Located exactly one hour north of Palm Beach is Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, a stunning, tranquil beach-side resort on Hutchinson Island in the town Jensen Beach. As guest step inside, they are greeted by a warm and friendly color spectrum of blues, greens and pearl that reflect the beauty of the ocean’s coastline. The resort, which is perfect for both couples and families of all ages, boasts a signature spa, two pools and cabanas, three resort dining options including Drift Kitchen + Bar, endless beach-side activities, a gym, and so much more that is waiting to be discovered.
Upon check in, my husband and I were warmly greeted by the staff and General Manager. Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests throughout the entire stay. We also received a warm reception in our room with a full cheese board with dried fruits, pimentos, nuts, and house made jams and preserves, along with a bottle of sparkling Pellegrino water. For all guests, fresh fruit is available on each floor, and freshly baked cookies are available after 4pm every evening. Bottled water and ice is available around the clock.
The gym offers a wide range of fitness equipment as well as free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and apparatuses. A Peloton bike is available for guests to sign in either to a guest account or to their own and take their virtual indoor cycling, yoga, meditation, and weight training classes. I would also recommend taking a morning jog on the beach beginning between 6:30 and 7:30am during the sunrise, when the views are exceptionally breathtaking. Even from our room where we had a sweeping balcony view of the ocean, we were able to capture the most beautiful images of the sunrise and sunset each day.
I had the pleasure of experiencing an 80 minute Opal Oasis massage at the Spa. I believe that no vacation is ever complete without a spa treatment, and I had the most fun chatting with my massage therapist prior to my treatment. She was so fun and friendly, with a cheerful smile and welcoming demeanor as she offered me a plate of macarons (I can never resist macarons) and a cup of sparkling water. What is unique about the Opal Oasis massage is that it can be completely customized; for example, I chose to divide the massage into a facial, foot massage, scalp massage, and full body massage concentrating on my upper back and shoulders.
Additional treatments at the Spa that await guests include skincare treatments, reflexology, body treatments including hydrating wraps, and day packages with treatments lasting between 90 minutes to 2 1/2 hours.
Some of our favorite breakfast menu items include the Stone Ground Grits with Butter and Cheddar Cheese; and the Amaretto French Toast served with Toasted Almond, Sweet Mascarpone, Banana, Warm Maple Syrup. My husband’s favorite was the Breakfast Panini which was also recommended by our waitress, served with Cage-Free Eggs, Fontina Cheese, Arugula, Griddled Ham, and Warm Tomato on Ciabatta with Roasted Garlic Aioli. Another notable favorite by guests is the Crab Cake Benedict with Arugula, Roasted Tomatoes, Crab Cake, and Traditional Hollandaise.
For lunch, Dune Beach Bar served as the perfect oceanfront spot for cocktails and for splitting their Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Shrimp, Avocado Salsa, Crispy Slaw, and Sriracha Aioli wrapped Warm Flour Tortilla. We paired the tacos with piña coladas after a long swim in the ocean that was even warmer than the Caribbean. We were luck to spot a manatee while we were seated in the beach chairs, attracting several young guests and their families to watch the manatee swim parallel to the shore.
Our dinner experience was extraordinarily relaxing as we spent more than two hours enjoying our meal and watching the sunset. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and recommended various dishes which were all spot on, including their beloved House Special Meatballs with Butcher’s Blend, San Marzano Tomato-Basil Marinara, and Creamy Whipped Ricotta Cheese; and their Bruschetta with Toasted Ciabatta, Vine-Ripened & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Crumbled Goat Cheese, and Aged Balsamic to start.
Their Wood Fire Pizzas are especially popular which can be customized with any fresh ingredients and toppings, and the pastas are all made in house daily. We even got to see the chef prepping ad making the pizza dough and pasta when we first arrived to the resort during the early afternoon.
For our main course, we split the Chairman’s Reserve Center Cut Filet with Hand-Cut Beef, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Charred Asparagus, and Gorgonzola Butter; and the Pistachio Crusted Ahi Tuna special that was out of this world delicious and very satisfying.
Drift Kitchen + Bar also has a private dining room is available for parties as large as sixteen. As Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for weddings, their private dining room is perfect for an intimate rehearsal dinner or brunch the morning after the wedding. The resort is also a perfect destination for celebrating weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and get together celebrations with family and friends.
Learn more about their on-site dining selections, including each restaurant’s menus and information, by clicking here.
Hutchinson Shores has a weekly activities program that is not only perfect for everyone, it includes activities that are interactive with each other as well as the magnificent coastal surroundings. These activities include seashell collecting, a sea turtle scavenger hunt, dive-in movies at Reflections Pool, yoga classes, evening drum circles on the beach, and more.
If you wish to venture of the property for a little while, Jensen Beach is home to a variety of attractions, museums and outdoor activities. Perhaps you may wish to rent a bike, go kayaking, or even a manatee and dolphin boat tour. Nearby attractions include a range of art galleries, Elliott Museum, Florida Oceanographic Society, and Palm Beach Gardens Mall.
Experience the breadth and beauty at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa as my family and I did and begin to plan your escape to the coast of Florida today.
https://www.hutchinsonshores.com // 877-502-4653