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EXTENDED SUMMER AT THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL PALM BEACH

James Andrew – The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach. Sporting a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, white cotton French cuff shirt, pink and green silk madras pants, pink silk brocade slippers, green and white silk hounds tooth pocket square, Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cufflinks, Cartier “Tank Divan,” and Creed Windsor fragrance.

Scott McBee and I have been pretty busy this summer and haven’t really had time for proper holidays, so we treated ourselves to a few mini-getaways instead!

Palm Beach is always a preferred destination and quite handy to New York – just a quick 2 hour flight. Some super chic friends of ours recently shared their gorgeous photos of the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Suitably intrigued, it was not long before McBee and I sorted some rooms there and were on our way!

I’ve always looked for hotels that capture the essence of a place, and I am quite pleased to say the Brazilian Court captures Palm Beach in the most wonderful way. The hotel was designed by famed architect Rosario Candela in 1926 and doubled in size come the mid-30s at the hand of the legendary Palm Beach architect, Maurice Fatio. A series of courtyards, lush tropical gardens, and classical/Renaissance architecture in the Mediterranean style give it a crisp elegant beauty. While there (and we were treated to the sublime “Astaire Suite”) one has the feeling of being a guest at a marvelous Palm Beach estate – true tropical splendor! And it is located right in the center of town with all the best of Palm Beach only a short stroll away.

We really had no mission other than to luxuriate and decompress – so most days we started with a brilliant breakfast at Cafe Boulud – the hotel’s restaurant), then we’d head off to lounge poolside. Later, we’d take a walk to the beach, maybe promenade down Worth Avenue, and follow this by a relaxing lunch at the Surfside Diner.

James Andrew. At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach wearing a Tom Ford cotton floral shirt, white cotton twill pants, magenta ikat velvet slippers, “Sergio” sunglasses, Lock & Co Hatters – straw panama hat, Cartier Tank Divan, James Kiel Patrick woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance.

We’d get dressed for the evenings, and dined at some of our favorite “old school” Palm Beach restaurants like Bice which has magnificent Milanese cuisine. On another night our dear friend Tom Samet gathered together a chic collection of friends and took us to a divine dinner at Buccan which serves innovative American cuisine made with fresh well-sourced ingredients.

September is a marvelous month to visit Palm Beach, with amazing deals to be had on hotels and dining, and it is so incredibly peaceful. It’s almost as hot in New York as it is in Palm Beach but one has a pool and the beach to enjoy, making it the perfect venue for an extended summer getaway.

TENNIS ANYONE?

James Andrew – Tennis!

As a boy, tennis was one of the only sports that I actually enjoyed and had some success at, and my high school was pretty progressive offering it year round! Team sports never appealed to me much – with individual sports, how well or poorly you do is completely up to you, you only have yourself to answer to!

I continued to play here and there throughout my life, but less and less frequently as time went on. This past week I was in Bedford NY with a dear client who plays with a tennis pro. She insisted that I bat a few balls around. Somewhat reluctantly I agreed – it really had been some time since I’d picked up a racquet. Well it was an instant reconnect for me – and reminded me of the pleasure I’d taken in tennis. Thankfully a few years ago I scored a fab pair of Tom Ford tennis shorts (read: hot pants), so now being already well attired, I am happy to say I am back in the game! Tennis anyone?

I’m photographed wearing an old school 70s style tennis ensemble – Tom Ford ivory tennis shorts, Uniqlo cotton mesh shirt, Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes, Cartier Tank Divan, and a Head tennis racquet.

FOUR SEASONS SUMMER HOLIDAY PART 2

I’m dressed to celebrate our last evening at the Four Seasons Surf Club with a farewell dinner at Le Sirenuse Miami in a Tom Ford Ivory linen sateen suite, linen voile royal blue gingham shirt, royal and ivory silk dot print pocket square, blue silk brocade evening slippers, Cartier Tank Divan, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor

A few long, languid, and luxurious days are just what we needed, and the Four Seasons Surf Club provided us with the most sublime backdrop. We really had no desire to leave the property as everything one could possibly want was already there! Winston Churchill once proclaimed as a guest at the legendary Surf Club: “I just want a little sun, solitude, serenity, and something to eat and perhaps something to drink.” We are quite confident that the statesmen’s needs were more than met!

The Surf Club archive is not simply the story of The Surf Club; it’s a tale of America itself, a gorgeous parade of lost evenings that makes you ache with longing for a time when people dressed for dinner, smoked and drank heedlessly, and never ever broke their aesthetic stride in their pursuit of a good time.
– From Tom Austin’s Assouline book: The Surf Club

All this being said, I did want to get into the spirit of things when the Surf Club was a place where people would dress up, so every night I did indeed dress up for dinner and had great fun in my tropical fineries!

Dressed for a pre-dinner cocktail at the Le Sirenuse Miami Champagne Bar, then off to dinner in Coral Gables with legendary aesthete Juan P Luria. I am sporting a linen guayabera, by Debra Torres, Tom Ford floral pants, Ralph Lauren white leather driving shoes, Cartier Tank Divan watch, my fragrance Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi

We did have one irresistible invitation from the legendary aesthete Juan P. Luria that drew us away from our digs to dine in Coral Gables where Luria served us the most delicious food, accompanied by endless glasses of champagne and wine. All was served with elegant china, crystal, and silver. Of course the topic of discussion revolved around beauty in all its forms. It was a magical evening.

We returned to Le Sirenuse on our last night for a fabulous farewell Miami dinner. We just couldn’t get enough of the Sersale’s brilliance! It is certainly one of the chicest places in Florida if not all of the US.

We booked an early evening flight from Miami to return to New York which gave us almost a full day to soak up a few more moments of luxury. It was a most perfect summer holiday and we cannot wait to return!