By Regina Lynch Hudson
Singer Island, a tiny settlement named after sewing machine magnate Paris Singer, unfolds seven miles of seamlessly stitched Riviera beachfront. Positioned between Jupiter and Palm Beach on Florida’s glistening Gold Coast, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal resting pad to take in the island’s most alluring tapestry — its sweeping shores and seductive seascape.
The close-knit island community offers every recreational and leisure activity you could possibly desire — mangrove forests, hiking trails, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, cycling and sailing. I chose to kick off my heels and vegetate for a week in Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa’s environment of exquisite tranquility. Frankly, there are times when you don’t want to do anything more exerting than digging your toes in the sand while inhaling the salty breeze.
Suite Outlook: It gets no sweeter than a penthouse-type vista, so you can imagine my surprise when I found myself stationed on an upmost floor in a condo-suite, showcasing a 180 degree panorama of the Atlantic. Every single suite of the 21-story AAA four-diamond Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa features a terraced veranda, and either an ocean view or an island view of the Intercoastal waterway.
I vowed to never put on shoes again, as I traipsed throughout my luxurious two-bedroom condo-in-the-sky. From the epicurean kitchen to the living room, floor-to-ceiling windows spanned the entire seaside elevation, making for a picturesque backdrop. I surrendered to hours of serenity on my private wrap-around balcony, where I drifted fast asleep — only to be awakened by the tell-tale tingling of sunburn.
Onsite, there’s an infinity pool and a grotto-style lagoon pool, should you take a notion for a swim after a day of sunbathing. Flaunting over 23,000 square feet of outdoor space and a plush interior, the property catapults the Marriott brand to a whole new level.
Gone Fishing: Singer Island is a world-class sport fishing destination, and fishing charters are a leading tourist attraction. In fact, Singer Island is host to the oldest Sail Fish Tournament in the world, an impassioned event that takes place every January.
An early sunrise stroll along the strip, bordering the resort, yielded a serendipitous encounter — with a lone fisherman who had a spare fishing rod to share. My new fisher-friend didn’t seem to mind that I interrupted his sacred Sunday morning ritual of meditative angling to the rhythm of the waves. He only caught one fish that morning. But he explained, it’s not about the quantity of fish caught, it’s about finding therapeutic settings that bring peace to the soul and spirit.
Spa Escape: An appointment at the resort’s in-house ‘SiSpa’ was a mood-calming indulgence that rates right up there with the rapture of reeling in a 10-pound big mouth bass. Eight treatment suites are titled after seas from around the globe — and spa services will transport you to indescribable depths of euphoria.
The rejuvenating SiSpa DREAMER package consisted of a signature massage, a hydrafacial, manicure and pedicure. The ‘Get up and Glow Resurfacing Facial’ proved to be a soothing experience, following days spent lolling the beaches of Singer Island.
Gourmet Catch: A prime fine dining establishment on the island, the oceanfront 3800 Ocean, borrows its name from the resort’s address. The enticing menu best captures the essence of South Florida’s fresh crops, melded with globally-inspired dishes invented by a diverse cadre of chefs. Between the extraordinarily friendly wait staff and a gratifying menu, I invested two hours lingering over an appetizer of Crispy Crab Cake, followed by the most devine Orange-Soy Glazed Grilled Cobia to ever bless my taste buds. I’m thinking about taking up fishing again. AT