Hotel at a Glance: The Colony Palm Beach
If the walls of The Colony Palm Beach could talk, they’d tell tales of Liza Minelli and Liberace, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who made the hotel their winter residence for several years after WWII. The parade of famous guests is long and shows no sign of slowing. A perennial favorite for royalty and celebrities, The Colony is renowned for its colorful rooms, suites, penthouses, and villas designed by Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper Design, whose impressive portfolio includes design work for the White House, among many other notable abodes.
- Retail therapy: Around the corner, you’ll find Worth Avenue, a famous upscale shopping street filled with high-end retailers like Gucci and Saks.
- 196 steps: This is the distance from The Colony to the beach, where you can surf or lounge with a provided beach kit.
- Live entertainment including swing music and jazz vocalists at the upscale Royal Room Cabaret
- Eat well at three onsite restaurants, including Polo Steaks & Seafood, which offers al fresco dining and table-side cooking
- Motown Friday nights fill the Polo steakhouse with live renditions of favorites from The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Gladys Knight & The Pips.
Palm Beach, Florida: Upscale Beach Town North of Boca Raton
Palm Beach has long been a favored retreat for America’s rich and famous—the Kennedys, Trumps, and Rockefellers have all spent winters here. The warm weather, gorgeous beaches, and golf courses are a surefire cure for the winter blues, and they don’t hurt in summer either. Midtown Beach, a kid-friendly stretch of golden sand surrounded by glitzy estates, is an ideal spot for building a tan or a sandcastle.
Just across the Intracoastal Waterway lies lively West Palm Beach, home to CityPlace, a stylish outdoor mall. If shopping’s not your scene, revisit the Gilded Age at the Flagler Museum, a Beaux-Arts mansion built by Standard Oil founder Henry Flagler in 1902. You can walk through opulent halls, parlors, and ballrooms on a guided tour or stop for afternoon tea in the glassed-in pavilion.