Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2017

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Written by Jeffrey Cohen Waterstone Resort & Marina, Boca Raton, FL Living La Vida Boca With its soaring white fa├žade basking in the sultry Florida sunshine, the Waterstone Resort & Marina, part of Hilton's Curio Collection, shines like a beacon on the sparkling waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and the shores of Lake Boca in Boca Raton. When I was studying for my degree at nearby Florida Atlantic University in the early 1980s, my parents would visit and treat me and my best friend, Fred Bonardi, to the lavish Sunday brunch at what was the resort's previous incarnation, the Bridge Hotel. Back then, the "Bridge" was cool in a see-and-be-seen way. Today, a showy 270-foot promenade, terraced pool and vibrant indoor-outdoor restaurants take center stage, further elevating the cache of this first-class resort. Infused with high-end teak and chrome finishes, custom furnishings and carefully chosen art, the lobby immediately sets the tone for escapes that are luxurious without being ostentatious. A complimentary champagne reception each evening continues the grand first impression. Among a staff well-versed in Southern hospitality, Charles "Chaz" Thomas especially endeared himself to me and my wife, Jen. A statuesque fellow who speaks with a distinctive, resonant basso profundo, Chaz takes the art of gentle persuasion to a whole new level. When another couple was on the fence about whether or not to indulge in a glass of bubbly before dinner, Chaz reassured them, informing: "I have 'if you change your mind' champagne. Don't worry about it; come back later!" Decorated in a fresh white palette with appropriate accent shades of sea and sky, our waterfront suite boasted spectacular views of the ocean and the inlet. "At Your Service" request buttons ensured we lacked for nothing during our stay from the moment we arrived to the moment we checked out. On the first morning of our visit, Jen and I borrowed bikes from the hotel's fleet to cruise the couple of blocks to the beach, then over to the upscale Mizner Park shopping center before heading back for lunch at the property's poolside Waterstone Bar & Grill. We especially enjoyed the kosher salt-dusted chips and guacamole, and the oyster po' boy was the best I've had this side of my hometown New Orleans. A hammock next to the water welcomes naps should the food, drinks and sun prove a little too soporific. 100 slmag.net

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