A Little Slice of Paradise
Begin your forever after in Boca Raton, Florida
By Tara DeLorenzo
Piercing blue skies, sparkling clear waters, and powder beaches are just a whim away in the Sunshine State, where uninterrupted panoramas of crimson sunsets, exquisite cuisine, and endless activities are made for romance. With its easy-to-reach location paired with laid-back island vibes and year-round tropical climates, it’s here in Florida you’ll find a little slice of paradise right in your own backyard. Not to mention, Boca Raton (located in South Palm Beach County) is also home to one of the nation’s premier resort destinations, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club, Waldorf Astoria Resorts.
A Little Slice of Luxury
Situated on 356 acres in Boca Raton, just 4.5 miles south of Boca Raton Executive Airport, is the prestigious Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Characterized by its hidden gardens, barrel tile roofs, archways, ornate columns, intricate mosaics, and serene fountains, the resort—built in 1926 with Spanish-Mediterranean, Moorish, and Gothic influences in mind—provides an effortless picturesque setting for destination weddings and unforgettable honeymoons.
Choose the perfect room or suite in one of five on-site locations where timeless sophistication is presented through luxurious amenities and design. Enjoy peaceful accommodations within the iconic Cloister building—the original structure of the resort estate—centrally located in the heart of the resort. Historical ambiance of old-world charm meets modern luxury with expansive bedrooms, extravagant furnishings, and new rainfall showers. Reminiscent of the Venetian palace, the Yacht Club feature 112 luxury guest rooms and seven suites offering stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. From the 27-story Tower above Florida’s Gold Coast, discover some of the resort’s most spacious rooms and suites, which also provide unparalleled water views. Savor the sun while experiencing true tranquility at the exclusive oceanfront property of the renowned Boca Beach Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Enjoy contemporary décor in a standard room, indulge in a newly refurbished pool view balcony room overlooking the Pool Oasis or in a poolside Lanai room with furnished patio and direct access to the beach. The Boca Bungalows, located at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, are perfect for longer stays and offer residential-style accommodations with the exclusivity, services, and amenities of a private club.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club also offer their guests every opportunity to indulge. While the resorts include room service dining options, they also have a variety of restaurant options. From fine dining and cocktails to grab-and-go snacks, you’ll find a myriad of options to choose from, all with the resort’s quintessential “True Waldorf Service.” Enjoy burgers and American cuisine at 501 East Kitchen and Bar, Italian fare at Lucca, sushi and Asian cuisine at Morimoto, tacos at Shaka Bar & Grill, and innovative, unexpected flavors at The Blue, where modern takes on classic dishes await you.
Beyond the Beach
Sunny beach days are perfect for surfing lessons at the Boca Beach Club, as well as enjoying various watersports like paddle boarding, Jet Skiing, and catamarans along South Florida’s coastline. The Boca Raton Resort & Club is also home to the exclusive FlowRider, a dual-sided wave simulator that offers the ultimate surf-on-land experience. Bask in the sun at one of six on-site pools or participate in other recreational activities, such as biking, croquet, volleyball, and basketball. From complimentary access to two state-of-the-art fitness centers to world-class golf, and seeing Boca beyond the beach via the marina, there are activities to suit every type of guest.
Boca Raton is also home to a vivid town center and a variety of shops and boutiques, all within five miles of the resort. For art lovers and those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and history, there is the Boca Raton Museum of Art, as well as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Other off-site excursions include airboat rides through the Everglades, interactive displays at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and nightly entertainment.
A Waldorf Wedding
Interested in tying the knot in Florida? The Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club have picture-perfect settings across the resort. Whether you dream of saying “I do” barefoot on the beach during an intimate ceremony or a grand affair complete with formal details, the wedding team at the resort can bring your vision to life. The Cathedral Room (designed by the resort’s founder and inventive architect, Addison Mizner) offers couple’s soaring coffered ceilings, gold-leafed pillars, and striking stained glass windows, while the ocean-inspired Dunes Ballroom at Boca Beach Club features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and a contemporary sparkling chandelier. Intimate wedding ceremonies or vow renewals can also be held on the private beach or within the secluded Cloister Garden among lush greenery and unique tile fountains. The resort offers creative catering options to help craft a delectable menu complete with a confectionary masterpiece wedding cake.
The Best Way to Travel
With nonstop flights available via major air carriers, Boca Raton can be easily reached within approximately two and a half hours from the New York metro areas. Whether you’re searching for a picturesque destination wedding location or seeking an easy-to-get-to honeymoon destination, Boca Raton is sure to have you fall in love all over again, all while you create memories to last a lifetime in this little slice of paradise. To learn more about the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club’s wedding packages, visit www.bocaresort.com.