NEW YORK — Snow birds may miss the grand opening, but Palm Beach locals are readying for the “late winter” debut of what could be their new home-away-from-home.
The Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa at the Brazilian Court Hotel, just a few blocks away from Worth Avenue, looks to feature the best of what South Florida has to offer: palm trees, courtyard views, coquina stone and banana leaves. But a mix of Zen — from a plunging wall of water — and Roman antiquity — from ebony-stained Italian wood floors — transpose Fekkai’s thumbprint on what will be his third destination salon.
“All of it makes for a great feeling of being in an oasis,” Fekkai said, who is currently in Beverly Hills.
The 1,600-square-foot space on the ground floor of the luxury hotel — which also houses a restaurant from beloved chef Daniel Boulud — features wenge-wood cabinetry, a white onyx reception desktop and bronze accents on mirrors and the Frédéric Fekkai logo. Interior design is by Leslie Schlesinger Interiors; architecture is by Greg Boner, both of Palm Beach.
The space encompasses 10 styling stations, two treatment rooms and a manicure station. A French bay window looks out on the hotel’s pool. Judging from the salon’s space and materials, industry sources expect Fekkai to be spending close to $1 million to build the new outpost.
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