JETSET EXPERIENCES: Eau Palm Beach, a Magical retreat in southern Florida

“Magical.”  This seemed the most fitting answer when my Romanian massage therapist, Silvia, asked “How was the experience?”  The spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, formerly the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, is certainly an experience.  My interest was piqued when I learned that rather than dried fruit and infused water, guests are welcomed with sparkling wine and cupcakes!  How could I possibly go wrong?  This playful theme prevails throughout, most notably with a clock whose minute hand turns counter clockwise, essentially turning back time, reminding new arrivals to Pause. Play. Perfect.

Their unique ritual begins with a candle ceremony where a wish is made and then the floating votive is carefully placed in their “wishing well”.  The only rule is that the wish must be self-indulgent.  Wishing for world peace, for example, is off limits.  Wishing for eternal youth: perfect!

Next I was escorted through the expansive outdoor courtyard to my treatment room: Villa Proud.  Neighboring salons were named Villa Naughty and Villa Greedy, to paint a more colorful picture.  And the room itself was colorful too, with a range of hues offered to match your aura.  I selected teal.  The next decision: aromatherapy selection.  Lavender and peppermint appealed most: Pause.  Finally, I was encouraged to enjoy a teaspoon of local honey to boost my immunity.   The journey had officially begun before any pressure had even been applied. Magical.

To learn about Julia’s recent travels through southern Florida, or to book your next magical moment, email: or call 312-574-1181.