With a name like PGA National Resort & Spa, home of the annual Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens Florida, you’d be right to assume that golf is big here with 5 onsite championship golf courses including 1 that’s brand new Fazio designed. But even for travelers who haven’t swung a club and never plan on it, PGA National’s wide array of other award winning amenities make it a premier go-to Florida escape.
You know you’ve arrived once you’re standing in their expansive lobby overlooking the resort’s zero entry pool and lake in the background. Right outside, iDECK, a 3,000 sq. ft. dining and event terrace is under construction while iBar, their full lobby bar awaits with sumptuous seating, light bites, and golf themed cocktails like The Pommer and Tee Time served from 11 a.m. ’til after midnight.
Since opening in 1981, PGA National Resort and Spa has not only evolved along with the game of golf and tournament circuit but in exceeding guest expectations with ongoing upgrades. Currently in their final phase of a property-wide $100 million renovation, all 379 guest rooms received floor-to-ceiling makeovers. Some were redeveloped into specialty suites like 1 bedroom Media Rooms elevating the man cave concept to a 5-star level with multiple large screen HDTVs and enough designer leather recliners to accommodate game day partying. A Bridal Suite features bathrooms outfitted with limestone walls and a large soaking tub. Two additional Spa Suites bring spa services directly to you with a second door from the bathroom leading to a room outfitted with a professional massage tables.
Although there are a total of 6 on site venues to grab a bite, when it’s time for that ultra luxe dining experience, you simply must head over to Ironwood Steak & Seafood. The menu centers around exactly what the restaurant’s name implies. But the magic resides in its plush conversation-inducing ambiance, impeccably personalized service, and how Executive Chef Sean McKee artfully builds signature dishes using seasonally fresh ingredients and prime locally caught seafood like Mahi-Mahi, Red Snapper, and Florida Spiny Lobsters. In the turf category, opulent cuts of steak feature their 32-ounce Wagyu Tomahawk Bone-In Ribeye for Two and Kansas City 21 day dry-aged prime are seared to perfection in a Vulcan 1,200-degree broiler. You can shoot the moon with wine pairings thanks to their floor-to-ceiling 1000 bottle wine room. A remarkable 36 vintages are available by the glass including PGA Private Label Cabernet Sauvignon made in Napa exclusively for the resort.
Satisfying sides like their chive risotto, wild mushroom ragu, or She Crab soup make you less guilty about indulging in their house made warm Belgian chocolate lava cake or a daily chef’s trio of mouse.
But the fine culinary delights coming out of Chef McKee’s kitchens aren’t strictly confined to the formalized onsite venues. PGA National’s very own mobile gourmet iTruck periodically opens up as the resort’s 92-second hole as well as competing in food truck competitions and catering local events & parties with comfort food like BBQ pork sliders, Birdie Shrimp, truffle fries, and lobster sliders. The resort also hosts festivals throughout the year like a Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash showcasing more than 120 craft beers and ciders paired with gourmet burgers and live local music. Back in 2013, PGA National set a new Guinness Book World Record for the longest ice cream sundae at their Ice Cream Festival. Reaching a length of 1250 feet snaking through 2 ballrooms and the entire length of the resort’s 40,000 sq foot indoor conference center, the sundae consisted of 1850 lbs of Luke’s Ice Cream, 1696 lbs of chocolate sauce, 462 lbs. of sprinkles, 840 lbs of whipped cream, and 1748 lbs of bananas.
Waters of the World Spa
Ranked among the top 25 spas in the United States in a recent Conde Nast Traveler poll, the 40,000 square-foot European-style Spa at PGA National features Waters of the World, mineral pools infused with healing salts imported from Salies de Bearn in the French Pyrenees as well as Israelan Dead Sea salt.
Choose from more than 100 internationally inspired treatments like a Pure Fiji Coconut Honey Sugar Scrub that exfoliates then moisturizes with a botanical blend of 4 tropical drift nut oils and passionflower extract. Or go high tech with their Hydrafacial Treatment System that uses a vacuum based skin abrasion tip removing impurities with while infusing the healthy underlying skin with deep cleansing active serums.
No visit is complete without having in-spa Waters of the World Cafe serve healthy spa-tini cocktails like their vitamin B rich Watermelon Vodkatini along with healthy snacks pool side from the comfort of your lounger. Don’t forget, your stay includes unlimited access to their Health & Racquet Center featuring 19 Har Tru tennis courts, racquetball courts and an outdoor lap pool.
Photos courtesy of PGA National Resort & Spa. Coverage made possible by participating in a sponsored visit.