The Boca Raton Resort & Club
(above), designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner
in 1926, has just unveiled a stunning $220 million dollar refurbishment. Upgrades include a revamp of the hotel's Palm Court and lobby by famed interior designer Thierry Despont, who has created a "return to casual life in an elegant environment drawing on Mizner's DNA"; the re-opening of the 212-room Beach Club
designed by Fiona Thompson of Richmond International; the new Boca Bungalows
, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud; the opening of Serendipity
, known for its famous frozen hot chocolate, the first of its kind located outside of NYC; and the first Southeast outpost of Morimoto
, from Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef
fame, also designed by Thierry Despont.
The BRR&C's amenities include a half-mile stretch of private beach, the acclaimed Spa Palazzo
, two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 tennis courts and a full-service marina. The property, which is set to join the Waldorf=Astoria Collection in 2009, "embodies the modernity, elegance, and the sophistication of one of the most historically significant resorts in the United States, and is poised to redefine that guest experience for the 21st century." See the gallery for images.