Last week I was practically bathed in luxury when I was invited to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach for a couple days. Upon arrival the Valet employees greeted us with a smile, helped the girls out of the car with their toys, and loaded our luggage on a cart for drop-off in our room. We were immediately walked up to the Club Lounge level (extra cost but so worth it) and then directed into our gorgeous ocean front room.
The rooms are shaped in two horseshoe configurations facing the ocean… The room location within the horseshoe determines the quality of the ocean view. Directly ocean facing rooms get the direct sunrise.
More about the Club Lounge:
A personal concierge will welcome you to the Club Lounge with a private champagne check-in experience.
Delight in five food presentations daily, including breakfast, lunch, mid-day snacks, hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts and cordials for a sweetened nightcap to your evening. Also presented in the lounge are fine selections of still and sparkling wines, liqueurs, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. All treats and culinary offerings are included in your room rate. Club guests also receive complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, daily pressing service and swift check-out in the Club lounge on departure day.
- Private Balcony with view of the ocean or pool and gardens
- Choice of one king or two double beds
- Marble bathrooms with double vanities, bathtub, separate shower
- Two plush Ritz-Carlton bathrobes
- Exquisite Italian custom made mahogany furnishings and wood-lined closet
- Wood-lined custom closet
- 32″ LCD HDTV Flat – screen and DVD player
- Two-line telephones with voicemail
- Wireless and hard wire Internet access
- Twice-daily housekeeping attention, including turndown service
- Private Concierge service
- Access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with a continental breakfast followed by continuous light culinary offerings served throughout the day and into the evening
- Use of intimate, balcony lounge overlooking the pool and ocean
- Essentials include: fully-stocked mini refreshment bar, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and in-room safe
The property itself is luxurious and well maintained as you would expect a R-C resort to be. I would say it’s rather “picture-perfect” in fact. The pool area is gorgeous and well maintained with a gorgeous private entrance to the beach (that is swept in the morning).
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach also offers diversion for children, like the AquaNuts kids program (with physical activities for those age 5 to 12), or the Coast Teens lounge, where lodgers age 13 to 17 can go to learn how to DJ, get temporary airbrushed tattoos, and visit their own spa.
There are a few choices of eateries at this location: Angle, The Temple Orange, and Breeze, as well as a dining choice at Eau Spa, cabana dining, and a cocktail lounge. We ate at The Temple Orange and Breeze. The breakfast menu at The Temple Orange was bountiful and delicious. You can choose from buffet style or order from a menu. The food was cooked rather well except the scrambled eggs were a bit mushy and my 2-year-old egg lover didn’t even want to eat them. Dinner at The Temple Orange wasn’t my favorite. Not a huge selection for someone who is rather picky or doesn’t eat fish. I eventually went with the Jerk Chicken but I wouldn’t order it again. The kids lunch and dinner menu at all the restaurants is the same so my kids got pretty tired of eating hamburgers, chicken strips, and hot dogs in those 2 days. Seeing some variety like Mac & Cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, a turkey or ham sandwich… something, would have been nice. As far as Breeze goes – Breeze is the dining option that is pool/beach side. We had the perfect seats directly in front of the beach. The menu again, pretty good. I had the Loxahatchee gourmet burger. It’s 8 oz. CAB, Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil all for $18. The service was okay. It was lunch hour but not extremely busy so I’m not sure why we didn’t get more attention from the server. Gratuity is always included though so maybe that’s why servers don’t always perform at their best?
Overall the staff was very friendly and helpful, the rooms were nicely appointed, the turn down service was top notch, siting on the balcony just relaxing or having a drink made for a very relaxing vacation
If you can swing the cost I would definitely suggest you staying a couple nights here but maybe dine somewhere off site. You will not soon forget your stay and will have a fabulous time.
Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach:
100 S Ocean Blvd, Manalapan, FL
(561) 533-6000 · ritzcarlton.com
Disclosure: I was invited to experience Palm Beach, Florida by The Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Most expenses were paid. No other compensation was received.