Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What a Multi-Million Dollar Facelift can do for a Grand Old Dame

We often highlight resorts and hotels that we've visited in the past, or ones in cities that we love. Other times, we talk about locations that are part of a renown chain that we like, or special spots that have gotten a nod from Conde Nast or Shermans. And sometimes we personally get "wowed" by a stay at a top resort that  just so happens to be part of our collection on  WhataHotel.com and part of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

Such was the case after completing a stay at the Boca Raton Resort and Club . As such, I wanted to report how this resort is even better than described. A “see it to believe it” spot, the Boca Raton Resort and Club provides several accommodation levels, including very nice garden bungalows that are ideal for families which is the part of the resort where I stayed..

About the Resort
The Boca Raton Resort and Club effortlessly combines the old ways with the new, a combination of modern accommodation with service from bygone days. In February 1926, the Cloister Inn was opened as the most expensive resort in North America, and two years later, it was purchased by Clarence Geist and combined with a new golf course and cabana club. A spa and yacht club both opened within the past decade, and the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishments of the lobby, rooms, and bungalows. The Boca Raton Resort and Club has been named one of the Top Tennis Resorts, the Meetings Gold Key Award (over 20 consecutive years), the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award, the Association Meetings Inner Circle Award, and more.

Accommodation Options
One of the best features of the Boca Raton Resort and Club is an expansive list of accommodation options. Thanks to the grand history of the location, the Boca Raton Resort and Club has been able to expand and mold to its guest's needs over time. Plus, when you have over 300 acres of land to work with, it's a lot easier.
===Our Bungalow Stay===
Boca Bungalows: This is where we stayed during our recent experience. The first-class hotel luxury of these particular accommodations is combined with the utter exclusivity of a private club. The fully-furnished, designer bungalows are offered in one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, plus the classic bungalow room. The tranquility of these residential bungalows is only maximized by garden views in a unique section of the golf course. Tucked away from the main resort, the Boca Bungalows have shuttles leaving at 15-minute intervals to allow guests to take in the other activities, diversions, and guest buildings on the 356-acre resort. Features include a private residence concierge, complimentary private parking, a swimming pool, daily housekeeping, and complimentary shuttle service.

===Other Accommodation Options===

The Cloister: You can stay in the original hotel accommodations completed in 1926, perfect for history buffs and those who appreciate some Spanish-Mediterranean charm on their hotel stay.

Boca Beach Club: The Beach Club is made up of 203 deluxe guest rooms and nine suites, and it is situated on a half-mile stretch of private beach. You'll be just footsteps from the sand when booking accommodation at the Boca Beach Club.

Yacht Club: This has been described as a “grand Venetian palace,” and you can't deny that that sounds very tempting. The exclusive yacht club has 112 luxury guestrooms, seven suites, and an exclusive concierge-level lounge.

Tower: Spectacular views of the grounds and golf course make the extra-large sized guestrooms seem even more special.

After writing all this about the Boca Raton Resort and Club, it's obvious that the we truly enjoyed our stay away from home. Not only are the bungalows pristine and relaxing, they are a treat that's not so far away if you live in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. You'll feel like you're staying on an exclusive enclave miles away from home, but you're really just in a special spot in Boca Raton.

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