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Intimate Yet Quietly Exciting:
The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach
The stately entrance to this understated 5-star 5-diamond resort

Modern and chic décor in the guest rooms

A stunning view at dawn from a guestroom

The resort’s elegant Living Room
Breakfast poolside at the Ocean Bistro
An enclave of luxury at The Four Seasons Palm Beach

Story & photography by David L. Taylor

At the mere mention of Palm Beach, Florida, images of indulgent luxury captivate the imagination of the most sophisticated travelers. This hot destination has been a required stop for generations of jet setters, CEO's, celebrities and the social elite. These demanding visitors and residents bring exacting standards for excellence with them on each visit.At the award wining and highly rated Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, the most demanding of guests are instantly disarmed by the understated elegance, seamless service, quiet pampering and tropically calm surroundings at this ocean front resort.Should guests require any additional relaxation, the resort's 6,000-square foot spa and fitness center offer both top-of-the-line-fitness equipment and an impressive array of treatments and massages at The Spa.Rated the number one resort in Palm Beach by the 2003 Zagat Guide To U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas, the Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach is also a recipient of the Mobile Five Star rating and a pair of AAA Five Diamond awards, (for the hotel and the restaurant.)While the criteria for such accolades are universal and without question prestigious, at The Four Seasons, Palm Beach an innate comfort level seems to "kick-up" those ratings a notch. There is a feeling of intimacy for guests at this resort that is uniquely comforting and quietly exciting.

Recently redecorated by Beverly Hills designer Cheryl Rowley, the 210 guestrooms and suites are smart and stylish, adorned with subtle splashes of tropical tones. Most of the guestrooms have private balconies offering spectacular pool and ocean views, while the marble bathrooms are spacious and elegant. The decor is lovely throughout; bold furnishings, marble appointments, subtle colors and intriguing art work and artifacts are combined to make a stunning first impression, while allowing for many intimately warm and inviting areas for guests to enjoy.In the evening the handsome Living Room, which overlooks a tropical courtyard and is filled with live piano music, becomes an elegant respite from an afternoon spent poolside for cocktails and friendly gatherings. Filled with the last vestiges of the setting sun, an air of excitement often fills the space, as many guests anticipate an experience with one of the resort's most highly regarded assets - Chef Hubert Des Marais.

The well renowned, Executive Chef's enthusiasm for fresh, innovative and inventive cuisine is evident at the resort's three dining venues; poolside at the Atlantic Bar and Grill, the elegant and understated Ocean Bistro and finally, at the resort's most prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award winning The Restaurant.Chef Hubert has a passion for exotic ingredients that are culled from local and worldwide suppliers. His on-property chef's garden is fascinating for botanists and cooks and is filled with a variety of rare and unique fruits and herbs that are often included in his creations. The chef's "Southeastern regional" cuisine melds the flavors of Latin America, the Deep South and the Caribbean to create wonderfully surprising and highly refined dishes, with each being a testament to both his culinary mastery and his diverse interests.The Restaurant is a must-stop for connoisseurs of fine dining. For first time guests and the loyal clientele alike, a tableside chat with Chef Hubert is a highlight of any visit to The Restaurant. Gregariously, Chef Hubert imparts his enthusiasm for life with his guests, as his casual warmth, assured nature and personal attention truly reflect the qualities that make The Four Seasons Palm Beach so special.

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