When Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Raton Resort & Club was named No. 1 among U.S. resort spas by Condé Nast Traveler readers, it underscored what the locals already knew: This is the place to restore body and spirit. As a bonus, it is within driving distance of Naples.
As you enter, the architecture makes an immediate impact. The spa is inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, with stone arches, Italian cypress-lined gardens, Spanish tiles and Moorish-style windows. The Moorish aesthetic permeates the ritual bath area, which is reminiscent of a Moroccan retreat. The services are top-notch, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to have such a gorgeous space in which to experience them.
Waldorf Astoria Spa is available to hotel guests and club members only—not to the public. There are several options for overnight stays: the original Spanish-style Cloister; the Tower, which offers sweeping views of sea and city; the spacious, residential Boca Bungalows, perfect for families; the marina- and Intracoastal-front Yacht Club; and, off-property, the oceanfront Beach Club.
Miles from Naples: 123
Why Stay: Promises of complete rejuvenation at Waldorf Astoria Spa (above) draw us like moths to light, but the property’s history—architect Addison Mizner designed it in the 1920s—and broad list of amenities are equally persuasive.
Try This: The Ritual Bath at the spa (pictured below). Reminiscent of a hammam, the experience involves a tub soak and scrub, an intense Swiss shower, a vertical soak and deluge shower, and a Jacuzzi bath. Heaven.
For Foodies: The Blue at the top of the Tower is a must. Don’t miss the Claw Bar, which offers crab and lobster claws by the piece, and the chef-carved porterhouse for two. Elsewhere on property: Morimoto, an outpost of famed sushi chef Masahuru Morimoto; Serendipity, of New York fame (yes, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is worth the calories); and 501 East, home of the Extreme Happy Hour (below).