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The posh island of Palm Beach has a storied history as a stylish seaside playground for the rich and famous. Preppy Old Money types, celebs, CEOs, and just plain deep-pocketed folks often decamp to their jaw-dropping stately mansions here to see and be seen during a winter season busy with benefit galas, parties, gourmet dining, upscale shopping, polo, and other upper-crust amusements.

 


Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa sits on the Atlantic Ocean.

photo courtesy of eau palm beach resort & spa

 

Don’t have your own abode on Palm Beach? Pack your Lilly Pulitzer pinks and greens and head to Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (high-season rates from $549/night; www.eaupalmbeach.com). Situated on a secluded, private seven-acre Atlantic Ocean beach with astonishing water views — Eau is French for “water,” pronounced “Oh,” as in “Oh my, I love this place” — it’s the perfect spot from which to sample all the glam goings-on. A Distinctive Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Legend Collection, this sophisticated-with-a-touch-of-whimsy resort exudes Coastal chic, from its gracious public spaces to its charming and colorful Jonathan Adler-designed accommodations.

 


One of two pools at Eau Palm Beach Resort. 

photo courtesy of eau palm beach resort & spa

 

From the moment you step inside, you’re pampered in inimitable Palm Beach style, with model-handsome seersucker-jacketed young men bearing chilled flutes of Champagne. And while you could easily never rouse from your chaise during your stay or venture beyond the property’s decadent 42,000 sq. ft. spa, private beachfront cabanas, lush gardens, outstanding fine-dining Angle restaurant, two pools, and tennis courts, there’s more to explore nearby.

 


The spa garden at Eau Palm Beach Resort.

photo courtesy of eau palm beach resort & spa

 

Tool along South Ocean Boulevard’s Billionaires Row with its parade of gasp-inducing grand estates; window-shop (or break out the plastic) at the upscale designer boutiques, galleries, and restaurants housed in Mediterranean-style architectural gems on Worth Avenue; or ogle the art and antiques at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, the tycoon’s stunning Gilded Age mansion.


A portico shades shoppers along tony Worth Avenue.

photo courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches


 

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