Modeliste Magazine

Brazilian Court Hotel



Palm Beach, FL

Florida sunshine caresses Palm Beach bestowing a special glow illuminating pristine golden beach sands, exciting dining, entertainment, and shopping opportunities, and world class cultural venues. Palm Beach claims an enduring mystique built into its walls and halls, avenues and vias, an aura of opulence and distinction that retains its sparkle and freshness across time with just the right amount of whimsy that appeals to everyone. Founded by railroad magnate and visionary Henry Flagler whose original palatial home is now a museum, Palm Beach became the iconic Florida destination of the rich and the famous known for its lavish lifestyle, upscale shopping, ostentatious parties, and secret rendezvous.

Built in 1926 at the height of the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition, the renowned Brazilian Court Hotel has maintained its prominence over decades and across eras, continuing to win awards of distinction from Travel and Leisure as #1, Fodor’s Top 100, and Conde Nast Gold List as Top Boutique and Small Hotel in southern Florida. Tucked away in a largely residential area in Palm Beach, the landmark Brazilian Court Hotel is a haven, only a short walk from famed shopping destination Worth Avenue and the beach where guests are whisked in style to claim VIP umbrella seating. Its classic Spanish colonial architecture is timeless, embracing courtyards and fountains graced by stately palms sheltering pathways and alcoves and chambered entrances concealing a treasure trove of secrets, decades of stories, a history of celebrity and politico Who’s Who, and a wealth of memories. The decor is a reminder of period opulence, its dark woods and European fabrics are richly enchanting with hints of Art Deco in design, period black and white photography capturing legends, and gallery corridors that spring to life with exhibits of regional artists, contemporary transitions to color, abstract and avant-garde.

The timeless beauty of Brazilian Court is ever true to its signature allure while dedicated to an enlightened future and all the contemporary features that enhance each guest stay. It boasts a clientele of generations that return with accolades to the personalized hospitality, engaged concierge, special services, and captivating charms showcased in details reaching every guestroom and suite. Nuanced Palm Beach style and fresh elegance extends to the renowned Cafe Boulud dining room, luminous Cafe Boulud Bar, picturesque dining terrace, the sunny library retreat and secluded TV room, and intimate indoor and outdoor seating areas throughout. The formal ballroom is styled for fashionable weddings, special events, and hosted business conferences. The modern fitness center offers top cardio and weight workouts. Our Modeliste favorite reveal is the hidden shimmering pool oasis, its reflective mirror capturing the lush gardens and lounging retreat lending a sense of forever magic to a sun kissed swim.

The newest envisioning of Palm Beach distinctive style is displayed in the IT room, guaranteed to become a favorite option. Capturing idyllic sophistication and romance with a soft rendering of wisteria painted on a silk like fabric gracing the focus wall. The elements of black and white photography, rich leather and mahogany, and sumptuous emerald green velvets of the distinctive headboard and sofa are complemented by bright white bed linens conveying a welcoming vibrance. The design of each of the 80 guest rooms and suites offers a unique pallette in decor, art, fabrics, and furnishings… the constant being an aesthetic of serene elegance, relaxed comfort in pillowtop beds and luxe seating, rich colors and plush textures. Bathrooms are modern and inviting with plush towels and robes, whirlpool tub, rain shower, double vanity and top of the line bath amenities. A rooftop private terrace, balcony, one, two, or three bedroom suite, wine fridge, in-room dining… the options are truly endless and designed to suit guest wishes whether seeking a romantic weekend getaway, a destination for a family gathering, special event, or longer vacation stay.


Dining in elegance at the Brazilian Court Hotel is the hallmark of Cafe Boulud. Award winning Chef Daniel Boulud presents French cuisine with a flair. The innovative international menu presents local seafood and freshest seasonal ingredients with attention to the sophisticated palate. Designer cocktails usher in your dining experience followed by each course featuring sommelier curated wine pairings. The appetizers, soups and salads are tantalizing and impossibly enticing entrees make it difficult to choose. A personal hint… the house specialty Dover Sole meuniere prepared at the table was mouthwateringly extraordinary. Do not miss out on the renowned dessert selections designed to please, with a surprise finale of warm mini Madeleines.

Cafe Boulud offers a wonderful selection of innovative takes on French cuisine for casual dining throughout the day. The best way to begin each day is with breakfast on the courtyard terrace enjoying your view, carafe of coffee, fresh juices, and choice of diverse offerings from the prized waffles to delicately French egg dishes, accompanied by pastries, berries or tropical fruits. Or choose to indulge in a cozy breakfast in bed delivered to begin your day in lovely serenity.

Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa

Internationally renowned French hair stylist and signature beauty product entrepreneur Frederic Fekkai has chosen the Brazilian Court for his Palm Beach namesake Salon and Spa offering the prestigious services that define his lifestyle salons from New York locations to Saint Barths with Paris and Tokyo openings to be announced. Known for his celebrity clientele and premier stylist talent, Frederic Fekkai Salon offers specialty hair services, expert haircut and styling, color and blow out, with a focus on personalized styling and healthy hair care. Salon services include manicure and pedicure, make-up application, and eyebrow shaping. The menu of spa services offers select facials, restorative massage, waxing, and in-room beauty services. The Fekkai natural product lines focus on hair health with The One and The Pure Collection available at the salon. Whatever the occasion, your visit to Frederic Fekkai will dramatically enhance your look and your outlook, your day and your stay.

Where to Go, What to Do in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach mystique is preeminent in the famed first class destination shopping of Worth Avenue. Showcasing fashion and style, elite brands, top designers, innovative on trend boutiques, prestigious traditional to haute couture, and impressive galleries, your stroll along Worth will be rewarded and dazzled by a plethora of temptations. Each storefront beckons with mesmerizing visual inspiration attracting dedicated shoppers and dreamers seeking to engage in the very sensory experience of shopping, composing a wish list or choosing the perfect irresistible gift for yourself or a special someone.

A walking tour exploring Worth Avenue leads to many unexpected surprises. Book lovers will discover a world of first editions and signed copies, a curated treasure trove of rare books at Raptis. Imagine creating your own personalized design at Lilly Pulitzer’s pastel boutique. The brilliant history of leading names in jewelry and fashion are centerpieces of memorable storefronts, as are the legendary bars and restaurants that are noteworthy. Sharp eyes might actually catch a glimpse of celeb residents including Lilly Pulitzer or Ralph Lauren. Surprising finds are the joy of strolling in the lovely vias that are the tributaries of Worth Avenue offering an eclectic mix of galleries, intriguing boutiques, affordable specialty shops, cafes, and outdoor dining in the tranquility of these enchanting garden settings.

Worth Avenue transcends the ordinary in pleasurable shopping and dining. Acclaimed popular favorite of locals and returning visitors, celebs and now a Modeliste fave, is the delightful Pizza Al Fresco. Tucked away on Via Mizner, you will feel transported to an Italian garden patio or piazza ristorante. The pizzas and pastas are authentic taste treats, perfection in toppings and crispy crusts. Everyone raves about the burrata, incomparable Mediterranean seafood salad, ciabatta sandwiches, savory truffle fries and, of course, the wine pairings.

The Norton Museum of Art

The pride of West Palm Beach, the art world celebrates the 2019 dream expansion of The Norton Museum of Art with its additional exhibition space now open to showcase a wealth of extraordinary collections from around the world. The grand opening in November of the acclaimed Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit presents a rare personal insight illuminating her lifestyle and her art. This collection from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and guest curator Wanda Corn offers an intimate opportunity to appreciate the humanity and complexity of the artist through personal photographs, works demonstrating the range of her artistic expression and her unique sense of fashion, mainly designed and sewn by her. The select clothing and personal items reveal her strength of character and sense of self as she stood to be recognized solely as an Artist, without what she viewed as a restrictive label as a ‘woman artist’. This holistic portrait of an artist enhances our connection with art and presents an exciting dimension for future exhibitions and conversations.

Under the new Director, Elliot B. Davis, the vision for the future of The Norton is to engage and inspire the community with a commitment to art education in house and through outreach programs, to expand and invite dialogue with leading contemporary artists and curators, to infuse a diversity of culture and media experiences including concerts and dance that add relevance, in her words, to “how art, culture, collections, and ideas can shape our community.”

The Norton Museum of Art with its stunning expansion and ambitious calendar of events, programs, and exhibitions for 2020 and beyond is a must see for any visit to Palm Beach. Set aside a day to fully enjoy the noteworthy collections of American, European, and Chinese art, Contemporary and Photography exhibits, stroll through the sculpture garden and lunch on the terrace of The Norton Cafe. It will be a day to remember.

Swing for the Green at Drive Shack

Palm Beach’s newest virtual-reality golf driving range and entertainment complex has become a booming destination for all ages and all levels of golfers from novice to master, for families, parties, leagues, and special events. This is prime time high tech, a golf experience beyond all expectations with an expansive green course, 96 state of the art all weather bays each designed for 6 people, over 300 TVs linked to the trademark doppler technology of Track Man, measuring the height, trajectory, and distance of each hit and roll.

The multi-story facility is bursting with an energy and sense of fun that involves everyone with interactive games and golf courses, retro arcade games, an upscale rooftop bar and lounge, and bay service from the bars and restaurants with upscale dining choices, appetizers and entrees, an amazing full brunch, craft cocktails and beers, delectable desserts, and even a kids menu. Golf, great food, guaranteed fun with challenges and championships in the making.

Taylor Made Golf Clubs and unlimited golf balls, even a PGA Pro to give professional tips for improving your stance and swing, your Drive Shack experience can make a difference in your game without heading to the country club. The interactive games provide a new set of challenges and creative golfing fun, even playing competitive golf Black Jack while perfecting your aim and direction.

Dining and Beyond

Restoration Hardware’s Rooftop Restaurant

Taking your Palm Beach Restoration Hardware shopping experience to new heights, the rooftop garden restaurant dazzles day and night with views across the skyline and waterways. The showrooms are captivating, but above the floors of amazing upscale furnishings, a lush garden transforms the rooftop to an amazing venue for lofty luncheons, cocktails with friends, and delightful casual dining. The evening crowd gathers under the stunning light of the most extraordinary chandelier, the glass roof reflecting a starlit sky, and the ethereal bar design both intimate and playful. Creative specialty cocktails and craft beers are sundowner delights. Dining is casual offering the comforts of relaxed sofa seating, tables for two and accommodations for groups of all sizes. The menu is small but offers an array of light fare, shared plates, salads, sandwiches, phenom fries, and innovative desserts with our vote for #1 the ultimate banana split creation… enough to share (or not).

Todd’s by Todd English

Famed Celebrity Chef and restaurateur, Todd English has masterfully combined the ingredients of West Palm Beach history with his signature style creating a prize winning, awe-inspiring grand bar and restaurant for the ages on the tract known as the South Dixie Highway. The cavernous EmKo building, onetime Cadillac auto showroom, has a long elite history that has been transformed into Todd’s elegant bar brilliantly accented by the sheen of a centerpiece silver cheetah, an impressive kitchen with classic fire pizza and grilling ovens, and chic dining room, serving up a level of excellence in nuanced first rate dining that is the hallmark of Todd English’s culinary talents.

This is a building that contains a distinctive atmosphere, a place and space where a creative visionary can repurpose every corner with an elemental sense of fashionable appeal on a grand scale. Artistic and atmospheric in its openly contemporary design, the room flaunts its modern flair with fascinating lighting above and throughout with designer flooring below. The seating ensures comfort for unhurried multi-course dining with intriguing pops of turquoise velvet contrasting with an eclectic mix of rustic wood, marble, and gold. The effect is sensational, a match for the amazing cuisine and diverse menu of nuanced international offerings to be expected from the four time James Beard Award winning talent.

This iteration of the brand maintains familiar favorites and signature innovations, antipasto, salads and soups, pastas, oyster specialties, seafood, beef, chicken, and lamb mains, the choices are endlessly delicious. The opening of the outdoor Terraza for brunch and lunch lends a Mediterranean touch reflecting in the menu filled with favorite antipasto and farm fresh salads. Sandwiches, nicknamed ‘hand-helds’, have an irresistible appeal.

Todd’s uniquely holds a wondrous secret above, reached by the antique freight elevator that once brought cars to service bays. Now guests will discover a gallery of artistic wonders, sculptures and a delightful collection of creations that artfully frame an amazing room, a perfect blank slate available for special events. Todd’s has truly arrived in West Palm.

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