Posts Tagged ‘Palm Beach’

White Elephant Palm Beach Boutique Hotel to Open Late 2019

May 29, 2019

Palm Beach, Florida © Karen Rubin/

White Elephant Palm Beach, a luxury boutique hotel located on Sunset Avenue in the heart of Palm Beach, will open late 2019. The new hotel, being completely redeveloped by Boston-based New England Development, represents the total renovation of the former Bradley Park Hotel – which dates back to the 1920’s – and its transformation into one of the most luxurious properties in Palm Beach.

The project reflects the standard of outstanding hospitality already established by New England Development in their waterfront White Elephant Nantucket and highlights the synergy between two legendary resort destinations.  “Our main mission is to combine our vision of hospitality with the ethos and style of casually elegant Palm Beach,” comments Douglass Karp, President, New England Development. He notes: “We are pleased to combine our promise of service excellence with the exciting tradition of hospitality in this legendary resort destination. We feel right at home in Palm Beach.”

New England Development retained noted architectural firm Elkus Manfredi to create a design respectful of the unique history of Palm Beach while reflecting the mood, pulse, refinement, and ethos of the modern, sophisticated traveler.  The new hotel embraces the history of the existing four-story landmark building adjacent to Bradley Park. The design of White Elephant Palm Beach will be a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean-revival architecture, totally at home and reflective of the life and history of its setting.

The 32-key hotel, with 13 rooms and 19 spacious suites, will be residential in scale with outdoor spaces and lush landscaping. The rooms and suites will have outdoor balconies with landscaping. Both penthouse suites will offer large living rooms with fully equipped kitchens and large outdoor terraces with coastal views.

The layout of the hotel takes advantage of outdoor spaces featuring a u-shaped outdoor courtyard, which will be the social heart of the hotel and the setting for an inviting pool environment and an outdoor seating.  A new signature restaurant, private dining rooms and outdoor seating will be incorporated while maintaining the ambiance of a boutique resort.

The interior design will capture the spirit of a grand home with hard wood floors, elegant tiles, woven rugs, all interpreted with contemporary style. The interior colors will reflect the special quality of Palm Beach light in soft neutrals. The exterior walls of the Mizner-style architecture will feature a light creamy-white color with classic black-and-white striped awnings, charcoal-grey roof tiles and black trim creating a fresh, sophisticated look to the classic structure.

The hotel stands one street north of Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach’s original Main Street and less than two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. It is located on the corner of Sunset Avenue, the southeast corner of Bradley Place, adjacent to the intra-coastal waterway. White Elephant Palm Beach is adjacent to Bradley Park, which has been restored and serves as a grand lawn to the hotel. In recent years, this historic area of Palm Beach has undergone a revitalization including the development of the Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping area and the completion of the Flagler Memorial Bridge.

New England Development (NED) is one of the nation’s premier real estate development and management companies, led by Chairman Stephen R. Karp, Vice Chairman Steven S. Fischman, and President Douglass E. Karp.  As part of NED’s national portfolio that includes retail, mixed-use, and hospitality assets, plus marinas and golf courses, the company operates luxury hotels on Nantucket, MA, including White Elephant and The Wauwinet. Both hotels are on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and are recipients of the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award.  In addition, NED was a major part of the team that developed the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

New England Development also developed and manages the 440,000 SF Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach and the adjacent 300,000 SF Marketplace at the Outlets, located directly off Interstate 95 on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL.


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Save the Florida Panther Day at Palm Beach Zoo, March 16

March 6, 2013
Palm Beach Zoo lost its only Florida panther with the passing of Colin Patrick last March. The two cats you currently see in the Florida wetlands exhibit, Washington and Idaho, are western cougars.

Palm Beach Zoo lost its only Florida panther with the passing of Colin Patrick last March. The two cats you currently see in the Florida wetlands exhibit, Washington and Idaho, are western cougars.

With fewer than 100 left in the wild, the Florida panther is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. You can learn how to protect our state’s official animal during a state-wide observance of Save the Florida Panther Day at the Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Save the Florida Panther Day will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This state-wide event focuses on the importance of saving the critically-endangered animal. Special keeper talks at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will incorporate the history, habitat stresses and conservation efforts surrounding the Florida panther. Activities will also include interactive children’s games and educational crafts in the Florida Pioneer House near the panther exhibit.

Palm Beach Zoo lost its only Florida panther with the passing of Colin Patrick last March. The two cats you currently see in the Florida wetlands exhibit, Washington and Idaho, are western cougars. They are members of the same puma family, but a different subspecies. Washington and Idaho serve as ambassadors for the Florida panther.

It has been illegal to hunt Florida panthers since 1958. They have been on the federal endangered species list since 1967 and on the state’s endangered list since 1973. There are several reasons for their decline in population: habitat loss, disease and collisions with vehicles.

The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard, just east of I‐95 between Southern and Forest Hill Boulevards. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit

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