|Palm Beach, Florida
On the National Register of Historic Places, this 140-acre Palm Beach resort was inspired by the palaces of the Italian Renaissance. From its tropical garden- and Florentine fountain-landscaped main drive to its 200-foot, ornately painted lobby ceiling, the Breakers is a sight to behold.
While Atlantic waves crash near the promenade behind the hotel, balls crack against racquets at the resort's Tennis Complex, a mile away (a free shuttle is available). Surrounded by palm trees and tropical flowers, 10 Har-Tru courts fan out from a three-story, gray-clapboard clubhouse and pro shop; seven more Har-Tru lighted courts are available to guests at Breakers West, 10 miles away. As well as within-the-hour match-making with other hotel guests and local club members, tennis director Ken Thompson and his staff of USPTA- and USPTR-certified pros offer private and small-group lessons; daily clinics; men's, women's, and mixed-doubles round robins; and occasional tennis-themed social events.
Off the Court
One of three on-property fitness facilities, the Oceanview Fitness Center features Body Master strength equipment, cardio machines, personal training, body-composition analysis, aerobics, swimming, tai chi and yoga classes, take-home exercise programs, and a 20,000-square-foot luxury spa--all with breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows. A Mediterranean-style beach club offers Scuba, snorkeling, coral-reef tours, deep-sea fishing, kayak excursions and boogie board rentals, among other water activities. Also on-site is a landscaped jogging trail, two 18-hole golf courses, and an interactive wine and culinary education program.
Accommodations and Dining
The resort has 560 Italian villa-inspired rooms--57 of them suites--each with ocean, golf course or garden view. Standard amenities include thick terry robes, private-label toiletries, Playstation videogames and CD alarm clocks. There are eight restaurants in the so-called "Breakers dining collection," ranging in ambience and price from beach-club casual to sleek-and-stylish Asian-fusian. Highlights include the Circle for breakfast and Sunday brunch; L'Escalier for modern French cuisine; and The Italian Restaurant for wood-fired pizzas and pastas. The Tapestry Bar, named for its wall of 15th Century Flemish artwork, serves cocktails, appetizers and afternoon tea.
Room rates vary based on room type, season and length of stay. Rates are significantly lower in the steamy summer months, and when rooms are booked for four nights or longer.
- May: $299/night
- June-September: $259/night
- October: $309/night
- November: $389/night
- November 21-30: $429/night
- December: $349/night
- Court Costs: $25 per hour, per person before noon, $20 per hour, per person after noon
- Tennis Clinics: $37
- Private Lessons: $150 per hour, $80 per half hour
*Prices may vary
In addition to a Junior Tennis Academy, the resort runs a kids' clinic for children ages 4-6, and a junior development clinic for ages 6-12. Off the court, the on-property Family Entertainment Center Arcade features more than 20 classic and contemporary games, an arts and crafts area, and a kids' movie theater.
The closest airport is Palm Beach International (PBI), seven miles away. The resort is 42 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).