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The Boca Raton, a South Florida Icon, Debuts Harborside, Part of the Destination’s $200 Reimagination

The famed resort and club introduces transformed hotels, new drink and dine concepts, Spa Palmera, and the Harborside Pool Club

With the new year comes the unveiling of Harborside, part of South Florida’s iconic resort and club, The Boca Raton. The transformation is a reimagining of the architectural gem that opened in 1926. “A new golden era of The Boca Raton is a celebration of our legacy within the community and internationally,” says Daniel A. Hostettler, president and CEO of The Boca Raton. “We worked closely with the Boca Raton Historical Society to meticulously restore our property and partnered with an award-winning team of builders and creators to reimagine each touchpoint. As we look toward the future, our focus remains unwavering—to provide an extraordinary experience that defines The Boca Raton as one of the world’s most renowned luxury resorts and private clubs.”

The Harborside transformation includes the relaunch of the Cloister, the original hotel. A vision in coastal white, the hotel, showcasing grand architecture, has 294 rooms and suites, exciting new dining options, and elevated amenities. It now features Sadelle’s, the resort’s second signature restaurant collaboration with Major Food Group; Palm Court, a lakefront cocktail lounge that celebrates its historic Spanish Colonial-style architecture; and Spa Palmera, a 50,000-square-foot wellness sanctuary. Reimagined with the help of lifestyle expert Colin Cowie, the Alhambra-inspired spa features 44 treatment rooms, a tranquility pool, a new halotherapy Himalayan salt room, and an Aemotio Vichy shower by Lemi. At the new Spa Café, guests can enjoy cold-pressed juices, cocktails, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Located on 200 waterfront acres, The Boca Raton is home to five hotels. In addition to the Cloister, there is the all-suite adults-only Yacht Club; the residential-style retreat Bungalows; the Beach Club, an oceanfront luxury escape for stylish jetsetters; and the 27-story Tower, which will debut soon following a $45 million transformation.

The resort recently launched phase one of its Harborside Pool Club. With three pools, a 450-foot floating river, water slides, and luxury cabanas with personalized butler service, a pool bar, and the Banyan Bunch kids club, the Pool Club is a destination unto itself. Later in 2022, it will expand further to encompass a FlowRider surf wave simulator, a 7,100-square-foot event lawn, a teens’ lounge, retail experiences, and new waterfront dining.

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Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.