With year-round warmth, never-ending beaches and an elegant Spanish vibe, the pink city of Boca Raton is a dream destination for all ages.
Since the 1920s, Boca Raton, the southernmost city in Florida’s Palm Beach, has provided an escape for families seeking sunshine, shopping, and splendid service. Whimsical Mediterranean architecture from the late great architect Addison Mizner is in large part responsible for the area’s enduring success. He dreamed of creating something “as splendid in its entirety as Palm Beach is in spots,” and the result was nothing short of spectacular: beautiful Boca Raton, with what is now the Waldorf Astoria at its heart. This stunning oceanside resort with its Andalucian-style cloisters, ornate gardens, and a chic little marina, is as luxurious as it is laid-back. Let us be your guide…
Consistently recognized as one of the top family resorts in the USA, there’s no limit to the fun on tap at Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, especially for little ones. For starters, the resort has six pools and occupies one of the best beaches in Florida: half a mile of golden sand dotted with sink-in-and-snooze sunloungers. With more than 150 activities planned every month, there’s something to suit children of all ages. Drop them off at the kids’ Quest Club and they’ll enjoy scavenger hunts, kite-flying, basketball and football. There’s even a nightclub for teenagers. Budding environmentalists can build birdhouses, plant sunflower seeds and explore the resort’s herb and butterfly garden. But best of all, during nesting season, the resort works with conservation experts Gumbo Limbo to release hatchlings.
CONCIERGE TIP: Book a complimentary 45-minute photography session at the resort and let a professional capture precious moments on camera.
Holidays are all about trying something new, and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of surfing. At Flow House Boca, the resort’s private surf school, you can rehearse your surfing or bodyboarding skills before hitting the ocean for real, thanks to FlowRider, a state-of-the-art wave simulator—the first of its kind in Florida. There’s no safer way to get your “surf legs,” whatever your skill level, before moving on to real-life surf lessons. Prefer to stay on dry land? The resort is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses and 30 tennis courts; or how about a stroll around the resort’s 32-slip marina?
With 13 restaurants and bars, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to dining. The Morimoto Sushi Bar, designed by French architect Thierry Despont, is small but perfectly formed with four chef stations. New York City-inspired Serendipity has a menu of playful bites including açai bowls and milkshakes. Poolside, you can’t go wrong with the California-themed Shaka Bar & Grill for zesty tacos and flame-grilled burgers, and for something more European, Lucca, the resort’s Tuscan trattoria, serves authentic regional dishes with the warmth and hospitality that embodies Italian cooking.
CONCIERGE TIP: For something quick and easy, Snack has salads, pizza and hot dogs with all the toppings.
Boca Raton is blessed with a winning combination of natural beauty and culture. Make the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center your first stop and you’ll with outdoor aquariums filled with fish and turtles, woodland nature trails and an infinite supply of facts about the area’s turtle conservation program. Mizner Park is another must-visit for its impressive open-air amphitheater (check ahead for scheduled concerts) and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Alternatively, at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, you’ll find a slice of heaven sprinkled with koi ponds, waterfalls and iguanas.
You are unlikely to leave Boca Raton empty-handed. The resort itself is home to several boutiques, including: Boca Breeze (chic swimwear), Alene Too (clothing and gifts), Michelle Farmer Collaborate (kaftans and beach accessories), Altier Jewelers (watches and jewelry) and Egg & Friends (children’s clothing boutique). Beyond the gates of the resort, you’ll find designer labels such as Versace, Gucci, Bvlgari, Cartier, Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany at the shopping malls of Town Center, Royal Palm Place and Mizner Park, all within five miles of the resort.
AND RELAX . . .
While the kids are out enjoying themselves, treat yourselves to some pampering. Inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain, the Waldorf Astoria Spa is one of the prettiest parts of the resort. Opt for the “Ritual Bath,” and you can immerse yourselves in mineral baths, Swiss waterfall showers, whirlpools plus the spa’s steam, sauna, and inhalation rooms. Prefer to top up your vitamin D levels? Sign up for the “Sea Level Experience” and you’ll be soaking up rays in style. The package includes king-size daybeds, your own personal beach attendant, coconut water, watermelon juice and aloe shots, Evian mist and a regular supply of cold towels. Throw in a foot massage and there’s a very high chance you’ll nod off… But hey, isn’t that the sign of a great holiday?
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True Waldorf Service Tip: Hilton Honors members benefit from late checkout and can choose their room via the Hilton Honors app. Find out more at hiltonhonors.com