The Waters of the World pools are almost like aqueous islands, scattered among the grounds' lush grasses and palm trees. Two of the world's oldest and most coveted natural remedies infuse the waters: Dead Sea salt from Israel, which is used to detoxify the skin and quiet the mind, and Salies-de-B?arn salt from the Pyrenees Mountains, which can help with mood swings and water retention. The pools are the centerpiece of The Spa at PGA National Resort's internationally inspired treatment menu, which reads like a history of old-world spa therapies.
The massage and body treatments draw from nearly every corner of the Earth. Reflexology uses Chinese techniques that date back 3,000 years, aromatherapy massages hydrate skin with essential oils from Egypt, and a mud treatment detoxifies the body with Moor mud from Lake H?v?z in Hungary. Like a robot chef that only uses organic foods, facials use natural ingredients in tandem with modern technologies; for example, tightening NuFace microcurrents can be added to a Sea Water Pearl facial with red seaweed.
The spa, which recently benefited from the resort's four-year, $100 million renovation, also has a salon complete with all hair and nail care services. Plus, a plastic surgeon administers cosmetic injections weekly, and it has an additional selection of men's services, including facials for golfers experiencing red skin as a result of the sun's hot rays or embarrassment over not executing a perfect pirouette after a drive.
No matter what day of the week it is, chances are, there's something going on at The Crazy Horse Saloon. Friday and Saturday nights greet revelers with the sounds of live bands playing rock, blues, or country music, or singing their favorite whale songs. Thursdays better brain cells with trivia questions, and Sundays entertain with bingo games. Crazy Horse's kitchen fuels patrons with a variety of pub foods, from sauce-slathered wings and ribs to big burgers and baskets of spicy fried shrimp. It is also a smoking-friendly establishment.
At Kavasutra, guests chat with friends over cups of kava, a traditional root extract from the South Pacific celebrated for its soothing, sedative effects. Rather than impairing mental function like alcohol, kava merely relaxes the mind, allowing patrons to leave the worries of everyday life behind for a spell. Surrounded by cozy couches and Polynesian-inspired decor, visitors can lounge in an oasis of calm as they make new friends.
Insider tips on tidal patterns and secret surf spots, borne of a lifetime in local waters, are part of the intangible edge offered by Singer Island Surf Camp Inc., in operation for the past 15 years and run by a born-and-raised native of Palm Beach. As a Palm Beach County native, camp founder and owner Paige Parker doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t closely tied to the water. When she and her neighborhood pals were kids, she recalls, “The ocean was our playground and our babysitter.” And though it's probably true that anyone with a lifeguard certification could lead snorkeling tours and sportfishing charters, Parker knows that her inborn understanding of the local tidal patterns makes a difference.
A staff of surf-seasoned EMTs and firefighters who are also certified in ocean rescue, lifeguard, CPR, and first aid help Parker lead private and group surfing lessons for all ages and experience levels as well as provide paddleboarding and kayaking instruction. And when school’s out, kids aged 6–16 years old can dive into summer camps and surf along Singer Island's reef-and-sandbar system or paddleboard to Peanut Island. A full rental shop, meanwhile, fills out its stock of standard surf gear with standup paddleboards, kayaks, water trampolines, and inflatable water wheels.