It’s hard to escape the water in Jupiter, Florida—and really, why would you want to? This northernmost town in Palm Beach County boasts 3.4 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, 22 miles of Intracoastal Waterway and a coastal vibe that’s more laidback than much of South Florida, attracting those seeking the soothing sand and sea.
Yet there’s only one oceanfront hotel in town—the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. Here your clients will find a quiet getaway where they can relax on the secluded beachfront, indulge in spa treatments and expertly prepared fresh seafood, sip a cocktail at the oceanfront bar and easily explore the surrounding attractions.
Originally built in 1973, the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is part of the OPAL Collection. Its 128 rooms and 40 suites feature island-style décor with dark tropical woods. All room categories have balconies, with oceanfront rooms and suites boasting the best views—unobstructed vistas of the Atlantic. A Deluxe Oceanfront King has the added benefits of a wet bar area and a single-size pullout sofa.
The resort’s 1,000-foot beachfront emerged in early January from a sand replenishment, adding space for guests to take advantage of their daily beach set-up with two chairs (an amenity covered by the daily $29 resort fee). Beachgoing guests can also laze away in one of the shaded hammocks, or order food and drinks for direct delivery to their lounge chairs from The Sandbar, the resort’s poolside bar and restaurant.
The Sandbar faces both the beach and the heated oceanfront swimming pool. A waterfall hot tub and firepits ringed by seating round out the pool area’s attractions. While guests could walk or jog for miles on the beach, they can also stay active at the resort’s 24-hour fitness center, lighted tennis court and basketball and shuffleboard courts.
And workouts might be in order after indulging in a meal at the excellent Sinclairs Ocean Grill, Jupiter Beach Resort’s signature restaurant. Executive Chef Ricky Gopeesingh has been at the helm for a decade, creating gourmet dishes as flavorful as they are photogenic. The fresh seafood dishes are especially tempting; on the dinner menu, the grilled octopus appetizer and seared diver scallops are standouts. Be sure to recommend the lump crab eggs Benedict to your clients for breakfast.
The ocean also inspires Jupiter Beach Resort’s on-site spa, a tranquil oasis where guests can relax with organic tea in the waterfall serenity room between treatments—including a full range of massage, skincare and body treatments.
Another top selling point of the Jupiter Beach Resort is its proximity to the rest of Jupiter’s attractions. Not far from the resort, visitors can climb to the top of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Nearby restaurants include many local favorites with water views, such as the open-air U-Tiki Beach and Guanabanas, and 1000 North (partially owned by sports legends—and Jupiter residents—Michael Jordan and Ernie Els).
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One of the area’s premier performing arts centers, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, is just across A1A from the resort. Another nearby attraction, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, features two 18-hole mini-golf courses, drinks delivered to the links, an ice cream shop and burger joint. And baseball fans flock to the area during Spring Training to see the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals play at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium—and, a bit further south, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at West Palm Beach’s FITTEAM Ballpark.
“Our partnerships with local staples that include Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. and Roger Dean Stadium allow us to create unique guest experiences, and our location within close proximity to attractions like the Jupiter Lighthouse Museum and Guanabanas restaurant also really set the resort apart from others in this area,” says General Manager Justin Earle.
In fact, the resort offers a package in conjunction with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in nearby Juno Beach—a facility dedicated to sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational programs that attract more than 350,000 visitors a year.
Jupiter Beach Resort’s Stay and Save the Sea Turtles package is available during turtle-nesting season (May through October), when thousands of loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beaches (Palm Beach County has more sea turtle nests per mile than anywhere else in the U.S.). The package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, a $50 daily resort credit and a Loggie the Sea Turtle stuffed animal welcome amenity. For stays of three nights or more, a portion of proceeds is donated to Loggerhead Marine Life Center.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa pays a travel agent commission rate of 10 percent. Winter rates (November through January) start at $399 per night, and summer rates (June through August) start at $199 per night. For more information, visit jupiterbeachresort.com, or call 877-389-0571.
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W Mexico City: Youthful, Earthy Energy
Upon arrival into my gorgeous room at the W Mexico City, I found a note from Diego, my W Insider, with a Lady Gaga lyric.
“Hot like Mexico, rejoice,” it read, appropriately. Inside was the ticket for the National Museum of Anthropology we’d been e-mailing about.
That’s one of the brand touchpoints of W hotels. The W Inside is like a “super concierge,” a neighborhood expert who cultivates neighborhood relationships so the hotel’s guests have a—well, an insider—in their corner.
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I myself am not after the hottest nightclub or most exclusive new coffee bar, but in Mexico City’s tony Polanco neighborhood, that’s all to be had for certain. The hotel is across the street from a Bentley dealership a stone’s throw from Chapultepec Park and Avenido Paseo de la Reforma.
Just north of the hotel is the leafy Lincoln Park, where a statue of Abraham Lincoln stands sentry, locked eyes with another statue of Martin Luther King Jr. across the avenue. The surrounding neighborhood is bursting with pasty shops, restaurants with global cuisines and high-end fashion retailers—all with a global sensibility, although I could still get a pack of four hot, fresh churros in cinnamon sugar with hot chocolate from a storefront called El Moro that’s been serving them up since 1935.
Mexico City, for all its notoriety, is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. The vibe here is of a Mexico that’s worldly, cosmopolitan, and eager to enjoy days filled with savoir-faire. I watched families excitedly poring over the exhibits and played in the fountain at the anthropology museum on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, and on my walk back to the hotel through the park, I happened upon a single young man who had staked out a place in a dusty clearing, standing stiffly upright, practicing long, sweeping circles with a capote, the magenta and gold cape used in a bullfight.
Any hotel in such an enchanting place would be charming by necessity, but the staff here easily pass the high bar Mexico sets for hospitality, whether they’re pouring sophisticated mescal cocktails in beveled highball glasses at the lobby bar or serving Mexican cuisine with pre-Columbian styles sand flavors upstairs at 25DOS, the hotel’s signature restaurant.
It’s there that I try dogfish empanadas and a lovely chicken broth poured atop piping hot chicken taquitos, and finish the evening with a black sesame cake with dulce de leche, dining alfresco, cooled by the alpine evening.
AWAY Spa worth checking out, if for no other reason than the temazcal, a Mesoamerican sweat lodge heated by volcanic stones and smokey embers over which is poured mint-and-chamomile infused water for an earthy aromatic steam. Well, perhaps the expansive hot tub with city views or the top-notch massage is also reason enough to check out the spa.
25DOS does a lovely breakfast spread in the mornings with fresh fruit and country favorites like eggs with tomatoes, fried cheese and cactus, but I’m told there’s a lovely brunch next door at the JW Marriott Mexico City. A mimosa, an embarrassing number of glasses of fresh-squeezed orange juice and countless tacos of salmon and rib eye grilled to order outside next to my table, plus selections from the raw bar rang affirmative that the recommendation wasn’t to be overlooked.
The hotel’s rooms and suites have lovely views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Rooms are brand standard and well maintained, but it’s the suites that are truly jaw-dropping, from the Cool Corner suites to the Marvelous One-Bedrooms which are loft style with a staircase and an upper-level bedroom.
I’m lucky enough to snag the Extreme Wow Suite, which has sweeping views of the city from three directions and a separate butler’s pantry and dining room, a wet bar, two balconies and a cheeky round bed. But the real winner for this suite is the soaring two-story marble bathroom with jetted tub in the center. The glass-walled shower upon first glance appears to be lit by a chandelier, but upon closer inspection that also turns out to be the four separate showerheads, in addition to the four coming from the wall.
It’s the perfect place to cap off a perfect day in this exciting city—a hotel that feels like the pinnacle of luxury in a city that feels like the center of the world.
W Mexico City’s location, heartfelt hospitality, and art ethos will attract sophisticated, energetic travelers seeking to explore vibrant neighborhoods with youthful vigor.
I’ve seen rooms as low as $158 USD per night, which varies according to occupancy, season, and exchange rate.
Lobby art, craft cocktails, views from rooms and suites, and the collection of sugar skulls at 25DOS all rate an Insta-mention.
Good to Know
Allow extra time for walking due to the elevation – Mexico City is over 7,000 feet.
When arranging transport, inquire with the hotel staff about travel times—the journey to the airport can be as little as 30 minutes or as long as an hour and a half.
Accommodations and meals were furnished by W Mexico City in preparation for the story.
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