Somewhere between the unreal and the surreal. A huge sporting resort set in 356 acres, styled according to the Europhile fantasies of its creator, architect Addison Mizner. Cross the Alhambra with Florence, throw in the Hurlingham Club, add a skyscraper and you get an idea.
Best for families is the Beach Club, right on the sea, which has interconnecting rooms.
Italian, French, seafood, you name it, and an excellent selection for children. As with practically anywhere else in the US, you can order one adult portion (always huge) and as many plates as you like.
Wonderful fine sand, although big Atlantic breakers can limit the swimming.
Excellent childcare programme daily, with clubs for various age groups. Parents are given a pager to keep in touch. The resort has a first-rate tennis centre, and a championship golf course. Adults' and children's lessons in both.
Lots of American families, particularly New Yorkers. A few British, Germans and French.
Out and about
Take an airboat ride into the Everglades from nearby Loxahatchee. Drive up the coast to Palm Beach and see the extravagant mansions belonging to the Vanderbilts, Kennedys and Astors.
Seven nights (room only) from pounds 879 per adult, pounds 229 for children under 12 and pounds 129 for the under 2s. Includes return flights from Gatwick and car hire.
Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida 33432 6127 (001 561 447 3000, fax: 001 447 5870, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)Reuse content