Boca Raton Resort & Club
|Boca Raton, Florida
With its pink-stucco architecture, intricately mosaiced fountains and bougainvillea-dripping gardens, this Spanish-Mediterranean-inspired beach resort -- straddling Florida's Intracoastal Waterway between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach -- is a Surrealist's picture of paradise.
On both sides of a cypress- and flower-lined brick alley, 18 Har-tru clay courts are overseen by resort tennis director Erik Silver and his ace team of "tennis concierges." Personalized tennis programs include five daily clinics, tennis aerobics and round robins, as well as guest-vs-local member matches. September through May, coach and "Serious Tennis" author Scott Williams, conducts weekend camps featuring warm-up exercises, supervised match play and extreme concentration on swinging-, punching- and transition-shot development
Off the Court
In addition to the resort's full-service (and palatial) Spa Palazzo, three fitness centers offer cardio equipment, Cybex workout stations, personal training, aquatics programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation. Also on the property are two 18-hole golf courses and complete practice facilities; golf clinics and private lessons are taught by ESPN-certified instructors.
Accommodations and Dining
The 1,041-room resort offers five distinct styles of rooms and suites. Since 1926, its main hotel has been the Cloister, which features Moorish-influenced antiques and architecture; rising from an adjacent piazza is the 27-story South Tower, added in 1969. Other options are the 214 room, boutique-style Boca Beach Club and the Venetian palace-inspired Yacht Club. More secluded one- and two-bedroom Boca Bungalow villas overlook the golf courses. Of the resort's 19 restaurants and lounges, its signature is 27 Ocean Blue, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway from atop the South Tower. Also of note: the Tuscan-inspired Lucca, Nick's Fishmarket and Mizner's Monkey Bar, a nightspot featuring live piano music, cocktails and cigars, and an upscale primate theme.
Tennis packages include standard-room accommodations, breakfast, one one-hour tennis lesson, unlimited court time, tennis concierge services and a 10 percent discount at the pro shop. Rates can be significantly less expensive during Florida's stiflingly steamy summer months.
- Winter: $520-$810/night
- Spring: $417-$825/night
- Summer: $400-$640/night
- Suites begin at $960/night
*Prices may vary
The Boca Family Fun staff plans more than 150 all-ages events each month; when Mom and Dad are on the court, children ages 3-11 can hang at Camp Boca, where supervised activities include trips to the resort's playground, tricycle track and mini-water park. The resort also offers junior tennis sessions, for kids ages 3-18.
The resort is easily accessible by car or shuttle from three airports: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL, 24 miles); Palm Beach International (PBI, 28 miles); and Miami-Dade County International (MIA, 45 miles).