With so many renowned vacation destinations throughout Florida, it’s easy for a gem of a small beach town like Delray to fly under the radar. The highlight of Delray’s artsy Atlantic Avenue, the Seagate Hotel & Spa serves as the town’s ambassador, exemplifying everything fabulous about this lesser-known treasure of Florida’s Gold Coast. From a world class private beach club to design minutiae and exquisite guestrooms, the year-old hotel is worth ditching your predictable plans in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach for something new and different.
The Seagate Hotel & Spa is putting the sleepy town of Delray Beach on the map. The brand new property offers an experience that goes well with the neighborhood’s million-dollar homes, eclectic art galleries and renowned restaurants. Halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Seagate honors the best of both cities with a Palm Beach–style beach club and a refreshing Fort Lauderdale casualness.
Deluxe Rooms are dressed in neutral tones and come with spacious bathrooms.Although Seagate has 156 rooms, the personalized service and thoughtful design elements make it feel like a true boutique hotel. Every wall, chair and ornament evokes the sea. A striking wall carved with a pattern of waves — the whole thing constructed from recycled stone powder — defines the reception area.
Those waves resurface in the elevators as glass walls. Hand-blown glass chandeliers hang in the hallways, casting light on a collection of frosted seashells that complement the dried coral, the anemone-like silk lamps and the vibrant, colossal fish tanks in the lobby.
Spacious rooms have dark wood furnishings, beige carpets and pillows, and eco-friendly touches that have earned the hotel LEED certification (think double-flush toilets, “intelligent” air conditioning and light dimmers). Recycled bamboo floors outfit the full-scale 24-hour gym and the 8,000-square-foot spa, which uses organic products crafted in-house. Here, top-notch treatments are offered in seven private rooms; there’s also a Vichy shower and a hot yoga studio. Meanwhile, the in-house Atlantic Grille’s exhibition kitchen turns out steak and seafood dishes and hosts live music on Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
The real draw, of course, is the full-service private beach club, which offers umbrellas and chairs on a designated slice of coast, indoor and outdoor dining options with views of the ocean, a beachfront pool and lots of activities for the water sports enthusiast. A house trolley transports guests between the beach club and the hotel proper, only a few minutes away.
What to do
- Art Walk. Delray is known for its art galleries and unique boutiques, so a stroll on Atlantic Avenue and through the arts district, Pineapple Grove, should not be missed.
- Vino and Olio. Locals gravitate toward Olio, a quaint Mediterranean-inspired dining spot on Atlantic Avenue, with a brick-walled bar, multiple chandeliers and a wine cellar.
- Into the Deep. Seagate Beach Club offers water sports equipment rentals, including paddleboards and snorkeling gear for the shipwrecks just 100 yards off the beach.
- In-House Eats. Seagate’s signature restaurant, Atlantic Grille, serves superb seafood in an elegant, warm setting. For a quick bite on the go or a much-needed coffee fix, the hotel’s café serves sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and cakes.
- Zoom Around. Local Segway tours are a fun way to get to know the neighborhood, its history and the side streets.
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