Palm Beach is exceptional because it could not have been any other way. It’s an island — literally and metaphorically — founded as a Gilded Age resort by Henry Morrison Flagler at the turn of the last century. Beneath the swaying palms he built a fabulous Beaux-Arts mansion and luxury hotels, and the wealthy of the world followed him there. From the very start, Palm Beach defined exclusivity. Though it’s now connected to the mainland by bridges, Palm Beach remains a place set apart. It’s a world unto itself, a city with global tastes and residents who clearly value the finer things in life. Every aspect of the island, from its spectacular private residences to its immaculate public parks, is designed with luxury in mind.