Why is the Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort and Club a great option for your next summer family vacation? Because it has just about everything that will satisfy your entire family if you’re looking for a little luxury with your fun. Great service and food quality along with fun kids’ activities and kid-friendly touches, makes this resort worth the money.
As soon as you arrive at the resort you will feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. The sculptures, fountains and palm trees invite you to feel like you’ve arrived in style. A welcoming staff and renovated lobby add to the experience. The architectural details have been preserved to present a perfect marriage of past and present. Your kids are sure to spot the fruit infused water dispensers displayed throughout the resort which makes it fun and easy to grab a tasty drink on the go or fill a sippy cup.
Since the main property is not located directly on the water, prices are usually lower then other high-end resorts located on the ocean front. May-September promises summer rates and kids eat for free at 501 East and Palm court. The accommodations vary in price with the newly renovated Cloisters being located in the main building. The garden view looks out to the croquet court which is framed by towering palms. The Yacht Club and Tower offer water views of the inter coastal. The Yacht Club’s top floor houses the Commodore Lounge which offers a full bar, coffee/tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests staying in a Yacht Club room. It’s a great inclusion.
The kids love taking the short trip across the inter coastal on the lovely little ferry. There is also a shuttle that can deliver you to the beach as well. The Beach Club is part of the property and sits right on the beach, offering ocean views. You’ll find three beautiful pools and cabanas here. The kids pool has a gradual shallow entry for easy and safe access for little ones. Children of all ages are excited when their meals are delivered in brightly colored sand buckets with shovels. The food and service at the Beach Club is excellent. You can relax on your lounge chair while delicious food and drinks are delivered with a smile. Do try the Shaken Chicken Chop Chop salad or Grilled Local Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos.
The kids will especially like the brunch located in the atrium of the main lobby. The sun flooded room screams, “I’m on vacation in paradise”. The fluffy Belgian waffles are a favorite. Fresh whipped cream, fruit and Nutella makes it exciting for everyone.
The variety of restaurants on the property won’t disappoint. 501 East Kitchen Bar serves casual American fare and is located above the golf pro-shop. The decor has a stylish flare in the main dining room which is flanked by a more casual bar room. The steaks are excellent and rate as high as your favorite high-end steak house. The burgers and salads are great too. There’s something for everyone and kids are welcome.
Lucca makes delicious modern Tuscan dishes. Their wine list is extensive and their caprese salad offers the most divine burrata and heirloom tomatoes. The Blue is for fine dining and has a great view of the water. Located at the top of the Tower, it offers seafood along with a raw bar. Definitely visit to sip their signature basil martini. Morimoto Sushi Bar located in the main lobby will satisfy your sushi craving.
The whole family can dine and indulge in treats at Serendipity. Their famous frozen hot chocolate is meant to share. Serendipity also offers a full yummy menu. Parents can grab a morning Starbucks latte or a variety of prepared foods for a quick take-away snack.
The Flow House Boca is thrilling for adventure seeking older kids and adults. Named the FlowRider, it’s the ultimate surfers’ wave simulator that allows for body or traditional surfing. This innovative machine can be found at the Tower pool, right next to the main building. Lessons are offered as well. Tennis and golf lessons are available and the instructors are top notch. Bike rentals give you an additional family activity. There is also a kids’ club if you need a little couple time.
The award-winning Waldorf Astoria spa is amazing in every way. The stunning architecture is inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. You will feel transported once you enter the grand arches that are flanked with handcrafted tile and mosaics. Palatial gardens and a private pool add to the tranquil atmosphere. It’s worth the experience to enter a world without stress or screaming children.
Take advantage of the amazing texting service. It’s like your own personal butler, concierge, and resort problem solver all in one. You should receive a friendly text from the hotel welcoming you and asking if everything is okay. Guest complaints and concerns are handled immediately and politely.
The Cloister rooms with adjoining doors are sometimes problematic. The doors are very thin and allow even normal conversation or snoring from your neighbor to be heard through the doors. They did offer to change my room immediately when I brought this to their attention.
The rates of this lovely resort change like the Dow Jones Index. I was given a AAA rate on their website of $436, at 1:41pm. I went to book the same room at 3:28pm that same day and the rate had jumped to $588. When I called I was told the rates can change by the hour. Even with my screen shot of the lower rate they were not sure they could honor it. I understand that rates change seasonally but every hour? If you see a good rate here, don’t wait. You have 48 hours to cancel so you just might want to lock it down while you decide.
The rates off season are lower so take advantage of this great resort. You’ll be glad you did!
***Helpful Hint*** Uber is about $28 from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the resort.