The Palm Beaches: LGBT Happenings For 2017

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by PASSPORT Global Studio

 
Situated along 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, America’s First Resort Destination, The Palm Beaches, offers a proud tradition of hospitality to all who visit, especially the LGBT community. This varied collection of 39 distinctive towns and cities has a legacy of being a welcoming destination with LGBT-friendly events, accommodations, and experiences. Whether it’s a night of cabaret and cocktails at The Royal Room, an immersion at one of the destination’s 200 cultural venues, stomping the divots at the 8th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament, or enjoying the best of the outdoors that’s not limited to just sitting on the beach! Enjoy outdoor shopping, dining, and fitness.

The Palm Beaches also offer something to suit the tastes of every traveler. Its doors are open for all to explore the local gay community in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, home to inclusive and gay bars and restaurants or to pop into Compass, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of The Palm Beaches, to learn about this always-dynamic community.

The Colony
The Colony

STAY

The Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has been redesigned to warrant the title as an icon of elegance with more than 80 amenities for every type of guest. Upon arrival, choose to experience the Best of Waldorf at Boca Raton Resort & Club with a special package to include a variety of activities ranging from adventure-driven to those centered on relaxation. Visitors can expect exceptional restaurants, luxurious spas and unparalleled service. Book now with rooms from $417 per night and receive a $100 resort credit based on a two-night stay.

‘Luxe Romance’ Honeymoon Package at The Brazilian Court Hotel, starting at $2,015, includes a three-day, two-night stay at The Brazilian Court Hotel. LGBTQI honeymooners will receive a chilled bottle of Champagne upon arrival, “Mr.& Mr.”, “Mrs. & Mrs.” or “Mr. & Mrs.” embroidered plush beach towels, a private Chef’s Table dinner at Café Boulud and a personal chauffeur from hotel to beach. Salon services at Frederic Fekkai, daily breakfast in bed, and the ingredients to create an intimate in-room wine-salt therapy bath at turndown succeed in creating a one of a kind honeymoon experience. General restrictions and black-out dates apply.

Palm Beach Getaway at Chesterfield Hotel is located in the heart of a residential section of Palm Beach and just two blocks north of the world famous Worth Avenue. Designed in the manner of a European bed and breakfast, it features newly renovated suites, including an 1800-square-foot penthouse with an outdoor deck and Jacuzzi. The Palm Beach Getaway package features luxurious accommodations in a room or suite, continental breakfast for two, and a romantic dinner with a bottle of wine and live entertainment in the Leopard Lounge. Prices from $420 per night. Offer valid through April 30, 2017.

The Brazilian Court Beach Club Room
The Brazilian Court Beach Club Room

Since 1947, The Colony Palm Beach has been at the center of Palm Beach social life hosting US presidents, European royalty, and American “Snowbirds” down for the winter season. Its location is ideal; adjacent to world-famous Worth Avenue in the center of the town and a short block from Palm Beach’s most renowned beach. Standard double rates from $499 per night.

Beauty & The Beach at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is an intimate ocean retreat that offers a quintessential, new-fashioned luxury to the Palm Beach experience. Set on seven oceanfront acres, the resort offers thoughtful amenities designed to encourage a vacation experience with playful touches that appeal to the modern luxury traveler. Immerse yourself in in the many wonders of the Eau Spa. Explore the Self-Centered Garden and relax in the shallow spa pools or sunbathe and take a dip in the Atlantic. The Beauty and the Beach package includes overnight accommodations and one 60-minute spa treatment at Eau Spa per day.  Restrictions may apply. Rooms from $879 with a two night minimum.

Hilton West Palm Beach
Hilton West Palm Beach

Soak Up The Sun In Style at Seagate Hotel with its beach-chic façade, inside guests relax in contemporary comfort surrounded by 7,000-gallon aquariums, a 2,500-gallon shark tank, and sea-inspired fixtures evoking tropical tranquility.  Enjoy luxuriously appointed guest rooms with the finest features, a full-service spa and fitness center, a poolside paradise, six distinctive dining venues, and endless amenities. The Soak Up The Sun In Style package includes a one-night stay in Deluxe accommodations, Seagate signature beach towel, luxury beach bag and sunscreen. Rooms from $499 per night. Use promo code: PKGBCH.

EVENTS

PrideFest from March 25 – March 26, 2017 has over 20,000 attendees annually, PrideFest of Lake Worth has grown from a small celebration to one of the largest festivals in South Florida. Since 1992, this festival has developed into The Palm Beaches’ largest gay and lesbian visibility event. This two-day occasion, from noon to 6:00 p.m. both days, brings together a community of local residents and guests to honor the passion for diversity and growth in community throughout the area. Live musical entertainment, merchandise booth vendors and local foods fill the space and invite all to celebrate LGBTQI pride with its annual parade. The Sunday Parade on March 26, 2017 begins at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Lake Worth along Lucerne and Lake Avenues.

Gay Polo
Gay Polo

International Gay Polo Tournament takes place April 6 – 9, 2017 with elaborate tailgate competitions to the constant flow of Champagne, enjoy the festivities of the 8th International Gay Polo Tournament in The Palm Beaches. Set at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, North America’s only high goal polo venue, the 2017 International Gay Polo Tournament will take place April 6 – 9, 2017. The Gay Polo League (GPL) VIP Tent on tournament day is the ultimate in polo experience with tableside service, an open bar and VIP parking. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels, and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport.