch on the veranda of one of the finest Polo facilities in the nation located in The Palm Beaches’ village of Wellington. Available every Sunday from January through April, guests are able to mix amongst the celebrities and high fliers of The Palm Beaches, feasting on fine cuisine and spectating the regal game of Polo.
Dine at …Swank Table Events
This series of al fresco Sunday Brunches, as well as Saturday and Sunday night dinners, take place on Swank Specialty Produce’s farm. Calling on the best of the state’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and organic wine makers, chefs produce multi-course dinners of the highest quality underneath the hand-built outdoor pole barn, immaculately transformed with beautiful table settings and decor. Attendees to all events can also enjoy live entertainment from local bands and craft beverages from local brewers.
Golf at… PGA National Resort & Spa
Anchored by five championship golf courses, is a luxurious choice blending stunning surroundings, lavish amenities, and impeccable personal service. The ancient restorative powers of “The Waters of The World” attract visitors from around the world with its collection of healing mineral pools.
Explore at… Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens comprise the former residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton. Displayed throughout the house, studio and gardens are more than 100 pieces by the artist, including nine monumental sculptures. The Gardens were designed by Ann Norton and Sir Peter Smithers.
Dive at… Blue Heron Bridge
Diversity of marine life and ease of accessibility are just two of the many features that have made the Blue Heron Bridge a world-renowned dive site. Seahorses, pipefish and octopus — including the Atlantic long arm can be found here, along with sea robins, flying gurnards, batfish, frogfish, stargazers, and over 100 species of nudibranchs. The site is just over 20 feet at its deepest and located in the protected Lake Worth Lagoon.
Adventure at …The Palm Beach Lake Trail
With iconic scenery and a paved pathway designated for cycling, the Palm Beach Lake Trail offers a glimpse into the elite backyards and mansions of the rich and famous, while providing a spectacular view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the urban view of Downtown West Palm Beach in the distance. The trail is easy to follow and includes many historical markers and stops along the way, making it an ideal option for families looking for an active adventure.
Unwind at … Something Big 2018 Yoga Event
Locals and visitors are encouraged to start the year off right, at this free outdoor public yoga class that takes place every year at Mizner Park Amphitheater on New Year’s Day. All levels and ages are welcome. Yogis can join Leslie Glickman and The Yoga Journey Team, along with friends, family, loved ones and other like-minded people in creating something truly special, something big, as participants feel the vibration of more than 1,000 people practicing together.
Engage at… Palm Beach Poetry Festival
The 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held at Delray Beach Center for the Arts in Delray Beach, Florida. The six-day festival begins on January 15th and features some of America’s most award-winning and engaging poets. Visitors can expect poetry readings, craft talks, interviews and panel discussions, workshops and more.
Drink at…Jupiter Brewer’s Festival
Enjoy a series of brew-focused events over a two-day span. Events include Field of Beers, Craftoberfest and the Craft Brewers Festival. During Field of Beers, on January 26, hyper-local craft breweries and local chefs team up for 15+ classic beer and food pairing at the Roger Dean Stadium, located in Jupiter. On January 27, two events take place simultaneously: 11th Annual Craft Brewers Festival and Craftoberfest.
Last Minute Holiday Special Deal
Stay at the Grandview Gardens Hotel between Sunday 24th December 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018 and receive a reduced rate of £163 per night, inclusive of breakfast and complimentary use of bicycles.
This discount is only available for reservations made directly at Grandview Gardens (either online or on the phone) and is not eligible for existing reservations. To make a reservation visit www.superinnplus.com or call 561-833-9023.
Half Term Deal
Book a seven-night holiday to Boca Raton, Florida from £1335 per person. Price includes return international flights, car hire and seven nights at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Price based on a family of four sharing, valid for travel 10-17 February 2018. For more information contact 0330 123 1235, [email protected] or visit www.expedia.co.uk.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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