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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hunt for Bargains in West Palm Beach

Where there are millionaires with remodeled mansions, there are furnishings at fire-sale prices. South Florida’s Antique Row is brimming with coveted castaways.

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1. Where to Stay

The Breakers Palm Beach  

Hotel Biba (from $180) brings a riot of retro Carnaby Street color to pastel Palm Beach. A former motor lodge designed by Biba fashion designer Barbara Hulanicki, the 41-room boutique hotel is located just around the corner from the shops on Antique Row. Ask for rooms 132 through 137, filled with vintage mod furniture, and set back from the constant hum of South Dixie Highway.

Just steps from the luxe art galleries and designer shops on Worth Avenue, the Colony (from $440) isn’t the place to find bargains. But you will see a lot of powder-blue Bentleys and Lily Pulitzer prints.

Set on 140 oceanfront acres, the legendary Breakers resort (from $495) is over-the-top in every way possible. Take a breather from antiquing and relax at one of the five pools, get pampered at the 20,000-square-foot spa, or grab a cocktail at the outrageously ornate Tapestry Bar. The resort is extremely popular with vacationing families, so stay away during school holidays.

Published on Mar 7, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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