From one vacation destination to another, Nantucket’s iconic White Elephant Resort will open a sister property in Palm Beach in April 2020. Previews of the renovated historic hotel will begin in February, when their signature restaurant Lola 41 – a Nantucket staple – begins serving its globally-inspired dishes and local seafood specialties. The new hotel, being completely reimagined by Boston-based New England Development, represents the total renovation of the Bradley Park Hotel, which dates back to the 1920’s and was one of the first hotels in the area. Draped in a neutral color palate, the property will bring seaside New England charm to South Florida.
Located on Sunset Avenue, White Elephant Palm Beach will boast 32 keys, with 13 rooms and 19 suites. Spread across four stories, the hotel will maintain the welcoming feel of a private residence, with each accommodation offering a private outdoor space. The two penthouse suites are ideal for those who want to entertain, with large living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, and terraces that can accommodate group events. With views of Bradley Park and the intracoastal, the Park Suite is a three-bedroom that can be expanded into four; and the ocean-facing Palm Suite is a two-bedroom that can be expanded into three.
Contrary to the bright pinks and greens that dominate the Palm Beach aesthetic, the new White Elephant brings the subtlety of New England luxury to the South Florida social scene. The design will capture the spirit of a grand home while maintaining the ambiance of a landmarked boutique hotel. Of particular note is the original fireplace in the lobby, which has been restored to the grandeur of the Golden Age. The hardwood floors, Carrara marble, elegant tiles and woven rugs are all interpreted with contemporary style. The walls will be blanketed with over 100 pieces of vibrant and colorful artwork personally curated by the owners. Outside, the Mizner-style facade will be painted a light, creamy-white color with classic black-and-white striped awnings, charcoal-grey roof tiles and black trim to bring a fresh, sophisticated look to the classic structure. Guests will be welcomed onto the property by a seven-foot white elephant statue by Santa Fe-based artist Fredrick Prescott.
The layout of the hotel takes advantage of the South Florida sunshine and features a U-shaped outdoor courtyard that will be the social heart of the hotel – a place to relax and recharge, whether lounging on the patio or around the pool. The landscaping features mature, local flora and fauna to surround guests in lush colors and tropical fragrances.
Among the amenities, guests will have complimentary use of Priority Bicycles and BMW vehicles, as well as exclusive access to Barton & Gray yachts for parties or excursions.
“Our main mission is to combine our vision of hospitality with the ethos and style of casually elegant Palm Beach,” comments Douglass Karp, President of New England Development. He notes that, “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. As the building is listed with the Landmark Preservation Commission, the team worked tirelessly with the Town of Palm Beach to create a new hotel that embraces the history of the existing building while incorporating a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean-revival architecture.
The hotel stands one street north of Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach’s original Main Street, less than two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and one block from the intracoastal waterway. White Elephant Palm Beach is adjacent to Bradley Park, which will serve as a grand lawn to the hotel, and it is less than a half a mile away from the newly redeveloped Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping complex.
About New England Development
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 are recipients of Conde Nast Travelers’ Readers’ Choice Award. In 2019, TOPPER’s was also named AAA’s only “Five Diamond” restaurant on Nantucket and has been a recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” for 24 consecutive years. 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.