March 2016 sponsored by: Michael's Limousine
We’re back at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to see what’s new and celebrate their 90th birthday. Since the last time we visited the property its undergone some substantial changes. This includes a dramatic 120M makeover to the 212-room Boca Beach Club and a 30M renovation to the Cloister lobby and guest rooms.
The resort operates like a small utopian city unto itself and has it’s own mayor. One of the most interesting things we learned this time around is that the resort is actually a private club. Only members and guests have access to this Garden of Eden that’s situated on Lake Boca and the Boca inlet. The private club status has created a certain mystique amongst the Boca locals. They call it "The Pink Palace” and often wonder what’s it like just beyond the grand pink walls and stately Royal Palms that guard the main entrance.
Cloister Renovated Lobby
The dark timber framed ceiling has been renovated with intricate contemporary white crown molding treatments that dramatically brighten the space. The Rothko inspired carpeting that used to cover the classic Mediterranean terra-cotta tile floor has been replaced by a matching slate and marble inlay that balances the space perfectly. The enormous central hall now exudes sophistication and elegance. It’s chic without being pretentious. Waldorf Astoria got it right this time around. They have seamlessly updated the resort’s old world charm with elegant modern day treatments the sophisticated traveler desires.
Cloister Room Renovations
The project dictated that each room be gutted and remodeled. This included new sheetrock, crown moldings, carpeting, lighting, bedroom furniture and a 50” flat screen TV. The bedroom interiors use a warm color palette that is accented with tropical floral prints. The modular glass paneled closet has two built-in chest-of drawers, hanging bar and upper and lower shelves. There is also an adjoining mini-bar that’s equipped with a fridge and various snacks.
We especially liked the way the oversized bathrooms were laid out. The designers were thoughtful when they brought the natural light into the space. The ladies will love the oversized makeup station and washbasin that can be cordoned off for privacy from the shower and facilities by an elegant frosted sliding glass door system. My favorite bathroom fixture was the luxurious rainfall shower that was tiled in white marble. It was pure heaven to experience the rain coming down in the morning! A traditional room at the Cloister starts at $349 per night double occupancy. Valet parking is $37.10 a night and an 18% resort fee applies to your stay: http://www.bocaresort.com/stay/cloister.html
Boca Beach Club