On September 15, the new 12-room boutique Royal Blues Hotel opened its doors on Florida's Gold Coast.
The property, which also has a wine lounge and restaurant offering "Cuisine-du-Monde", is 45 minutes north of Miami near Deerfield Beach.
The hotel was created by film and Broadway producer Edward Walson and draws design inspiration from 1960s surf culture. The four different accommodation types have uninterrupted ocean views, and each is outfitted in natural marble, leather and teak wood – there are no synthetic materials used in any design products. The design techniques found in the rooms are meant to be evocative of the clean lines of a yacht, and were created using glass and metal construction techniques developed by shipbuilders and the hotel architect, West Palm Beach based-Jorge Garcia. Each room has original works of art chosen personally from the owner’s private collection, and floor to ceiling glass sliding doors that lead to a private balcony.
The hotel's Chanson restaurant, which also has an ocean panorama, features a menu that celebrates the best of local ingredients from Florida’s very own coast and cold water seafood. The adjacent wine lounge offers a daily debut tasting menu of tapas to pair with craft wines.
Deerfield Beach is Blue Wave certified - awarded for excellent standards in clean water, safety, beach condition, and turtle habitat conservation. The beach also offers surfing and boating opportunities, with fishing available at the nearby International Fishing Pier (designed by the same architect of Royal Blues). Also nearby are the Morikami Japanese Gardens and Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, the largest butterfly park in the world, Butterfly World, and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, where hundreds of species are rehabilitated and studied. Additionally, the nearby Quiet Waters Park offers 430 acres for hiking, fishing, a skate park, and the new-to-the-U.S. phenomenon of cable skiing. Golfing, tennis, and hiking are also available.