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New year, new updates for The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches of South Florida continues to expand upon its variety of world-class experiences. With something for everyone, this slice of paradise invites visitors to come discover what's new, as it continues to prove that this destination is “The Best Way to Experience Florida®.”  

23.10.2017 18:51 |  Discover The Palm Beaches | 

Conveniently located between Miami and Orlando, America's First Resort Destination® is a collection of 39 diverse cities and towns that spans more than 2,300 square miles and stretches across 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta. Visitors can savor flavors of the farmland and freshly-caught seafood from the Atlantic coast; indulge in shopping at traditional malls or along historically charming avenues; unwind at any of the many sporting events ranging from golf and polo to baseball and croquet; and enjoy more than 200 cultural and family-friendly attractions.

  • New hotel openings and renovations
Earlier this month, the Aloft Delray Beach broke ground in the city's SofA (South of Atlantic Avenue) district. Developers expect the 121-room hotel to open in 2019.

In 2018, a new Residence Inn Palm Beach Gardens will bring in 122 new rooms, a Fairfield Inn West Palm Beach is expected to bring in 125 rooms to the booming area, and there will be 97 new rooms from the Springhill Suites Downtown West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach is set to become home to one of eight new Canopy by Hilton Hotels in late 2018.The brand's concept is touted as an energized and natural extension of its neighborhood, with local design, food and drink, and culture. The 150-room, 14-story hotel will be built two blocks from CityPlace.

The Boca Raton Mandarin Oriental is set to debut in Downtown Boca Raton in 2020. The 118-room property will include two adjacent towers that will form part of an upscale mixed-use development. The property will feature 65,000 square feet of luxury lifestyle retail, as well as a world-class private club, which will offer social, fitness, spa and championship golf amenities. It will also offer extensive banqueting and meeting space, including an expansive 4,500 square-foot ballroom and a variety of adaptable conference rooms. This will be Mandarin Oriental's second property in Florida.

This January, the 200-room, 13-story Hyatt Place hotel opened in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, connected to a brand-new Louie Bossi's Ristorante Bar Pizzeria. The property is only one mile from the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

In April, The Chesterfield Palm Beach debuted a refurbished Presidential Suite. Its grandest room, previously referred to as The Penthouse, is discreetly situated on its own private floor and has been dressed in a palate of luscious cream and cheeky pink hues. The new design features a custom-designed handcrafted carpet, saucy chaise lounge, salmon-striped drapes, Indian-silk wall coverings, plush linens, and a custom-made king-size four-post bed custom made in Venice. The refurbishment was led by Beatrice Tollman, president and founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Toni Tollman, director of design and projects for Red Carnation, and executed by Brian Brennan and a team of expert designers.

This year, the destination also welcomed the additions of a new and a Holiday Inn Express in Lake Worth, which brought in 92 rooms.

The Embassy Suites Boca Raton, the city's only all-suite hotel, renovated the property's pre-function space for meeting rooms, as well as its bathrooms, earlier this year.

The Spa at PGA National Resort & Spa, already a “Top Rated” Conde Nast Traveler facility, has a fresh look as of early 2017. The expansive 40,000 square-foot European-style spa has evolved with a major facelift in 2017. Changes include the addition of new bamboo massage treatment, more luxury spa retail items, enhanced gourmet spa cuisine options at the poolside Café, and a beautiful new avant-garde design of the entire ladies' lounge. In addition to the Spa refresh, The Palmer Course layout has gone through a comprehensive revitalization from tee to green that now makes Palmer's creation even more fun to play. Executed in consultation with The Palmer Design team, the recent changes maintain the core principals of the original design with a fresh architectural feel to meet the demands of the modern golf game. Nearly every aspect has been enhanced.

  • New attractions and things to do

An Astronaut exhibition will arrive at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, boasting 26 hands-on, interactive exhibits which relay the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity and the technology required to complete space missions. The immersive experience surrounds guests with life-sized living quarters necessary to survive outside of Earth's atmosphere. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space will get their questions answered at this blockbuster exhibit. Visitors will also experience the importance of science in space and the future of space exploration. The exhibit will be on display October 14, 2017 until April 15, 2018.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is expected to open Lorikeet Loft this fall. During this up close and personal animal experience, guests can go inside the habitat of these friendly birds, and feed them fruit and nectar.

Twelve new shops will move into the Royal Poinciana Plaza on Palm Beach this fall. A local organic market and juice bar, Celis Produce, will be one of those. Virginia Philip wine, Spirits & Academy will also join the plaza. Virginia Philip was the 11th woman in the world to earn master sommelier status in 2002, and she is currently the wine director at The Breakers. Saint Laurent, Magasin, Cynthia Rowley, and Vespa are also among the new additions.

Elizabeth Avenue Station, which opened in January, is a sprawling collection of local vendors and designers breathing new life into West Palm Beach's historical industrial buildings. Visitors can find artisanal goods ranging from pottery and stationary, to jewelry, bathing suits and fresh food at this pop-up type space.

The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches opened this past March for Spring Training 2017, welcoming the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, along with their many fans. The state-of-the-art, two-team facility offers a fan-friendly layout, with a 6,500-seat stadium as its centerpiece.

This April, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf unveiled the grand re-opening of the “Burger Shack” restaurant and Events Pavilion, featuring an expanded food menu, wine menu and the addition of 12 locally-crafted beers on tap, as well as 25 in the bottle. The restaurant also boasts a 3,500-gallon fish tank, along with 15 flat-screen televisions. A playground was also added, and both courses were renovated. A new play-through aquarium is one of the newest additions.

Mounts Botanical Garden's new permanent garden exhibit, Windows on the Floating World – Blume Tropical Wetland Gardens, opened this May as Mount's largest garden in its 40-year history. The new series of see-through walkways and moveable aquatic plants allow visitors to connect to the tropical wetlands around them. Windows on the Floating World features transparent, open-gridded, three-foot wide walkways on the surface of the wetlands to give visitors the feeling of walking on water. A Bromeliads wall, along with an area for wading birds and a waterfall, are key features of the new garden. This December, giant sea sculptures made entirely of ocean debris will be on display throughout the fourteen acres of the botanical garden during the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit. The goal of the project is to educate visitors about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, and spark positive changes in consumer habits. The exhibit will be on display through May 31, 2018.

A New Market Tour & Cooking Class is being offered twice a month by West Palm Beach Food Tours. Guests can join cookbook author and restaurant critic, Judith Olney, for their market tour and cooking class. The epicurean experience includes an insider's tour of a local market and a hands-on cooking class with lunch and wine.  Market locations vary and include the award-winning West Palm Beach Greenmarket, an Oriental Market, an Italian Market and a Mediterranean Market.

The Norton Museum of Art, a cultural icon in the destination since its founding in 1941, is set to debut its new transformation in 2018. The expansion and renovation, which began in February 2016, will further serve visitors by enhancing its 6.3-acre campus with an additional 12,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibitions, an education center with two new classrooms and student gallery, a 210-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium, an adjoining 9,000 square foot sculpture garden, a 4,000 square foot soaring Great Hall, a versatile dining pavilion with garden terrace, and six restored historic houses to accommodate an artists-in-residence program and the Director's home. This September through next January, Earth Works – Mapping the Anthropocene* comes to the Museum with more than 30 of artist and photographer Justin Guariglia's works. During the past two years, Guariglia was embedded in missions undertaken by NASA scientists working over Greenland to study how melting glaciers are affecting sea level rise. His works from the missions will be on display through January 7, 2018.

The award-winning Maltz Jupiter Theatre has announced its plans for an approximately $25-$30 million expansion to begin following its 2017-2018 season. Construction for the regional not-for-profit Theatre is expected to be fully completed by November 2019. Under the current plan, the Theatre's improved stage will be ten feet deeper and six feet wider on either side, enabling the Theatre to qualify for Pre-Broadway and National Tours. A third-floor rehearsal studio will provide actors with a view, and residents will have the opportunity to see actors working and rehearsing. A proposed second space will provide the opportunity for audience diversity. The Theatre's Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts will double in size, allowing students the opportunity to receive a high-quality, dynamic arts education in state-of-the-art facilities.

Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, announced it recently started a multi-million-dollar renovation at Town Center at Boca Raton. The upscale shopping center, which attracts international visitors and local shoppers with its world-class high-fashion brands and dynamic dining and entertainment options, will undergo a major interior and exterior makeover. The renovation will further transform the center into an iconic shopping destination, creating an unforgettable luxury shopping experience. The improvements will create a brighter, more inviting and relaxing atmosphere inside the center. Overall, Town Center at Boca Raton will be reimagined to feature a modernized design layered with neutral tones using nature-inspired materials. The redevelopment is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. Town Center at Boca Raton will remain open during regular business hours throughout the process.

Florida's only drive-through safari park Lion Country Safari welcomed a 150-pound baby giraffe in August. The female baby and mom, Pammella, are segregated from the herd in the maternity pen, but are visible to the public as they drive through the final section of the preserve. Lion Country Safari hosted a naming contest via social media, and the baby giraffe's name is Zuri, which means “beautiful” in Swahili.
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