The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach
By Mary Thurwachter
When Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) revealed its 54th listing of five-star hotels last month, Florida had two winners and both are here on A1A.
One is the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, which is actually in Manalapan. The other is the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach. Each won five stars last year.
“The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach along with our Eau Spa represents a unique philosophy of barefoot elegance, which provides guests with a glamorous and memorable vacation experience,” said Michael King, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. “The hotel continues to thrive as the benchmark hotel for the brand and is elevating the Palm Beach vacation experience.
“This accomplishment is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our world-class ladies and gentlemen, who take a tremendous amount of pride in being the best in the industry, consequently creating Ritz-Carlton guests for life.”
Colin Clark, general manager of Four Seasons, said it was “an incredible honor for the resort to again receive both the Forbes Five Star Award and the Five Diamond Award from AAA. Both awards honor our team members for the work they do daily to create an exceptionally personalized and memorable experience for each and every guest.”
The Four Seasons Palm Beach
Forbes put The Breakers on the four-star list this year. But top honors keep coming for this Italian Renaissance-style beauty. Last month, Fodor’s gave The Breakers one of its first-ever worldwide Top Hotel Awards.
“It’s more than an opulent hotel,” Fodor’s editors wrote. “It’s a modern resort packed with amenities. … It cossets guests in the Palm Beach mystique.”
“We are delighted to be recognized by Fodor’s as one of the world’s legendary hotels, said Ann Margo Peart, public relations manager for The Breakers. “With the extraordinary commitment of our owners, who are descendants of Henry Flagler, we’re fortunate to be able to continually invest $20 million into the resort every year.”
The Breakers was founded in 1896 by Flagler, who set the standard for modern American resorts of his day. Today, this completely renewed resort offers a variety of modern amenities, and has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community and its employees.
Forbes named two Palm Beach restaurants to its four-star list: Café Boulud and the Restaurant (at the Four Seasons).
Spas at The Breakers and The Boca Raton Resort & Club received four-star ratings from Forbes. Ú