By Narbeh Minassian
As the temperature rises and the Manhattan madness intensifies after months of work in the heart of the most bustling metropolis in the world, it may be the right time to swap the skyscrapers and suits for palm trees and swimwear.
Boca Beach Club, located on South Florida’s Gold Coast, has a selection of 212 rooms, all equipped with the essential, up to date technological amenities and a luxurious modern bathroom. The rooms take full advantage of the sun-spoiled landscape with fully windowed walls, filling the rooms with natural light. If, instead of waking up to the metallic roar of the subway you would like to rise to the sound of palm trees dancing in the breeze, then I recommend an ocean-view room.
Boca Beach Club is one of those rare resorts that can satisfy customers without them ever needing to leave the hotel, making this an ideal relaxation getaway; minimum effort for maximum comfort. Families are well catered for, with programs available for the children, such as Camp Boca, which offers educational and entertaining activities for children up to age 12. The outdoor playground should please even the most energetic youngster, but if that is not enough, the golf academy and family room will provide enough choice to keep the kids content.
For the older visitors, the main attraction may well be the noteworthy Spa Palazzo, exclusive to only those staying at the hotel. Inspired by Spain’s iconic Alhambra Palace, the Spa Palazzo is as close as you can get to archaic European architecture and luxury without the need for your passport. With nine mineral baths, Swiss and waterfall showers, a whirlpool, a steam room, sauna and inhalation room, there is not much you can’t experience. Look after your inner self too from a choice of 3 deluxe fitness suites. The Fitness Center overlooking the pool oasis is the most conveniently placed of the three and satisfies the majority of sports enthusiasts. The more avid athletes, however, are a short shuttle ride away from Cloister Fitness Center-adjacent to the Tennis and Fitness Center no less- and may be better advised to make this journey and make use of the fitness classes, high-tech equipment, and personal trainers for a truly unique approach to fitness.Visitors also have access to Flywheel Sports, a fitness group from our very own New York City, offering a variety of innovative cycling workouts that can track your progress.
Of course, those who are just after relaxation in every sense of the word are also spoilt for choice. The Marina provides vessels of varying sizes, and what you do with them is up to you. Whether you prefer to take part in fishing, water sports, or just a simple swim in the Atlantic waters, the decision is down to you. While the Marina is worth a visit, you do not need to go beyond the boundaries of the resort to enjoy water-based relaxations. Boca Beach Club takes pride in its pools with ocean front bars and personal butlers. There are 5 different swimming pools in total, all outdoor, with features ranging from underwater music to surrounding tropical gardens with exotic birdsong in the air. Staying true to its name, the hotel has access to a half a mile stretch of beach famed for its white sands and clear water.
If you can’t take the New Yorker out of you, the complimentary shuttle service takes you to collection of shops, selling fine European jewellery, exclusive designer wear and fresh foods from bakeries. While in the mood to venture beyond the beach scenery, it may be worth looking around Boca Raton, a chic area with palm-tree-lined streets right up to the ocean, where mansions and upscale boutiques are the norm, all
just 5 miles west of the resort.
Boca Beach Club is for beach lovers, sports enthusiasts and those looking for some well-earned relaxation. Here you have a right to expect the highest quality, and Boca Beach Club will not let you down on this front. I recommend this resort for a quick escape or a long weekend; a perfect way to swap the bright lights of Manhattan for the sunny shores of South Florida.
*Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Boca Raton, Fla., are kicking off summer with a value-added plan called Boca Bonus. Now through Oct. 8, guests can add a layer of great savings by booking any available package and adding the Boca Bonus. Any leisure reservation, regardless of rates and/or promotions, qualifies for the following Boca Bonus extras: complimentary upgrade on arrival (based on availability) valued up to $125, complimentary breakfast for kids aged 12 and under at Palm Court or SeaGrille, complimentary golf greens fees (cart fees apply), complimentary use of the tennis facilities, and complimentary welcome cocktails for two.