Celebrity Travel & StyleInterviewsJet Set PetLuxury VoyagesSuite Dreams - The World's Best SuitesTime TravelerLuxury Travel TrendsWeekend Away
Destination WeddingsFamily Vacation PackagesSpa & Wellness PackagesRomantic & Honeymoon PackagesGirls GetawaysFall Travel PackagesWinter Getaway PackagesChristmas Travel & PackagesNew Year's Eve Packages
ArticlesThe Best Hotels, Resorts & Villas Around the World
Beach & Island Resorts5-Star City HotelsAdventure Lodges & Eco EscapesBoutique City HotelsCountry House HotelsRomantic RetreatsLuxury Guest RanchesLuxury Safari Camps & LodgesGolf Resorts & LodgesSpa Resorts & Wellness RetreatsSki Resorts & LodgesWine Country GetawaysLuxury Family Travel & ResortsNew HotelsHot Hotel Openings
Beach, Coastal & Island VillasCountry VillasGolf VillasSki VillasLuxury Villas & Vacation Rentals Around the WorldHotel Branded Residences
Luxury Cruises & YachtingLuxury Car RentalTravel Tips & AdviceAirline NewsUltimate TripsBusiness TravelFamily TravelLuxury SafarisPrivate Jet TravelRail Journeys: The World's Most Scenic Train Rides
Events
RestaurantsBars & NightclubsAfternoon TeaCoffeeCooking ClassesCulinary TravelWine Travel
Spa & Wellness RetreatsYogaGolf GetawaysTennisSki Vacations
Gift GuideBeach and ResortwearBeauty and FragranceBooksFashionHome StyleLuggage and HandbagsLuxury Autos & Driving ExperiencesMen's StyleTravel EssentialsWatches & JewelryWine and SpiritsWorld's Most Expensive

Articles by Christine Gray

PGA National Resort & Spa: Much More Than A Golf Getaway

March 10, 2013 - By Merle & Christine Gray

Any day is a great day to check out the PGA National Resort & Spa's impressive $100 million renovation. We arrive in Palm Beach during the Honda Classic, a premier event on the PGA tour and can hardly wait to submerge ourselves in the "world of golf."

The lobby is abuzz with excitement. The globe's greatest golfers are here and Happy Hour offers an opportunity for first-rate people watching. We'd love to stay but we're travel-weary and need to check in.

PGA National Resort & SpaThe lobby's chic iBAR is a favorite Palm Beach hot spot

We enter our Junior Suite and suddenly don't mind if we miss the action at the lobby bar. There is a stylish king bed, atmospheric lighting, and a comfortable living area with sectional sofa. Our suite has a 42-inch wall-mounted LCD HD TV, dining table/work area with four chairs and a granite- and marble-appointed bathroom with walk-in glass shower. Two sets of sliding doors open to a private, furnished balcony. Dare I say my feelings of content rival sinking a 20-foot putt?

PGA National Resort & SpaSpacious Junior Suite

The Honda Classic unfolds on the famed Champion course that has also hosted the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and a litany of other prized professional golf tournaments. Yet this is only one of five courses on the property. The new Fazio Course is a complete Tom Fazio II remodel of "The Haig" course – PGA National's original 18-hole course designed by his uncles. It's hard to beat 90 holes of championship golf!

Our tickets are for Sunday's final round so we schedule spa treatments for Saturday morning. The 40,000 square-foot European Spa is a refreshing, light space with a boutique, 32 treatment areas and the exclusive "Waters of the World" outdoor mineral pools and café. The Spa menu offers both solitary and shared experiences, i.e. treatments for individuals, groups, and couples. All spa guests are privy to the Waters of the World pools and private women and men's lounge areas featuring steam, sauna and whirlpool amenities.

For those interested in extending the spa experience, the resort offers two 'Spa Suites'. In addition to the other luxuries (king-size beds, spacious living areas, large soaking tubs and walk-in glass showers), these suites include a second door from the bathroom leading to a private spa area complete with a professional massage table. In-room massages and facials are available on request. Is there a better way to forget that water hazard on the sixth hole?

PGA National Resort & SpaNew Fazio course

We decide to spend the afternoon exploring the property but find it hard to get past the gorgeous zero-entry main pool. It's so easy to settle in at Wave Bar & Grill, the cabana-style poolside venue for frozen cocktails and finger foods.

Sometime later we resume our meanderings and find ourselves at the Lakeside Lawn, a new permanent venue created for picture-perfect weddings. It offers a stunning vista of the tranquil lake and panoramic view of PGA National's golf courses. (Note to niece: great spot for a destination wedding.) The resort's "Bridal Suite" includes soothing champagne colors; deeply rich wool carpeting and distinctive, elegant furnishings all make for a chic amorous motif. Limestone bathroom walls, a relaxing, large soaking tub and walk-in shower complete the décor and make for an extraordinary romantic retreat.

PGA National Resort & SpaThe Lakeside Lawn

We are eager to watch the golf but discover that just walking the paths around the golf courses is delightful. There is abundant bird and wildlife including pelicans, alligators and unique creatures we can't even identify. Throughout the weekend we find that the resort offers so many experiences beyond great golf. This is a fantastic place for an active vacation under the Florida sun. There is a 33,000 square-foot Health and Fitness Center, personal training, sports performance program, racquetball, 19 Har Tru tennis courts, croquet, extensive walking paths, pools, and on-site shopping.

My wife mentions that the PGA National Resort and Spa would be an ideal spot for a girlfriends' spa and shopping escape. There is world-class shopping nearby along with the beaches and other Palm Beach attractions.

It goes without saying that this is the perfect destination for a golf buddies' getaway and I can't deny that the new one-bedroom "Media Suites" take the "Man Cave" to a new level. I also like that there are 'Club Cottages' for small groups or families looking for even more space.

So how was the tournament? Amazing. Anyone who hasn't seen the PGA live should consider it and the PGA National Resort & Spa is a great place to maximize the experience. The staff is outstanding-- such warm, genuine, attentive people -- even under the pressure of this busy weekend. Few destinations in the world offer as a wide a range of amenities as PGA National. We won't wait for the next event to return.

###

For more information about PGA National Resort & Spa, please visit www.pgaresort.com or call (800) 533.9386.

View hotel profile: PGA National Resort & Spa

Related article: PGA National Resort & Spa Offers New Customized Suites


 

Featured Luxury Hotels

 


 

LUXURY PARTNERS

 

Springtime in Tuscany, 25% off
Relais San Sanino is a charming, unique resort in Tuscany, near Montepulciano, offering 4 Exclusive Luxury Suites in the Countryside.

 

 

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
A private, international sporting club and residential community situated on 453 acres in the Bahamas. The Abaco Club offers a world of relaxation with pristine white sand beaches, world-class Scottish styled links golf and a spectacular offering of other water, leisure and sporting activities.

 

 

Carneros Resort and Spa - Napa Valley, California
The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck.

 

 

 

2018 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Luxury Cruise and Driving Tour
Only a few spots left! Autobahn Adventures' Formula 1 Grand Prix VIP Tour is a combination Mediterranean luxury cruise and Porsche driving tour.

 

 

 

WEALTH MAGAZINE
The luxury lifestyle - how to spend it on autos, jets, yachts, real estate, travel, shopping, wellness and all the best in life.

 

 

 

Anse Chastanet - St. Lucia
Set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia's iconic twin Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana - Punta Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

 

 

 

ULTIMATE ADVENTURES
Explore the world outdoors - discover the best travel adventures, glamping, activities, gear, apparel, vehicles, and more.

 

 

 

Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
A pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offering 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate getaway for world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.

 

 

 

HEALTH PUBLISHING
Books and websites about the nutritional approach to wellness. Drugs and doctors don't cure; a healthy diet and lifestyle is the key to a long and happy life.

 

 

Private Villa Rentals - Caribbean & Mexico
In the realm of world-class luxury private villa rentals, we know that the exceptional experiences our guests deserve are about much more than just the villa itself.

 

 

SUPERYACHT MAGAZINE
Living the dream - the world's best yachts for sale and charter. See the latest trends in yacht design, tech, toys, destinations and lifestyle.

 

 

Mountain Shadows
The new resort features timeless modern design, 183 guestrooms, a restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, a fully revamped short golf course, a golf grill and lounge as well as 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

 

 

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale, AZ
Escape to the sun in Scottsdale! A hideaway for celebrities, this Downtown Scottsdale resort features generously sized guest rooms with all-glass walls opening onto airy patios or balconies, many with views of Camelback Mountain.

 

 

JETSETTER MAGAZINE
Luxury travel and lifestyle - discover all the best destinations, hotels, resorts, nightlife, adventure, shopping, safaris, villas, spas and much more.

 

 

A.M.A Selections
A.M.A Selections offers a portfolio of hand-picked villas on the French Riviera, Tuscany and Umbria, complemented with an exclusive range of concierge services such as private jet and yacht charter, private chef, car service, and more.

 

 

BINA - Luxury Yacht Charter 142'
Offering remarkable quantities of luxury for a yacht of her size category, nothing but unadulterated bliss awaits you on board BINA. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 cabins.

 

 

 

VOYAGES MAGAZINE
Exploring the World in Style - cruising, yachting, expeditions, family adventure, luxury, river cruising - all to the best destinations in the world.