The White Elephant resort in Nantucket has long been an icon of the preppy New England island. And as the brand wraps up its extended busy season this fall, it will open the doors of its new sister property in Palm Beach in November. Originally slated for April, the hotel opening comes at a time when Florida—both as a vacation destination and permanent residence—is more popular than ever. While Palm Beach’s social season would normally just be taking off in November, the island has been bustling for months as many fled the Northeast beginning in March. The pandemic has highlighted the area’s ideal year-round lifestyle and unique charm, as many working from home and seeking a haven with outdoor space have decided to relocate. It’s no surprise that the hotel is moving forward with the opening—it’s an ideal stop for dinner and drinks, a safe weekend getaway, and long-term stays for those who missed out on a rental in the high-demand market. And although the area boasts a thriving social scene with glamorous nightlife, Palm Beach is also characterized by its casual island attitude similar to that of Nantucket. It’s the perfect destination for White Elephant to debut its newest treasure. “Our main mission is to combine our vision of hospitality with the ethos and style of casually elegant Palm Beach,” comments Douglass Karp, President of Boston-based New England Development, which led the construction on the hotel. “We feel right at home in Palm Beach.”
Situated in the former Bradley Park Hotel, the White Elephant Palm Beach is located on Sunset Avenue, within walking distance to the Atlantic Ocean, Royal Poinciana Way, and a quick drive to Worth Avenue. Like its Nantucket flagship, a large 7-foot white elephant stands on the grounds of the property to greet guests, and Lola 41, the popular New England sushi and bistro, has been serving guests since April—offering a sneak peak of the property. While the interiors have been completely stripped and updated, the classic elements on the exterior that have long defined Palm Beach remain—like the Mizner-style façade, dreamy U-shaped courtyard decorated with lush landscaping with local flora, and Mediterranean-revival architecture.
Comprised of 13 guestrooms and 19 suites (starting at $650 and $995), the hotel evokes a homey feel. The airy rooms are decorated with contemporary décor in a neutral colored palette, custom furniture like bronze elephant door knockers, and spacious bathrooms with marble tile and double sinks, with many featuring private balconies overlooking the pool area. There are also two multi-bedroom penthouse suites with large terraces and living rooms made for entertaining. While on property, visitors can enjoy BMW house cars, complimentary treats from the White Elephant ice cream truck poolside daily, and access to Barton & Gray yachts for excursions on the Intracoastal.