Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
What We Love
- One pool for families and one for adults only; free ice pops offered at both
- Eau Spa’s treatments by aestheticians who provide personal service to local celebs (including the Trumps); the One Love facial is a highlight (“Let’s get together and peel all right”)
- All rooms come with private balconies
- Breeze, the only ocean front bar in Palm Beach
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What To Know
- Although the resort takes up seven acres of beachfront, it's a narrow stretch with a sharp drop-off and breaking waves close to shore — great for surfers, not so much for bathers
- Popular for weddings
- The downtown Lake Worth scene is a causeway — and a cab ride — away
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A tasteful Mediterranean Revival mansion with plenty of Palm Beach panache. The ultra-high-ceilinged, marble-floored lobby is kitted out like an elegant living room: floral loveseats, overstuffed chairs and striking lamps atop end tables. And at the back, floor-to-ceiling glass gives way to the Stir Terrace & Bar (great for happy hour) and the pool. Jewelry and clothing boutiques front the Eau Spa, which features an enclosed garden, huge urns holding lime trees, a giant chessboard, hanging hammocks and innumerable water features that patrons are encouraged to splash around in. The public areas are regularly patrolled by service staff supplying sparkling wine and cupcakes.
Bed and Bath
Refined guestrooms are filled with walnut furniture, chaise lounges, throw pillows and floor-to-ceiling drapes in caramel, camel, green and Victorian-inspired floral patterns. On the beach side of the building, sliding doors lead to surprisingly long balconies with ocean views. The bathrooms are truly remarkable: Multi-faucet sinks run the length of the mirror, the glass-enclosed shower’s embedded heads cleanse you from above and the sides, and gigantic freestanding bathtubs are ideal for couples. Red Flower products, organic and soothing, up the relaxation factor.
Food is a focal point. The intimate restaurants — Angle, which has decor with medieval flair, and the larger Temple Orange, which has a chic European aesthetic — offer globally oriented farm-to-table fare, with produce like butter lettuce and Brussels sprouts from nearby Swank Farms. Still, the menus don’t shy away from imported luxury items (caviar, cheese, game) or fancy techniques (emulsions, infusions, gelées). Lunch at the Stir Bar & Terrace and at Breeze (located right on the seawall) features lighter options from the dinner menus; breakfast is a lavish buffet. Cocktails in the lobby lounge are an elegant precursor to an evening out, especially when Sushi Jo is in the house rolling his finest concoctions. The Zen-centric facilities at the Eau Spa (pool cabanas, sensory treatment rooms, a scrub and polish bar) make it a destination in its own right. Treatments meld ancient methods with up-to-the-minute technologies. Exercising is also an extreme pleasure here, with two pools and beach access for swimming, snorkeling, sailing and parasailing. In addition, bicycle rentals, basketball, volleyball, tennis and yoga are all available (as well as the Aquanuts underwater-themed club for children, and Camp Coast for teens).
In the Area
The downtown Lake Worth scene, a causeway trip away, is less luxe and more organic, with live music clubs, a lively arts scene and livelier locals frequenting the bars (Propaganda plays host to indie bands). For a vibe similar to Eau, head to Palm Beach’s famous Worth Avenue, where Saks Fifth Avenue anchors all manner of designer boutiques, including Cartier, Chanel and Gucci. For a blend of the two scenes, hit Clematis Street. Located in downtown West Palm Beach, this hipster neighborhood offers all manner of diversions, including dinner at the rocking Mexican restaurant Rocco’s Tacos. Nearby, and as titillating for kids as for their parents, CityPlace presents more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment options. During the day families should check out Phipps Ocean Park, which has a renowned tennis center and the Palm Beach Zoo. A little farther afield, Lion Country Safari is the state’s only drive-through adventure.
How to Get There
if you are going to Palm Beach and want something low key vs The Breakers, this is your spot. The rooms are very nice and the spa is excellent. They could have a larger pool menu and but overall a good experience
I am a champagne girl- and search high and low for fabulous champagne experiences! I recently visited “Breeze” the beach front open air dining spot at the Eau Palm Beach and was overjoyed to find a gorgeous venue.... outdoors soft seating under the palms and ice cold Piper Heidsick in a lovely flute all wrapped up tropical breezes and ocean views! The wait staff is friendly and right on time- this is my new favorite happy hour spot! I was totally comfortable enjoying a few hours there by myself and will definitely bring some friends with me next time! I give it 5 stars! Cheers my friends!
My wife and I have been regulars at the Eau and have stayed at least a dozen times. Always top notch but this last time everything was downhill. The service was bad. The check- in clerk would not pay attention to our issues at check in and numerous times we asked for a manger to follow up and that did not happen. It seemed deliberate. Shower handles were off in the spa. The spa attendant did not care. A fan ran loudly in the room 12 hours a day and maintenance provided tape to fix it. Seems like lot of familiar (and good) employees had left. Something is going on. Not a five star anymore.
We had a long weekend getaway to this gem of a hotel. I'm not sure why Ritz would have dropped it as a property because it is is amazing. We had the pleasure of staying in a King Terrace Lanai room which walked out to the adult pool. Here are all of the great things about Eau Palm Beach:
1) Service -- everyone and I mean everyone greets you with a smile and genuinely appears to enjoy their job. It seems like everyone in the hotel knows your name. All requests are met with prompt and reliable service. Top notch! Stone at the adult pool was great as was everyone else.
2) Location -- some other reviewers have complained about rocks or that the beach is not what they expected. My wife and I went for a 4 mile walk and the water was crystal clear. There are a couple of rocks (coral?) in the water but I'd rather have that (as fish and wildlife will result) than the alternative. If you want a pool, the adult pool is great.
3) Food and drinks -- the mojito was great and the beer was ice cold when served. The food at Stir (had wings and har gow (shrimp dumplings) was very good, as was the food from the beach bar (Breeze). More on Angle in another review.
4) Room - King lanai terrace room. Ample size, revamped with trendy wallpaper (unfortunately, now I'm redoing a bathroom to match it) with a nice terrace to enjoy the pool and indirect ocean views from. The ocean view suites with the lanai terrace are likely just larger versions. If you must have an ocean view, then go for those but the room we were in was awesome. Curtains give privacy on the terrace if you need it.
5) Location - the hotel isn't in the heart of "West Palm Beach". It is about a 10 minute Uber into West Palm Beach (btw, Baccan in West Palm gets a lot of good press, but we were not impressed -- go to Delray and eat at Scuola Vecchia for some authentic Napoletano pizza instead!. Went for a run along Ocean ave which was nice too. There is a grocery store under construction across the street so you can get provisions if you want snacks for the room.
6) Spa - My wife said the Eau Spa was the best she's been to (apart from the Four Seasons in Maui) so check that out too.
I'm already scoping out flights for another long weekend.
Tip -- get an Amex and do the fine hotel program.
Location: close to airport, restaurants was wonderful.
LOVED THE ADULT ONLY POOL AREA. The staff, food, room, everything was great!! Price of parking as a hotel guest was a little steep but we had a wonderful week-end!!