Discreetly tucked away off of Ocean Boulevard, The Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa is an unassuming looking building hidden by palm trees. Although large and impressive to look at, the former Ritz-Carlton resort blends into the scenery as to not be overbearing on the local quiet ocean front town. But it’s a different story once you step inside. The tropical breeze welcomes you (along with a glass of Champagne) as you step into the light, airy and magnificently opulent yet modern lobby.
Celebrity designer Jonathan Adler was appointed to create many of the artworks throughout the resort, as well as design most of the rooms and facilities. The result is a mediterranean-meets-tropical luxury paradise, using high quality materials and immaculate finishes, with every attention to detail considered, creating a truly unique and stunning interior design.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Eau is the attention to detail. From the immaculately presented venue and staff dressed in fine tailoring, to the peach and rhubarb infused Champagne presented as part of your welcome, along with the nightly events hosted in the lobby, it’s these small things that make a lasting impression.
Situated just south of central West Palm Beach, the Eau is reachable only by car, so a rental from the airport or taxis are essential. The hotel offers valet parking, so you can drive right up to the door without fuss. The resort is close to local attractions like the famous Worth Avenue which is brimming with designer brands and high-end boutique stores, perfect for indulgent days. The coastal A1A road makes for some magnificent sightseeing, and is well worth a drive around to admire the local mansions and pristine neighbourhoods. The Eau is just a short drive away from the Rosemary Square, shopping centre by day, and lively night-spot every evening. Hosting a range of restaurants, bars and clubs, with live music and a relaxed vacation vibe, a trip down to the complex is a must.
Being situated directly on the beach, the Eau works closely with the local Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. This community partnership helps the conservation efforts for the ocean and its wildlife, whilst also generating awareness for the local turtles who nest on the beach. Special measures are taken to ensure the preservation of the turtles and their eggs which are buried in the sand. They hatch late at night, and the baby turtles and use the moonlight to guide their way into the sea. We love to see this sort of corporate social responsibility, and the Eau is just one of hundreds of local conscientious businesses helping to make a difference.
309 rooms are available, presented in a range of sizes, but for a true Eau experience, we highly recommend opting for an ocean view junior suite. Huge sliding windows opens the room up to the hypnotising and calming sound of waves crashing against the private peach with an infinite sea view on a clear day. The large balcony features swinging chairs and offers a perfect private spot for relaxing, day and night.
The suites feature a spacious living room leading on to a large bedroom, an opulent marble-clad bathroom, freestanding marble bath tub, and separate toilet rooms. Modern conveniences are included such as large flat screen tvs, comfortable seating and decadently Jonathan Adler furnishings and accessories feature prominently throughout. The shower has a fantastic array of settings, with an overhead rain head and high pressure faucets in the walls, perfect for a revitalising wake-up in the morning, or turn on the steam setting to relax your body before settling into the incredibly sumptuous king sized beds. The rooms are luxurious, comfortable and exceptionally clean.
As you would expect from a prestigious resort, the amenities are plentiful, from tennis courts with an on-site pro, to two ocean front swimming pools and an enviable world-class spa facility which offers a huge range of services. The pools are situated to the rear of the property, with lush landscaped gardens and stunning sea views. There are plenty of loungers, as well as a dedicated kids pool for family’s to enjoy without disturbing other guests. There’s also a state of the art fitness suite, with weight training and cardio equipment, as well as complementary classes for more active guests.
Private ocean front cabanas are available to hire , and come with a range of personalised packages to suit all your needs, from water and juice service to Dom Perignon and chef-inspired amenities. The cabanas are great for small groups to enjoy, with comfortable seating, tv’s and bluetooth speakers, all accompanied by the Eau’s impeccable service.
The spa is serene and tranquil, with each guest taking part in the candle lighting tradition at the central water well, where you can make a wish and cleanse your soul accompanied by a cold glass of Champagne. You’re then taken through to the dedicated male and female relaxation areas, which both lead on to the central water garden, a Balearic Islands inspired sanctuary, soaked in Florida sunshine. From there you can head off to enjoy the steam rooms, saunas and gigantic jacuzzi with a rainfall feature. Cold drinks, nibbles and a range of luxurious beauty products are all free to take advantage of. Swinging chairs hang over the dipping pool in the garden, with massage beds along with draped cabanas make you want to spend the whole day relaxing, which you can do of course!
The spa focuses on 3 sensorial experiences, which indulge you in different ways – ‘Pause’ focusses on relaxation, ‘Play’ is for energising and revitalising, and ‘Perfect’ focuses on results-driven beauty treatments. These 3 mantras are executed by each treatment room transforming with specially selected scents, lights and sounds, to create a mesmerising ambience for your sensory selection and treatment. The serene experience is unique to the Eau, and enjoyed by local celebrities including the Trumps. Book your treatment early to avoid disappointment.
The Eau can turn the ocean front paradise into an adult playground, with a range of water sport activities readily available including body boarding, surfing, snorkelling and jet-skiing.
The Eau is a popular wedding venue, with picturesque views and flexible event spaces both indoor and out, the on-site wedding planning team can create a fairytale wedding without limitations. The magnificent ball room can be configured to suit anything from an intimate dinner or lavish party, and everything in-between. Ultra luxurious accommodation is also available for the happy couple, including a 2,600 sq feet two-bedroom Commander-in-Chief Suite, and of course plenty of standard rooms for guests.
The Eau features 4 restaurants; Angle, Temple Orange, Breeze Ocean Kitchen and Stir Bar & Terrace, each with its own unique take on traditional food, paired with exceptional service and varied menus. We dined at Temple Orange, a modernist Mediterranean inspired restaurant which prides itself on locally sourced and regionally-grown seasonal produce as well as prime meats and freshly caught seafood. With a range of menus presented throughout the day from breakfast to lunch and dinner as well as weekly specials, there’s something for everyone, and a popular choice by both hotel guests and locals. The Sunday Bistro Brunch is also a big hit, with free flowing champagne, a chilled seafood display, carving stations, Mediterranean-inspired small plates and an indulgent dessert display. Live entertainment is also provided by Arturo Romay, bringing a fantastic atmosphere to the luxury restaurant.
Temple Orange opens it’s doors every morning for an amazing traditional-meets-modern Mediterranean style breakfast buffet, which serves a huge range freshly prepared favourites, taking inspiration from southern France, Italy, Greece and Israel. Indulge in the home made pastries and classic American staples straight from the griddle. A full A La Carte menu is also available, and the freshly pressed juices are a must.