Accessible and Exceptional Elegance at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
The Hammock Garden at Jupiter Beach (Photo by Michael Schottey)
Yeah, I could live here…
When Dorothy of Kansas clicked her heels together and said, “There’s no place like home,” she had clearly never been to a place quite like Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, which is nestled into the palm hammock of Jupiter Beach, Florida. As part of the Opal Collection, the resort is helping raise the bar of Florida resort excellence, and the way in which they’re doing so is absolutely perfect for travelers of all stripes.
The word that kept coming back to me as I toured the property was, “accessible,” and Director of Sales & Marketing Diane D’Amico thought the word perfectly fit what they’re trying to accomplish with the property.
There’s a sweet spot between wowing people with an over-the-top resort experience and making them feel so comfortable in the resort surroundings that it feels like a second home. Jupiter Beach Resort walks that fine line with aplomb. Nothing is done poorly, and each and every piece of the property feels as inviting as it is elegant. Nothing is garish or feels too nice to touch and the resort staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly.
The entire resort is done in dark tropical woods and a muted island-inspired color scheme. My first inclination was that it felt like a stateroom on an old luxury cruise liner from a bygone era, but more and more, the sea air and sunshine combined with the room to make it feel like an island mansion. The meeting and event spaces keep this same level of elegance, while the spa brings it to a whole new level.
Walking back into the spa area was akin to stepping into another world. With soft lighting and warm relaxing aromas added to over top of the decor, it had me clamoring to see if I could rearrange my schedule for an appointment (or three). The resort also has a full-service salon, which is absolutely perfect for weddings. This summer, the spa is offering a “Sun-Sation” package, which includes two 50-minute services for $159.
Because, when I say “accessible,” I also mean elegance with value.
The staff is consistently innovating ways to add that value, which is a natural need since Jupiter and the North Palm Beach area is not a typical Florida destination. One stay at Jupiter Beach Resort could easily change that for any traveler, however, when one realizes that the experience is nearly identical and more exceptionally done to similar properties a few hours south in Miami done at twice the price.
Values like that can occasionally turn off experienced travelers who might turn up their nose and wonder why a perennial AAA Four-Star location needs “deals” to bring people in, but it might be better to stash those reservations and make some actual reservations at the resort to see for yourself. It’s a hidden gem that knows it’s a hidden gem and is practically rolling out the red carpet to make sure people know they can take advantage of a world-class experience.
A really good example of this is the on-property fine dining restaurant, Sinclair’s Ocean Grill. The special the evening of my stay was a grilled bronzini and Mediterranean shrimp dish. As a lifelong foodie, I can easily put it in my “Top 5” meals all time, because it was just that good. All of Sinclair’s seafood is done as expertly well, and its land-based offerings looked just as enticing.
PHOTO: Sinclair's Ocean Grill at Jupiter Beach (Photo courtesy of Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa)
However, the accessibility of that elegance comes into play when one realizes they’re eating exceptional fine dining just a few tables over from a kid in his flip-flops eating one of the best meals of his life as well! When my older son’s kid’s menu pizza came out — served on a pizza stone with crust that rivals any pizza place in the area — both my wife and I wondered if we should’ve ordered that instead. Thankfully, there were leftovers!
The restaurant also offers specials like half off craft cocktails Sunday-Thursday, half off wine on Tuesdays and half off starters on Wednesdays.
The property also has a lot of the little touches that other resorts tend to miss. A secluded “hammock garden” of hanging swings isn’t a necessity, but for a few brief moments, you can’t imagine why any resort wouldn’t have one! My kids were hooked when they were handed plush turtles on arrival, but lost their minds when they learned about the awesomely retro gaming room. One can even check out a telescope from the front desk, head out onto the private beach and stargaze the night away — an experience potentially dwarfed by heading out to that same beach the night sea turtles are hatching!
The Jupiter area itself doesn’t scream upscale luxury, but it does exude fun, beautiful nature and scenery and is just a short drive from literally anything one could want in nightlife or shopping both in Jupiter as well as in nearby West Palm Beach. The town is almost taking its cue from the resort, as it shows signs of transforming from sleepy little beach town into luxury destination with shopping complexes and restaurants that add a little gilded edge to small-town Florida life.
Jupiter offers world-class fishing due to its location by the Gulfstream and features plenty of natural Florida beauty. Go climb the picturesque and historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse or head to one of the many (free) wildlife conservation centers within minutes from the resort. My entire family enjoyed the Loxahatchee River Center, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary and especially the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which has treated and released well over 1,000 sea turtles. We also spent an evening on Jupiter’s Riverwalk, which provided a nice relaxing stroll as well as plenty to see and do.
If you can pull away from Sinclair’s, the property also has a relaxed poolside venue called “The Sandbar” which also offers service at the pool and on the resort’s secluded, private beach. Off the resort, the area has tons of incredible dining opportunities including Guanabanas, which feels like you’re eating in a beach-front tropical tree house and was recommended by just about everyone from the resort; as well as Little Moir’s Food Shack which comes recommended by Zagat as one of the best restaurants not only in Florida, but in the entire country. Its “Sweet and Spicy” bowl with coconut rice rivaled the grilled bronzini from Sinclair’s as the best food on our trip.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa will make you feel like you’re home in a way most have not experienced both with top-notch amenities and service as well as a beautiful location and attitude. Once you get there, you will not want to leave.
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