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The Ultimate Ocean Retreat Puts Palm Beach’s Best Events in Play — Sand, Surf, Polo, the Kentucky Derby and More

With Eau Palm Beach Resort, a Remarkable Location Guarantees the Wonder


The breeze rustling through the branches of palm trees. The waves lapping the shore. Those are the sounds of an ocean paradise calling your name, beckoning you to an unforgettable season in the sunshine.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But this is no remote land where all you can do is chill in your room. Instead the best of Palm Beach is at your beck and call, too.

It all starts with Eau Palm Beach’s own world-class amenities — the lavish Forbes Five Star Eau Spa, a 42,000-square-foot paradise with 19 treatment rooms, a bath lounge, a relaxation lounge and more. The decadent accommodations include 309 expansive guest rooms and suites styled by none other than famed designer Jonathan Adler, an Oprah favorite.

His design brings the idyllic outdoors in, with elements of sun, sea and sand. Eau Palm Beach is a real escape from the everyday.

And these next few months are among the best times to visit Palm Beach all year thanks to an impressive lineup of activities.

Eau is sweetening the deal with a Spring Break Resort Credit Offer. Say hello sunshine with warm sandy beaches and shimmering swimming pools with amazing perks. Through April 30, guests who stay for a five nights receive a $400 resort credit, and those who spend an entire week receive a $600 credit.

As if that deal wasn’t impressive enough, those who reserve one of the luxurious suites will receive double the credits, $800 for a five day stay and $1,200 for a seven day dream vacation.

Enjoy your morning coffee over a golden sunrise on your private balcony, take a stand-up paddle board class among crystal clear waters in Eau Palm’s own backyard — and then get to all the activities happening close by.

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Beer, Brunch and Polo

The April antics begin on April 6th for an epic National Beer Day. Now in its fourth year, the resort’s fourth annual Tap Takeover celebration will feature breweries Due South, Tequesta, Copperpoint, Saltwater and Mathews.

All these local beer havens will off complimentary samples at Tap Takeover.  There is also a special Craft Beer Dinner in the evening.

Brunch is making a splash in a big way at Eau for both Easter and Mother’s Day. Indulge in the oceanside brunch at Temple Orange, noshing on Mediterranean-style small plates and desserts and taking a tour through the bountiful raw bar and carving stations.

It just wouldn’t be brunch without some breakfast cocktails. A gourmet Bloody Mary Bar and the Veuve Clicquot Rich Champagne Garden enhance the experience, alongside live entertainment.

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The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world.

Palm Beach’s premier visitor season is marked by the iconic International Polo Club events and activities. From April 4 through April 7, polo enthusiasts can watch the International Gay Polo Tournament — and enjoy the party scene that comes with it.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world. It hosts the most prestigious polo tournaments in America, bringing world class polo’s unique combination of athleticism, horsepower and social pageantry. Yes, you’ll want to wear your best hat.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of the sport, there’s still plenty to enjoy. Stroll on over to the Veuve Clicquot Truck during halftime to stomp the divots and sip Champagne.

The Sport of Kings comes alive in Palm Beach — with regular $10 tickets a nice bonus. For a true championship experience, the US Open Championship Final takes place in Palm Beach on April 21. This is one of the top polo events in the world — and worthy of a pilgrimage.

Kentucky Derby Mania, Cinco de Mayo Fun and Major Concert Acts

May brings two of the best events of the Palm Beach year. Few places celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo with the fever of Eau Palm Beach. And this year, they’re back to back.

The Kentucky Derby falls on May 4, and it’s much more than the two most thrilling minutes in sports at Eau.

Enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast at Stir because nothing says bravo like bubbles. But don’t forget the real reason you came: the Southern cocktail classic Mint Julep. Expect the Derby drink specials to leave you feeling like you took the triple crown.

Keep the festivities going through the next day — Cinco de Mayo. Guests at Eau Palm Beach can kick up their heels, sip on margaritas and beers to their heart’s content due to serious specials, and snack on the many offerings from a special taco open kitchen.

Not enough for you? Well, you’re in luck. That’s only the beginning.

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The Breeze Restaurant cooks up delectable dishes.

There’s listening to music and cracking open a cold one seaside — and then there’s SunFest, the epic music festival taking the West Palm Beach waterfront by storm. The fest spans four entire days, May 2 through May 5.

More than 50 bands will take the three stages. The acts include country superstars such as Keith Urban, disco favorites including Earth, Wind & Fire and even DJs (including Diplo) putting their own spin on things.

Swim up to one of the two floating bars for refreshments, take in eye-catching art, feast on delectable eats, enjoy a VIP experience like no other and top it all off with a firework show finale. During this festival, the world is your oyster. Especially if you’re staying at Eau.

The best part? After enjoying all the distinctive activities that the Palm Beaches provides, you get to retreat back to Eau and its two oceanfront pools. And the resort’s own version of water fun.

Think stand-up paddle boarding, Jet Skis and snorkeling. Of course, every room also comes with its own complimentary beach bag — to make frolicking on the resort’s stretch of private beach all the easier.

This is the rare place where it’s easy to indulge in the joy of doing nothing at all — and then turn around and spent the next day enjoying a world class event.

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