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 Boca Raton Resort & Club Embarks on a Multi-million dollar Refurbishment
Headed Up by Three Designers: Thierry Despont, Alexandra
Champalimaud, and Tony Chi 
Boca Raton, FL - February 22, 2006 - Florida's Boca Raton Resort & Club, originally built in 1926 by legendary architect Addison Mizner, has embarked on a multi-million dollar refurbishment headed up by an ensemble of world-renowned designers.   Assembled for the project by LXR Luxury Resorts which manages the landmark property, these celebrated designers will bring a fresh new look and feel to the legendary resort while drawing heavily from Mizner's original philosophy and vision.  The resort, which can really be described as a collection of  five distinct boutique properties all poised within a full-service resort, will also add the famed New York restaurants La Goulue and the Old Homestead Steak House which will open their first Florida outposts in the resort this year

The first thing guests already familiar with the resort will immediately notice is the new lobby which has been expertly redesigned and reconfigured to ease the flow of arrivals, allowing a much more synergistic and speedier check-in process, something every hotel guest is sure to appreciate.   French artist-architect Thierry Despont is spearheading the extensive refurbishment and revival of the resort's majestic lobby and retail area, where he plans to capture the simplicity of the original space as Mizner designed it.  Drawing on Mizner's DNA, Despont will create what he likens as a - return to casual life in an elegant environment, reminiscent of the Cote D'Azur in the 40s and 50s.  These public areas will also be opened up, providing an abundance of natural light and open space, encouraging guests to relax and unwind with a cool cocktail from one of the Resort's centrally located bars.  

Guests can select from five individual choices of accommodation, which have each been redesigned to provide a true sense of place within the resort itself.  Whether guests choose the original Cloister rooms which feature classic Mediterranean art and architecture, the contemporary Tower rooms with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Resort grounds, the newly designed Boca Bungalows which offer a sense of peace and seclusion, the Yacht Club with its elegantly appointed suites and rooms or the famed Beach Club, they will instantly feel at home, experiencing the utmost in comfort and a truly refined sense of luxury.  From the two championship 18-hole golf courses, to the sanctuary of Spa Palazzo, to the beautifully appointed rooms and public spaces, to the wide array of services and amenities offered, the new Boca Raton Resort & Club leaves nothing to the imagination.

For those individuals who would like to truly - get away from it all, the Boca Bungalows, the first phase of which will debut in Fall 2006, are being redesigned by acclaimed designer Alexandra Champalimaud.  Intrigued by the cultural significance of the property, Champalimaud has taken the unique characteristics of this area of the resort into account when creating the fresh new design for the Bungalows which illuminate a sense of intimacy, home and place.  Her design is that of understated elegance and simplicity.  The Bungalows are appointed with magnificent white wood furnishings and beautiful flooring reminiscent of natural stone, juxtaposed with a pale and muted palette of colors on the walls and fabrics throughout - a true reflection of the Bungalows  place within the overall resort.  

At left the original structure of the resort estate - the "Cloister" - was built in 1926 by Addison Mizner and reflects Spanish-Mediterranean, Moorish and Gothic influences. It is characterized by hidden gardens, barrel tile roofs, archways, ornate columns, finials, intricate mosaics, fountains and beamed ceilings of ornate pecky cypress. The Cloister is the most classic of the Resort's five accommodation choices. 

Five styles of accommodations cater to personal preferences by offering options in size, ambiance, design, rate and access to resort amenities: 

Cloister: 359 deluxe rooms; the original core of the resort, built in 1926 with Spanish-influenced Mediterranean style design, classic elegance displayed in public areas with antiques and sparkling fountains.
Tower: 242 deluxe guestrooms inclusive of 76 elegant junior suites and 14 suites. A contemporary 27-story high-rise overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, with panoramic views of the golf course and Atlantic Ocean.
Boca Beach Club: 208 deluxe guestrooms inclusive of 13 suites. A casually elegant environment with accommodations overlooking either the Intracoastal Waterway or Atlantic Ocean. Features a half-mile of private beach, two heated swimming pools and outdoor whirlpool.
Boca Bungalows: 120 rooms and suites secluded from the main hotel overlooking Resort golf course. Some villas include kitchens.
Yacht Club: 112 deluxe guestrooms inclusive of 7 suites. Situated on the Intracoastal, all rooms have water views and private balconies. Specializes in boutique-style service; Commodore Concierge Lounge.

Of course, these guests are just a stone's throw away from some of the Resort's amazing new restaurants including Old Homestead Steakhouse, located in the Golf Club House.

Here, designer Tony Chi is taking a fresh, modern approach to the design of the restaurant, which is scheduled to open late Spring 2006.  Chi is using contemporary metal materials and textured glass in the design of the 280-seat restaurant, juxtaposed with dark woods, to create a dramatic setting that is sophisticated yet rustic.  Established in 1868 in New York's Meatpacking District, Old Homestead features an impressive menu of beef and an award-winning collection of wines, and is a longtime favorite of locals and visitors alike.  One of the restaurant's hallmarks is their unique aging process, which calls for a three-week dry aging of beef with a special blend of herbs, followed by a week of wet aging, resulting in what are often called the industry's top steaks. Those who prefer seafood will appreciate selections such as the restaurant's signature Seafood Tower and homemade miso-lime remoulade. The new restaurant will serve a complete lunch and dinner menu daily.

For guests looking for a more classic meal, La Goulue will open in Fall 2006.  The eatery has been known to New Yorkers and celebrities alike as the quintessential, intimate neighborhood Parisian bistro since opening its doors in 1972 in the heart of Manhattan's Gold Coast.  The restaurant earned a coveted Michelin star in November 2005 in the inaugural Michelin Guide to New York City.  For its Boca incarnation, the restaurant's soaring venue will feature a wonderfully elegant, classic design by Thierry Despont and a menu that will feature several of the La Goulue French classics.  The key to the continued success of La Goulue can be attributed to the very "hands-on" management style of partners Susanne and Francois Latapie, that is a testament to their passion and love for the restaurant.

With the addition of these new dining establishments (and many more to come), and the magnificent redesign of both the guestrooms and public spaces, the Boca Raton Resort & Club will long remain a favorite retreat for international travelers and local club members.  All of these new modern elements, combined with the classic details bring the Resort into the spotlight as a world-class destination for those travelers looking for the utmost in comfort and leisure.  With its rich history, and forward thinking and attentive management team, the property - which defined the resort experience for the 20th century, is poised to redefine that experience for the 21st  century.

Located in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast in Palm Beach County, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is one of the country's premier resort destinations and private club facilities. Set within a backdrop of casual elegance, Boca's amenities includes a half-mile stretch of private beach, the acclaimed Spa Palazzo, two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 tennis courts, full-service marina, several pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers and a variety of water sports. In addition, the Resort & Club features an outstanding selection of dining options and a full range of activities including a comprehensive children's program. 

LXR Luxury Resorts is a portfolio of independent properties dedicated to creating an experience of luxury, a sense of ease and endless pleasure.  LXR resorts are distinguished by a style and spirit that captures the unique qualities of their setting, whether the urban chic of a city like New York or the beauty and charm of an island like Puerto Rico.  All LXR Luxury Resorts offer elegant surroundings, attentive service, guest privileges at private golf clubs and rejuvenating spa programs.  LXR Luxury Resorts are located throughout the United States and the Caribbean.  The LXR collection also includes the renowned Golden Door Spa brand and its four spas in the U.S.


Boca Raton Resort & Club

Also See: LXR Luxury Resorts Plans Refurbishment and Repositioning of the Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City and the Bel Age in West Hollywood; Renaming The London NYC and The London LA Respectively / November 2005
Blackstone Real Estate Advisors Combines 14 Wyndham Properties with Seven Other Owned Hotels to Form the LXR Luxury Resorts Brand / August 2005
Boca Raton Resort & Club Opens The Yacht Club as the Fifth Accommodations Facility / Jan 2002

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