Palm Beach Confidential

Where to get your wellness on this season, from top-tier dining to sumptuous new hotels and spa pampering.
The Colony Hotel, above, features updated interiors by Sarah Wetenhall.

By Beth Landman

PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens was brought to a new level and reopened last winter after a $100 million renovation, but its spa has just reopened and it was worth the wait. The first spa designed by Venus Williams’ firm V Starr, the 40,000-square-foot space has 29 treatment rooms and an outdoor deck with therapeutic mineral pools featuring different salts and temperatures.

Nearby, the Hilton West Palm Beach will feature yoga classes on its magnificent lawn, including once a month full moon sessions at 8PM. Locals as well as guests are welcome.

Several restaurants are in the works to premiere at The Square, a complex developed by Related Southeast. Among the new entries are Felice, Sant Ambroeus’ more casual sibling (which is slated to open in the fall of 2023); Wall Street American grill Harry’s; and RPM Italian, Lettuce Entertain You’s first foray into Florida (at nearby Phillips Point).

Rick Wahlstedt, who is probably the only man congenial enough to manage being partners over the years with both Le Bilboquet’s Philippe Delgrange and Le Colonial’s Jean Denoyer, is opening an outpost of his famed, French-Vietnamese-inspired Le Colonial on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue in late January.

The Chesterfield Hotel, long a Palm Beach staple, has closed its doors, but the property was taken over by the Oetker Collection, the brand behind Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Le Bristol Paris and Eden Rock-St Barths. It will reopen late next year as The Vineta.

The Brazilian Court Palm Beach is now selling comfy and stylish BC-branded athletic wear and yoga mats, and the chic hotel has added bedside tablets, so that guests can do in-room yoga classes, as well as order room service and other amenities at the touch of a few buttons.

A classic pool at Hilton West Palm Beach.

Things will be festive at The Colony Hotel, not only because Aerin Lauder is once again providing the holiday decor, but it’s also the hotel’s 75th anniversary. Situated near the beach and Worth Avenue, The Colony has gone through an update this year that includes a room renovation as well as the opening of a seasonal shop by Dolce & Gabbana.

The Boca Raton, which underwent a massive renovation last year, has just overhauled its Tower building and has three new restaurants. Both the Italian dining room, Principessa, and the Japanese Bocce Club are partnerships with Major Food Group and designed by the Rockwell Group, and a more casual American spot, the Harbor House, is due in early winter.

Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa has one of only eight five-star spas in Florida, and it has brought on cult favorite Biologique Recherche this year, along with a series of facials from that line. One treatment not to miss is the 24-karat Super Facial from Valmont, which improves elasticity and uses ultrasound and oxygen for the ultimate glow.

The Tammy Fender Holistic Spa that opened last season in Delray Beach’s Opal Grand is now offering Thai yoga massage, and meditative crystal light bed therapy to realign chakras.

The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa is also worth a visit for spa aficionados. This season’s new offerings include a detoxing lemongrass scrub and a hydrafacial with a gold mask finish.