Boca Raton: Tropical Splendor

 

Gary and Renée Joyal
Gary and Renée Joyal

Gary and Renee Joyal know luxury. As the founder and CEO of Joyal Capital Management, Gary oversees estate planning and financial markets. As the director of strategic planning, Renee keeps busy organizing an array of entertainment and client experiences for the family office. And it’s because they know luxury that they love Boca Raton and have called it home for 25 years.

“For us, Boca Raton truly has it all,” Renee says. “It’s centrally located to some of South Florida’s greatest attractions while being home to some of the most beautiful beaches, parks, and golf courses. For anyone who loves an active or outdoor lifestyle and has an appreciation for culture and history, this is the place. On any given day, you’ll come upon yoga on the lawns, galas at some of Boca Raton’s most beautiful establishments, or pop-up boutiques on the famous Mizner Boulevard.”

—Drew Limsky

CLUBBING IT

Going to “the club” is a quintessential Boca pursuit—where the elite meet. For the Joyals, that can mean either the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club (2425 W. Maya Palm Dr., 561.395.2100) or the plush Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (501 E. Camino Real, 561.447.3000).This splendid tropical palace dating from 1926 became synonymous with its creator, Addison Mizner, the most celebrated resort architect of his day. (Both clubs require membership.)

Royal Palm Yacht & Country ClubRoyal Palm Yacht & Country Club

ROMAN HOLIDAY

Founded in 1993 and within easy walking distance of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Trattoria Romana prides itself on its Roman- style ambience and the authenticity of its menu.The Joyals’ top picks are hearty: the eggplant pie, the chicken parmesan, and the branzino. It doesn’t stop there: “A dessert must is the pistachio tartufo,” Renee says. (499 East Palmetto Park Rd., 561.393.6715 )

Life Time Boca Raton’s outdoor poolLife Time Boca Raton’s outdoor pool.

WELL, WELL

“Fitness and wellness are where I find most enjoyment,” Renee says. She calls her passion for helping others discover the benefits of wellness her “life’s mission.” When she’s not happily enduring private Pilates sessions at the yacht club, Renee logs warrior sculpt classes at LifeTime Boca Raton, which bills itself as a 73,000-square- foot luxury athletic resort. “The class blends traditional yoga moves with heart- pumping, high-intensity interval training,” Renee explains. (1499Yamato Rd., 561.208.5900 )

Town Center’s Lux RotundaTown Center’s Lux Rotunda.

STAR STROLLS

Boca’s 40-year-old Town Center, Renee’s go-to mall, is one of South Florida’s largest shopping centers, with apparel and jewelry boutiques to appeal to all ages. Catering to the luxury- minded crowd are Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade, Coach, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Pottery Barn, and Williams- Sonoma, among other recognizable names. (6000 Glades Rd., 561.368.6000)

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