The Breakers resort is set to undertake the final phase of its three-decade, multi-million dollar restoration with the renovation of its Mediterranean Courtyard

The Breakers resort, a landmark property known for its opulent architecture and historical significance, is poised to embark on a transformative renovation of its Mediterranean Courtyard This ambitious project, which has just received unanimous approval from the Town Council, represents the culmination of a meticulous, multi-decade restoration effort that has revitalized every corner of the resort—except for this central courtyard.

Paul Leone, the CEO of The Breakers, expressed enthusiasm about the project, describing it as the final chapter in a long series of enhancements that have breathed new life into this grand property. “This renovation is not just a refurbishment; it’s a reimagining of the space,” Leone said. The Mediterranean Courtyard, long a simple, rectangular expanse open to the skies and ringed by the resort’s imposing structure, is set to be transformed into a vibrant, welcoming oasis.

The renovation plans are detailed and ambitious. A striking glass conservatory will be constructed on the west side of the courtyard, seamlessly extending from the lobby. This new structure will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, creating a fluid, airy space where guests can enjoy light refreshments or a casual drink from the new bar. The inclusion of two elegant pergolas on the northern and southern facades of the courtyard will provide shaded retreats, marrying functionality with aesthetic appeal.

Accessibility and comfort are at the heart of the redesign. Ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will ensure that all guests, regardless of mobility, can enjoy the space. The courtyard’s landscaping will undergo a thorough upgrade—new trees, colorful ground covers, and additional trellises will lend both beauty and privacy to the area.
The need for these changes was underscored by the special exceptions granted by the council, specifically permitting the new bar in the conservatory and the outdoor seating configuration. Looking forward, the project will proceed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a design review, which is a critical next step in the renovation’s journey.

The project, slated to begin in mid-May of the next year, has already been met with positive reactions from council members. Council Member Julie Araskog praised the design, noting, “Your hotel guests deserve to have something that’s more inviting and have someplace to go.” The thoughtful integration of historical preservation with modern amenities promises to make the Mediterranean Courtyard a highlight of the resort, enhancing the overall experience for guests and marking a significant milestone in The Breakers’ storied legacy.

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