It’s no longer the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The luxurious and historic retreat is changing its name back to one it used for decades: The Boca Raton.
The change is part of almost $175 million in planned renovations starting next winter. Among them: the resort will provide five different hotels, new restaurants (opening between the summer and winter), a new pool club, a redesigned spa and a number of entertainment offerings.
“The Boca Raton has a remarkable history as an internationally recognized landmark and a private escape for in-the-know travelers,” President and CEO Daniel A. Hostettler said in a statement Thursday. “A new golden era will pay homage to the resort’s storied past ... and define The Boca Raton as one of the world’s most preeminent luxury resorts and private clubs.”
The resort and club was called the Boca Hotel and Club starting in 1944 but was known colloquially as “The Boca Raton” from that time through 1988, when it was renamed the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
Planned hotel renovations will include:
Beach Club: An oceanfront unit featuring three pools set on a private stretch of beach. The hotel’s new Mediterranean restaurant Marisol and the lobby lounge are curated by event planner and interior designer Colin Cowie.
Bungalows: A three-story residential unit featuring two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and furnished terraces and balconies, designed for extended stays. The bungalows offer a private pool and other amenities.
Yacht Club: An adult-only, all-suite lakefront luxury hotel with private balconies, views of Lake Boca Raton and a yacht-lined promenade. Guests receive personal concierges and floor valets. The yacht club will reopen in the winter of 2021.
Cloister: The resort’s original structure, sitting near the 18-hole golf course, racquet club and spa. The Cloister is being revitalized and will reopen with rotating art collections in the winter.
Tower: A 27-story tower undergoing a $45-million transformation by Rockwell Group. The luxury hotel will introduce two- or three-bedroom suites and butler service. It’s set to reopen in the first quarter of 2022.
Next winter, the resort also will unveil the 4-acre lakefront Harborside Pool Club. It will feature luxury cabanas, four pools, a 450-foot lazy river, two three-story high slides, retail boutique, 7,100-square-foot event lawn, 5,000-square-foot kids club and a teens lounge, as well as new waterfront dining.
These changes come after the resort’s parent company recently donated the golf club at the Boca Country Club, which it also owned, to the city.
The resort was purchased in 2019 by Dell Computers founder Michael Dell and his company MSD Partners for almost a half-billion dollars.