The Breakers Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
At a Glance
Historic hotel with plenty of character which was built long before the town of Palm Beach even existed
Wonderful golden sands and lagoon-like waters make this the perfect spot for a Florida beach holiday
Extensive facilities which cater perfectly to families, including golf courses, tennis courts and a children's club & entertainment centre
Within easy reach of Palm Beach where guests can find numerous dining options, galleries and fantastic shopping
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Florida is a year-round destination with balmy winters, but summers can be hot and humid. The best time to visit Florida is between March and May and in December when it is warm and sunny, before the weather begins to get too hot. Hurricanes and other less serious tropical storms can strike Florida any time in the summer up to the end of November, however the risk is greatest between August and October.
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Built by one of America's wealthiest magnates, The Breakers remains Florida's most iconic hotel. Affording an unsurpassed level of service, The Breakers is as grand as it is luxurious with plenty of incredible facilities suited to families and couples.
Set on over 107 stunning acres of manicured gardens, lawns and golf courses, The Breakers offers guests a sprawling retreat on the sun-drenched coast of Palm Beach. The hotel's incredible character, fascinating history and impeccable facilities make this place an idyllic getaway for all the family.
Built in 1896 buy oil and real estate tycoon Henry Flagler, The Breakers has been standing in Palm Beach before the town was even established. First built to accommodate travellers heading down the coast on Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, the hotel remains the destination of choice for many wealthy families. The hotel has a fascinating and sometimes chequered history (ask about the rum boats that serviced the hotel when liquor was illegal) and was burned down twice in the early 20th century. Following an incredible effort to rebuild the hotel in 1926 and yearly multi-million dollar refurbishments, The Breakers today is far grander than any of its predecessor buildings and is one of the finest hotels in Florida.
Set over half a mile of wonderful golden sands with lagoon like waters and a reef close by for a spot of snorkelling, it is the perfect spot for a beach front holiday. On windier days, the seas rise high enough for a spot of gentle surfing for those brave enough whilst others can simply walk the beach or enjoy one of the five pools for something gentler. Guests can begin their day with a delicious breakfast at The Circle followed by a morning on the golf course or at the tennis club. Enjoy lunch at the famed Ocean Club, so you need not move too far from your sun loungers during the day or opt for one of the decadent pool side bungalows if you wish to be waited on hand and foot. Afternoons are for relaxing and enjoying the beach; try kayaking, paddle boarding or hop aboard the resort's Hobie Cat boat for a Catamaran Cruise.
For families, this is the ideal place to be. Not only is there a wealth of facilities available, but there is also a whole Family Entertainment Centre available for them, so little ones will never be bored. Children’s programmes, which include anything from glitter tattoos to turtle experiences, are available and run daily for an additional charge. Evening programmes are also available should you wish a table for two for dinner on occasion.
Golf enthusiasts will be in heaven with 36 holes of historic Ocean Golf Course and the contemporary Rees Jones Course at Break Waters on site, as well as two state of the art learning centres of the John Webster golf academy. 10 tennis courts with pros on hand will be sure to improve your tennis game as well. If you can tear yourselves away from the abundant facilities on site then downtown Palm Beach, with fantastic shopping and restaurants, is only 15 minutes' drive away. The fine art galleries, designer shopping and fine dining of old Palm Beach are even closer. However, with nine restaurants on site you will be spoilt for choice for dining opportunities at the hotel. The Top of the Point restaurant assures wonderful night time views.
Accommodation options are simple here. The ocean front rooms are the only ones with balconies and so are highly recommended and coveted, although are not suitable for children under the age of 6. Being a historic building, you will not find balconies anywhere else. The one bedroom suites offer the best views and can be extended to up to five bedrooms for larger families.
The Breakers Palm Beach has 538 guest rooms including 69 suites. Guest rooms were completely refurbished in 2011 and some more recently in 2016 and are wonderfully spacious with traditional furnishings encompassing the feeling of light and the beach. Ocean Front rooms and suites are the only accommodations to have balconies and magnificent direct ocean views, however, the balconies are not suitable for children under the age of 6. Rooms can also interconnect for families.
Room facilities include bathrooms with separate shower and bath, bathrobes, complimentary water, complimentary WiFi, TV and DVD player, telephone, iPod dock, mini bar and hairdryer.
Children are embraced at The Breakers and made to feel very welcome at the Family Entertainment Centre. This houses the Italian Restaurant which is the most family friendly of all the restaurant, there is also a playground with sprung floor, children’s playroom, arts and crafts centre with 1000 gallon saltwater aquarium, children’s games arcade, outdoor sports court and computers and video games. The facility is complimentary for all younger guests to use when accompanied by an adult.
Children’s camps are also available and are half day (9am to noon) or full day (9am to 3pm), these are at an additional cost.
Four heated oceanfront pools including one ideal for families and one peaceful tranquillity pool, four whirlpool spas, half a mile of private beach front, 25 luxury poolside cabanas for daytime rental with concierge service, oceanfront spa and 36 hole championship golf and John Webster golf academy, 10 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, 11 shopping boutiques, 8 restaurants and 8 bars, 24 hour in room dining, family entertainment centre and babysitting services. Water sports available including snorkelling, scuba diving, catamaran cruises and boogie boarding / surfing (subject to sea conditions).
The new Ocean Fitness complex has just opened offering a 6000ft indoor / outdoor fitness with spectacular ocean views and has been designed as one of the finest hotel fitness complexes of it's kind.
Bryony Butler (Staff)
As I approached the impressive hotel it was hard to ignore The Breakers sheer size and grandeur. However, as soon as I stepped inside the hotel walls, I was surprised to find how intimate this resort felt, the service was exceptional, and the friendly and engaging staff were always happy to help or provide assistance. There are numerous facilities in the resort and I was especially impressed with the children's facilities, including a play area, craft area, playground, pool and arcade. The resort offers a plethora of family fun along with elegance and refinement.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
When you drive up to this historic landmark, you will instantly feel like you are arriving somewhere truly special. Although it is a large hotel, there are over 2000 staff members, allowing you to receive the personalised service needed for a luxury resort. The staff are just superb, making everything about your stay perfect here and nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are wonderful, especially those suites overlooking the ocean and it is absolutely worth every penny to stay here.
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from £3300 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Great combination of Miami beach buzz and chic resorts lined with stately palm trees
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- Stay at one of Miami's most prestigious and exclusive luxury hotels, right on the beach
Location & directions
Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
The Breakers is located at One South County Road, just a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport.
How to get there
9-hour International flight to Orlando International Airport then 2-hours 30- minute drive to Palm Beach. Or 10-hour flight to Miami and 90-minute drive to Palm Beach. It is possible to also fly directly into Palm Beach from cities within the USA.
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