150 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach
When the paradisiacal beach community we know as Palm Beach presented itself as the perfect location for our first in-store fitness studio, we jumped right off our rebounders and into the Royal Poinciana Plaza. goop MRKT Palm Beach packs a fitness studio, a washroom for freshening up postsweat, and instant retail gratification for anyone seeking goop goods—from activewear to detox support—all into a 1,200-square-foot space. Designers Jessica Kamel and Christina Akiskalou of Ronen Lev lent their knack for blending clean lines and natural materials to the aesthetic, creating what might just be our dream interior: a store-meets-studio that feels more like a great beach house than a retail space. Guests can sweat it out to signature Tracy Anderson Method classes FundamenTAl and MultiTAsk, as well as endorphin-boosting cardio classes with Jacquelyn Quesada (check out the details and sign up here). Then swing by (after a shower) for trunk shows, skin-care clinics, and other events. The store’s shelves reflect its dualistic nature: Rehydrate with a drink from DIRTYLEMON, pick up a box of G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder to balance the lively Palm Beach nightlife, and stock up on clean beauty essentials…
501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton
The omakase menu at Morimoto feels celebratory but moves fast. Chef Masaharu Morimoto has sushi master status and a Top Chef win under his apron and knows how to create a well-paced, tasty experience you’ll come back for. The menu features classic Japanese sushi rolls and local seafood like littleneck clams in the miso soup. It’s a small space and immensely popular with hotel guests, so be sure to reserve and request a seat at the center of the action: the sushi bar.
171 E Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton
The dining room at Casa d’Angelo is a refined, grown-up affair—with its white tablecloths and floor-to-ceiling wine cases of bottles from what looks like every vineyard in Italy. The choice is staggering. A rotating cast of nightly specials draws a loyal South Floridian crowd. Still, deep down, every guest wants a slab of chef Ricky Piper’s many-layered lasagna with a generous slice of tiramisu for dessert. Pasta is handmade in the kitchen every day, and gluten-free varieties are available. Plus, for the exceptional staff, no request is too much.
199 W Palmetto Park Rd., Suite E, Boca Raton
Bad coffee on any given morning can ruin our mood, but on vacation, it can ruin our day. Boca café and juice bar the Seed is the brainchild of two local women who wanted quality beans and organic cold press to be a daily given, not a rarity. The menu hits all the right notes, with American classics like drip coffee and iced tea alongside Earl Grey, matcha lattes, and nitro cold brew. The acai and dragon fruit bowls are hearty, healthy, and portable for the beach or the airport. And like everything else at the Seed, the cold smoothies and juices—boosted with protein, flax, spirulina, or turmeric—hit the spot on muggy, hot Florida mornings when eggs and toast feel like too much.
Boca Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Museums are the unsung cultural heroes of smaller cities. The lines are shorter, the curation is generally more daring, and thanks to fewer tourists, you can actually see the art up close rather than from deep in a crowd. In that vein, the Boca Museum of Art is an art lover’s gem in Mizner Park that’s very worth driving for. The permanent collection includes sculpture and contemporary, African, and pre-Columbian art as well as a stellar photography collection (don’t miss Dorothea Lange’s iconic images of the Dust Bowl era). March 2020 will see the arrival of a series of self-portraits by prominent American artists and a selection of Edward Steichen murals. For those visiting with children, check out the galleries on Saturday mornings—they offer painting classes for children. And the outdoor sculpture garden is ideal for little legs to run off one too many ice cream cones. Daily docent tours at 2 p.m. are the way to go if you want to fully appreciate the breadth of the museum’s offerings and learn about the intricacies and symbols within each piece.
Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton
Boca Raton Resort & Club’s sprawling estate is more like a dreamy Floridian village than a hotel, a village complete with a golf course, several restaurants, stretches of manicured gardens, and its own marina. And the Waldorf group, which owns the Boca Raton Resort & Club, is not about to rest on the club’s long-established popularity. The resort keeps getting better. The polished Yacht Club—effectively a hotel within a hotel—has reopened following an extensive renovation, and the nautical waterfront rooms, customizable minibars, and next-level service make it an easy favorite. Staying in an ocean-view Beach Club room feels like having a sleepover on a private island—powdery white sand and afternoon naps in a luxe cabana included. For the wellness-led traveler, the cardiologist-run Biostation excels at functional medicine, while sports enthusiasts have their pick of simulated surfing at Flow House, Orange Theory classes, and of course, 365 acres along Lake Boca. All the while, the familial service, private beach, and clever landscaping across the grounds summon all the intimacy of a boutique hotel.
The Sacred Space Miami
105 24th St., Edgewater
Miami’s energetic design aesthetic collides—gently, sustainably, and with gratitude—with alternative wellness and lifestyle at Karla Dascal’s The Sacred Space Miami. In reality, it’s four spaces in one, five if you count Paradise Farms, the biodynamic farm that services the on-site restaurant (along with a number of other Miami dining meccas). There’s a space for classes and workshops. There’s a sprawling event space. There’s a plant-based restaurant (see two sentences ago). There’s a tropical garden. Visiting the 36,000-square-foot space is very choose your own adventure, with all paths leading through an indoor-outdoor, minimalist environment. A sampling of the classes and workshops on the programming schedule: kundalini yoga, a sound bath, a visit from Wim Hof, mindfulness meetups, and something fascinatingly called a moondance experience. Post-moondance, head to Plant Miami for a vegan and kosher take on South Florida cuisine (and occasionally, live music). Take your oat milk latte to go and spend some time hanging out in the garden, surrounded by bamboo, a guava grove, maybe a talipot palm in rare bloom. Check yourself out in the reflection pond. Maybe even take a photo—a day of clean food and conscious…
The Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
Miami quiz: Your dream club experience involves a) a bottle of rosé, a chaise lounge, and a panoramic view of the sea or b) velvet ropes and a foam party. Going with the former? Get yourself to a cabana at the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, just north of Miami Beach.
Beach by Fort Pickens
1400 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola
Like some of Florida’s other parks, Fort Pickens began as a military fort on Santa Rosa island in the 1800s and remained in use until 1947. These days, the old fort still stands, but it’s the surrounding beach that’s the real draw. This tiny corner of the Gulf Coast is comparatively underdeveloped (no towering buildings or hotels) and the seven-mile stretch of white sand is as pristine as you’ll find. Bicycle lanes run parallel to the beach and separate picnic areas mean settling in for the day is no problem.
The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton gets it right in Florida, and the Fort Lauderdale property deserves its own—from the rooftop—shout-out. This hotel is as close to perfect as a big, showy resort gets. First of all, rather than going over-the-top, the Ritz is understated with a gentle blue-and-cream nautical theme throughout. There are no loud, dazzling colors competing with the view. The swimming pool is elevated on the seventh floor, so all you see while swimming laps is the turquoise ocean, not a parasol in sight. The Everglades are just twenty-five minutes away, and there’s a kids’ program to keep the littles entertained, while parents can grab a drink on the balcony or settle into the (incredible) spa for a lazy afternoon.
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