The Palm Beaches in Florida are booming. Event profs, take note of what’s new, refreshed and coming soon.
1) NEW The Brazilian Court Hotel
Built in 1926, it was once a hideaway for JFK Jr. and Howard Hughes. Still a stunner, the 80-room hotel debuted a complete renovation of its meeting spaces and on-site Cafe Boulud this year. (Foodies rejoice! James Beard Award-winning chef Daniel Boulud’s team handles all event F&B.)
2) NEW Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
In February, the 309-room hotel was one of only six new hotels in the U.S. named to Forbes Travel Guide’s 2016 Five Star Hotels. A month later, its outdoor Breeze Ocean Kitchen (available for buyouts) reopened with an overhauled menu of Floridian flavors and a cheerful renovation including one-of-a-kind Jonathan Adler-designed elements.
3) NEXT Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton
Plans are underway for the brand to debut downtown in this seaside community in 2017. Rumor has it the 158-room property will have a rooftop restaurant and pool, a spa, a club lounge and—our fave?—an on-site cake shop! A 4,500-sq.-ft. ballroom and several smaller conference rooms are also on the docket.
4) NEXT Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach-CityPlace
Plans are to break ground sometime this summer on the new 150-room, 14-story hotel that will sit two blocks from CityPlace and open doors for corporate groups in 2018.