Where to Stay: Best Beach Hotels in the Palm Beaches

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

The Palm Beaches are great vacation destinations year round.  Once you arrive and get a peak of the Atlantic Ocean, you aren’t going to want to venture too far off of the beach for your accommodations. Luckily, there are lots of great options to keep your toes close to the sand and still enjoy the local region.

Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas is a great stay for the family looking for adventure and activities right onsite. The beachfront hotel has pools right along the ocean and guest services that make rent bikes and surf equipment convenient.

Palm Beach is world known for its luxury and so this is the perfect place to splurge on a great beach hotel. The Brazilian Court will pull you in with the magical courtyards and suites all while keeping you just steps from the beach. Be sure to book an onsite spa service to relax after a long day on the golf course or shopping on Worth Avenue.

If you really want to go all out on your beach vacation then you must stay at The Breakers. With onsite spa services, a golf course, upscale dining options, shopping and beachfront views it will definitely be money well spent. 

10. Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas
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Palm Beach Shores Resort on Singer Island is full of beautiful suites with views overlooking the private beach cabanas on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline below. The suites have a kitchen area but the Island Grill and Tiki Bar onsite make it tempting to leave the cooking at home. With spa and nail services on site, spending a day getting pampered has never been easier. The hotel also has a host of activities available for all ages looking for something a little more adventurous. Rent a bike and check out the local area or take the plunge in the ocean for some snorkeling or para-sailing.

9. Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort
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The Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort is ideally located directly on the beach. Nearby popular attractions include the Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Zoo, Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, Norton Art Museum and the Henry M. Flagler Museum. Anspach, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin are among the corporate sites in the area. Over 200 guest rooms and suites are offered at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort. These accommodations are outfitted with high-speed Internet connections, LCD televisions, work desks, coffee makers, clock radios, minibars and dataport phones. Balconies can be found in select units. Security features include electronic locks and smoke detectors. Leisure facilities at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a kiddie pool and a hot tub. This eight-story hotel also provides a business center, meeting/event rooms, an ATM, laundry facilities, a convenience store, concierge services and a gift shop. Guests can dine at Coconuts on the Beach Restaurant.

8. Colony Hotel Palm Beach
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The Colony Hotel Palm Beach (Florida) is set in the heart of Palm Beach. Among the nearby scenic sites include the Lion Country Safari, Sawgrass Recreation Park, Palm Beach Zoo, South Florida Science Museum and the Henry Flagler Museum. Several golf courses are likewise within close range. Accommodations at the Colony Hotel Palm Beach (Florida) come in rooms, suites, penthouse suites and two-room villas. These units are equipped with free wireless Internet connections, LCD televisions, safe-deposit boxes, refrigerators and pillow-top mattresses. Bathrooms come with hair dryers, bathrobes and designer toiletries. The Colony Hotel Palm Beach (Florida) was established in 1947 and features a classic British Colonial architecture. This hotel provides two swimming pools, beach chairs and umbrellas, a business center, bicycle rentals, laundry/dry cleaning services and wireless Internet access. On-site dining venues include Cafe 155, The Polo Steakhouse and Palm Court.

7. Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa
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If you are coming to Palm Beach for the water views (who isn't), the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa hooks its guests up with visual spectacles. Your private balcony will face either the intracoastal or the Atlantic Ocean and provide panoramic views. Custom furniture, bronze-infused tiles and luxury beds fill the guestrooms. The property just evokes romance, making this a perfect destination for honeymooners. There is a plentiful amount of private beachfront, perfect for lounging with a book and soaking up rays. If the pool is more your thing, the Tideline has you covered. The palm tree-lined pool complete with cabanas and beverage service will surely suit you and traveling party.

6. Marriott's Ocean Pointe Resort Singer Island
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The Palm Beach International Airport is within 15 miles from the Marriott's Ocean Pointe Resort Singer Island. Also nearby are tourist sites like the Cruzan Amphitheater, Palm Beach Zoo, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, and the Roger Dean Stadium. A number of dining locations and golf courses are within a few miles away. There are 682 guest rooms and villas at the Marriott's Ocean Pointe Resort Singer Island. All units are outfitted with cable televisions, wireless Internet connections, sofa beds, kitchen facilities, ironing equipment, work desks and telephones with voicemail features. Whirlpool tubs and balconies can be found in villas. The Marriott's Ocean Pointe Resort Singer Island offers business guests with copy and fax services. This seven-story hotel also provides three swimming pools, a whirlpool, a sauna, a fitness room, sports courts, direct beach access, a concierge desk and vending machines. On-site dining options include The MarketPlace, High Tides Pool Bar and the On the Rocks Poolbar and Grill.

5. The Chesterfield Palm Beach
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The Chesterfield Palm Beach is a historic landmark located on the idyllic island of Palm Beach, just three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and two blocks from Worth Avenue. Regarded for its exceptional hospitality and personalized attention to detail, guests of this luxurious pet-friendly hotel are welcomed with complimentary Sherry, bottled water and freshly baked cookies. Lovely year-round weather, a caring staff and elegant furnishings create a perfect "home away from home" base, with exquisite accommodations in unique one-of-a-kind rooms and suites. Guests also enjoy the renowned Leopard Lounge and Restaurant, one of Palm Beach's best-loved institutions, and a variety of exclusive packages that range from romantic escapes to a fun weekend for the girls.

4. The Brazilian Court Hotel
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The Brazilian Court is a top destination for celebrities and plebeians alike. Dazzling courtyards, enchanting 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites and amazing landscaping draw you in and make it hard for you to leave the property. There is a spa on hand, as many couples choose to make this a honeymoon destination. Even if you have been married for years or riding solo, the masseuses don't discriminate. Dine inside at the Cafe Boulud, where you can sample many French-American cuisine offerings. If you decide to wander around, you are ridiculously close to the beach and can reach Worth Avenue in minutes.

3. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
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EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a beautiful getaway spot for couples on a romantic vacation or for the family that likes to travel in style. This luxury resort has lots of oceanfront rooms, as well as adult-only and kid-friendly pools that face the water. The best amenity on-site is the spa. With services for couples that include mud baths and private massages, as well as a full salon and fitness center, the spa has rightfully won national awards. There are several dining options in the hotel, as well as lots of family activities and watersport rentals- so upon arrival in paradise, there is no reason to leave.

2. Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
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On the island known as Palm Beach, the five-star renowned property commonly referred to as the Four Seasons dominates the landscape. Rooms are luxuriously decorated and provide that "vacation feel" that one wants when booking a destination such as Palm Beach. Two tennis courts are on-site for those looking to get in a little exercise during their stay. Booking a package is recommended. Some include spa treatments, others the use of luxury sports cars. Three dining options linger on the property, including the oceanfront Atlantic Bar & Grill. Make sure you include a Friday in your stay, as the resort puts on a family friendly clam bake.

1. The Breakers Palm Beach
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The Breakers is one of the most famous properties in Palm Beach County; it was founded by Gold Coast legend Henry Flagler. The sprawling 140-acre estate features Italian-Renaissance architecture throughout. There is a half-mile of private beach access and four waterfront pools if you are into that kind of stuff. Surrounding the hotel is the championship golf course featuring 36 professionally designed holes. If you happen to play a bit worse than scratch golf, the hotel has a golf academy on-site to help school you up. If tennis is more your game, The Breakers has 10 lighted courts for your use. Fitness centers, restaurants, spas and nightlife options are included in the amenities offered by this world class hotel.