Recently, a few friends asked me to meet them for the day at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. “Um, really? You don’t want to come down to Miami?” I said, trying my best to tame my uber-travel-snob voice.
As a part-time Miami resident, I’ll admit, I had never been to Boca Raton and wasn’t overly enthusiastic. Boca always seemed like the place former New York grandmothers lived, spending their days getting too much sun or playing bridge. And while Boca is also quite luxe and pristine, it just wasn’t my thing. But I try to keep an open mind, and at times I can be swayed by little things… like a pink ice skating rink.
Wait, what? A pink ice skating? In Boca? I have to check this out! So, I loaded up our car and drove less than an hour from Miami to find out what all the fuss was about—and what we experienced pleasantly surprised me!
The 1000+ room resort was founded in 1926 by architect Addison Mizner. As we pulled in, I found an incredibly large but still charming property. It was much younger, hipper—and is that a Morimoto Sushi? Whoa… Serendipity? Okay, maybe this whole Boca thing isn’t so bad after all. It felt luxurious and current and bustling with people my age, little kids in tow.
The service was attentive without being annoying, and the amount of activities on the property was something that jumped out at me right away. There is a Billabong surfing schoolat its Beach Club—the only Waldorf Astoria hotel to have one—a Kids Camp, tennis, beaches, and a wide variety of dining options at every price point. My personal favorite was their upscale Italian restaurant, Lucca. I’d go back just to eat there!
As we checked into our room, I received a welcome text on my phone. In all the luxury hotels I’ve stayed in, this is the first time I’ve seen one that sends guests a welcome text message after check-in. They also gave me a number to use to text questions, request services, and make dining and spa reservations. Seriously? I’m in heaven! Not only that, but there’s also a GPS-based tracking system that alerted us when we were waiting at the resort’s shuttle stops about the movement and location of shuttles. Definitely speaking my language now! One hotel employee told me the texting has been a major hit with the guests so far. One guest who’d forgotten an anniversary gift even once texted to have flowers delivered to his room while his wife was there with him. It was something that made our stay undeniably more convenient, but also showed how in tune the hotel is with most preferred methods of communication.
After settling into our very spacious and elegant room, we immediately headed down to the Beach Club. We spent the day at the beach with a few margaritas—and then we headed to the Pink Rink! There was a DJ, pumping tunes and a few other skaters who helped ease the embarrassment of our not-quite-ready-for-Rockefeller-Center ice skating skills (much to the delight of my Instagram fans). A few hilarious falls later, we were still up and running and having a ball! While I’m fairly certain you won’t be seeing any of us on the Olympic circuit in this lifetime, it was a fun and unique activity to add to the otherwise de rigeur itinerary one usually follows in South Florida.
If ice skating isn’t your thing, there are still LOTS of other things to do. There are two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Billabong Surf School at the Beach Club, a 32-slip marina, seven swimming pools, and an award-winning spa. The service was amazing, the activities are plentiful, and whether you are interested in a romantic weekend or a family vacay, there’s something for everyone at The Boca Raton Resort & Club.
For more information and reservations, visit www.bocaresort.com or call 1-888-495-BOCA.
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