Tropical trees reaching up to a circular skylight flanked by flowing water walls, living green walls, and swinging chairs welcome guests at the main entrance of the newly transformed Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa.
The shoreside sanctuary, which went through a complete revitalization debuting in 2021, is an expression of modern luxury right in the epicenter of activity on Atlantic Avenue in coastal Delray Beach – a town touted for its idyllic balance of big-city amenities and small-town authenticity. Here, you can pick the speed that suits your ideal vacation, whether you want a laid-back beach retreat or a culture-packed, nightlife-filled adventure.
STAY: Pick A View, Any View
If you’re staying at a seaside paradise, you want the room with a great view, right? Located steps from the beach at the corner of trendy Atlantic Avenue and A1A, you’ll have your choice of views from the sprawling ocean to bustling Atlantic Avenue. You’ll also have your pick of accommodations – including luxury guest rooms, suites, and villas – boasting soothing hues and ocean blues. Take to your private balcony, morning coffee in tow, to revel in the quiet ocean air or see the best of town.
EAT: Indulge in Delray
Guests at Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa have unparalleled on-property and neighboring dining options to explore. Cascades Pool Grill abuts the resort’s tropical outdoor pool and offers cooked-to-order burgers, fresh salads, and other munchies perfect for a post-swim meal, while Monkey Bar feels a bit like dining in the heart of the jungle with an interior accented with living green walls, a bar set beneath a foliage-wrapped canopy, a large overhead skylight, and even hanging cast-iron monkeys. If you’re craving a craft cocktail, venture across Atlantic Avenue to Sandbar for a refreshingly fruity piña colada mojito or strawberry blossom. Nearby, 50 Ocean boasts a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and a fine-dining menu crafted from fresh, local ingredients.
PLAY: Shop & Stroll
Considered the main street of Delray Beach, the decoratively-lit and sidewalk-lined Atlantic Avenue boasts a 12-block strip that bustles with a mélange of galleries, boutiques, and high-end antique stores – so much so USA Today called it one of “America’s Best Shopping Streets” in 2017. A few of our favorites: Bolufé, a sleek clothing boutique dripping in crystal and offering a shopping experience that is accompanied by champagne, espresso, and music; Blue Gallery, with three locations along the Avenue home to sophisticated contemporary art from world-known artists; and The Wine Wave, specializing in hard-to-find wines and tastings in a beautiful setting.
All Photos © Jamie Mercurio Photography for The Prism House