Breaking It Up
by Alicia Piazza
Take a step back in time and arrive at the historical Breakers Hotel, founded by oil tycoon Henry Flagler in 1896. A true legend of its kind, the Breakers is an iconic destination with Italian Renaissance glamour. This 140-acre beachfront resort is fully equipped with restaurants, entertainment and shops; making it so that you never has to leave the premises.
But although everything you might need is at your fingertips, the property also provides the intimacy and service of a small boutique hotel, likely because the hotel is family owned. You will be treated as an invited guest to someone’s Chateau or Villa, rather than a hotel visitor at a commercial hotel. The warm staff is more than accommodating and most have been with the hotel for at least a decade. With long hallways, arched high ceilings, fireplaces, chandeliers and flowers galore, the décor is also simply breathtaking.
The furniture is modern yet traditional with gorgeous vibrant fabrics. There is no stuffiness here, although the hotel merits snobbery of the highest level. Quite the contrary, somehow The Breakers is able to accomplish a relaxed atmosphere while exuding elegance and class. No detail is spared.
Some of the unique and special treats include: A full moon massage offered once a month under the moonlight and accompanied by champagne and strawberries; made-to-order facials; wine tasting and personal training services upon request. If a trainer sounds like a bit much while on vacation, take a walk along the ocean and feel the Palm Beach breeze, or perhaps a stroll around the properties exquisite grounds.