The Best Of Pet-Friendly Palm Beach: The Brazilian Court

From Bark Butlers to Pooch Patios, Four-Legged Friends Love This Florida Hot Spot

By Si Si Penaloza

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When your driver pulls into the porte-cochere at The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, Florida, you and your pup know you’ve have truly arrived. The exterior facade, with its gleaning, gracious arches, was built to impress a century ago—and still does. The hotel is tucked away behind a residential street, where sprightly, cheerful attendants welcome you, whether it’s your first time or you’re just back from a frolic on the beach.

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The Brazilian Court is an emblem of Palm Beach, expressing the distinct style of a community that has been described as America’s Riviera. The voluptuous, palm filled courtyard with the signature Brazilian Court fountain has hosted some of Palm Beach’s most dazzling parties since its inception. The landmark Palm Beach hotel originally opened on Jan. 1, 1926, and was built at a cost of $1 million. In 1936, the hotel underwent an expansion to double its size. Today the hotel at 301 Australian Ave. offers 80 accommodations, comprising studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

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Make no mistake, this is one of the iconic, grande dame hotels anchoring this affluent enclave. Once you set foot inside, any suspicions you may harbor about classic hotels being stodgy or musty will quickly dissipate. The opulent interior has been as lovingly maintained as the sprawling green lawns outside. Indeed The Brazilian Court has served as a Palm Beach playground for Hollywood’s elite since the 1920’s. The hotel was a cherished favorite of Greta Garbo and Gary Cooper.

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach goes way beyond pet-friendly; they’ve gone into the pet positively fabulous stratosphere. They offer the ultimate pooch-pampering package with the launch of “Bark Butler,” available now through the end of the year.

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Designed for discerning pet parents, your lucky pup will experience unparalleled luxury starting at check-in, welcomed with a BarkBox full of dog toys, treats and goodies upon arrival, monogrammed water and food bowls and a designer doggie bed. Mimosas magically appear on arrival, and daily dog walking services are provided by Four Paws of Palm Beach. Housekeeping performs nightly turndown services with hand-delivered treats.

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Rover will revel in spa treatments at OnBlonde Pet Salon, while you relish a $500 Worth Avenue shopping spree with a personal shopper. At your disposal is a dazzling array of high-end shops: Christian Dior, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton—the list is exhaustive, rivaling Rodeo Drive.

At the spa, your dog receives the full monty – a blueberry facial, dead sea salt scrub, and milk thistle paw soak. Once groomed to the nines, your pup will be camera-ready for your on-property photo shoot by Capehart Photography, complete with an 8×11 photo book featuring 40 stunning images!

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The packages’ big draw is a bark boat signature adventure aboard “The Casablanca” for a scenic five-hour private cruise. You and your best fur friend will enjoy the healing salt air,  soaking up sunshine, adventure and a catered meal.

Suites at Brazilian Court have that luxurious, stay-a-while residential feel and a sprawling layout that lets you really unwind.  Off the living room is a small kitchen area with a stocked fridge. Interiors are tastefully furnished with elegant furniture and beautiful bedding and drapery fabrics in pastel hues that complement the seaside resort’s location.

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If you’d rather be on a higher level than the garden level Brando Suite, opt for the Hepburn Suite. It’s a two-bedroom suite with lots of room for your pup to roam, and has a private terrace overlooking the pool. Alocasia and jasmine blooms perfume this rarefied air, to the delight of botanically deprived guests hailing from New York, Boston, Montreal or Toronto.

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The hotel pool screams Old Hollywood with its over-sized white umbrellas and fringe of overhanging palm trees. If your dog isn’t used to lizards and geckos, be aware that the property is home to many such critters as a result of the gorgeous landscaping. They are harmless to humans and pets, but we don’t want sensitive pooches getting spooked.

An oddity in this world of cookie-cutter hotel chains, the leadership here have retained the hotel’s sense of history and character while continually improving and updating the property to accommodate changing trends and tastes. With unparalleled access to the Atlantic Ocean, this is truly an idyllic setting for people with pets who crave meaningful bonding time, assured that they’ll feel totally relaxed and pampered. In hopes of helping local animals find forever homes, The Brazilian Court Hotel will donate five percent of each package sold to the Humane Society of Broward County.

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Palm Beach is full of vocal pet adoring residents. As a result, more and more visitors are increasingly impressed with restaurants allowing them to bring along their four-legged friends as company on their culinary engagements. A handful of local restaurants are going above and beyond ensuring the consummate pleasure of their pet guests.

Hurricane Alley Raw Bar & Restaurant in nearby Boynton Beach doesn’t merely allow pets to wait on the outdoor porch as they watch their humans indulge in sumptuous signature dishes. This restaurant welcomes dogs to dine alongside their owners with a house specialty of their own from an innovative dog menu. The “Doggie Bites” menu that has sliced roast beef for $5, four slices of bacon for $3.95 and a Harley burger – with or without cheese – for $4. Dishes are served with a dog bowl and water.

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Boston’s on the Beach is another pet friendly local classic. The outdoor patio of this Delray Beach hot spot welcomes dogs to have a bite from its “Pooch Patio” menu, featuring two scrambled eggs for $3, grilled chicken breast strips for $5, fire-seared steak for $9, or even a bone-in rib-eye steak for $24.

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At the Nauti Dawg Marina Cafe, dogs can kick back and enjoy the sunshine as long as they are leashed. Hungry pups can also order a full meal from the dog menu at this Lighthouse Point café. The “K9 Cuisine” menu features dishes made without any spices so as to not upset any stomachs, cut up into bite-sized delights and served in a dog bowl. Menu selections include four strips of bacon for $3, a 6-ounce chicken breast for $7, a 6-ounce Mahi fillet for $6, and a 6-ounce skirt steak for $6. “Yappy hour” specials are available all day Monday, offering half-off the K-9 menu.