Boca Raton Resort

New facilities in honor of its 75th birthday

As if the weather alone weren't cause enough for celebration on Florida's Gold Coast, this year the legendary Boca Raton Resort & Club is adding new facilities in honor of its 75th birthday. It's hard to imagine anything missing from the resort's 30 self-hydrating clay tennis courts, five pools, 25-slip marina, two 18-hole golf courses, eight restaurants, and half-mile of private beachfront. At the Boca Resort all plans are grand, and this year's additions are no exception. All 963 rooms have received a redo, and an eight-story Addison Mizner-inspired waterfront hotel will debut late this year. Flamingo pink, of course, with shades of teal and an overall Spanish-Mediterranean feel—pure Boca. A spa offering treatments on private balconies and a decidedly more hip golf shop are slated to open late this summer. But it's the new Tuscan-inspired Lucca from restaurateur Drew Nieporent (think New York's Montrachet, Nobu, and Tribeca Grill) that thrills, with its David Rockwell design and osso buco over risotto.

Although the resort seems to be growing at a frenetic pace, its setting remains relaxing and a feast for the eyes: palms (22 species), citrus trees, bougainvillea, and water lily ponds. It takes its 356 acres seriously. A full-time horticulturist oversees an on-site nursery and staff of 40. And a new herb garden helps defray the near-six-figure annual expenditure on herbs alone. Cause for celebration, indeed. Happy 75th, Boca Resort. $265-$5,500. 501 Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432; 888-495-2622;

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