Historic Florida resort rebrands, renovates

In South Florida, the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club is undergoing both a renovation and rebranding, returning to the name the property held from 1944 to 1988: The Boca Raton. 

The Boca Raton originally opened in 1926 as The Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn, designed and built by architect Addison Mizner. MSD Partners and Northview Hotel Group acquired the property in 2019 and have hired architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, landscape architecture firm EDSA, branding and marketing agency King & Partners and GarciaStromberg—a firm of architects, designers and artists—to oversee the project.  

The renovation will begin with a $175 million physical transformation that will be unveiled over this coming winter. When complete, the resort will have five hotels located beachside and harborside:

  • Beach Club: The oceanfront property has three pools set on a private stretch of beach. The hotel's new Mediterranean dining concepts, Marisol and the lobby lounge, are curated by lifestyle guru Colin Cowie.
  • Bungalows: Geared for extended stays, this three-story residential building has two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and furnished terraces and balconies.  
  • Yacht Club: The adult-only, all-suite hotel has private balconies, personal concierges and floor valets. The hotel will reopen in winter.
  • Cloister: The resort's original structure is close to the 18-hole golf course, Racquet Club and spa. The Cloister will reopen with immersive experiences and rotating art collections in the winter.
  • Tower: The 27-story tower is undergoing a $45 million transformation by Rockwell Group. The new hotel will introduce flexible suite configurations of two to three bedrooms when it reopens in the first quarter of 2022.

Upcoming restaurants include Sadelle's and new concepts exploring Japanese and Italian cuisine.

This winter, the resort will open the Harborside Pool Club, a four-acre lakefront area with luxury cabanas, four pools, a 450-foot lazy river, two three-story high slides, a double standing wave, a retail boutique, a 7,100-square-foot event lawn, a 5,000-square-foot kids club, a teens lounge and new waterfront dining options.