Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2018

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Featuring a charming collection of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, discreetly arranged among lush fountain courtyards and a beautifully landscaped pool, the resort is the ideal destination for both romantic idylls and family vacations. Jen and I enjoyed a lovely suite with a large, private balcony, where we sat outdoors relaxing with "dressing drinks" each evening, and cappuccinos every morning. The suites are all named after famous Hollywood actors of yore, a reminder of the hotel's star-studded past. While maintaining the classic Spanish Colonial style, accommodations offer warm touches such as opulent imported fabrics, sophisticated color palettes and handcrafted crown molding and mahogany millwork. We love the island and its many wonderful resorts, but this was the most secluded we've felt there. In typical Palm Beach style, much of our daytime was spent engaged in long walks along Worth Avenue and the beach, punctuated by frequent stops for coffee, pastries and gelato. e Brazilian Court offers a small and well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, of which we availed ourselves each morning, in preparation for the gastronomic delights that lay ahead. In the afternoons, we either swam or rented bikes, on one occasion cycling leisurely for over five hours with requisite stops for shopping, lunch, coffee and macarons. We once again took in an architectural walking tour of Worth Avenue with local historian Rick Rose, followed by a spot of polo in nearby Wellington. Dining in Palm Beach involves an embarrassment of riches. We enjoyed many lovely meals, all of them al fresco. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service, Café Boulud is at the heart of the Brazilian Court, and it was here that we had breakfast each day and enjoyed a spectacular dinner our final evening, an extraordinary master class in the lighter side of modern French cuisine, offering a panoply of shellfish, seafood and perfectly matched wines. Following a renovation in 2016, Café Boulud now features an expanded and sleek contemporary design. Flowing just outside, off of the main dining room, is a majestic terrace where we enjoyed the light breeze and a view of the south courtyard palm trees and fountains. For those preferring some world-class refreshment in a less formal setting, I highly recommend taking advantage of the well-appointed martini cart either in the tranquility of the palm- fringed pool area or one of the shady courtyards. slmag.net 91

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