Just a few miles from the prim polish of Palm Beach's Worth Avenue lives the luxe, island-style oceanfront hotel, Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa. Featuring all the amenities you would expect from a top-of-the-line Marriott, the Singer Island property goes steps beyond — with large suites, two pools, world-class dining, and some of the friendliest service in all of South Florida.
Singer Island, technically part of the city of Riviera Beach, is a spectacular stretch of beach, perfect for those seeking a relaxed vacation just minutes from the famed restaurants and shops of downtown Palm Beach. The Marriott Resort is one of the largest (and most upscale) lodging options in the area, as well as one of the most popular, judging from the steady (and well-dressed) clientele.
All of the rooms are contemporary, condominium-style suites featuring fully-equipped kitchens, living areas, marble bathrooms, balconies, washer/dryers, flat-screen TVs, and state-of-the-art Bose speakers. The one- or two-bedroom layouts allow for excellent options for families and couples alike. Almost every suite offers an excellent view of the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. Little perks like a fully stocked fridge with juices, sodas, and wine — as well as a yummy snack corner with treats such as caramel popcorn and artisan candies — add to the appeal.
Amenity-wise, this hotel is head and shoulders above the local competition. The two outdoor pools provide a fun and active option on one side for families and a sleek, serene option on the other. The larger of the two, the grotto-style Lagoon Pool, is clearly targeted to families and features a waterfall, a large water slide, abundant lounge chairs, and evening activities like movies and pool parties. The stone border even lights up at night with changing color, making for a glowing evening view.
The sophisticated beachside pool is smaller and clearly more appropriate for the grown-up set. Private cabanas with refrigerators surround the swim area, which is bordered by lush green areas and patios (one can't help but see the resort as a perfect event or wedding location — the large ballroom helps to secure that consideration). The small fire pits and sitting areas surrounding this area create an extra cozy space.
The private beach is for hotel guests only, and chairs must be reserved in advanced (and are not free). Not surprisingly, the front row options go fast, so call ahead or head down early. Your money isn't for naught — the area is full-service, one must simply raise a flag for food or beverage service. The beach hut also offers a myriad of activities like bike rentals, jet-skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. The small shop is great for anyone who forgot sunscreen, beach toys, and the like.
The property's Si Spa houses eight treatment rooms, a steam room, a private outdoor Jacuzzi, and signature showers. The heated marble beds and relaxation area with hot tea bar, antioxidant water, and fruit selection create deep tranquility.
There are three dining options at the resort (four if you count the Starbucks/snack café in the lobby), including one well-known upscale restaurant. The Reef Tiki Bar at the pool/beach area combines a Pacific Rim-style casual menu with handmade cocktails such as the coconut island breeze served in a fresh-cracked coconut. The Lagoon Cantina at the Lagoon Pool offers casual Mexican food and fresh-made margaritas.
The resort's signature restaurant is 3800 Ocean, which offers four-star meals all day long. The setting — directly on the beach — is unbeatable. Enjoying a daytime meal on the outdoor patio is highly recommended, while the bright interior at night is lively and fun.
The breakfast selection here is abundant (hence, not included with the room) and includes delectable menu items spanning the health meter from the "Good Start" (oatmeal, cold cereal, or house-made granola with fruit and toast) to the indulgent Nutella-and-banana-stuffed brioche French toast.
Lunch offerings include traditional salads and burgers, with favorites like the colossal shrimp cocktail or the daily local catch sandwich. Dinner is the real star of the culinary show here though. The cuisine is mostly regional, inspired by South Florida’s seasonal produce and local seafood. Standouts include the yellowfin tuna, mango-avocado “Tian" starter, the finger-licking butternut squash gnocchi with sage brown butter, the twin lamb porterhouses with currant, Marcona almond couscous, minted English pea purée, and of course, the sautéed yellowtail snapper with artichoke and lemon fregola risotto. The restaurant is well-known throughout the region and caters to many locals, so reservations are strongly suggested.
Service at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island may be the ultimate winner at this resort. The staff is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. They manage to capture the "island spirit," while attending to your every need.
3800 North Ocean Drive, Singer Island Riviera Beach, FL