Certain expectations go along with tropical vacations. Our daily lives are filled to the brim with decisions, stressors, and inconveniences—so we want our vacations to be the opposite. We want them to be relaxing, easy, and convenient. The new Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk seek to blend the resort life with the quotidian—to bring a level of service and convenience that feels like you’re on vacation all year while still experiencing your usual home comforts. It’s an ambitious task, but with their staggering list of amenities, they appear to have succeeded.
We begin in the residences themselves: they’re large, open, and flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows—windows that, it must be noted, provide sprawling views of the river, the bay, and the glimmering Tampa skyline. The same goes for the private balconies, which are prime locations to take in the sunset.
Moving outside to the common spaces, we encounter the private Riverfront Club Terrace, which is a beautiful place to relax, take a dip, or have some dinner. The massive space includes a beach-entry pool with a waterfall edge, private cabanas, and day beds, as well as a covered kitchen. The locale rivals some of the most renowned alfresco dining areas in the region, and fortunate residents of Manor Riverwalk don’t even have to leave their building to enjoy it. It’s truly the ideal dinner party venue.
There are three courtyards, as well as a meditation garden for those days when you could use a bit of uninterrupted serenity. It’s locally sourced Zen. Cinephiles are covered as well, as there is a private screening room for residents to host their own movie nights. There’s also the Riverfront Club Lounge, a refined sports bar of sorts, where residents can get together and watch the game. For the fitness buffs—aspiring, established, or otherwise—small group classes are held in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
It really is like a vacation at home. You can wake up, take a yoga class, cool off with a dip in the pool, and swing back up to your apartment to make some breakfast. Then you can head down for some meditation in the Zen garden, cook up some lunch at the Riverfront Club Terrace, and lounge in a cabana with a new book and a glass of wine. You can catch the game at the Riverfront Club Lounge, order dinner in, and cap off the evening with a private movie screening. This could be your regular Saturday routine (or simply your endless tropical vacation) at Manor Riverwalk.