Here’s the thing about being 32 and single: the same hotels or resorts that make for a beautiful solo vacay are perfect for a romantic weekend of sun and fun with a special someone. Luckily, when you’re in a place like Delray Beach — more specifically, The Seagate Hotel & Spa — it absolutely doesn’t matter. The Seagate is a luxurious retreat that offers the comforts of a resort with the intimacy of a boutique hotel, befitting for a solo getaway, a girls’ weekend or a couples’ getaway.
Beyond the charming, beach-chic façade, there are so many features at The Seagate that I will probably think about until I find my way back to Delray Beach, located about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
The property is contemporary and comfortable, with guest rooms touting modern features, a full-service spa and fitness center, a beautiful private pool, six distinctive dining venues, and plenty of Florida beachfront charm. The lobby theme can only be described as “aquatic” which made it an extra-fun foray for this Chicagoan in the dead of winter.
You can’t beat the location, either, with the main building located about four blocks from the ocean and a short walk from the main strip in Delray Beach, where there are dozens of cute shops and restaurants.
The rooms, which are spacious, clean and comfortable, have either a king or two queen beds dressed in Egyptian cotton linens and fluffy duvets. Even the smallest rooms are close to 400-square feet and most have balconies, some overlooking the beautiful pool on the property.
Each room is well equipped with little luxuries like robes and slippers, Keurig coffee brewers, a mini-bar, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products to use in the beautiful marble bath, featuring either a walk-in shower or bubble-jet tub. Technology amenities run the gamut from state-of-the-art flat-screen LCD TVs, DVD players, high-speed wireless Internet and an iHome docking station to LEED (green)-certified lighting and control panels.
The Seagate Spa has seven treatment rooms for deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. You can also opt for aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and reflexology treatments. The spa is equipped with a steam room, too, which is always a nice treat after a spa service. The spa is adjacent to the fitness center, as well as one of the property’s three pools. I spent the better part of a Monday afternoon on vacation here. where the service was prompt, the people friendly and even dog-friendly, letting my little chihuahua Henry hang with me on my lounge chair while I spent the day reading.
When it comes to dining, there are six on premise options, including The Atlantic Grille, an eclectic restaurant that offers up signature seafood, steaks, pasta, and salads, all prepared with the freshest ingredients. There is live entertainment Tuesday through Sunday and daily happy hour specials that are certainly a draw, but The Atlantic Grille is also home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish, as well as a 2,500-gallon shark tank measuring 20-feet wide and four-feet high.
One of the most beautiful parts of The Seagate is a few blocks from the main building, right on the ocean. The Seagate Beach Club feels more like a country club or resort than a boutique hotel. Though I didn’t dine at the waterfront cafe, a quick perusal of the property is all I needed to wish I lived there.
These beautiful photos pretty much speak for themselves. If you’re looking for a quick Florida getaway to a charming beach town with all of the modern amenities, The Seagate is your one stop shop.
The Seagate Hotel, 1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL, www.theseagatehotel.com.
All Photos courtesy of Scott Wiseman Photography.