Palm Beach's own Hollywood hangout
When you step through The Brazilian Court Hotel’s white-tented entrance and into its intimate lobby, onto French limestone tiles tinted rose from the juices of vineyard grapes, you’re following in the footsteps of guests Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes. And though the Rosario Candela-designed boutique hotel has undergone several iterations, additions and renovations since opening on New Year’s Day of 1926, the luster of the Roaring Twenties and whisper of celebrity have hardly faded. The Brazilian Court has always been a premier place for Hollywood elite and Palm Beach royalty to hole up in luxury or mix cocktails in one of two lushly landscaped courtyards.
Outside the hotel’s signature yellow stucco walls, there’s the Rodeo Drive-like Worth Avenue and a car waiting to whisk you to the beach; inside, there’s an 80-room world unto itself, one where you’ll likely spy the same styles from Hermès, Chanel and Graff Diamonds as you’ll see in the brands’ Worth Avenue shops. Each guest room — studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites — features a unique Leslie Schlesinger design with mahogany crown molding and shutters, English bronze fixtures, luxurious fabrics, custom furniture and Provençal shades of lavender, scarlet and gold. Renovations completed in 2008 ensure every modern amenity is available, from flat-screen TVs to air-jet bathtubs to dishwashers disguised as cabinets. But with suites named Brando, Bergman and Hepburn, the Hollywood history of these redesigned guest rooms is not forgotten.
There are plenty of enclaves in which to relax within The Brazilian Court besides your room. The heated pool is practically made for hiding out, surrounded by thick hedges of tall palms along with cushioned chaises and white umbrellas. Next to the pool, Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Spa attracts both locals and visitors looking for a post-beach massage or pre-dinner blowout. Inside the hotel, a media loggia is stocked with five TVs, and a library loggia offers books and games under traditional Palm Beach pecky-cypress ceilings. A gallery space features the work of Mark Bowles, whose vibrant landscapes can also be found in the hotel’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, Café Boulud Palm Beach. This outpost from chef Daniel Boulud puts a South Florida spin on the chef’s French-American cuisine, with recent seasonal lunch entrées ranging from grilled local mahi to Cuban-style panini.