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How The Breakers Rebranded Florida As Manhattan South

Photo Courtesy of The Breakers
Photo Courtesy of The Breakers

The Breakers: Arguably the most iconic fixture to swoon South Florida since the invention of the key lime pie. You’ve heard of it. Your swankiest friends in the know rave about it. Even your mom has met a guy who swears it’s tops. Really though, how fabulous can the gargantuan, classic-yet-modern beachfront hotel be? Pretty darn fabulous, as it turns out.


Impressively donning a storied goulash comprised of 538 guests rooms and suites, four majestic ballrooms, three sweeping event lawns, four heated oceanfront pools, 25 luxury poolside bungalows, two championship golf courses, nine distinctive restaurants, 11 shopping boutiques, and more potential for dazzling events than possibly calculable like it’s no big deal, The Breakers lives up to its name, and this isn’t even the half of it. Three separate lushly landscaped lawns cater to alfresco desires for anywhere from 75 to 700 guests. Fancy a breezy seaside cottage? The Ocean House extends a relaxed indoor-outdoor atmosphere for moderately sized weddings between 60 to 120 guests. Smaller, intimate affairs find their place at The Breakers as well, with by our calculation, more than 49 different venue options that are anything but cookie cutter. In essence, the property is as massive as it is versatile, but what is the secret sauce that makes it such the celebrated source for tastemakers? The consensus appears to be in the hospitality. In a word, the team that makes up the face of The Breakers is what one might allude to as thoughtful. Sure, the grounds are posh as it gets (and that’s measuring up against old world Upper East Side standards), but that’s nothing without an infrastructure that aspires for greatness. Elegant comforts met with energetic enthusiasm and keen personalization ensures its guests continue to hold The Breakers in high regard. Another element worthy of mention: Sunday brunch at The Circle redefines what we as New Yorkers know about brunch, and that’s saying a lot. Coupled with tight values, green initiatives, and modern social impact, the modern-classic resort ticks all of the marks that encapsulate one, dare we say, consummately perfect experience.

Photo Courtesy of The Breakers
Photo Courtesy of The Breakers

The magic in The Breakers is that one could return again and again for years on end, and never need to repeat the same itinerary twice. Indulge in one of 17 treatment rooms at The Spa, or take up an island bicycle tour. Go fishing at Sailfish Alley, the closest point the Gulf Stream in Florida, or embark upon one of four memorable themed catamaran cruises with the captain and crew. Hit the boutiques for a shopping spree, or stroll half a mile of private beach exclusive to guests of The Breakers. Go wild with a vast array of water sports, or simply just eat your face off at any one of nine restaurants (or in the comfort of your suite with 24-hour in-room dining). Its endless possibilities for how to spend the day and night, fiercely challenges even the most fickle and discerning palate.

Photo Courtesy of The Breakers