Boca Raton Resort & Club

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My daughter Brooke and I were excited to visit the Boca Raton Resort & Club, part of the Waldorf Astoria collection. We had heard many good things about this hotel but we were not prepared for the jaw dropping, immaculate, vast property.

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I made a sharp right turn onto a palm lined driveway and there in front of us was a pink…… Boca Pink, gatehouse and behind that a large fountain and topiary trees. “We are expecting you Ms. Utter, enjoy your stay” said the guard. I drove down the drive slowly to take in the beautifully manicured gardens and pulled up to the main entrance. One bellman opened my door and another opened the passenger door for Brooke. We had arrived!

This is a place that reminded me of the movie Casablanca. I almost expected Bogart to walk up to a piano and say, “Play it again Sam.”
Exquisite large fresh floral arrangements and fruit infused water await guests upon arrival. While we were there we never saw any lines….except for all the Bentley’s queued up for parking!

Built in 1926 the property has lots of opulent character. Look up and you will notice that the ceilings are ornate and reminiscent of gothic design. It is like walking through a movie set/museum. This masterpiece property was designed by California-born architect, Addison Mizner. The mammoth property has over 1,000 guest rooms, eleven restaurants, spa, a country club, yacht club, beach club, pools, tennis courts, golf, surfing lessons, art gallery, clothing boutiques and even its own Federal Express Office.

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Our room was on the 11th floor of the tower and had panoramic views of the bay and the multimillion dollar yachts and a glimpse of the beach below. The room was huge with luxury linens and elegant decor. Brooke and I never travel light and usually have to stuff our clothes into one closet but these rooms offer lots of closet space. A large desk sat near the window and provided me with a fantastic view for my office away from home. Every evening guests receive turn down service and Key Lime macaroons, aka Bocaroons, the signature flavor of Florida; cookies are placed on every down-filled pillow.

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Breakfast in the Palm Court is a MUST! The selection of food at the buffet was incredible. The Palm Court feels and looks as if you are in a European castle. Large windows look out onto the yachts. During World War II this room was used as a barracks and quickly became known as the most elegant barracks in history.

After our fantastic breakfast we went outside and walked around the multimillion dollar yachts. Nestled next to these is a beautiful boat that takes guest from the resort to the beach club and makes a nice little trip.

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No detail has been overlooked. Early every morning an army of staff are out discreetly polishing, cleaning, clipping and adjusting things. They all say good morning with a smile.

Museum quality art work is located all over the vast property. You can stroll around looking at it or take a guided tour.

We enjoyed The Blue, a restaurant up on the top floor of the tower. The restaurant is surrounded by windows and at night the bay area of Boca twinkles with lights from the yachts below. Intimate, comfortable seating makes you feel as if you have the place to yourself and the international staff await your every need.

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Mizner Park, an upscale, outdoor shopping and dining area is nearby along with the Boca Museum of Art. Even Brooke enjoyed this museum with its Pop Art that included work by Andy Warhol.

The Boca Resort & Club will not disappoint you with its over the top opulence and service. Plan a visit and give yourself a break, and a bit of the Good Life!

www.BocaResort.com 561-447-3000

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