|By Terrence Jordan |
Long Island, Metro NY
Beautiful golf courses, award-winning dining, a world-class spa, and a family-friendly atmosphere all contribute to the fun and excitement of The Breakers.
In surfing terminology, a breaker is a wave, often harmless, that breaks before reaching the shore. This is very different from a cruncher, a crushing wave that is almost impossible to ride. The Breakers, located in Palm Beach, Florida, mixes a little bit of both in delivering a memorable vacation experience.
The Breakers offers two types of recreation: the kind that relaxes you, and the kind that blows you away. This is true everywhere, from the golf courses to the restaurants. The Breakers is whatever you want it to be.
Palm Beach’s climate is perfect. With temperatures hovering around 85 degrees and a year-round breeze blowing, vacationers will think they’ve died and gone to a 5-star, oceanfront version of heaven. All outdoor activities at The Breakers can be enjoyed from January through December, so there is no bad time to book your trip.
The Breakers’ two golf courses, the Ocean Course and the Rees Jones Course, deliver the same delightful dichotomy that the rest of the resort offers. The Ocean Course, Florida’s oldest 18-hole layout, was originally laid out in 1896, and was recently redesigned in 2000. The redesign served to both institute a new drainage and irrigation system and return the course to its vintage roots. The Rees Jones Course, so named after the famous architect who reconstructed it in 2004, is home to a more modern set-up than its sister course. Whereas the Ocean Course demands precise shotmaking and course management with an emphasis on creativity around the greens, the Rees Jones Course calls for length off the tee and a keen eye for hazards, as numerous holes features carries over water. Both courses have a bit of “breaker” and “cruncher” to them, with wide, inviting fairways putting golfers at ease, followed by deep bunkers and elevated greens crashing them back down to reality. Each course is a test of patience and skill.
To prepare guests for their foray onto the course, The Breakers Golf Academy is home to both private and group instruction that are geared to all skill levels. Nationally ranked professionals will give you instruction that will enhance your game long after your stay at The Breakers is complete.
Sports enthusiasts will find that more than just golf awaits them at The Breakers. Tennis Magazine recently voted The Breakers as one of the Top 50 tennis resorts in the country, due to its 10 immaculately-kept Har-Tru courts (all lit for night play), private and group lessons, clinics, and certified professionals. The crown jewel of The Breakers’ sports complex is the 32,000 square-foot golf and tennis clubhouse that sits beside the tennis courts. The clubhouse features a fully-stocked pro shop; spacious, comfortable locker rooms; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a sauna and steam room. After a long day of golf or tennis, guests can enjoy a magnicificent steak dinner at The Flagler Steakhouse, located on the second floor of the clubhouse.
The clubhouse, although it is quite impressive, is just a taste of the architectural flavor of the resort. Much of the property is modeled after classical Italian Renaissance designs, including the exterior of the resort, which was inspired by the Villa Medici in Rome, and the Florentine Fountain, which was built to mirror the fountain at the Boboli Gardens in Florence. It’s fitting that The Breakers modeled much of its architecture after that of the Renaissance. Burnt to the ground by a devastating fire in 1903 and again in 1925, The Breakers has twice experienced a rebirth of its own.
My favorite part of any vacation is the cuisine. Most resorts offer exceptional culinary choices, and The Breakers is no different. In addition to The Flagler Steakhouse, The Breakers also is home to The Seafood Bar, an oceanfront restaurant that specializes in all things from the sea. The Italian Restaurant (as you can see, more time has gone into the preparation of the food than the thought process for a name, but that’s a good thing) has a wide selection of pastas and pizzas, while Echo, a stylish Pan-Asian restaurant, features the very best from China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The preceding restaurants pale in comparison, though, to The Breakers Five Diamond signature restaurant, L’Escalier. With a full menu of contemporary French entrees, as well as an award-winning wine list, L’Escalier is un excellent choix pour le dîner.
The hotel at The Breakers has 560 guest rooms, 57 of which are suites. All rooms sport an excellent view of either the golf courses, the ocean, or the garden. Over 1,800 employees work at The Breakers, meaning that there will never come a time when a guest’s request falls on deaf ears. The service is a big reason why The Breakers is a AAA Five Diamond Award resort.
Up until this point, The Breakers probably seems more like a “cruncher” than a “breaker.” With non-stop sports and exciting restaurants, it’s time that you get some relaxation. I present to you The Spa at The Breakers. The Spa gives guests a chance to experience a wide range of sensual body treatments, massages, and scrubs that will wash their cares away like a bottle in the adjacent ocean. The Mediterranean-style pampering palace offers both indoor and outdoor treatments, all of which are perfect as either a tone-setter for the beginning of your vacation, or as a relaxing epilogue to a long day of golf or tennis.
The features list of The Breakers doesn’t end there. Three different fitness facilities are located in the resort, each of which features the best exercise equipment available, with an ocean view. Fitness classes take place seven days a week in yoga, tai chi, kickboxing, and pilates.
The Breakers is a great place for families to visit. The Family Entertainment Center gives children just as much to do as their parents. Arcade games, movies, and an arts and crafts area are just a glimpse of what the Center has to offer. For young, old, and anything in between, The Breakers is a great place to be.
There’s a reason The Breakers is touted as one of Florida’s best resort destinations. Actually, there are many reasons. Beautiful golf courses, award-winning dining, a world-class spa, and a family-friendly atmosphere all contribute to the fun and excitement of The Breakers.
Visit www.thebreakers.com or call 561-655-6611 for more information. From breakers to crunchers, The Breakers has it all.