Villas by the Sea
The 277-room Delray Beach Marriott is a Mediterranean style resort located on the corner of the sparkling ocean and fun filled Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida. The seaside village provides groups with a luxurious combination of entertainment venues, fine dining restaurants, casual beach bars and convenient access to meeting facilities.
In March the resort added eight luxury “Villas by the Sea.” The 2-story townhomes include a full kitchen, gathering space and bedrooms decorated with rich navy blue, red and white accents along with nautical themed embellishments. Villa guests have access to a private pool adjacent to the villa patios.
“The owners wanted to use this space and create something unique,” says Meredith Gallo, senior corporate sales manager. “The villas are a private option for a small group who wants to a true sense of luxury.”
For larger groups, Gallo recommends booking the 84 deluxe suites onsite, which are more upscale and spacious. The oceanfront suites include a woven headboard with red, ivory and green accents with dark wood fixtures and furnishings. Deluxe suites also include balconies with seating for two that look over bustling Ocean Avenue.
Popular F&B options include O’Grady’s Lounge, a fine-dining option for groups up to 200-pax. The venue is open to hotel guests for dinner and can be booked for large groups for daytime meals. The intimate and centralized space is very close to the conference center and is an ideal spot to meet for a glass of wine or tapas.
Outdoor venues include the Atrium, a spacious courtyard filled with terracotta stone tiles, plush seating, and a tunnel of cool breeze returning from the nearby Atlantic. The Mediterranean style space seats 125 pax.
Other spaces include the new Oceanfront Terrace, which debuted in March 2013. The 4,000-sf patio is completely customizable for groups. Gallo tells us that a popular liquor company used the new space for the entire day, combining their meeting with a beach-themed cocktail party and active teambuilding activity.
The terrace overlooks Atlantic Avenue, the main community attraction in Delray Beach.
“We are like a hidden gem,” explains Gallo. “We are located so close to Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, but offer something that other destinations don’t have.”
Atlantic Avenue is the longest main street in Florida; filled with upscale shops, fine restaurants and nightly entertainment. The district includes more than 20 art galleries and public art pieces located downtown and in the Pineapple Grove Arts District.
“I think Delray Beach is perfect for groups for many reasons, “ says Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Marketing Corporative. “The town is walkable, so the attendees can stay at the Marriott and get around on foot or by the free golf cart rides by the Delray Downtowner and get to Atlantic Avenue or Pineapple Grove. There are so many things that groups can do.”