If you covet the vibrant flare of Miami Beach, but crave miles of uncrowded beachfront and tony accommodation, then you need to drop everything and plan a getaway to the Delray Sands Resort in trendy Delray Beach, Florida. This resort delivers the stylish appeal of Miami Beach at a fraction of the South Beach price tag. And Delray Beach delivers the cafe-society lifestyle savvy vacationers prize. Make no mistake, this is NOT your Grandpa’s Florida.
Drive along palm lined Route A1A, past stately gold-coast gated estates to find Delray Sands Resort perched right on the edge of Highland Beach in Delray Beach, Florida. The bones of this resort may be from a past generation, but the decor and vibe are decidedly new millennial chic.
We checked into our first floor oceanfront suite and walked right to the sliding glass doors, threw them open and walked out to an expansive patio – you could easily spend your whole vacation here watching the surf roll onto the sand (sigh). The decor had a relaxed elegance executed in shades of greens and blues. The suite included king bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, living room, modern kitchenette and generous patio.
Resort amenities include a nice swimming pool, large Jacuzzi pool looking out to the ocean, comfortable sitting areas with fire-pits for evening cocktails, and of course, star of the resort – direct beach access steps away with beach chairs and umbrellas.
The resort’s restaurants are a stand out. Dine outside along the ocean’s edge on balmy days, or immerse yourself in the bubbly splendor of Latitudes Ocean Grill. The bubble motif is whimsical, nautical and sophisticated all at the same time. Well done! We loved the fanciful bubble windows that capture your gaze at the pool bar. Food was exceptional morning, noon and evening. Their menu is eclectic with fresh seafood offerings as well as butcher selections and farm and field sides. The chef is clearly talented, with the Crab Crusted Florida Grouper making it onto our favorites list. Latitudes is a restaurant I would go out of my way to dine at again. This surely has to be one of the most romantic settings in all of Delray Beach. Service was friendly and precise.
And if you can pull yourself away from the resort, Delray Beach Village and Atlantic Avenue is just a short drive away. In the past few years Delray has gone through a rebirth of sorts and is now considered THE place to be on the southeast coast. The village is filled with trendy boutiques, art galleries, and an abundance of cafes, bistros and fine dining restaurants. Recently Rand McNally and USA Today named Delray Beach the “Most Fun Small Town in America” and we would have to agree. You would have to work hard not to have a good time in Delray!
Delray Sands Resort has a Fall promotion offering 20% off rates and offer AAA rates at 20% off most of the year. A $25 per room per day resort fee covers valet parking, in-room bottled water, wifi, free local calls, beach chairs and towels and lots more. Call their reservation department to find the ideal room for your getaway, 866-790-2198.
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