by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 01, 2015
Why Here?
The Florida communities that make up the Palm Beaches -- Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach (above), Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton -- offer a diverse variety of settings and venues, ranging from traditional to hip, for hosting meeting and incentive groups.

HQ Debut
The 403-room Hilton West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center is on track to open in late 2015. The headquarters property, adjacent to the city's convention facility, will feature two ballrooms and eight conference rooms; a 1,700-square-foot gym; a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating; a 27,000-square-foot pool deck with cabanas and a fire pit, and various event lawns. Stay tuned for further details.

Bureau Rebrand
The Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau changed its name last year to Discover The Palm Beaches. The organization's website was updated as well, to

Turtles and Others
Have your group of 10 or more spend a morning or afternoon getting acquainted with local wildlife via an eco tour in Juno Beach run by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. 
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Local Update

The 134-room Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa has opened in Palm Beach. The property, formerly the Omphoy Ocean Resort, is now managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Amenities include a fitness center, 6,000 square feet of meeting space and a business center. The property's 5,900-square-foot spa is slated to open this spring with seven treatment rooms.

The Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton, a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, has opened with 139 guest rooms (all with large private balconies), two restaurants, an outdoor pool and a waterside promenade with a marina. The resort's 8,000 square feet of meeting space includes the Starlight Room on the penthouse level, which sports floor-to-ceiling water views and can host up to 100 people, and a ballroom that can accommodate 200.

The 1,049-room Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has completed a $30 million renovation of its 318-room Cloister building, which dates from 1926. The resort has a total of 150,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space.

The 95-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Delray Beach has opened with two meeting rooms and a fitness center.

The 189-room Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is undergoing a series of renovations. Public spaces, including the lobby and bar, will be updated with new furniture, increased Wi-Fi bandwidth and charging stations. The resort has seven meeting rooms.

Downtown West Palm Beach will welcome its first extended-stay property, the 152-suite Residence Inn by Marriott, later this year. The nine-story hotel will include two meeting rooms and will be within walking distance of the Palm Beach County Convention Center, shopping and dining at CityPlace, and the downtown hub that stretches along Clematis Street.

On the northern boundary of Palm Beach County is the new 179-room Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. The property has 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

Designer Carleton•Varney recently revamped all of the 90 guest rooms and suites at The Colony Palm Beach, a boutique property just 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.

In Delray Beach, the 27-room Crane's BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar has completed a $500,000 refurbishment that transformed four suites into villas. The boutique resort can host small meetings.

The Delray Sands Resort has finished a major renovation that included its lobby, restaurant, and 115 guest rooms and suites.