Four-Star Resort with World-Class Golf Courses and Spa
Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer helped design PGA National Resort & Spa’s five signature 18-hole golf courses. Each course bears distinguishing characteristics: the Palmer track has bermuda fairways, and the Squire has eagle greens. They're set in prime position amid artistic landscaping in the lush, historic setting of Palm Beach, not to mention the luxurious amenities at the resort itself—including a spa, nine restaurants and bars, and a variety of pools.
Accomplished technicians perform a slate of spa services at the 40,000-square-foot European Spa at PGA National Resort. Heated outdoor mineral pools are filled with healing waters from the Pyrenees Mountains and the Dead Sea; the specialists can also carry out a nourishing seaweed wrap, which flushes out toxins. After a treatment, feel free to retire to the pool area, where palm trees preside over a white-tile sun deck. The Waters of the World Café serves healthy meal options on the patio.
Red lanterns light the way to the resort’s crimson lobby, which features picture windows that look to the zero-entry pool. From the lobby area, you can ascend to the luxurious deluxe-room or deluxe-junior-suite accommodations. The deluxe king features a pillow-top mattress and a mounted 42-inch flat-screen TV, as well as a furnished balcony or terrace. The deluxe junior suite’s large private balcony or terrace is accessible through two sliding doors, and the room includes a living area with a wraparound sofa.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL: Golf Haven near Beaches and Upscale Shopping
The 3,000-acre Palm Beach Gardens, located just north of West Palm Beach, was once rich with cattle ranches, pine forests, and swamplands. Today, it’s one of the world’s premier golf destinations, home to a dozen courses located just within the city limits. The PGA is headquartered there, and the PGA National Resort & Spa hosts the annual Honda Classic, which was won this year by wunderkind Rory McIlroy.
To break up days on the links, head to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, a barrier island beach located about 8 miles from PGA National Resort & Spa, where you’ll find pristine stretches of white sand, mangrove forests, and nature boardwalks. Join a guided kayak tour to explore the nearby Munyon Island, where you'll find rookeries with brightly colored wading birds and exotic plants.
Indoor palm trees, waterfalls, and tropical gardens line The Gardens Mall, an upscale retail venue stationed less than 5 miles from the hotel. It features more than 160 shops dealing in designer apparel, international leather, and eclectic gifts. They're ensconced in a white-marble emporium and, in total, the arena occupies 1.4 million square feet.
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