From azure waters and golden sand to vibrant arts and an exciting dining scene, Palm Beach offers an enchanting escape for couples wanting to bask in the Florida sunshine. And when it comes to Valentine’s Day, this stretch of coast is one place that just seems to emanate romance, with candlelit dinners, luxury spas and sunset boat trips. For those staying with us at the elegant Chesterfield Hotel, we’ve put together the ultimate romantic guide, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your perfect Valentine’s Day in Palm Beach.
Savour afternoon tea
The New York Herald once described the Whitehall estate, now the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, as “grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world”. This year, the mansion is putting on a special Gilded Age-style Valentine’s Tea-for-Two, with admission to the museum, chocolates and a photo. The Chesterfield, too, is renowned for its traditional afternoon tea, which can be served in the secluded sun-dappled courtyard.
Explore the Palm Beach arts scene
If you’re interested in the arts, wander around the Palm Beach Jewellery, Art and Antique Show, an annual event taking place between 10th and 16th February this year. Bringing together over 100 exhibitors showcasing everything from paintings to pearls, the show is one of Palm Beach’s most anticipated arts events. If that’s not enough to satisfy your taste for creativity, stop by the ArtiGras festival, which is being held from 13th and 15th February, to see live arts performances.
Horseback ride along nature trails
Horseback riding side by side really is as idyllic as it sounds, so why not make the most of Palm Beach’s many wilderness trails. Palm Beach ranch Sandi Trails offers visitors the chance to ride along the woodland tracks of the 2,000-acre Cypress Creek Nature Preserve. Here, riders are treated to an abundance of wildlife and lush green scenery.
Sail the Intracoastal Waterway
Make this Valentine’s weekend one to remember with a luxury trip out on the water. Delray Yacht Cruises is offering a special Valentine’s excursion with a sumptuous buffet brunch of fresh fruit, frittata, French toast and New York Sirloin. To see the stretch of coast sparkle in the twilight hours, head out on Sun Dream Yachts’ evening dinner cruise to watch the sunset, and eat, drink and dance the night away.
Couples can also see the sun go down from Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, where a special Valentine’s evening will take place.
Pamper yourselves at the spa
Nothing says romance quite like a luxury spa day, so head down to The Lane Spa on Valentine’s Day for a Heart TWO Heart Massage. Sip Champagne, indulge in a chocolate treat and enjoy a one-hour signature massage together in a candle-lit couple’s suite.
Stroll through exotic gardens
With Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Mounts Botanical Garden and the 1,702-acre Okeeheelee Park all situated along the coastal stretch, Palm Beach is a nature lover’s paradise. Take a romantic stroll through a butterfly garden, an enticing edible landscape, and an aromatic rose and fragrance garden.
Dine in a romantic setting
Palm Beach certainly isn’t short of good restaurants. For indulgent French cuisine, head to Chez Jean-Pierre where authentic French dishes are accompanied by wines from the exceptionally extensive range on offer, making a meal here the ideal way to end the day. The Leopard Lounge and Restaurant is the epitome of sleek sophistication, and for outdoor dining, venues don’t get much more romantic than The Courtyard. Here, amidst the palm trees and flowers, dine on grilled veal or lobster risotto with the stars twinkling overhead. End the evening on a high at The Leopard Lounge Bar where couples can savour cocktails and dance to the live music, late into the night.
However you choose to spend the day, you know your Valentine’s weekend is sure to exceed all expectations while staying at the Chesterfield Palm Beach.
Header image: Watch the sunset over the water on Valentine’s Day in Palm Beach © iStock / CG-Photos