Getting away without going away has been the dominant travel trend of the last two years. During this time, The Ray in downtown Delray Beach has opened its doors, delivering the perfect escape for Floridians looking to unwind close to home.
The hotel’s tropical modern vibe transports guests to memories of chic island vacations. Lush greenery grounds the senses, while cozy contemporary furnishings and vibrant art (such as David Parise’s whimsical vintage Barbie photos) offer sophisticated touch points. Each of The Ray’s 141 effortlessly sophisticated guestrooms are appointed with Frette towels and robes, Eucalyptus linens, and Byredo bath products for an indulgent night in.
Downstairs, start your day in Delray at Stingers Coffee Shop, with a menu of coffee, breakfast and lunch options, and cold-pressed juices. For the active set, The Ray’s health and wellness focus means Purlife trainers are available for personal training sessions, and the well-equipped fitness center is on standby 24/7. You might also choose to participate in a boot camp or yoga class at the hotel’s Cube rooftop or central Plaza throughout the week.
Ready for the beach? Simply text the concierge and the hotel’s own carnation blue Moke will whisk you away to reserved loungers in a seaside cabana for an afternoon of relaxation.
When splashing around in the waves—or taking one of the hotel’s surf or paddleboard classes—works up an appetite, check out The Ray’s two on-site restaurants, Rosewater Rooftop and Ember Grill. Begin the evening with gorgeous, 360-degree views of the sunset over drinks and light bites at Rosewater, where candlelit cabanas and thumping music set the mood. After happy hour, head down for dinner at Ember Grill, helmed by renowned Chef Joe Zanelli. Within this elevated homage to beloved neighborhood grills, the tropical modern motif soars in both the decor and the food. The open kitchen serves up imaginative dishes made with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients—from shellfish towers to duck pancakes and a hearts of palm salad with shaved carrots, kohlrabi, and jalapeño vinaigrette.
Upon checking out of The Ray, two thoughts are likely to prevail: “I’m so relaxed” and “I really need a Moke.”