The Brazilian Court
301 Australian Avenue Palm Beach, Florida
by BILL & BARBARA SCARDUZZIO
One does not have to be rich or famous to enjoy the splendor of Palm Beach in Florida (although rich is highly recommended). I’m really talking about the luxurious and trendy Worth Avenue, which is always worth a visit just to see how the other half lives (actually, how the other one-percent lives). One can stroll for free and visit one of the world’s most interesting shopping destinations while enjoying the art galleries and the overall beautiful architectural presentation of the area.And only steps away from the Avenue, one can walk the beach and take in the incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. And only a few steps from the Avenue was our destination for forty-eight very memorable hours... the charming boutique hotel known as The Brazilian Court. Make no mistake, I am not a member of the “rich and famous”, but once in a while one can splurge and at least pretend to be, and even enjoy one of the best experiences of a life-time.
The hotel is tucked away on a beautiful tree-lined street (Australian Avenue) and consists of Spanish-style buildings with lush tropical gardens and a look of the 1920’s. The hotel was actually built in 1926, and was designed by the Sicilian architect Rosario Candella, known for building some of the finest pre-war residences along Manhattan’s famed Park Avenue. The hotel has recently undergone a major renovation that succeeded in main- taining the original charm while creating a more modern version that is unique and comfortable. In 2010, Travel & Leisure Magazine rated The Brazilian Court the number-one hotel in South Florida, and we certainly had no argument in regard to their lofty rating. The overall hospitality of this property had much to do with a number one rating and the friendly and professional service was delivered on a 24/7 basis. I believe that so much of the popularity of The Brazilian Court lies in it’s privacy factor and certainly in the actual size of the property. There is an audience for the smaller hotel and certainly for the privacy factor, and when you think about other hotels such as the Breaker’s, which is located more on the beach, it is actually more than seven times the size of the Brazilian Court.
The Brazilian Court offers 80 beautifully renovated studios, and one, two and three bedroom suites. Each of the 80 rooms is spacious and airy. Square footage ranges from 400 to 1600. All Studios, One and Two Bedroom suites are equipped with an honor bar, wet bar, refrigerator, hairdryer, robes, DVD/CD player, 2-line phones, complimentary high speed and wireless internet connection and individual climate control. Each suite offers its own unique and irresistible charm, designed with luxurious fabrics, provincial colors, and mahogany millwork. Every guest is introduced to modern Palm Beach amenities and accommodations designed with luxurious style and a wealth of comfort including jet baths and the latest technology to create an ambiance of relaxation and sophisticated style.
I must mention the fact that a world-class restaurant, Café Boulud, is located in The Brazilian Court Hotel. The chef/owner is in the same world- class. Chef Daniel Boulud is possibly the best chef in America with his highly rated Daniel in New York as well as his Café Boulud in Manhattan and Palm Beach. I would not characterize Café Boulud as inexpensive by any means, but it is a typical Daniel Boulud concept, and by definition, the value will speak for itself.
The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Zach Bell, who is an alumnus of Café Boulud in New York and has twice been nominated “Best Chef in the South” by the James Beard Foundation. I’s all about traditional French-American cuisine, seasonal favorites, the freshest and locally grown vegetables, and of course, the chef’s own rendition of world cuisines. The bar and lounge are always a popular local destination and the relaxing outdoor dining terrace is always a favorite spot for guests from all over the world. One doesn’t have to be a guest of the hotel to dine at Café Boulud, and one need not be a member of the rich and famous to experience this classic restaurant. Having said that, if you spend even one night at The Brazilian Court, and you experience just one session at the famed Frédéric
Fekkai Salon and Spa, and have at least one meal at Café Boulud, somehow, someway, your life is going to be noticeably better. Some interesting dinner entrees include the likes of Tuna Tartare Japonais — shiitake mushroom, shiso leaf ponzu gel, sesame, & fresh wasabi; Mushroom Bolognese — strozzapretti pasta, fresh ricotta, & pea shoots; Moroccan Spiced Black Grouper — duo of cauliflower: roasted and purée crunchy okra, curry leaf, & watercress salad; and Natural Chicken a Italienne with roasted tomato, artichokes, rapini creamy polenta, & charred lemon. In terms of the salon, from world-renowned celebrity hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai, the theme is pampered luxury and unprecedented personalized service. Enjoy spa services from soothing massages to European facials delivered by highly trained aestheticians. A guest may choose from massage, facials and select spa treatments.
The new Brazilian Court Beach Club guests will enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s private Beach Club located less than five minutes from the main hotel. Discover the fun of a day at the Brazilian Court Beach Club as you stroll the beautiful gold-sand beach, enjoy a
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refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or simply relax and indulge in an oceanfront setting as the Spa staff pampers you with a massage, facial or the treatment of your choice. Chauffeured car service is available to and from the private beach where beach-side dining and cocktail services are available. There is also access to the Fitness Center with treadmills, bikes, saunas and free weights will make you feel even better.
The pool is beautiful, and everything is first class, and if you live in the Atlantic City area, Palm Beach is an easy place to get to thanks to our most conven- ient airport. The hotel is only fifteen-minutes from the West Palm Beach International Airport. The area (Palm Beach) has some 47 miles of beaches, and over 100 miles of freshwater canals, rivers, and lakes. There is a plethora of golf courses and restaurants, and you have to love the weather.
And yes, there is Worth Avenue and better yet, there is a beautiful boutique spot called The Brazilian Court Hotel and of course, the wonderful Café Boulud.