By GERRY and PAMELA BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
SINGER ISLAND_Located on a beach, facing the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to Ocean Reef Park and east of the Intra-Coastal, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa rises 21 stories on this barrier island. Its accommodations and amenities are a magnet for both locals and visitors from all over the world seeking to soak up Florida's sunshine, breezes and hospitality.
While we've been long-time fans of Happy Hour at the 3800 Lounge, we had a recent opportunity to book an overnight stay. If a trip to Singer Island is in your future, here are 10 things you'll love about the Singer Island Marriott:
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa
3800 North Ocean Drive
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
The Rooms. The resort boasts 193 one-and-two-bedroom suites. Ours was a one-bedroom on the 20th floor, with an expansive view of both the ocean and the Intra-Coastal. Stylishly appointed, it was more like a high-end apartment. Oversized windows accent the view. It came with a complete kitchen, including a washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances and gleaming black granite countertops. The bedroom featured a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower. And of course a private balcony to take in the view or just relax. For entertainment, we had flat screen TVs in both rooms, along with Internet connections. Basically, everything you need so you never really want to ever check out.
3800 Ocean. This is the resort's signature restaurant. The first thing you can't help but notice is the wall of windows providing a glorious view of the Atlantic. And while nighttime dimmed the view for us, it heightened the romance at our candle-lit table. Our friendly and knowledgeable server added to the experience. But of course the main event here is the food. We kicked things off with the Fried Green Tomatoes and Pork Belly Confit, featuring Bacon-Onion Marmalade and Jumbo Lump Crab Remoulade ($16). It arrived in two stacks, which we quickly reduced in size. For the entree, I went with the special, a blackened snapper, while Pam opted for the Crispy Florida Flounder ($34). While mine was good, the flounder was the star of the meal. The tempura was perfectly prepared; the Asian slaw a nice complement. Dessert was the Guava Key Lime Tart ($9). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fried Green Tomatoes Crispy Florida Flounder Guava Key Lime Tart
Local Attractions. Just looking for a change of scene? There's no shortage of things to do in the area. Golf at nearby clubs, like the North Palm Beach Country Club. Book a fishing charter and go after the "big one." Love adventure? There's scuba diving, snorkeling and jet skiing close at hand. Head for downtown West Palm Beach for shopping and sightseeing. Baseball fans can even get in on spring training by the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. Plus lots more.