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Play: The Seagate Hotel and Spa

By Sarah Crosland

Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014

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As soon as your family has finished checking in to The Seagate Hotel and Spa (www.theseagatehotel.com), take the short walk to the nearby Del Ray beach. Just a few blocks down the vibrant Atlantic Avenue you’ll find a shady sand path leading through the dunes and onto a bright white beach where turquoise waves are often filled with paddle boarders and kayakers.

This relaxed seaside ambience is reflected throughout the hotel itself where captivating aquariums teeming with tropical fish, exotic eels, and even jellyfish are around every corner. Contemporary styled rooms feature clean lines with designer furnishings, whirlpool tubs, and balconies with tranquil views of swaying palm trees. A soak in the oversized tub offers views onto the terrace—and the perfect way to unwind after a fun-filled day.

And a day filled with fun is easy to have at Seagate, where a playful trolley will taxi guests to the nearby beach club. In addition to the club’s kid-friendly pool, you can soak in the sun during activities like beach yoga, sailing, and snorkeling. Take a midday break on the wide porch of the laid back restaurant for lunch fare like fresh tuna tacos topped with avocado or a classic shrimp cocktail in citrusy pinapple salsa. Later, after relaxing under one of the posh cabanas, hop on a colorful catamaran and sail out to catch views of Miami on a clear day. More in the mood for land sports? Seagate also owns a nearby country club where hotel guests receive all the benefits of members. Tee off on its lush championship golf course or play a game of tennis with one of the pros on one of its eight pristine courts.

Florida’s spectacular weather and Del Ray’s small town charm may entice you to spend the whole day in the sun, but set aside at least a little time for the boutique hotel’s serene 8,000-square-foot spa. Here you’ll want to indulge in the signature Hot Shell Massage, the resort’s luxurious marine twist on the hot stone version.

While the beach club’s dining room offers an elegant evening menu and local restaurants include everything from sushi to authentic Italian, plan on spending at least one evening at Seagate’s Atlantic Grille, which offers innovative seafood dishes with fresh flavors. Enjoying dinner as you watch sharks play in the restaurant’s 2,500-gallon aquarium is the perfect way to complete an action-packed day at this sea-centric resort.

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