Since 1947, Palm Beach’s pinkest hotel has maintained its place as a favorite second home to distinguished statesmen and glamorous Hollywood movie stars alike. These days, well-traveled guests from far and wide—as well as notable locals of all ages—flock to The Colony Palm Beach on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis to enjoy lunch by the pool, drinks at one of The Colony’s lively bar scenes, or dinner indoors or al fresco at any of the esteemed hotel’s popular restaurants.
A rendering of Mark D. Sikes’ blue and white themed living room in Villa Aralia.
A treasured local icon, The Colony Palm Beach is known for its charm, exciting atmosphere, and unfaltering reputation as a destination willing to cater to the every whim of its cherished guests—an achievement reflected once again with the recent reimagining of Villa Aralia, the latest luxury guest apartment to be redesigned at The Colony.
Dining al fresco at magically lit Swifty’s.
Interior designer and best-selling author Mark D. Sikes has lent his fresh take on All-American sensibility and classic aesthetics to the 1,100-square-foot Villa Aralia,the latest of seven individually decorated villa apartments personally designed by the likes of Aerin Lauder, and mother-and-daughter team Mimi McMakin and Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors.
The Colony’s pink beach buggy and custom cruisers parked in front of the hotel.
Sikes’ signature blue and white schematic at Villa Aralia was inspired by the hotel’s café awnings, which Sikes would happily view from his room windows over years as a returning guest. “I love the authentic Palm Beach spirit of the hotel.It feels old school, but fresh and fun,” says Sikes. “We are celebrating our firm’s 10-year anniversary this year so we are celebrating our love of blue and white and this villa is an ode to that color palette and to the all-American approachable style we are known for.”
An overhead view of The Colony’s main pool.
Using a crisp blue and white cabana stripe Brunschwig and Fils fabric as a starting point, the villa features Sikes’ new furniture collection with traditional Chaddock in white lacquer, plus lighting fixtures from Sikes’ eponymous collection with Hudson Valley Lighting. Luxe custom upholstery and window treatments were created by Valley Drapery, offering the space a rich and immersive stripe pattern throughout.
Rendering of Mark D. Sikes’ signature blue and white bedrooms in newly minted Villa Aralia.
“Mark’s vision reflects the same optimistic spirit that we try to encapsulate at the hotel,” says Colony Owner and President Sarah Wetenhall on collaborating with the Architectural Digest AD100 interior designer, “His style is fresh but timeless, exactly like The Colony.” Villa Aralia is equipped with a direct private entrance, two bedrooms, two baths, an open living room, and a dining room with an adjacent kitchen. All guests of The Villa Collection at The Colony enjoy every advantage of the hotel in addition to ultra-personalized amenities, including: butler service, access to the beach buggy program, around-town transportation, and open admission to the exclusive villa pool.
Drinks are served at the private villa pool.