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Farewell, Riviera; Hello, Caribbean

New life for a hurricane-ravaged hotel.

The Riviera Inn has re-emerged as a two-storied, Caribbean-flavored boutique hotel. There is now an abundance of arches, balconies and flowering vines, including vibrant blue thumbergia, rich red bougainvillea, purple passion vine and white blooms of Confederate Jasmine. Inset, facing page: the hotel before renovations began.

The Riviera Inn has re-emerged as a two-storied, Caribbean-flavored boutique hotel. There is now an abundance of arches, balconies and flowering vines, including vibrant blue thumbergia, rich red bougainvillea, purple passion vine and white blooms of Confederate Jasmine. Inset, facing page: the hotel before renovations began.

Close your eyes for a minute and picture yourself somewhere in the Caribbean, savoring the spice that seasons island living – sea-scented breezes, happy colors, and a cuisine with a decidedly French flavor. Alluring and appealing, like that song you can’t get out of your head, the romantic scene beckons you to come, stay, and enjoy.

The good news is, thanks to Boris González, that same island-in-the-sun ambience is within easy reach in Vero Beach on Ocean Drive.

Welcome to the Caribbean Court and Maison Martinique, formerly known as the Riviera Inn, Tip Top restaurant, and later Chez Yannick. For González, who worked tirelessly for the past two-plus years to achieve his vision of a charming boutique hotel and restaurant, the opening is cause for celebration.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2007 issue