The Boca Raton Resort and Club

Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida

The Boca Raton Resort and Club

The Boca Raton Resort and Club

After several years, I recently returned to Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. There is nothing comparable to approaching the impressive, ornate resort from the palm-tree-lined entry road. I am not a resort-type person because I prefer quiet vacations. However, the Boca Resort and Club’s amenities outweigh any inconvenience from crowds during the busy season.

The Boca Resort and Club offers a beautiful beach, several pools, golf, tennis, croquet, a spa, fitness center and a marina. They even have children’s programs. (My children participated in these programs many years ago.)

Previously, I accompanied my husband when he visited Boca for business. We loved the resort and brought the children with us on vacations.  The Boca Resort excelled in customer service.

During one of our past visits, I had a great experience. We did not tell the personnel at the resort that it was my birthday, but when we returned to our room, the management sent us chocolate covered strawberries with a birthday note. I presume that someone saw my birthdate on my license and followed up. We were impressed!

Last week my daughter and I visited the Boca Resort and Club. I felt that their 

The Ferry From the Resort to the Beach Club

customer service had changed from my past experiences.

Tennis was one of the highlights of my Boca Resort experience.  Over the years, the tennis staff would fit me into a tennis game on short notice (even when I was a beginner and could not hit the ball even if my life depended on it).  On one of my trips when I was about 35  years old,  an 80-year-old man beat me in tennis.  It was extremely embarrassing.  I remember that I had a cocktail at the pool bar just to recover. My husband asked me repeatedly if the man was really 80.

When I arrived at the Boca Resort last week, I stopped into the tennis shop and asked if I could get me into a tennis game. (I have improved since the mean 80-year-old’s victory over the helpless 35 year-old.) They took my name and room number.  When I stopped into the tennis center on my departure day to exchange an item, I mentioned that I never heard from them. They told me that I was not on their list, but they could have used me that morning in a game. I was disappointed.

The morning that I planned to leave, I had another issue. I was reading and relaxing in my room (in a robe) when I realized that I had not checked in for my flight. I called the business office and asked them if they would please print my boarding pass.  The man who answered the phone told me that I had to come  down to the kiosk and do it myself. I jumped into my clothes and hurried to the kiosk. I could not get the boarding pass to print and still needed assistance. I finally found a manager to help me.

I feel that the Boca Resort and Club is still a beautiful resort but their customer service has declined in some areas. However, my husband and I are going to give it another try.

On a positive note, my daughter and I had a blast. We excel at eating  and enjoyed the resort’s restaurants.  We ate sushi in Morimoto, seafood in Cielo, we had  a fun casual dinner in 501 East Kitchen and Bar. (The only complaint about 501 East was that my daughter wouldn’t let me order the cocoanut cake, because she wanted the monkey bread.)

We loved our room and they allowed us an early check in and a late check-out. We ate, exercised, relaxed, swam and bonded!

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Ocean City Tennis Center in Ocean City, MD – Fun and Competitive Tennis

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Do you loaf while on vacation and call it exercise? Do you drag your chair to the beach like a slug and pass out from overexertion? Is swatting green flies, and killing one, the highlight of your day? Are you on a see-food diet like me? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then go play tennis! If you don’t know how, you can take lessons. Wouldn’t it be great to return home from vacation more fit? That is my goal. What is your vacation goal?

The Ocean City Tennis Center offers activities, for all ages, from May through September. They are located at 61st Street, on the bay side, in Ocean City, Maryland. Their phone number is 410-524-8337.

There are 6 hard courts and 3 Har-Tru clay. (Those clay courts are great for my old, wobbly knees.) The Ocean City Tennis Center offers clinics, tennis camps, lessons and leagues. There are activities for all ages 4 years old and up. This is their website: http://tennis.ococean.com.

The women’s-doubles tennis games, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., are fun and competitive. The minimum play level is intermediate. Of course, there are many levels of intermediate. Thank goodness, I fit in somewhere. Players must sign up in advance. The cost is $10.00.

Ladies return yearly to play doubles. Some live in Ocean City, or the surrounding areas, and some players may visit for only a week or two. New players are welcome by the players and staff. It is great meeting and playing with new people.

I love playing in the Tuesday and Friday league. It forces me to rise early, exercise and socialize. After tennis, I can enjoy the beach and snack without guilt.

Marie Thomas coordinates the schedule. She ensures that the players are well matched, but they can also play with different levels. You meet people from Maryland to California.
The players make you feel comfortable no matter what level they play. It is competitive and fun. You sometimes hear someone laugh loudly if they make a great shot or a bad mistake. There is always laughter on the courts. That is another reason I love it!

During the busiest season, Marie adds tennis days, such as “Wild Card Wednesdays” to accommodate the many people who want to play. She also promotes “Tennis Flings,” which include a luncheon and prizes. It is a wonderful opportunity to socialize.

Last year, Marie had a “Housewives of Ocean City Fling.” The gaudy outfits and jewelry were hilarious. She is creative and ensures an enjoyable tennis experience. She also does her best to get players in the Tuesday and Friday lineup whether they are regular or new players.

I have met many new friends at the Ocean City Tennis Center. Playing tennis adds a new dimension to my summer vacation. Tennis anyone?