Destination: Palm Beach
Miles from Naples: 149
Palm Beach has a long history as America’s winter playground, but it’s rather exquisite in summer, too. When the storied Palm Beach social scene comes to a halt, winter residents flock to cooler climates and the locals reclaim their place in the sun.
Why go: Languid days, uncrowded beaches and restaurants, and family-friendly activities abound during the summer months. Plus, Palm Beach’s top hotels offer Florida resident rates that are too good to pass up.
Where to sleep: For seekers of modern luxury, the big story is Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Located just south of Palm Beach in Manalapan, this newly reimagined property is reminiscent of the Palm Beach that was—barefoot luxury and unfettered playfulness. Redone by Jonathan Adler, the rooms are not for lovers of beige. Think midcentury-style metallics, fearless splashes of turquoise, and fresh takes on classic patterns. The decor is such eye candy it almost eclipses the view.
What to do: The Eau Spa is reason enough to make the trek from Naples. The experience begins with a dreamy wishing well and ends with cupcakes and Champagne. Somewhere in between is a scrub-and-polish bar, wicker chairs floating over a water garden, and a Bejeweled facial with, yes, precious stones. It’s not all pampering, either. For the fitness-minded, the SUP yoga class is an exhilarating challenge. With the Atlantic waves in the mix, you’ll definitely feel a sense of accomplishment.
Where to eat: The Palm Beach area has slowly but surely staked its claim on the foodie map, and there is incredible culinary energy in downtown West Palm Beach. The newest hot spot, The Regional Kitchen & Public House by Top Chef finalist Lindsay Autry, opens this summer. Expect regionally sourced ingredients prepared in the chef’s signature Southern style. Other standouts: Jardin, a creative take on seasonal cuisine and craft cocktails in a beautiful courtyard setting, and Grato, a nouveau Italian concept by James Beard–nominated chef Clay Conley.
On the island, renowned Montreal chef Laurent Godbout serves inspired French-Canadian cuisine at Chez L’Épicier. Summer specials include bottomless moules-frites on Thursdays for $22, which is terrific with a starter like avocado with sesame oil, yuzu, and puffed red quinoa.