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Swing into summer with an escape to charming Delray Beach, a Florida coastal gem just an hour north of Miami. June 2011 kicks off the town’s 100 year birthday bash – The Pineapple Centennial – a three month party celebrating Delray Beach’s rich history and claim to fame the “pineapple”.

The tropical fruit, once Delray Beach’s primary crop and core industry, is a symbolic reminder of the town’s humble beginnings and fruitful rise to prosperity. Today, Delray Beach is a hip thriving artsy beach community speckled with boutiques, cafes, fine restaurants, bars and one of the top resort properties in the state – The Seagate Hotel & Spa.

The property is a diva dream!

The Seagate is located in the heart of all the action, on Delray’s popular Atlantic Avenue and is a 15 minute walk, less than one mile, to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The four story British Colonial style hotel building is bright and inviting, an oasis surrounded by tall palm trees, tropical ferns and colorful native plants. The interior is creatively eclectic with fixtures and design elements inspired the sea. The lobby entrance boasts a stunning 5,000 gallon aquarium home to a colorful array of reef fish complemented by three additional over sized aquariums throughout the property featuring Morey eels, wild lionfish and jellyfish.

A unique sensory experience is guaranteed from the moment of arrival.

It is easy to understand why this property continues to receive rave reviews and accolades. In 2010, The Seagate Hotel & Spa made Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List of the Best New Hotels in the World. 

Location: South Florida – 90 minutes north of Miami

100 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Palm Beach International Airport – 20 miles/25 minutes

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport – 35 miles/35 minutes

Rooms: 156 spacious rooms and suites

The decor features classic beach-inspired furnishings and a natural color palette accented with rich tropical mahogany wood detailing. Bathrooms are luxurious – custom marble and stone walls and flooring with Gilchrist & Soames “London Collection” bath products. High quality Egyptian linens, plush down comforters and a superior selection of pillows are touches that separate The Seagate from the ordinary.

Additional Room Amenities & Hotel Services:

  • Balcony
  • iHome System
  • Keurig Coffeemaker
  • Smart Room Technology
  • Daily Newspaper Service
  • WiFi
  • Room Safe
  • Three Telephones – Cordless, Speaker, Princess
  • Lighted and Magnifying Make-up Mirror
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave & Refridgerator
  • Robe & Slippers
  • Large Flat Screen TV with DVD player
  • Platform Bubble-Jet Tubs ( select rooms)
  • Concierge
  • Business Center
  • Outdoor Pool & Full Service Spa
  • Trolley service to Beach
  • Complimentary Car Service to shopping/dining areas (5 mile radius)
  • European Coffee Bar & Cafe; Gift Shop; Restaurant/Bar; Meeting & Event Space
  • 24 hour Room Service
  • Valet Parking
  • Lodgenet in-room movies
  • Pet-friendly – up to 20 lbs (fee)

Guest Privilege Extraordinaire:

Guests enjoy full access to The Seagate Beach Club, a historic private club dating back to 1932. The Beach Club, steps from the Atlantic Ocean, has long been recognized as the playground of the privileged – industry leaders, celebrities and America’s wealthiest families have been among the distinguished members for nearly 80 years. Cabana rentals and water sports ranging from kayaking to snorkeling are available daily. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, among the first in-ground pools in Palm Beach County, and two full service restaurants offering spectacular views and the area’s finest seafood and steaks. The Beach Club’s upper level fine dining room is the perfect setting for a sunset toast and an intimate romantic dinner.

Rates: Seasonal $159 to $500 per night

“Sweet Summer Savings Package” starts at $159 per night.

Contact hotel reservations online or call 877-577-3242 for more information.

Restaurant & Bar:

The Atlantic Grille, the hotel’s 245 seat restaurant, features upscale modern American cuisine with a changing menu that highlights locally sourced seafood. An open exhibition kitchen is a focal point of restaurant, allowing guests to interact with culinary team while they cook. Diners can opt for lively outdoor terrace seating or indulge in the quiet privacy of one of the Atlantic Grille’s stylish booths. The restaurant piano bar, Jellies, showcases live music every weekend. For reservations, call: 561-665-4900.

In honor of the Centennial celebration, the Atlantic Grille will offer some very special pineapple themed entrees, appetizers and cocktails. Delectable dishes like a pineapple-hoisin glazed pork rib chop with jasmine rice, a garden fresh vegetable salad drizzled in curry pineapple vinaigrette and several fruity fantasy drinks with names like Pineapple Frenzy are among the featured summer menu items. 

Spa:

 

A 8,000 square-foot heavenly haven of Divine Indulgence awaits you!

The Seagate Spa features seven treatment rooms, a full wet room with Vichy shower, two large steam rooms, a yoga studio, a manicure/ pedicure suite, a full service fitness center with personal training programs as well as an outdoor pool. The spa offers separate locker rooms for men and women and features the luxury Elemis Organic Skincare product line. Relax & Renew with the Seagate Signature Hot Shell Massage or try the NEW pineapple-inspired treatments:

  • The Pineapple Express Facial featuring a papaya-pineapple enzyme peel and custom mask (25 min., $65)
  • The Pineapple Plantation Manicure/Pedicure, with a pineapple-infused mineral salt bath, pineapple enzyme exfoliation, Florida honey & pineapple mask and warm stone massage (80 min., $100)
  • The Delray Beach Pineapple Scrub, with pineapple enzymes and fine raw sugar to buff and polish the skin (25 min., $60.)

A complimentary Piña Colada cocktail and a fresh pineapple skewer appetizer is included with each Pineapple Celebration treatment.

When to Go: A Year Round Favorite Florida Destination

For more Delray Beach travel tips and insight, check out my othe Delray post on Tango Diva.

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