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8 Top-Rated Resorts in Boca Raton, FL

Written by Shandley McMurray
Sep 2, 2020

Whether you're craving a high-end shopping experience, a golf vacay, or a relaxing poolside retreat, Boca Raton is one of the best places to visit in Florida. While not technically on the coast, this upscale resort town is close enough to pristine beaches (i.e. Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach) that you won't have to forgo a day of sun, sand, and surf in order to stay here.

Countless travelers visit Boca to spend time with family members, many of which reside (at least for the winter) in the city. Others choose to while away a few days wandering the glitzy streets of Mizner Park and the natural playgrounds found in Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Sugar Sand Park.

No matter which group you fit into, it's important to choose the right accommodations for your trip. The staff, eateries, and wonderful amenities on offer at these lovely resorts will help turn your vacation into an exceptional holiday. Plan where to stay with our list of the best resorts in Boca Raton.

1. Boca Raton Resort & Club

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You can tell the Boca Raton Resort and Club is special before stepping foot in the main, historic pink stucco building. Lush grounds sprawl towards the large entrance gate, with no blade of grass out of place. The tall Royal Palms wave graciously, guiding visitors down the long driveway.

Staff walk the grounds wearing genuine smiles, and they're willing to do (or get) pretty much anything you need. Adding icing to this proverbial cake are more than 356 acres of immaculate waterfront on both the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Boca.

A Waldorf Astoria Resort, this luxurious property is an ideal place for both couples and families to relax after spending days eating, shopping, or frolicking on nearby strands. To top things off, the resort offers two golf courses, a phenomenal spa, multiple restaurants, four waterfront pools, and a bevy of water activities - including paddleboarding, snorkeling, FlyBoarding, banana boat rides, and boat tours.

Traveling with kids? No problem. They'll go out of their minds in the Quest Kids Clubhouse at Boca Beach Club. With a token arcade, daily activities, and a playroom, they won't even miss you when you leave to lounge solo on the beach. Plus, they offer a Parent's Night Out package, which includes dinner, a movie, crafts, and activities for kids while you enjoy a grownup night on the town.

Thrill your teen with passes to the on-site FlowRider Endless Wave, a man-made surfing experience in a contained space or, better yet, sign them up for surf lessons.

A fitness buff? You'll be more than set at this fit-forward resort. Whether you're hoping to row at Hydrow, sweat at Orange Theory, or zen out with yoga on the beach, you're bound to find an exercise program you'll love.

Now for the accommodations. With three fabulous places to choose from, it's hard to decide where to rest your head. Here's what you need to know:

1. The Cloister: This historic, main showstopper building was originally designed by famed architect Addison Mizner in a Spanish revival style. It's home to the idyllic spa, six restaurants, lakefront cabanas, a tennis club, and golf course. This is also where you'll find FlowRider and Hydrow.

2. Beach Club is a five-star boutique hotel with its own private beach. This luxe spot boasts three oceanfront swimming pools, cabanas, an oceanside restaurant, fitness center, and the Quest Kids Club.

3. Yacht Club: A lakefront hideaway complete with a personal concierge, this elite hotel offers only suites. It, too, offers a spa and six restaurants, as well as a lakefront pool.

Accommodation: Boca Raton Resort & Club

2. Boca Beach Club

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Technically part of the Waldorf Astoria's Boca Raton Resort & Club, this elegant beachfront hotel knows how to serve up a luxury vacation. With five-star service, you'll be relaxing poolside with no worries beyond which cabana to rent when you head to the beach or what to eat at the oceanfront restaurant.

Feeling too comfy to move? Order food to your lawn chair. Told you they know how to deliver a luscious vacay.

The Boca Beach Club's membership in the larger resort means guests have access to every high-end amenity on offer - from the Cloister's phenomenal restaurants to its award-winning spa to the fun FlowRider and Orange Theory gym. Just hop on the resort's free shuttle for a short ride to the main building.

No matter where you are on the resort's property, every staff member goes out of his or her way to make guests of all ages feel welcome.

Popular with families, the Boca Beach Club is one of the best places to visit for families in Boca. Firstly, the beach is private, which means you won't have to wrestle with crowds to find a good spot.

Secondly, the beach staff are incredibly helpful. They'll set up chairs where you want them, get fresh towels, and bring food and drink to your sandy spot to help make your experience even more memorable. For those times you'd like to savor a few moments with less responsibility, drop the kids off at the exceptional Quest Kids Club. We bet they'll beg you to stay longer.

Choose from one of 212 clean and crisp modern rooms, most of which feature beautiful water views. When it comes time to eat, enjoy the on-site restaurant or head to the main resort for more varied options.

Accommodation: Boca Beach Club

3. Waterstone Resort & Marina

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A member of the Hilton Curio Collection, this modern boutique hotel has won the AAA's Four-Diamond award multiple times. Once you meet the super friendly staff and catch sight of the hotel's sleek lines and impressive views over the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, and Lake Boca, you'll understand why.

Home to a marina, it's easy to access water sport rentals and book a boat or fishing tour from this locale. Take a dip in the resort's heated pool, made even more sumptuous by its unbeatable water views. And when it comes time to put your feet up, head back to one of the 139 rooms and suites, many of which feature private balconies that face the sparkling azure waves.

Insider's tip: Choose a room on the west side of the hotel. You won't hear the noise from cars rushing over the nearby draw bridge, and you'll be rewarded by full water views.

Feeling peckish? Waterstone Resort boasts two restaurants you'll want to revisit again and again. The Boca Landing's waterfront view is almost as good as its delectable menu offerings. Try to snag an outdoor table, so you can watch boats travel along the Intracoastal Waterway while you dine. There's little more relaxing!

Waterstone's grill restaurant is lower key, but also offers tasty local cuisine alongside beautiful water views of Lake Boca.

Parking can be a bit of a hassle, as the lot is on the small side, but the resort offers a free shuttle (complete with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas) to nearby Deerfield Beach, as well as other locations. That means there's no need to take your car.

Accommodation: Waterstone Resort and Marina Boca Raton

4. Wyndham Boca Raton

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It's easy to stay fit and healthy at the Wyndham Boca Raton. Whether you choose to practice yoga by the pool, or inside the property's Yoga Studio, you'll have over 30 classes to choose from each week.

The fitness center isn't huge, but it's open 24 hours a day and boasts both cardio and strength-training equipment. Plus, if you're hoping for a bit more, the hotel offers discount rates to nearby clubs like YouFit and Orange Theory. Or, the concierge can book a private trainer to come to the hotel to help you work out.

If swimming's more your thing, the hotel's saltwater pool and hot tub will fit the proverbial bill. The pool area is refreshingly quiet and clean.

As for eating, the Wyndham is dedicated to offering the healthiest of fare at a reasonable price (yay!). The on-site Farmer's Table restaurant serves up a delicious, fresh, and healthy menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

Each of the 182 rooms boats a private balcony or patio, and the beds are comfortable. If you're looking for more space, the hotel offers 38 suites.

Insider's tip: Head to the 2nd floor when you're in need of a snack. The TrendTea Lounge is packed with a wide selection of teas, coffees, and tasty treats. It's open from 6:30am to 3pm Monday through Saturday and from 6:30 to 11am on Sundays.

Accommodation: Wyndham Boca Raton

5. Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center

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A hotel's most important feature is its guest room. The resort can be all bells and whistles outside of the bedroom, but for it to be a real winner, each room must check the following important boxes: 1. Have a comfy bed. 2. Be quiet. 3. Be clean. The Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center fulfills all these requirements.

Each of the property's 256 rooms boast comfy beds with luxury bedding, marble bathrooms, and a spacious living area. Another plus: the complimentary toiletries include a makeup removing cloth.

In addition to its wonderful rooms, this Marriott is home to an exceptional on-site restaurant, a large and quiet outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center.

One of the hotel's other bonuses is its incredible location. Mere steps from Boca's celebrated Town Center Mall, the hotel makes it easy to practice a little retail therapy during your visit. The resort is also close to the popular Mizner Park.

A row of giant palm trees guide guests along the paved walkway to the hotel's grand front entrance. Your walk is lined by restaurants featuring idyllic outdoor patios. Inside, visitors are greeted by sleek, modern furniture and smiling staff members.

Guests who choose a concierge level stay are granted access to the refreshing contemporary M Club lounge. Those who prefer to spend their time poolside will enjoy the giant umbrellas and waving palms that transform the area into a tropical oasis.

Insider's tip: Don't miss breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, Café 5150. The service is just as good as the food, and that's saying something.

Accommodation: Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center

6. Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel

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If you're looking for romance, you'll find it at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel. This serene Marriott resort is perfect for couples looking to unwind without breaking the bank.

The grounds are lush, but not large, which means you won't have to walk for miles to reach your room. The pool is clean and pretty. It comes complete with a quietly cascading waterfall, and when it comes time to eat, you won't have to go far. The Oasis poolside café offers a hearty selection of tasty fare.

When you're ready to explore the Boca Raton that lies off campus, hop on the hotel's free shuttle. It will take you to attractions, like the Town Center mall, which lie within a three-mile radius. At night, book in for a meal at the hotel's Mediterranean Umbria Ristorante. Insider's tip: The red pepper hummus is divine.

The rooms themselves are clean but lack the luxury you'll find at other, more upscale Boca resorts. Ask for a poolside view, so you won't be stuck looking out at the parking lot. The fitness center is convenient if you're hoping to burn off the calories you gained from that extra dessert.

Accommodation: Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel

7. Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

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Experience a true South Florida beach vacation by staying at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort. A five-minute drive from Boca Raton, this oceanfront resort is mere steps from the soft white sand of Deerfield Beach. This Wyndham boasts all the things you want in a beach resort: multiple on-site restaurants (including a gelateria), a fitness center, pool, and Jacuzzi.

The hotel's best feature, though, is its unbeatable ocean views, something they take full advantage of. Each of the 172 modern rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort's uber friendly staff are another plus. No matter what you're looking for (from towels to body boards), they'll find it. And they'll do so with a smile.

The fact that kids under 18 stay free with their parents and pets under 20 pounds are welcome (for a $50/day fee) is an added bonus.

Accommodation: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

8. Vistalmar Beach Resort

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Technically outside of Boca Raton, the Vistalmar Beach Resort lies a mere 3.6 miles away in Deerfield Beach. If you're looking to explore the best attractions and things to do in Boca Raton while also enjoying the beach, this is the place to stay.

This beautiful resort offers guests one (or more) of 26 apartment-style hotel suites ranging in size from one- to two- to three-bedrooms. It also boasts an epic rooftop pool that's situated on the fifth floor. Its panoramic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and city of Deerfield are spectacular.

Good news for pet lovers: The hotel offers dog-friendly suites, so little Fido can come along. And while the resort doesn't have an on-site restaurant, there are plenty of eateries within walking distance.

Accommodation: Vistalmar Beach Resort

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