On The Shore On The shore — 28 February 2015
Relais & Chateau opens in Deerfield Beach

By Rebecca Cahilly

Something unique has appeared in Deerfield Beach, sporting a stylish design by architects Jorge Garcia and Gaetano Serpico, a yacht-inspired interior décor complete with original works of art and a five-star restaurant. It also carries the distinction of being the first Relais & Chateaux property in Florida. Nestled on 21st Avenue overlooking the beach, the new Royal Blues Hotel and its restaurant, Chanson, are the longtime vision of Hollywood filmmaker and Broadway producer/director Edward Walson, who fondly recalls family vacations spent in the area.

“To me, Deerfield Beach harkens back to the 1960s California culture,” says Walson, who oversaw every detail of the new 12-room boutique hotel. “You have a beautiful fishing pier, volleyball nets, a great surf culture and a local feel, all along one of the prettiest beaches in South Florida. Within this casually and relaxed atmosphere, the Royal Blues Hotel offers luxurious accommodations, five-star service and fine dining a la New York City.”

From the classic rooms to the one-bedroom suites to the junior penthouse suite, each guest room at the Royal Blues affords exquisite oceanfront views from a private balcony and features a comfortably stylish décor highlighted by thoughtful touches such as Venetian plaster-covered walls and leather door panels. State-of-the-art amenities abound, from the remote-controlled toilets to temperature-controlled shower rooms and bedside charging stations. Each room is also graced by an original work of art sourced by Walson. Room rates range from $415/night low season to $1,150/night high season.

Open for dinner nightly, Chanson offers “cuisine du monde” and emphasizes local and fresh ingredients. The unique wine list features bottles from around the world, carefully curated by Walson and Chanson’s in-house sommelier.

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